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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gay, Transgender Workers Gain U.S. Protections Washington (ap) — President Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees working for the federal government and for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” “America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people,” Obama declared at a White House signing ceremony. Obama said it was unacceptable that being gay is …

Web Archivists, D igital Sleuths Help Unravel Flight 17 Mystery

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In the agonizing quest to pin down exactly what happened when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down over Ukraine last week, Web archivists and other digital sleuths are playing an unusual — potentially pivotal — role. Wayback Machine, the nonprofit Web crawler that archives old versions of Web pages, captured evidence last Friday …

Beef Pollutes More Than Pork, Poultry

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washington — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times …

N.H. Vet Gets Medal of Honor

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washington — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn’t heave them back. On Monday, President Obama …

Death Toll Darkens Israeli Mood

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jerusalem — For almost two weeks, Israel practically bristled with confidence and pride: The Iron Dome air defense system was dependably zapping incoming Hamas rockets from the skies, the military was successfully repelling infiltration attempts on the ground …

Texas Gov. Orders 1,000 Guardsmen to Border

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Houston — Gov. Rick Perry announced plans Monday to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border after saying he had grown tired of federal officials’ “lip service” and “empty promises.” Perry said that the National Guard will provide support over the next month to …

Johns Hopkins to Pay $190 Million to Settle

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Baltimore — Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190 million in a proposed settlement over claims that gynecologist Dr. Nikita A. Levy surreptitiously recorded patients over several years, the lead attorney in the class-action lawsuit announced. The settlement may be the largest of its kind. A class-action …

Clinton Cashes In After Departure

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washington — Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, a windfall at odds with her party’s call to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor. Clinton’s income …

Govt. Wins Conviction in Terror Case

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Boston — A college friend was convicted Monday of trying to protect Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by agreeing with another friend to get rid of a backpack and disabled fireworks they took from his dorm room …

Train Leaves Ukraine With Bodies

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Donetsk, Ukraine — After days of resistance, pro-Russian rebels on Monday yielded some ground in the crisis surrounding downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — handing over passengers’ bodies, relinquishing the plane’s black boxes and pledging broader access for …

Mynamar Showing Signs of Democracy

Monday, July 21, 2014

Yangon, Myanmar — On a recent rain-soaked night, the ancient gold Shwedagon Pagoda, believed to contain relics of the Buddha, glowed through the mist in Yangon. Not far away, a more modern scene was unfolding at one of the city’s newest shopping malls, where middle-class families sipped lattes …

U.S.: Evidence ‘Powerful’ Against Rebels

Monday, July 21, 2014

Torez, Ukraine — Pro-Moscow rebels piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars Sunday in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777, drawing condemnation from Western leaders that the rebels were tampering with the site. …

Maine Town Fights Plan to Use Pipeline to Export Oil Sands Crude

Monday, July 21, 2014

South Portland, Maine — Tom Blake, like thousands of his neighbors in this coastal town, is used to living alongside the oil industry. Tank farms cluster in neighborhoods, by the park where families watch the movie Frozen on a summer night, next to schools and senior citizens apartment …