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Shipping industry sends SOS to EU over Mediterranean crisis

Bound by the laws of the sea to help vessels in distress, shipping companies say Europe's migration crisis has placed unreasonable demands on their crews to act as lifesavers in the Mediterranean.

Low wages, trade deals luring auto plants and jobs to Mexico

Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the U.S. and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers.

Shipping industry sends SOS to EU over Mediterranean migrant crisis

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Bound by the laws of the sea to help vessels in distress, shipping companies say Europe’s migration crisis has placed unreasonable demands on their crews to act as lifesavers in the Mediterranean.

Low wages, trade deals lure auto plants, jobs to Mexico

DETROIT — Mexico has become the most attractive place in North America to build new automobile factories, a shift that has siphoned jobs from the U.S. and Canada, yet helped keep car and truck prices in check for consumers.

Loretta Lynch wins confirmation as attorney general

WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch won confirmation as the nation’s first black female attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end.

IRS cuts leave callers in lurch

WASHINGTON — The IRS’ overloaded phone system hung up on more than 8 million taxpayers this filing season as the agency cut millions of dollars from taxpayer services to help pay to enforce President Barack Obama’s health law.

White House: Americans held by, working with al-Qaida killed

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Thursday he takes “full responsibility” for a U.S. counterterrorism mission that inadvertently killed an American and an Italian held hostage by al-Qaida. He defended the legality of the January drone strike against an al-Qaida compound and said there had been no information suggesting the hostages were at that location.

U.S. court evolves to give chimps human rights

A New York judge granted two chimpanzees a writ of habeas corpus Monday. In short, the research lab chimps have the right to a day in court — under a law that only applies to people.

Survivor says hundreds went down with smuggler’s ship

ROME – A smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union on Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action.

FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all criminal trials for decades

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.

Islamic State drives Aramaic-speaking Assyrians from ancient homes

Suhail Gabriel was in bed when Islamic State militants stormed his village in eastern Syria, firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Gabriel rushed his wife and daughter onto his motorcycle and sped through the early morning darkness, he later recalled.

One-third of housholds making more than $75,000 live paycheck-to-paycheck

Forty-three percent said they’re not saving enough or aren’t sure if their nest egg is large enough.

A chief executive in Seattle made national headlines last week when he slashed his salary so that his employees could make at least $70,000 a year.

Islamic State drives Aramaic-speaking Assyrians from ancient homes

Christian Assyrians are among the last communities who speak the language of Jesus — Aramaic.

BEIRUT — Suhail Gabriel was in bed when Islamic State militants stormed his village in eastern Syria, firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Gabriel rushed his wife and daughter onto his motorcycle and sped through the early morning darkness, he later recalled. “We left in our pajamas,” Gabriel said. “We didn’t even have time to put on clothes.”

Europe dithers in face of unprecedented wave of migrants

An unprecedented wave of migrants has headed for the European Union’s promised shores over the past week, with 10,000 people making the trip. Hundreds — nobody knows how many — have disappeared into the warming waters of the Mediterranean, including 41 migrants reported dead Thursday after a shipwreck.

Federal appeals court to take up Obama’s immigration action

As demonstrators gathered Friday outside a New Orleans federal courthouse, appellate judges were preparing to consider whether to lift a temporary hold imposed by a federal judge in Texas on President Barack Obama’s executive action seeking to shield millions of immigrants from deportation.