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Kenneth Bae, a American tour guide and missionary serving a 15-year sentence, detained in North Korea,  speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korea Detainees Call for U.S. Help

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pyongyang, North Korea — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within …

Protesters Demand Pakistani Premier Resign

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Islamabad — Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan’s prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif again vowed he would not step down under duress, even as protesters briefly took over …

Rebels Lower Demands

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Moscow — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents’ platform, released at the start of Monday’s negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, represented a significant change in their vision for the …

Ferguson: A Flashpoint for National Rage

Monday, September 1, 2014

Los Angeles — They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: the …

Philippine Troops Pull ‘Greatest Escape’ In Golan

Monday, September 1, 2014

Beirut — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops. The getaway, combined with the departure of another entrapped group of Filipino …

Senegal Is Fifth African Country with Ebola

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dakar, Senegal — The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is “a top priority emergency,” the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar. Senegal …

Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Have Nowhere for It to Go

Monday, September 1, 2014

Atlanta — The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government …

Werner Franz, Last of Hindenburg Crew, Dies

Monday, September 1, 2014

In 1936 and 1937, young Werner Franz worked as a cabin boy on the Hindenburg, the largest, fastest and sleekest mode of transportation the world had seen up to that time. The German-built airship, which was 804 feet long and kept aloft by hydrogen gas, was an engineering …

U.S. Trained Alaskans as Secret ‘Stay-Behind Agents’ in ‘50s

Monday, September 1, 2014

Washington — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed …

Islamist Militia Now Guards U.S. Embassy in Libya, 2 Years After Attack

Monday, September 1, 2014

Tripoli, Libya — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. An Associated Press journalist saw holes …

Why My Fiancee Was at My Bachelor Party

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vail, Colo. — Strippers and all-night binge drinking weren’t going to cut it for my bachelor party. Getting married at 36, I figured my days of debauchery — the few days that ever existed — were long gone. …

Social Security Q&A: What Information Do I Need to Apply for SSI?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Question: What information do I need to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: Here are some of the things you will be ask for when you apply for SSI. Even if you do not have all of the things listed below, apply anyway. The people in the …

Bigger Down Payments Add to Buyers’ Blues

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Washington — The challenges facing prospective buyers of the nation’s least expensive homes are getting harder to overcome. Already beset by stagnant wages, growing student debt and competition from investors who are snapping up listings, those looking to purchase moderately priced houses must also provide more cash up …