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Generation LOL Irked By Grammar Slip-Ups

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York — It’s the LOL generation that appears most annoyed by bad grammar and spelling slips, according to a survey by Dictionary.com. The site found in an online Harris Poll done July 31 to Aug. 4 that 80 percent of American adults 18 and older consider themselves good spellers, but they may be overestimating their abilities. The survey of 2,052 people showed 71 percent responded that they often find …

U.S. Court Rules for NSA Phone Program

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington — A federal appeals court in Washington has lifted an injunction against the National Security Agency’s call records program on the grounds that the plaintiff has not proved his own phone records were collected and so lacks standing to sue. The move lifts a ban on the NSA’s collection that had been imposed — and temporarily stayed — by a U.S. District …

Bush Returns to New Orleans

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Orleans — Former president George W. Bush returned to New Orleans on Friday, nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the storm that submerged the city and tarnished his legacy. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush made an understated appearance at Warren Easton Charter High School, one of New Orleans’ oldest public …

Obama Expects Better Ties With Israel

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington — President Obama on Friday compared tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord is implemented. “Like all families, sometimes there are going to be …

Polish Official Says He’s ‘99 Percent’ Sure of Nazi Treasure Train Claim

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A top Polish cultural official on Friday stirred already feverish excitement over claims of a legendary Nazi treasure train having been located when he told reporters he had seen ground-penetrating radar images of a massive armored transport. “This is an absolutely unprecedented situation,” Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski …

Death Toll Climbs as Migrant Crisis Grows

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Vienna — Death and desperation mounted in Europe’s migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized. More than 300,000 people have …

Erika Heads Toward Florida

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — South Florida prepared for the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Erika this weekend, although the projected path of the storm continued to veer toward the southwestern part of the state. The region remains within the storm’s possible routes as it heads north, with Erika …

I’m a Duke Freshman. Here’s Why I Refused to Read ‘Fun Home.’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

As a Christian, I knew that my beliefs and identity would be challenged at a progressive university like Duke. My first challenge came well before I arrived on campus, when I learned that all first years were assigned Fun Home, a graphic novel by Vermont cartoonist Alison Bechdel. …

In Cuba, Pope Will Focus on Families, Youth and the Church

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Havana — In the shadow of a giant image of Argentine Che Guevara, workmen are in the final stages of building the altar where Argentina-born Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in the Plaza de la Revolucion during his …

Economy Is Steaming Along in U.S.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and …

Guatemalan President Under Fire

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Guatemala City — Pressure grew Thursday on Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina to resign as business and government offices closed, protesters marched by the thousands and the Attorney General’s Office urged him to step down “to prevent ungovernability …

Hospitals Are Hiring Guards for Doctors in India

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Mumbai, India — When an ailing 75-year-old woman succumbed to heart failure after two weeks in intensive care, it fell to young physician Sandeep Amale to break the news to her sons. They did not take it well. One marched out of the suburban Mumbai hospital and barked …

Ukraine, Creditors Agree on Debt Deal

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Brussels — Ukraine’s main creditors agreed Thursday to forgive a portion of the nation’s debt, the Ukrainian Finance Ministry said, lightening the war-burdened country’s economic problems and unlocking additional international assistance. The deal would write off 20 percent of the value of bonds held by Ukraine’s private creditors, …