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‘A Different World’ For Police After Killings

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Houston — During his 21 years in law enforcement, Cpl. Wayne Curry hasn’t worried much about the approach of strangers. The Texas officer, like anyone who wears a badge, said he has had his share of run-ins with those who harbor a dislike of the police. But when people have stepped up to him, he said, it is “more likely they want to buy me dinner.” Curry is now thinking …

Ukraine Clashes Leave 1 Dead

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Kiev, Ukraine — As lawmakers took up a measure to give greater powers to separatists in eastern Ukraine, nationalist protesters clashed with police outside parliament on Monday, and the Interior Ministry said one officer was killed in a grenade blast and more than 100 were wounded. It was the worst violence in the …

Foster Care Reform On The Table

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Washington — Congress is moving toward an overhaul of the country’s foster-care system, one that reflects a shift in how policymakers and child-welfare experts view the problem of keeping kids safe. It isn’t yet clear what form legislation might ultimately take, and any agreement could be derailed by a dispute over the debt ceiling later this year. All the same, several lawmakers in …

Poland Hunts For Nazi Gold Train

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gold fever has descended on southwestern Poland since a top culture official gave credence to the claim of two treasure hunters to have located a legendary Nazi train loaded with valuables in an abandoned mountain railroad tunnel. Locals and foreigners have arrived by the scores in recent days …

As EU Looks for Answers, Migrant Influx Raises Tensions

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Brussels — French and German leaders reminded other European countries Monday of their shared responsibility toward refugees, as one official blamed harsh government policy for the deaths of dozens of migrants crammed into a truck. An emergency meeting was called for Sept. 14 on the migrant crisis in …

Conviction In Killings At Jewish Center

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Johnson County, Kan., jury took less than two hours Monday to find F. Glenn Miller Jr. guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of three people outside Jewish facilities last year in Overland Park. The 74-year-old avowed anti-Semite had argued that the shootings were justified because …

Wes Craven, Horror Movie Writer and Director, Dies at 76

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wes Craven, who had a strict religious upbringing that forbade the watching of movies, only to gain renown as a master of the horror genre with the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream franchises, died Aug. 30 …

High Court Won’t Hear Clerk’s Gay Marriage Case

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a Kentucky county clerk’s request to be excused from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the court’s first involvement in a series of legal battles that have erupted since gay couples won the right to marry. The court, without comment, turned …

The Book on Clean Water

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pittsburgh — Can bacteria-killing filter paper packaged in the form of a convenient book help people around the globe gain access to clean drinking water? That’s the hope of Theresa Dankovich, postdoctoral research associate in the civil and …

More Letters Arriving Late

Monday, August 31, 2015

Washington — Amid a significant downsizing of the money-strapped U.S. Postal Service, the number of letters arriving late has jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year. And that’s as measured against the agency’s own …

College Removes Jefferson Davis Statue

Monday, August 31, 2015

Austin, Texas — Statues of Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson were removed Sunday from the limestone pedestals at the University of Texas on which they have stood for 82 years. “This is an iconic moment. It really shows …

School Named for Teacher Killed at Sandy Hook

Monday, August 31, 2015

Nearly three years after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a new school in Stratford, Conn., has been named after a teacher who died trying to protect her first-grade students. The Victoria Soto School was dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday. “To see her name …

EU to Meet in Sept. On Immigrant Crisis

Monday, August 31, 2015

Berlin — Germany, France and Britain pressed Sunday for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe, and a special meeting of EU interior and justice ministers was …