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People carry a huge banner reading 'those bullets for everyone of us, heroes never die!' as they march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Thousands converged Sunday in central Moscow to mourn veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia’s beleaguered opposition. They carried flowers, portraits and white signs that said “I am not afraid.”  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

March Held For Slain Putin Critic

Monday, March 2, 2015

Moscow — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans. The marchers occasionally broke into chants of “Russia without Putin,” or “Say no to war,” but often the only sound …

Israeli Veterans Speak Out Against Netanyahu Speech

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tel Aviv — Hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set off on Sunday for Washington, a group of 180 retired Israeli generals and former top security officials warned that his upcoming address to a joint meeting of Congress on Iran’s nuclear program will cause more harm than good. It will not only damage …

House GOP Dilemma Complicated by Far Right

Monday, March 2, 2015

Washington — House Republican leaders will face a familiar dilemma this week when they try again to approve funding to keep the Department of Homeland Security functioning through the end of September: They know their party is too divided to resolve the crisis on its own but fear the political fallout if they …

Kerry to Defend Israel Before U.N.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Geneva — Secretary of State John Kerry will defend Israel on today before a United Nations body often considered hostile to it, State Department officials said on Sunday. Kerry’s speech before the U.N. Human Rights Council will highlight “the extraordinary lengths President Obama, this administration and Secretary Kerry …

Unmasked ‘Jihadi John’ Won’t Have Same Impact

Monday, March 2, 2015

London — As “Jihadi John,” he was a terrifying figure, his identity concealed by a black mask, his threatening tone backed up by his oversize, serrated knife and his willingness to use it in the name of the …

Brides Favor Short Wedding Gowns

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — Helen Bradley isn’t one of those women who fantasized about her wedding as a girl, so when the time came to tie the knot on the 10th tee of a golf course, she wanted to …

Animal Cells Frozen To Combat Extinction

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Escondido, Calif. — Whenever an endangered animal dies at the San Diego Zoo, researchers race out, regardless of the hour, to remove its sperm or eggs, maybe a bit of ear or eyeball, and carefully freeze the cells …

Social Security Q&A: Checking on Medicare Benefits Application

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Question: I applied for Medicare benefits last week. How can I check the status of my application? Answer: Checking the status of your application is easy. If you applied for benefits, you can check the status at Social Security’s secure website, secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/IAPS/applicationStatus, but you must wait five days …

On Fashion: Is Gray the New Black? For Hair, It’s Becoming the Latest Fashion

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Baltimore — Writer Joan Didion, looking fragile and all of her 80 years under wispy, chalk-white hair, is the new face of Celine’s spring 2015 advertising campaign. Joni Mitchell, signature cheekbones as hard as granite under her long, …

When Music and Politics Mix

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — Leaving the Metropolitan Opera recently after hearing Valery Gergiev conduct Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, I walked past a handful of shivering Ukrainian activists standing in the frigid cold on the sidewalk. They waved …

Waning Funds May End Philippines’ 40-Year Organ Festival

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Manila, Philippines — A nearly 200-year-old Philippine bamboo pipe organ, said to be the oldest and most complete in the world, has survived time, storms and wars. But an annual concert festival that has showcased its unique, lilting …

To Your Good Health: Psyllium Allergy Rare but Possible

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like to know if you have ever heard of a person being allergic to psyllium fiber? My doctor suggested I take Metamucil for constipation, as opposed to stool softeners. However, when I took it, my face and eyes began to itch, I began …

Miss Manners: Don’t Blame Higher Education for People Who Are Rude

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: What do you think of a daughter who sends her mother the following requirement (among others) for a “cordial” relationship with her? “Accept that husband is going to call you by your first name. We need you never again to register a verbal or nonverbal …