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CommScope buying some of TE Connectivity ops for about $3B

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — CommScope is buying TE Connectivity Ltd.’s telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses for about $3 billion, which will help diversify its operations and broaden its geographic reach. The businesses, made up of 65 facilities and approximately 10,000 employees, had annual revenue of approximately $1.9 billion in fiscal 2014 Continue reading

Report: Iran says Washington Post writer to face trial soon

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for months will stand trial “soon,” the Islamic Republic’s official news agency reported Wednesday. The report by the IRNA news agency quoted Gholam Hossein Esmaeili, a senior judicial official. The report did not offer a specific time for the trial to start Continue reading

Hezbollah claims responsibility for attack on Israeli convoy

By DANIEL ESTRIN and ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The Lebanese Hezbollah group claimed responsibility for firing a missile that targeted an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, an attack that prompted Israel to fire at least 50 artillery shells into Lebanon in a significant escalation along the volatile border. In a statement, Hezbollah said its fighters destroyed a number of Israeli vehicles that were carrying Israeli officers and soldiers and caused casualties among “enemy ranks.” It said the attack was carried out by a group calling itself the “heroic martyrs of Quneitra,” — suggesting it was retaliation for an Israeli airstrike on the Golan Heights on Jan Continue reading

Pope warns of ‘absentee fathers’ in new chapter on family

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging fathers to be more involved in the lives of their children, warning that many problems adolescents run into can be traced to “absentee fathers” who are physically at home but don’t take time to actually be with their kids. Francis has frequently praised the role mothers play in families, but turned his attention Wednesday to the critical role of fathers. He warned that the absence of a paternal figure for young people can render them essentially “orphans at home.” He said: “Deviant behavior in adolescents can in good part be traced to the lack of an authoritative example and guide in their everyday lives.” Francis acknowledged that his words were “tough” and promised during next week’s catechism lesson to speak about “the beauty of fatherhood.” Copyright 2015 The Associated Press Continue reading

Russia considers condemning "annexation" of East Germany

MOSCOW (AP) — The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990. Sergei Naryshkin earlier this week faced scathing criticism of Russia’s annexation of Crimean peninsula when he spoke at the Parliament Assembly of Europe Continue reading

Governors associations top list of biggest state-race donors

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The Republican Governors Association and its Democratic counterpart were the dominant players in making donations to pay for state-level elections in 2014. The two groups often served as pass-throughs for billionaires, unions and corporations seeking influence in statehouses nationwide Continue reading

Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill Wednesday to authorize President Barack Obama’s war against Islamic State militants, saying Congress should not wait to see if the White House sends over its blueprint of what the legislation should say. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said he wants to spark the debate in the Republican-controlled Congress over a new authorization to fight IS, which has been fighting for territory in Iraq and Syria. Continue reading

Bucking Obama, senior Democrat seeks limits on war against IS

By Olivier Knox Frustrated with White House inaction, a senior House of Representatives Democrat will introduce legislation Wednesday formally authorizing President Barack Obama’s war on the so-called Islamic State nearly six months after it began. Rep Continue reading

Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting

By IBRAHIM ABDULAZIZ and HARUNA UMAR, Associated Press YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeast Nigeria’s Adamawa state, killing, burning and looting with no troops deployed to protect civilians, fleeing villagers said Wednesday. Continue reading

Prosecutors promise thorough probe of police killing of teen

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — A passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities’ account of her death, saying officers opened fire before one of them was struck by the vehicle. Continue reading