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Shaping The Minds Of the Young

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dallas — A generation or so ago, even the best day care centers were mostly about keeping little kids clean and fed and away from chomping on each other. These days, the best-respected programs have curricula and lesson plans and assessment goals. Even for infants. What happened? Science happened. Experts on early childhood education have reached a broad but hardly unanimous consensus about what best helps the youngest children learn. …

Superheroes Invade the Upcoming Fall Television Lineup

Monday, September 1, 2014

Los Angeles — Holy comic book heroes! Not since the late 1970s has there been as many network TV shows based on the super-powered characters from the colorful pages of comic books. Joining the already established Arrow on the CW and Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC on the fall network TV schedule, are these comic-book inspired shows: ■ Gotham, begins Sept. 22 …

Iraqi Forces Break Siege of Shiite Town

Monday, September 1, 2014

Baghdad — Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said. Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at …

China Sets Limits on Hong Kong Election

Monday, September 1, 2014

Beijing — China’s top legislative body said Sunday that Hong Kong residents can vote directly for their next leader in 2017, but only two or three candidates will be allowed and all must be approved by special nominating committee. Tension has been building for months over rules for …

Russian Rebels Fire on Border Guard Vessel in Ukraine

Monday, September 1, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Hours later, Ukraine said a border guard vessel operating in the Azov …

Ferguson: A Flashpoint for National Rage

Monday, September 1, 2014

Los Angeles — They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: the …

Philippine Troops Pull ‘Greatest Escape’ In Golan

Monday, September 1, 2014

Beirut — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops. The getaway, combined with the departure of another entrapped group of Filipino …

Senegal Is Fifth African Country with Ebola

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dakar, Senegal — The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar. Senegal …

Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Have Nowhere for It to Go

Monday, September 1, 2014

Atlanta — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government …

Werner Franz, Last of Hindenburg Crew, Dies

Monday, September 1, 2014

In 1936 and 1937, young Werner Franz worked as a cabin boy on the Hindenburg, the largest, fastest and sleekest mode of transportation the world had seen up to that time. The German-built airship, which was 804 feet long and kept aloft by hydrogen gas, was an engineering …

U.S. Trained Alaskans as Secret ‘Stay-Behind Agents’ in ‘50s

Monday, September 1, 2014

Washington — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed …

Islamist Militia Now Guards U.S. Embassy in Libya, 2 Years After Attack

Monday, September 1, 2014

Tripoli, Libya — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist saw holes …

Why My Fiancee Was at My Bachelor Party

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vail, Colo. — Strippers and all-night binge drinking weren’t going to cut it for my bachelor party. Getting married at 36, I figured my days of debauchery — the few days that ever existed — were long gone. …