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Report: Death in America Is Costly, Chaotic and Ill-Planned

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Americans aren’t getting the support and services they need as death nears, according to a U.S. report calling for an overhaul to the nation’s expensive and inefficient approach to end-of-life care. Doctors need training to talk with their patients about death well before the end of life, a conversation that rarely happens now. Patients, meanwhile, need to take more responsibility to plan for it, according to the report from the …

Polish Fears of Russia Still Run High

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Warsaw, Poland — It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: “Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?” Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these days — that Russian aggression in Ukraine could …

School Police Stock Up On Free Military Gear

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Los Angeles — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last month with …

Independence Vote Today for Scotland

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stirling, Scotland — Seven hundred years ago, Robert the Bruce reclaimed Scottish independence here with the help of a two-handed sword. Today, Scotland’s current first minister, Alex Salmond, hopes to repeat that success with the help of 16-year-old voters. The cynical view is that Salmond’s Scottish National Party, …

Odile Leaves Mess in Los Cabos

Thursday, September 18, 2014

San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico — Desperate locals and tourists were in survival mode in the resort area of Los Cabos on Wednesday, with electrical and water service still out three days after Hurricane Odile made landfall as …

U.S. House Approves Arms for Syrian Rebels

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Washington — The Republican-controlled House voted grudgingly to give the administration authority to train and arm Syrian rebels on Wednesday as President Obama emphasized anew that American forces “do not and will not have a combat mission” in …

Granite State to See Food Stamp Cuts

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Washington — Cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it’s unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings …

Investigation Uncovers Cyberattacks On Military

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Defense contractors recently suffered a barrage of cyberattacks from the Chinese government, according to a Senate investigation released Wednesday that revealed startling vulnerabilities in how the Pentagon transports troops and equipment. Contractors working for the U.S. Transportation Command were successfully hacked about 50 times over a 12-month span …

Study: Fake Sweeteners Mess Up Metabolizing Sugars

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Diet sodas and those packets of artificial sweetener you put in your coffee may not be as benign as we thought, a new study suggests. High doses of artificial sweeteners like saccharin, sucralose and aspartame can change the population of healthy gut bacteria in mice and in some …

Spirit Airlines Paves the Way for Bare-Bones Flying

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Miramar, Fla. — When you purchase a ticket to fly America’s fastest-growing and most-criticized airline, here is what you get: a seat, a mini-tray-table, free use of the bathroom, room for your legs, maybe even some room for your knees. You pay for everything else. A printed boarding …

15 Detained in Australian Counterterrorism Raids

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sydney — Australian police detained 15 people Wednesday in a major counterterrorism operation, saying intelligence indicated a random, violent attack was being planned on Australian soil. About 800 federal and state police officers raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney as part of the operation — the …

Americans’ Waistlines Are Still Growing

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Americans may have stopped putting on pounds, but their waistlines are still expanding, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average waist circumference of U.S. adults has increased by about 3 percent since the end of the last century. In 1999 …

Wildfire Consumes Calif. Town

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weed, Calif. — Despite warnings about the dangers of wildfires and drought-parched forests, the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed caught the entire community off guard. In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed …