Nation / World

Congress Nears Deal On Deductions

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Washington — Congressional leaders appeared near a deal late Tuesday to renew $450 billion in tax deductions cherished by consumers, citizens and companies alike. The White House called it a bad deal and vowed a veto, though it faces a tougher Congress in January when Republicans take over the Senate. The deal was being hammered out by two leaders soon to leave their positions of power: Senate Majority Leader Harry …

Coast Guard Brings 193 Rare Sea Turtles to Florida

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Orlando, Fla. — A Coast Guard plane touched down in Orlando at dusk Tuesday hauling a cargo of the world’s rarest sea turtles, rescued by volunteers from the lethally chilly waters and beaches of Cape Cod Bay. Weighing only 2 to 10 pounds, the young Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are among the first …

Brown Family Blasts Prosecutor; Wilson Speaks

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. — Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown. Meanwhile, officer Darren Wilson broke his long …

Israeli Leader Netanyahu Puts Jewish Nationality Bill on Hold

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday staved off a potential splintering of his governing coalition, at least for now, with an agreement to delay bringing a contentious nationality bill before the Knesset, or parliament. But the government, beset by constant quarrels, remains on shaky ground, …

Rhino-Horse Wandered Ancient India

Monday, November 24, 2014

A portly hooved animal about the size of a wild pig just might help solve a 55-million-year-old mystery of evolution and continental drift. The mammal, which likely weighed 45-75 pounds, probably occupied a branch of the evolutionary tree right beside a broad group that has since radiated out …

Scientists Are Building a Better Battery

Monday, November 24, 2014

Berkeley, Calif. — Imagine an electric car with the range of a Tesla Model S — 265 miles — but at one-fifth the $70,000 price of the luxury sedan. Or a battery able to provide many times more energy than today’s technology at significantly lower prices, meaning longer-lasting …

PBS Launches New Math Series for Kids in ‘Odd Squad’

Monday, November 24, 2014

Consider this math problem: PBS leaves the train station headed west under a full head of steam to find a new series to teach math to youngsters. Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman leave a train station at top speed headed east with an idea for a show that …

Letter That Inspired Jack Kerouac’s ‘On The Road’ Found

Monday, November 24, 2014

Los Angeles — It’s been called the letter that launched a literary genre — 16,000 amphetamine-fueled, stream-of-consciousness words written by Neal Cassady to his friend Jack Kerouac in 1950. Upon reading them, Kerouac scrapped an early draft of On The Road and, during a three-week writing binge, revised …

Nestle’s Next Food Frontier: Exercise in a Bottle

Monday, November 24, 2014

Zurich — Tucked away near Lake Geneva, a handful of Nestle scientists are quietly working on realizing every couch potato’s dream: exercise that comes in a bottle. The world’s biggest food company, known for KitKat candy bars and Nespresso capsules, says it has identified how an enzyme in …

Israeli Cabinet: Israel Is Jewish

Monday, November 24, 2014

Jerusalem — In a move likely to further inflame tensions with Israel’s Arab citizens, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to legally define the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The decision, which set …

Israeli Officer Charged in Death of Teen

Monday, November 24, 2014

Jerusalem — An Israeli border policeman was charged with manslaughter on Sunday in the shooting death of a Palestinian teenager during a protest in the West Bank, a rare case in which a member of the security forces has been prosecuted for killing a Palestinian. The charges, brought …

Former 4-Term Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry Dies

Monday, November 24, 2014

Marion Barry Jr., the Mississippi sharecropper’s son and civil rights activist who served three terms as mayor of the District of Columbia, survived a drug arrest and jail sentence, and then came back to win a fourth term …

Court Case Tests Free Speech on Internet

Monday, November 24, 2014

Washington — About a week after Tara Elonis convinced a judge to issue a protective order against her estranged husband, Anthony, her soon-to-be ex had this to say: “Fold up your PFA (protection-from-abuse order) and put it in your pocket. Is it thick enough to stop a bullet?” …