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Asian Stomach Virus Threatens Global Wave

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sydney — A virus that caused a spate of vomiting and diarrhea in Asia last winter appears to be spreading globally, threatening larger outbreaks of gastro infections that are a bane of luxury cruises. The new strain of norovirus known as GII.17 that emerged in southern China has the potential to spread widely because people will probably lack immunity to it, researchers in Japan said Thursday. That means the bug, …

Burt of Burt’s Bees Dies at 80

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Burt Shavitz, the bearded, quirky and reclusive co-founder of a line of skin care products that sold under his name and carried his picture on packaging, died July 5 in Bangor, Maine. He was 80. The company, Burt’s Bees, announced the death and said the cause was respiratory complications. Of the expanding list …

South Carolina Lawmakers Debate Flag

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Columbia, s.c. — South Carolina lawmakers on Monday began debating whether to bring the Confederate flag down outside the Capitol, starting with a pair of senators — one white, one black — whose families arrived in the state before the Civil War. The white senator, who for decades fought off attempts to remove the flag from Statehouse grounds, has come to the same …

Farmers Want Drones, Need Flying License

Monday, July 6, 2015

Cordova, Md. — Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a job he now pays three men to do. “The savings on labor and …

Traders Recall ‘Rush’ and ‘Roar’ as Famed Futures Pits Set to Close

Monday, July 6, 2015

New York — Pete Meegan had every intention of going back to college, but then he got a summer job in the Chicago trading pits and fell in love with the “roar” of the floor, the excitement of …

Pope Francis Arrives in Latin America

Monday, July 6, 2015

Quito, Ecuador — Latin America’s first pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time Sunday, beginning an eight-day tour that will take him to three of the continent’s poorest countries. Outlining his message at a welcoming ceremony in Ecuador, Pope Francis stressed the need to protect …

U.S.-Led Coalition Launches Airstrikes Against IS in Syria

Monday, July 6, 2015

Beirut — U.S.-led coalition aircraft unleashed a series of airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group’s stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria, killing at least 10 militants and wounding many others in one of the largest coalition operations carried out in Syria to date, the coalition said Sunday. At …

N.H. Keeps Front-Runners on Edge

Monday, July 6, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s political dynamic at the midpoint of this pre-election year is both utterly familiar and unlike anything voters here have seen before. What isn’t surprising is that this first-in-the-nation presidential primary state is living up to its reputation for keeping front-runners on edge. The heavily …

Rocket Explosion Unlikely To Slow Launches For Long

Monday, July 6, 2015

SpaceX’s rocket explosion last week may only briefly slow the company’s ambitious launch schedule at Cape Canaveral, Fla., but it could also give a boost to its competitors, experts say. On June 28, a Falcon 9 rocket, launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and headed toward the …

Greece Votes Emphatic ‘No’ On Bailout

Monday, July 6, 2015

Athens — Greek voters on Sunday decisively rejected a bailout proposal that officials here had scorned as “blackmail,” giving their government a desperately needed victory in its showdown with European creditors. With nearly all of the votes counted, …

Social Security Q&A: Will Same-Sex Couple Qualify for Benefits?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Question: My same-sex partner and I recently married. Will we qualify for Social Security benefits? Answer: You may be eligible to apply for Social Security benefits. Many factors affect your eligibility for benefits, including how long you worked and your age. Social Security encourages you to apply for …

How to Keep Pets’ Weight in Check

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Garfield is not the only fat cat around. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than 50 percent of the nation’s cats and dogs are overweight. And just as concerning, more than 90 percent of their …

Boomers Question Place For Pets in Retirement

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Los Angeles — Denise and John Stevens have had pets their whole lives — then they retired. “After our last dog passed away, we decided not to get another one. We like the freedom from worrying about her,” …