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Brain Scans Deliver Lessons on How Kids Learn

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Seattle — On a recent afternoon, a 10-year-old girl with long, blond, curly hair, gave University of Washington researchers a peek inside her brain. Lying flat on her back inside a machine that looks like a big doughnut, Shelter Gimbel-Sherr read individual letters presented on a video screen and then wrote the one that would come next in the alphabet on a special pad. All the while a scanner generated …

Netanyahu Blasts Hamas, Islamic State

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

United Nations — In a blistering speech to the United Nations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday that Hamas and the Islamic State group are “branches of the same poisonous tree,” both bent on world domination through terror, just as the Nazis were. Netanyahu also lashed back at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who accused Israel last week of carrying out war …

Redemptions at Pimco After Gross’ Resignation

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New York — Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Chief Executive Officer Douglas Hodge said the firm is expecting and is ready for client redemptions following the departure of co-founder Bill Gross. In a conference call with analysts where he was joined by top executives at Pimco parent Allianz SE, Hodge said management changes have triggered reviews with some clients and that it’s too early …

200,000 Join Hong Kong Protests

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hong Kong — Spurred by the decision Sunday to use tear gas and pepper spray on pro-democracy protesters, tens of thousands of people joined sit-ins across Hong Kong on Monday in an outpouring of discontent that’s likely to disrupt the former British colony for days, if not longer, …

U.S. Consumer Spending Increases 0.5 Percent in August

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Washington — Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year. Consumer spending rose 0.5 percent in August after showing no gain in July, the Commerce Department reported Monday. About …

Afghanistan Swears in New President

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kabul, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with …

Air Traffic Sabotage Impact Could Be in the Millions

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chicago — The economic impact of a sabotaged radar center near Chicago that struck at the heart of the nation’s air transportation grid will easily soar into tens of millions of dollars and perhaps hundreds of millions, experts say. The impact on some 44,000 passengers alone has already …

Intruder Ran Deeper Into White House Than Previously Known, Official Says

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Washington — The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service had publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect …

Campfire Stories May Have Sparked Learning

Monday, September 29, 2014

Don’t underestimate the value of sitting around a campfire, listening to stories, singing songs and letting yourself stare mesmerized into the flickering flames. These activities may have played an essential role in early societies. A new study suggests socializing and storytelling around a communal fire may have offered …

‘Transparent’ Creator Champions Transgender Rights

Monday, September 29, 2014

“I’ve been writing about misogyny for 20 years and trying to understand what femininity means for my entire career,” Jill Soloway, who created Amazon’s new show Transparent, told me in Los Angeles in July. “ On ‘Six Feet …

‘Modern Family’ Actress Alleges Ex-Boyfriend Choked Her

Monday, September 29, 2014

Los Angeles (lat) — Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland has obtained a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend after he allegedly choked and threatened to kill her, court records show. A Los Angeles County judge issued the order days before her ex, 24-year-old Matthew Prokop, was due to be …

Movement for More Internet Privacy Grows

Monday, September 29, 2014

San Jose, Calif. — Before Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency and Prism made headlines, a group of technologists was dedicated to making the Internet more anonymous. They were viewed mostly as paranoid, weird and potentially criminal. Now, more than a year after revelations of the government’s mass …

Police Fire Tear Gas in Hong Kong Protests

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hong Kong — Hong Kong police fired tear gas and pepper spray in failed efforts to disperse thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators who continued to blockade roads and besiege the government headquarters early Monday morning. In the biggest clashes …