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People carry a huge banner reading 'those bullets for everyone of us, heroes never die!' as they march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was gunned down on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 near the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Thousands converged Sunday in central Moscow to mourn veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov, whose killing on the streets of the capital has shaken Russia’s beleaguered opposition. They carried flowers, portraits and white signs that said “I am not afraid.”  (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

March Held For Slain Putin Critic

Monday, March 2, 2015

Moscow — For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans. The marchers occasionally broke into chants of “Russia without Putin,” or “Say no to war,” but often the only sound …

Israeli Veterans Speak Out Against Netanyahu Speech

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tel Aviv — Hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set off on Sunday for Washington, a group of 180 retired Israeli generals and former top security officials warned that his upcoming address to a joint meeting of Congress on Iran’s nuclear program will cause more harm than good. It will not only damage …

House GOP Dilemma Complicated by Far Right

Monday, March 2, 2015

Washington — House Republican leaders will face a familiar dilemma this week when they try again to approve funding to keep the Department of Homeland Security functioning through the end of September: They know their party is too divided to resolve the crisis on its own but fear the political fallout if they …

Labs Named Top Breed in U.S.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New York — America’s fondness for Labrador retrievers is still setting records, but bulldogs are breaking new ground. Labs reigned as the nation’s top dog last year for the 24th year after breaking poodles’ decades-old record in 2013, according to American Kennel Club rankings set to be released …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 1-7

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Don’t Miss Downton Abbey — It’s the holiday-themed Season 5 finale of this still-addictive period drama and we have lots of questions: Why won’t the cops leave Anna (Joanne Froggatt) alone? Will Tom (Allen Leech) stay or go? Is poor Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) finally in her happy …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Ludic Joy

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Force Checkmate We watch with laughing eyes as our Australian greyhound/border collie chases with abandonment several Kong balls we have kicked into the air. Cody leaps and leaps and leaps again with irrepressible excitement, igniting a tableau of three at play, humans and canine. One …

Going Nose-to-Snout with the Locals in Gainesville, Fla.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Gainesville, Fla. — Rule No. 1 when it comes to fleeing an alligator: Don’t run in a straight line. I learned this while standing feet from a prehistoric-looking, kayak-size animal that had crawled up onto the bank of …

How to Sell that ‘Unsellable’ Home

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Do you think your house is unsellable due to its location? Highly rated real estate agents on Angie’s List explain how to sell a house, even in the most undesirable spot. If the most important thing in real estate is location, location, location, how do you sell your …

5 Things to Know About Net Neutrality

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — Netflix, Twitter and Internet activists have won. Big cable has lost. At least until the federal courts get involved, when everything could change. Five things you need to know about the Federal Communications Commission’s vote Thursday …

Drugmaker Avoids Billions in U.S. Taxes

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Washington — Gilead Sciences Inc., whose $1,000-a-pill hepatitis C treatment is one of the world’s most expensive drugs, is avoiding billions of dollars in U.S. taxes by booking profits overseas. The company reported foreign income before taxes of $8.2 billion for 2014, earning more in non-U.S. profits than …

Wage Slowdown Shows Limits of Boom

Sunday, March 1, 2015

While U.S. hiring is soaring, wages have just begun to lift off. As a result, the Federal Reserve’s countdown to raising interest rates is a gradual one. More than five years of economic recovery has spurred the biggest surge in hiring in 17 years, yet employers haven’t had …

Beef Prices Not Coming Down Soon

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chicago — There’s little relief ahead for record U.S. steak and burger prices. While cattle ranchers like Brenda Richards are expanding herds for the first time in almost a decade, it can take two years to get more meat on the plate. After shrinking supply sent beef costs …

Wheat Thins Markets Hidden Message

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Chicago — When The Escape Pod, a small Chicago ad agency, was charged with creating a new campaign for Wheat Thins, an outside-the-box idea came from the box itself. Drop a few letters from the name, and Wheat …