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Death Shines Light on Police Code of Silence

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Chicago — For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend was murder. Not until 15 months later was one of those officers and a detective who concluded the shooting was justified put …

Task Force: Screen Adolescents for Depression Too, Says Federal Panel

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or to refer them to specialists who can. The new recommendations, issued Monday by the U.S. …

Saudi Troops Met With Uncertainty

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East. A Saudi deployment runs the potentially explosive risk of confrontation between one of the Arab world’s …

Lawsuits Filed Over Flint Water

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Detroit — One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires’ disease. While government officials scramble to rid Flint’s tap water …

‘Free’ Facebook Internet Blocked in India

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Delhi — India’s telecom regulator said Monday that service providers cannot charge discriminatory prices for Internet services, a blow to Facebook’s global effort to provide low-cost Internet to developing countries. Facebook’s “Free Basics” program provides a pared-down version of Facebook and weather and job listings to some …

Obama Asking Congress for Emergency Funding for Zika

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Washington — President Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that spread it here and abroad, but says “there shouldn’t be a panic on this.” The virus is spreading rapidly through Latin America. While most …

Candidates sprint to NH finish, but brace for long campaign

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Germany, Turkey Vow Diplomatic Effort To End Aleppo Violence Ankara, Turkey — As tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence massed at Turkey’s border, Turkish and German leaders pledged Monday to redouble diplomatic efforts to end the fighting around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and prevent more …

Purple Heart Connects Newport Family

Monday, February 8, 2016

Concord — A Purple Heart awarded to a soldier from New Hampshire killed in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge that turned up recently after a woman’s death has brought together two branches of a family that never knew of the other’s existence. Eugene Victor Call, a …

UN Condemns North Korean Launch

Monday, February 8, 2016

Seoul, South Korea — The U.N. Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket that world leaders denounced as a banned test of dangerous ballistic missile technology and another “intolerable provocation.” The U.N.’s …

Death Toll From Taiwan Quake Hits 34, Hunt On for Survivors

Monday, February 8, 2016

Tainan, Taiwan — The death toll from a powerful earthquake that toppled a high-rise apartment building in Taiwan rose to at least 34, according to government figures Monday, with rescuers digging through rubble for survivors more than 48 …

Celebrate Your Way With a Nod to Family Traditions

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Your wedding day? It’s “your” day. It’s all about you. Your wedding day? Your mother has been planning it since the day you were born. It can be challenging to celebrate your unique romance while somehow pleasing — …

Social Security Q&A: What Is Substantial Gainful Activity?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Question: What is substantial gainful activity? Answer: Social Security uses the term “substantial gainful activity,” or “SGA,” to describe a level of work activity and earnings. Work is “substantial” if it involves doing significant physical or mental activities or a combination of both. If you earn more than …

Man Buns Are Here to Stay

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Akron, Ohio — When Justin Bieber was photographed wearing a man bun to a fundraising gala last month, the Twittersphere lit up. Some Bieber watchers welcomed the new ’ do. Some scorned it. Cinnabon saw it as an …