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David Mangold takes his cowboy hat off during a prayer at the Cowtown Cowboy Church in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. (David Woo/Dallas Morning News/MCT)

Cowboy Churches Preach the Gospel With a Little Twang

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fort Worth, Texas — At high noon in the Stockyards Station, just after the longhorn cattle drive down Exchange Avenue and just before the gunfight show, a congregation comes to worship. Pastor George Westby has been leading services here at the Cowboy Church at the Fort Worth Stockyards for 23 years. His services attract visitors from all over the country …

Home Depot Breach Affected 56 Million Credit, Debit Cards

Friday, September 19, 2014

New York — Home Depot said that 56 million debit and credit cards are estimated to have been breached in a data theft between April and September at its stores in the U.S. and Canada. That makes it the second-largest breach for a retailer on record. The nation’s largest home improvement retailer, based in Atlanta, also confirmed Thursday that the malware used in …

Day Care Serves Gourmet Meals

Friday, September 19, 2014

Oslo — Growing up in Scandinavia’s richest nation has its perks. A private day-care center in Oslo’s Nydalen neighborhood is taking it a step further, serving gourmet food with a menu that includes King Crab, veal with foie gras sauce as well as exclusive Japanese Kobe beef to kids aged 1 to 6. Eventyrstua, or fairy-tale cabin, has a chef that cooks three …

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 …

NASA Picks Ferry Service Companies

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cape Canaveral, Fla. — NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the winners of the …