Nation / World

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 U.S. Army technician, was killed March 2, 1945, with seven other platoon members near Kapellen, Germany, at 32. He was assigned to …

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 most powerful body pledged to quickly adopt a new resolution with “significant” new sanctions. North …

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 hours after the quake struck. More than 100 are believed to be still buried in …

This Isn’t JFK’s School Desk

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It seemed too good to be true: An old wooden desk carved with the initials “JFK” from the private school in Connecticut where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy. That’s because it was. The desk was the …

Science Seeks Owner of WWII Trumpet

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The old, bent trumpet is dripping with water as Shanna Daniel lifts it from its basin in the conservation lab at the Washington Navy Yard. It’s a B-flat horn, made around 1934, with a bell that was smashed …

Reading Like a (Nearly) Ivy Leaguer

Sunday, February 7, 2016

If you want an Ivy League education, you could fork over $200 grand or so and go to Cornell or Harvard for four years. Alternatively, you could save a ton of cash by simply reading the same books Ivy League students are assigned. That became easier recently with …

Around the Remote: Week of Feb. 7-14

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Don’t Miss Super Bowl 50 — Break out the chicken wings and adult beverages. America’s day of gridiron gluttony is finally upon us. The big game pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif., as about a gazillion TV viewers look on. Oh, but …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: I Could Give Him a Knight

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hint and Explanation: Better Than Nxc4ch Chess has been banned by religious authorities numerous times because of an association with gambling. With the exception of the pre-revolutionary Czarist regime of Russia, few secular powers have had a concern with the game. Chess clubs, that regime feared, were gathering …

To Your Good Health: Evidence Suggests Vaccines Safe for Most People With Autoimmune Disease

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps “prime” the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a …

Miss Manners: Name-Calling Is Not the Same Thing as Debate

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Miss Manners: In the light of rude comments made by political candidates under the guise of not being politically correct, could you please explain how to be polite without being politically correct? Gentle Reader: Good question. As modern usage of the term “politically correct” has meant refraining …

Money Talk: Most People’s W-4s Are ‘Wrong’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Question: After being an unmarried couple for 15 years, we were married in February 2014. Though I sent this information to my company’s benefits department, I neglected to change my W-4 status from “single” to “married.” I’m crossing my fingers that when all is said and done, we …

‘Shut Up, My Spot Is On’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Los Angeles — Who was the least valuable player in last year’s Super Bowl? Viewers might say it was the tousle-haired young boy in the Nationwide Insurance spot, talking about all the cool things he missed because he …

Outdoor Co-op REI Is Thriving, but Does It Have Members, or Shoppers?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Seattle — REI’s business acumen has taken it to lofty heights rarely seen by a retail cooperative. But as a record-low turnout in the latest annual election shows, REI’s original democratic fervor seems to have stayed at base camp. Members these days engage more via Twitter, Facebook or …