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Sen. Sanders: Republicans Not Serious

Friday, July 25, 2014

Washington — Talks in Congress about financing medical care for U.S. military veterans stalled for the second time in two weeks as the Senate’s top negotiator said Republican leaders are “not serious about negotiations.” “At this point, I can only conclude with great reluctance that the good faith we have shown is simply not being reciprocated by the other side,” Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, said …

Doctor Returns Fire At Gunman in Hospital Attack

Friday, July 25, 2014

Darby, Pa. — A doctor who was grazed by gunfire from a patient in his office at a suburban hospital on Thursday helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said. The patient opened fire after entering the …

European Court Says Poland Complicit in CIA Detainment Compensation

Friday, July 25, 2014

Europe’s top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland allowed the CIA to detain two terrorism suspects at a secret prison on its territory where they were exposed to “torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.” In a 400-page ruling, the European Court of Human Rights said Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights and failed to properly investigate what had happened to …

Bleak Future for Some Deportees

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tocoa, Honduras — Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago. Then the killers came looking for …

New Rules to Stop Deadly Oil Train Fires

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Washington — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of older tank cars that carry increasing quantities of crude oil and other highly flammable liquids …

Oregon Eyes Legal Pot

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Portland, Ore. — Oregonians will be able to vote in November on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The initiative submitted by the marijuana reform group New Approach Oregon received at least 88,500 valid signatures to qualify for placement on the ballot, election workers announced Wednesday. “Treating …

Senate, House Advance Rival Border Plans

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Washington — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other’s approach …

Israel Criticized for Gaza Casualties

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Jerusalem — Saeed al-Hadad was at home in Gaza City, watching TV coverage of the war going on outside, when he heard two loud explosions. “The whole area shook,” he recounted in testimony collected by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. “There was no warning fire beforehand like …

Memorial Honoring Injured Veterans Under Way in D.C.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Washington — Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside. When she woke up from a coma, the West Point graduate …

Arizona Inmate Dies Belatedly in Another Botched Execution

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tucson, Ariz. — A convicted murderer in Arizona gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes after a lethal injection Wednesday, his attorneys said, dying in a botched execution that will probably reinvigorate the national debate over the death penalty in the United States. Joseph Rudolph Wood III’s …

Businessman Defeats Longtime Politician in Senate Runoff

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Atlanta — Businessman David Perdue has defeated longtime Rep. Jack Kingston in the Republican runoff for Georgia’s U.S. Senate nomination, setting up a matchup against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn that will help determine which party controls the Senate …

Study: Sleeping Habits Affect Ethics

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Do you consider yourself an ethical person? Chances are you answered “yes.” But new research suggests that our ability to act honestly in a given situation depends, in part, on the time of day. A study forthcoming in the journal Psychological Science finds that early-risers, or “larks,” are …

EU Imposes New Sanctions On Russia

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Berlin — The European Union agreed Tuesday to expand a list of Russian entities and individuals subject to asset freezes and travel bans and threatened to target vast sectors of the Russian economy if Moscow did not act swiftly to rein in rebels believed to have shot down …