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FDA Will Amend Food Safety Law

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it would revise a landmark food safety law because of widespread complaints from farmers that some provisions were too burdensome. The agency is proposing relaxing some oversight on irrigation water, allowing easier application of raw manure and exempting small farms from produce safety rules. It’s also eliminating a proposal that would have made it more difficult for brewers and distillers to give …

Fla. Town Knew Shooter Had Troubles

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bell, Fla. — Most people in this rural, north Florida community seemed to know about the Spirit family’s troubled and tragic past. The patriarch, Don Spirit, who police say killed his daughter and six grandchildren before committing suicide, served time a decade ago after he accidentally shot his son to death during a …

CIA Halts Its Spying On Europe

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Washington — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials. The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to …

In the U.S., Gun Violence Kills Blacks at Twice the Rate of Whites

Friday, September 19, 2014

The risk of dying from a gunshot wound is twice as high for African-Americans as it is for white Americans, according to a new study based on 11 years’ worth of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2000 and 2010, the rate of firearm-related …

Obama Declines Heavy Weapons For Ukraine

Friday, September 19, 2014

Washington — The president of Ukraine came to Washington Thursday seeking special ally status and lethal aid to fight the Russians. He walked away with neither but declared he was happy to get what he did get, new non-lethal aid. “I’m getting everything possible,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko …

Early Results: Scots Reject Independence

Friday, September 19, 2014

Edinburgh, Scotland — Voters in Scotland turned out in unprecedented numbers for an independence referendum and early results Friday suggested they wanted to keep Scotland’s 307-year union with England. With 26 of 32 regional electoral centers reporting, the …

Senate Votes For Syrian Rebel Aid

Friday, September 19, 2014

Washington — In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants Thursday night, with the reluctant ratification of a …

Witness: 21 Killed by Mexico Army

Friday, September 19, 2014

Arcelia, Mexico — A woman says she saw Mexican soldiers shoot and kill her 15-year-old daughter after a confrontation with a suspected drug gang even though the teenager was lying wounded on the ground. Twenty others also were shot and killed in rural southern Mexico after they surrendered …

Toronto Mayor Releases Statement From Hospital

Friday, September 19, 2014

Toronto — Just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy for a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer, a rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released an audio statement from his hospital room on Thursday urging people to vote for his brother for mayor. Ford said he soon would start chemotherapy to …

Report: Death in America Is Costly, Chaotic and Ill-Planned

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Americans aren’t getting the support and services they need as death nears, according to a U.S. report calling for an overhaul to the nation’s expensive and inefficient approach to end-of-life care. Doctors need training to talk with their patients about death well before the end of life, a …

Polish Fears of Russia Still Run High

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Warsaw, Poland — It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: “Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?” Though she was half joking, her comment …

School Police Stock Up On Free Military Gear

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Los Angeles — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but …

Independence Vote Today for Scotland

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stirling, Scotland — Seven hundred years ago, Robert the Bruce reclaimed Scottish independence here with the help of a two-handed sword. Today, Scotland’s current first minister, Alex Salmond, hopes to repeat that success with the help of 16-year-old voters. The cynical view is that Salmond’s Scottish National Party, …