The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, June 14, 2013. The storm system over the northern Mid-Atlantic will linger off the southeast New England coast early Friday morning. Moist flow wrapping around the system will maintain showers from the Delmarva…

Key issues facing Iran

Main domestic and international issues facing Iran in its Friday presidential election: ___ NUCLEAR QUESTION: Four rounds of revived talks between Iran and world powers since last year have produced no important headway in the Tehran’s impasse with…

Iran’s political hierarchy

A look at the political power structure in Iran. SUPREME LEADER AYATOLLAH ALI KHAMENEI: Wields control over every major decision either directly or through a network of hand-picked loyalists and institutions, including the powerful Revolutionary Guard, the judiciary…

Hezbollah says it will keep fighting in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists are reporting the heaviest fighting in months in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the clashes concentrated in the eastern neighborhood of Sakhour. The opposition’s Aleppo…

House considers jail term for military sex assault

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is heading toward passage of a sweeping defense bill that reflects the outrage among lawmakers over the growing number of sexual assaults in the military. The legislation is expected to be completed Friday…

Supreme Court archive has about 14K hours of audio

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell’s Tidewater Virginia drawl could make the word “court” sound as if it had two syllables. And Justice Clarence Thomas, though he doesn’t talk much, speaks in a deep baritone.…

Government has history of secrecy, spying, leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) — It isn’t the first time that the federal government has been caught spying on Americans or that classified government information has been leaked to the news media or otherwise widely distributed. The Vietnam War and…

Mangled facts, secrecy brew confusion about NSA

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering what the U.S. government might know about your phone calls and online life? And whether all of this really helps find terrorists? Good luck finding solid answers. Americans trying to wrap their minds around…

European growth still on US agenda, not as loudly

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after President Barack Obama made an emphatic pitch to Europe’s economic powers to focus more on economic growth than austerity, much of the eurozone remains mired in or near recession. Obama’s appeals have…

Text: US statement on Syria-chemical weapons

Text of a statement by Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes on the use of chemical weapons in Syria: At the president’s direction, the United States government has been closely monitoring the potential use of chemical weapons within…

Turkish PM urges protesters to leave Gezi Park

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s biggest anti-government protests in decades are set to enter a pivotal stage after the government promised to suspend redevelopment of an Istanbul square that has sparked two-weeks of demonstrations. It was not clear…

Obama steps up military aid to Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type of weaponry to send…

Judge to rule on issue holding up Fort Hood trial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military judge Friday was to address the latest snag holding up the trial of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage: his former defense attorneys’ objections to helping…

UN chief concerned over Israeli settlements

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say vandals have torched two vehicles in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem in what appears to be an attack by Jewish extremists. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the words “price tag” were found…

Ohio pain management clinic doctor pleads guilty

CINCINNATI (AP) — A former Ohio medical clinic doctor has pleaded guilty to illegal possession of painkillers. James Lassiter was one of six doctors accused in a feder……

Judge to rule on issue holding up Fort Hood trial

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military judge was to address the latest snag holding up the trial in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage: the former defense attorneys’ objections to helping the suspect as he represents himself…

Ohio police get briefing on organized retail crime

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police officers around Ohio are getting a briefing Friday on ways to fight organized retail crime such as large-scale shoplifting rings. The Ohi……

Quotations of the day

“There are many actions that the United States can take to increase our humanitarian assistance to refugee populations and opposition groups short of injecting more weapons into the conflict.” — Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., expressing concerns about the…

Air Force base unit in Ohio taking meals to Haiti

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A unit from Ohio’s largest military base is on a mission to deliver more than 500 meals from a nonprofit group for residents of Haiti. Official……

2 die as Philippine ferry sinks, but 54 rescued

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers plucked most of about 60 passengers and crew from Philippine waters where their ferry sank early Friday, killing two people. The inter-island ferry left Pio Duran port in Albay province and sank three…