Nation / World

What Some Christians Are Giving Up for Lent: Fossil Fuels

Friday, February 12, 2016

A new initiative in the United Kingdom is not only calling for Christian communities to band together in support of clean energy, but actually helping them get their own electricity that way. The Big Church Switch, which launched Wednesday, aims to inspire both individuals and churches to make the switch to renewable energy sources — and they’re already gaining support from church leaders in the country. The project is a …

Warships Ordered to Aegean

Friday, February 12, 2016

Brussels — In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece. “This is about helping Greece, Turkey and the European Union with …

Diplomats Agree to Syrian Aid

Friday, February 12, 2016

Munich — Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short in organizing an immediate truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in the coming week. Foreign ministers from the International Syria Support Group also sealed an agreement early …

2 U.S. Miscarriages Linked to Zika Virus

Friday, February 12, 2016

Two U.S. women who contracted the Zika virus while traveling out of the country miscarried after returning home, and the virus was found in their placentas, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Federal health officials have not previously reported miscarriages in American …

Risk of Dementia Declining, But Reason Unknown

Friday, February 12, 2016

Dementia is on the decline, the risk of developing it dropping 20 percent per decade since the late 1970s, according to a striking new study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. It’s a finding that may be hard to believe, with a tsunami of new …

Scientists Detect Gravitational Waves

Friday, February 12, 2016

In a groundbreaking discovery, scientists say they have finally detected gravitational waves — ripples in spacetime from a violent collision 1.3 billion light-years away — that serve as a resounding confirmation of a prediction made by Albert Einstein a century ago. The detection, made with the Laser Interferometer …

Congress Votes to Ban Local Internet Taxes

Friday, February 12, 2016

Washington — Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service. On a vote …

Last Occupiers of Oregon Wildlife Refuge Surrender to FBI

Friday, February 12, 2016

Burns, Ore. — Surrounded by FBI agents in armored vehicles, the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve surrendered Thursday, and a leader in their movement who organized a 2014 standoff with authorities was criminally charged in …

Utilities Shrug At Court Ruling

Friday, February 12, 2016

In a town famous for news leaks, the Supreme Court managed to deliver a genuine surprise when it moved this week to freeze the Obama administration’s signature regulation on climate change, raising doubts about U.S. promises to cut pollution blamed for Earth’s warming. But although Tuesday’s ruling startled …

NYC Officer Convicted Of Manslaughter

Friday, February 12, 2016

New York — A rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability. The courtroom audience gasped …

Questions Grow as Bank Profit Warnings Pile Up

Friday, February 12, 2016

Paris — Questions grow over the financial health of banks, particularly in Europe and the U.S., as they face a toxic mix of low economic growth, bad loans and squeezed earnings. France’s Societe Generale became Thursday the latest …

2 female bombers kill 58 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Prosecutor: Ex-LA Sheriff Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case Los Angeles — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that tarnished his long career and …

Russia Proposes March 1 Cease-Fire

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Munich — Russia has proposed a March 1 cease-fire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups. The United States has countered with demands for the fighting to stop immediately, …