Nation / World

Nature Has a Tornado Detector

Monday, December 22, 2014

Los Angeles — Ornithologist Henry Streby was happy enough that a song bird weighing less than two nickels managed to carry a tiny electronic sensor from Tennessee to Colombia and back. Then he looked at the paths taken by several of the birds. The data showed that five of his recently returned golden-winged warblers fled their Appalachian Mountain breeding ground and winged back to the Gulf of Mexico a day …

Half of Dr. Oz’s Medical Advice Is Baseless or Wrong, Study Says

Monday, December 22, 2014

It’s not hard to understand what makes Dr. Oz so popular. Called “America’s doctor,” syndicated talk-show host Mehmet Oz speaks in a way anyone can understand. Medicine may be complex. But with Dr. Oz, clad in scrubs and crooning to millions of viewers about “miracles” and “revolutionary” breakthroughs, it’s often not. He somehow …

Norwich Man Integral in Cuba Release

Monday, December 22, 2014

Norwich — An influential U.S. Senate aide who helped to free an American imprisoned in Cuba and restore diplomatic relations with the communist country tracks his foreign policy and humanitarian work as far back as his Upper Valley origins. Tim Rieser, a long t ime aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is a …

Focus Renewed on Statehouse Security

Monday, December 22, 2014

Washington — Security at statehouses is as varied as the legislatures housed within them. Some capitols have metal detectors and screen visitors. Others offer open access, and some allow people with permits to carry their firearms inside the building. Staff and security at all 50 state capitols participate …

NYPD Cop Killer Had Long History

Monday, December 22, 2014

New York — Minutes before killing two policemen in Brooklyn, a man told two people, “Watch what I’m gonna do,” police said Sunday as they pieced together the final hours of a man with a history of arrests …

Sierra Leone Urges Safe Burials

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dakar, Senegal — The radio announcement is chilling and blunt: “If I die, I want the deaths to stop with me.” Dr. Desmond Williams continues: “I want to give my family the permission to request a safe and …

Australian Woman Charged in 8 Deaths

Monday, December 22, 2014

Cairns, Australia — A judge on Monday rejected a plea by lawyers for an Australian woman charged with killing eight children to have the next hearing held in a mental health court. Mersane Warria, charged under her full name of Raina Mersane Ina Thaiday, is facing eight counts …

Israel Attacks Gaza to Retaliate for Rogue Rocket During Cease-Fire

Monday, December 22, 2014

Jerusalem — The border between Israel and the Gaza Strip remained tense Sunday after attacks over the weekend that showed how fragile the cease-fire is since the summer’s war between Israeli troops and Hamas. A rocket launched into Israel on Friday drew an Israeli airstrike in Gaza, the …

Tent City Sprouts in Detroit’s Shadow

Monday, December 22, 2014

Detroit — Bankruptcy behind it, Detroit’s atmosphere swirls with the promise of better days. Charles Floyd Jones can only hope that the city’s good fortune trickles down to him and the 10 other residents of a tent city that’s sprouted in the shadow of a resurgent downtown where …

Exit Poll: Ex-Regime Official Is Tunisia’s New President

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tunis, Tunisia — Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of Sunday’s presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls Parliament. The runoff …

Arizona ‘Dreamers’ to Line Up for Driver’s Licenses

Monday, December 22, 2014

Phoenix — Thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation under a federal program will begin lining up for Arizona driver’s licenses Monday after a federal judge removed the final barrier preventing them from applying for the documents. A preliminary injunction issued Thursday by U.S. District Judge David Campbell …

Kirk Douglas Publishes Poetry Book

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kirk Douglas may be one of the biggest actors of his era, with starring roles in 1960’s Spartacus, 1949’s Champion and 1951’s Ace in the Hole. But on a recent crisp morning, he was having a grand time simply reciting his poetry by heart for an audience of …

On Fashion: Ugly Christmas Sweater Season, When Grandma’s Trash Is a Nation’s Treasure

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Elbow deep in ugly, the Christmas sweater connoisseur is immersed in a daily ritual: bows and bears, sequins and shoulder pads, gold glitter thread woven into non-denominational holiday wishes, snowmen of the literal button-nosed variety and ... “I know it is here,” she says, digging to the bottom …