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Temps Have Been Above Average for 355 Straight Months

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that last September was the hottest of them all, out of 135 Septembers going back to 1880. The same was true for August 2014. And June of 2014. And May of 2014. What that means is that for each of these months, the combined average global land and ocean surface temperature has never been higher, at least since we started recording …

North Korea Frees Held American

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — North Korea’s reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held. There was no immediate explanation for the release of Jeffrey …

Ebola Screening Expanded

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports. The move responds to pressure from some Congress members and the public to impose a …

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits …

Affordable Care Act Refutes Cost Prediction

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — Business groups said soon after the health-care act became law in 2010 that the sweeping health-care overhaul would impose huge new costs on U.S. employers, leading to job losses. Three years later, with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, none of the most …

Ousted Nazis Got Millions In Benefits

Monday, October 20, 2014

Osijek, Croatia — Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found. The payments, underwritten …

Kurds Say U.S.-Led Airstrikes Halting Islamic State Advance on Kobani

Monday, October 20, 2014

Mursitpinar, Turkey — Each day, Mohammed Jemmo ventures to a barren, wind-swept hilltop overlooking his embattled hometown where two of his sons and a daughter are fighting with the Kurdish militia resisting an offensive by Islamist extremists. “I …

48 Set to Be Cleared in Dallas After Ebola Monitoring

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dallas — By this morning, 48 of the people in Dallas who are being monitored for Ebola symptoms will be cleared to resume their lives, after a tense three weeks for them and for much of the nation. Fourteen of the 48 were cleared Saturday and 34 more …

Pentagon to Train Ebola Support Team

Monday, October 20, 2014

Washington — The Pentagon announced Sunday that it will create a 30-person team of medical experts that could quickly leap into a region if new Ebola cases emerge in the United States, providing support for civilian doctors who lack proficiency in fighting the deadly virus. Defense Secretary Chuck …

Pop Art Can Pack Big Design Punch

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home decor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following. Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art decor plays well off …

Social Security Q&A: What Defines ‘Disabled’ for Children Getting SSI?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Question: What is the definition of disability for children filing for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: Social Security has a strict definition of disability for children under the SSI program. A child who is under age 18 is considered disabled if he or she: ∎ Has a physical …

Wheels: Cadillac ATS Coupe Exemplifies ‘New Mobility’

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Paris — If you want to see where the global automobile industry is going, book a flight to this always beautiful city and attend one of the world’s oldest and largest automotive displays, the Paris Motor Show, more …

Nuts & Bolts: 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bottom line: The Paris Motor Show is well worth the visit. Get there if you can. The 2015 Cadillac ATS coupe is well worth a look, easily one of the best-made, best-equipped entry-level luxury coupes ($37,995 to $60,870 in this case) available. Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent marks …