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ADDING NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER LEFTERIS PITARAKIS Thick smoke and flames from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo, Lefteris Pitarakis)

U.S. Tied to Fate of Kurds

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Istanbul — The U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State, launched in August to stop the takeover of Iraqi Kurdistan and to rescue a trapped religious minority, has now become focused on a Syrian Kurdish enclave whose defenders are linked to a group responsible for thousands of civilian deaths in Turkey. With the U.S. decision to drop weapons and ammunition …

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Atlanta — Health officials released new guidelines Monday for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the long-anticipated updates Monday evening. Health workers have been pushing for new standards since two Dallas hospital nurses were diagnosed with the disease this month after …

Nigeria Declared To Be Ebola-Free

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Abuja, Nigeria — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West …

Pentagon to Train Ebola Support Team

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — The Pentagon announced Sunday that it will create a 30-person team of medical experts that could quickly leap into a region if new Ebola cases emerge in the United States, providing support for civilian doctors who lack proficiency in fighting the deadly virus. Defense Secretary Chuck …

Pop Art Can Pack Big Design Punch

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home decor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art decor plays well off …

Social Security Q&A: What Defines ‘Disabled’ for Children Getting SSI?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Question: What is the definition of disability for children filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children under the SSI program. A child who is under age 18 is considered disabled if he or she: ∎ Has a physical …

Wheels: Cadillac ATS Coupe Exemplifies ‘New Mobility’

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paris — If you want to see where the global automobile industry is going, book a flight to this always beautiful city and attend one of the world’s oldest and largest automotive displays, the Paris Motor Show, more …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bottom line: The Paris Motor Show is well worth the visit. Get there if you can. The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe is well worth a look, easily one of the best-made, best-equipped entry-level luxury coupes ($37,995 to $60,870 in this case) available. Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent marks …

Guidance for Young People On Saving for Retirement

Sunday, October 19, 2014

How much do you need to save for retirement? It’s the million-dollar question that never has a precise answer, especially for young people who have decades to go before retiring. But plenty of researchers and financial advisers try to provide some guidance, even for those just starting out. …

As Winter Gets Closer, Time to Organize the Garage

Sunday, October 19, 2014

With fall here and winter on its way, it might be time to straighten out the garage, so you can at least find the snow shovels when you need them. “Will it be another bad winter, Al?” you ask. I’ll tell you when it’s over. In the meantime, …

A New Game for Dogs

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Youngsville, n.c. — With shouts of “point” and “drive” from her handler, the 3-year-old German shepherd charges into the triangle of brightly colored rubber orbs, scattering them with her nose like a cue stick breaking balls on a …

How to Find the Perfect Diamond

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but it can be difficult to figure out which diamond that is. Every diamond is classified by its carat size, color, cut and clarity — and the key to picking the best is finding a good combo of all four that …

To Your Good Health: Son Is Skeptical of Dad’s Unusual Remedy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In one of Dr. Donohue’s columns years ago, he wrote about pain in the rectum that he said was caused by “trapped gas” (as well as I can recall), and he recommended sitting on a baseball (or some kind of ball) for a bit and …