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A local woman cries in front of  a damaged school after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Rebels in eastern Ukraine appear to be successfully closing in on the government-held airport of Donetsk, a strategic victory for the pro-Russian separatists that further undermines a shaky cease-fire in the region. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Cease-Fire in Ukraine Unraveling

Thursday, October 2, 2014

At least 11 adults were killed in Ukraine on Wednesday when artillery shells struck a schoolyard and bus stop in suburban Donetsk on the belated first day of school for the city at the center of a pro-Russia rebellion against rule from Kiev, Russian and Ukrainian news agencies reported. The blasts at Donetsk School No. 57 and at the nearby …

Parents Fearing Ebola Remove Kids From School

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dallas — At L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary School, parents rushed to pull their children out of school after they received calls a student who may have had contact with the patient diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus. “I’m scared,” said Kia Collins, who has four children at the school ages 5-11. “I may keep …

U.S. Sharply Criticizes New Settlements

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Washington — In a striking public rebuke, the Obama administration warned Israel on Wednesday that plans for a controversial new housing project in east Jerusalem would distance Israel from “even its closest allies” and raise questions about its commitment to seeking peace with Palestinians. The harsh criticism came just hours after President Obama …

World & Nation Briefs for Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spending On Kids’ Education Further Widens Health Gap Washington (ap) — Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they’ll count the ways: Preschool can lift children …

Hong Kong Chief Says Voting Beats Watching TV

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hong Kong — Hong Kong’s embattled leader attended a flag-raising ceremony Wednesday to mark China’s National Day after refusing to meet pro-democracy demonstrators despite their threats to expand the street protests that have posed the stiffest challenge to …

Brain Scans Deliver Lessons on How Kids Learn

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Seattle — On a recent afternoon, a 10-year-old girl with long, blond, curly hair, gave University of Washington researchers a peek inside her brain. Lying flat on her back inside a machine that looks like a big doughnut, Shelter Gimbel-Sherr read individual letters presented on a video screen …

Netanyahu Blasts Hamas, Islamic State

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

United Nations — In a blistering speech to the United Nations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Monday that Hamas and the Islamic State group are “branches of the same poisonous tree,” both bent on world domination through terror, just as the Nazis were. Netanyahu also lashed …

Redemptions at Pimco After Gross’ Resignation

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New York — Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Chief Executive Officer Douglas Hodge said the firm is expecting and is ready for client redemptions following the departure of co-founder Bill Gross. In a conference call with analysts where he was joined by top executives at Pimco parent Allianz SE, …

200,000 Join Hong Kong Protests

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hong Kong — Spurred by the decision Sunday to use tear gas and pepper spray on pro-democracy protesters, tens of thousands of people joined sit-ins across Hong Kong on Monday in an outpouring of discontent that’s likely to disrupt the former British colony for days, if not longer, …

U.S. Consumer Spending Increases 0.5 Percent in August

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Washington — Americans boosted spending by a healthy amount in August, offering welcome evidence that the economy is on solid footing heading into the final quarter of the year. Consumer spending rose 0.5 percent in August after showing no gain in July, the Commerce Department reported Monday. About …

Afghanistan Swears in New President

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kabul, Afghanistan — Afghanistan swore in Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai as its second elected president on Monday, embarking on a new era with a national unity government poised to confront a resilient Taliban insurgency by signing an agreement with …

Air Traffic Sabotage Impact Could Be in the Millions

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chicago — The economic impact of a sabotaged radar center near Chicago that struck at the heart of the nation’s air transportation grid will easily soar into tens of millions of dollars and perhaps hundreds of millions, experts say. The impact on some 44,000 passengers alone has already …

Intruder Ran Deeper Into White House Than Previously Known, Official Says

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Washington — The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service had publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect …