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Report: Child Poverty in U.S. Is at Highest Point In 20 Years

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. As the U.S. emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, 25 percent of children don’t have enough food to eat and 7 million kids still don’t have health insurance, …

Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Killings of Iraqis

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Washington — An infamous chapter of the Iraq War closed Wednesday as a jury convicted four former Blackwater Worldwide contractors of killing unarmed civilians in the chaotic streets of Baghdad. The former Blackwater men were charged with killing 14 civilians and wounding others on Sept. 16, 2007, at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in what defense attorneys called a legitimate defensive action and prosecutors labeled …

Investigation Info Leaks In Ferguson

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body. Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the …

U.S. to Track Everyone Coming From Ebola Nations

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Atlanta — All travelers who come into the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken West African nations will now be monitored for three weeks, the latest step by federal officials to keep the disease from spreading into the country. Starting Monday, anyone traveling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will …

2 Dead in Canadian Parliament Attack

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario — A gunman with a scarf over his face killed a soldier standing guard at Canada’s war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in an attack that rocked the building with the boom of gunfire and forced …

U.S. to Teach Only Defense To Syrians

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Washington — The Syrian opposition force to be recruited by the U.S. military and its coalition partners will be trained to defend territory, rather than to seize it back from the Islamic State, according to senior U.S. and allied officials, some of whom are concerned that the approach …

Another Fence Jumper

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Denver Teens’ Travel Plans Raise Concern Over Appeal Of Terror Denver (ap) — Three teenage girls being investigated for trying to join Islamic State forces in Syria were victims of an “online predator” who encouraged them, a school …

Goofy ‘Jar Jar Binks’ Dinosaur Discovered

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Washington — Nearly 50 years ago, scientists found bones of two large, powerful dinosaur arms in Mongolia and figured they had discovered a fearsome critter with killer claws. Now scientists have found the rest of the dinosaur and …

Temps Have Been Above Average for 355 Straight Months

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that last September was the hottest of them all, out of 135 Septembers going back to 1880. The same was true for August 2014. And June of 2014. And May of 2014. What that means is that for each …

North Korea Frees Held American

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — North Korea’s reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens …

Ebola Screening Expanded

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports. …

Legendary Editor Ben Bradlee Dies

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

More than 40 years ago, two young Washington Post reporters began digging into a local burglary that would have roused little interest except for one odd fact: One of the five men arrested at the Democratic Party’s national …

Lack of Commercial Market Slowed Ebola Vaccine Effort

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — Hospital workers battling Ebola in West Africa and Dallas are missing the one weapon that could help them most: a Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment or vaccine. Instead, doctors and nurses rely on experimental drugs and isolating patients to treat a virus that has killed almost …