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Americans’ Waistlines Are Still Growing

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Americans may have stopped putting on pounds, but their waistlines are still expanding, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average waist circumference of U.S. adults has increased by about 3 percent since the end of the last century. In 1999 and 2000, the waists of Americans who were at least 20 years old measured 37.6 inches around. By 2011 and 2012, that …

Wildfire Consumes Calif. Town

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weed, Calif. — Despite warnings about the dangers of wildfires and drought-parched forests, the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed caught the entire community off guard. In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 100 homes, the saw mill and a church. At times, the fire moved …

NASA Picks Ferry Service Companies

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cape Canaveral, Fla. — NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named the winners of the competition at Kennedy Space Center, next door to where the launches should occur in a …

If Scots Vote To Separate, It Will Be Messy

Monday, September 15, 2014

London — How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It’s complicated, and there is a deadline. If Scots vote yes to separation on Thursday, a clock starts ticking down to March 24, 2016 — the independence day declared by the Scottish government. The British and Scottish administrations …

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Turns 200

Monday, September 15, 2014

Baltimore — Baltimore celebrated the 200th birthday of The Star-Spangled Banner on Saturday with music, tall ships and thousands of slightly damp but eager partygoers, some of whom donned their best red, white and blue attire for the …

Hurdles for Obama Health Law in 2nd Sign-Up season

Monday, September 15, 2014

Washington — Potential complications await consumers as President Obama’s health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don’t expect a repeat of last year’s website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily …

No Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting of Trooper

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blooming Grove, pa. — An investigation continued in northeast Pennsylvania on Sunday after a state trooper was killed and another was critically wounded in an apparent shooting ambush over the weekend. No suspect or suspects have been identified in the Friday night attack, and no specific motive has …

Britain Mourns Slain Hostage

Monday, September 15, 2014

London — Now it’s Britain’s turn to mourn. British aid worker David Haines has been beheaded — like two American journalists before him — and the Islamic State group is threatening to kill a fourth captive. A grisly …

Arab States Will Contribute Airstrikes

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paris — Several Arab states have offered to conduct airstrikes against militants in Iraq alongside the efforts of the United States, U.S. officials said Sunday as the Obama administration sought to bolster its case for action against the Islamic State. “A lot of this is still in the …

Kennel at Homeless Facility Keeps Pets, Families Together

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Akron, Ohio — When people tried to pet her, the cat snuggled closer to owner Susan McIntosh. The cat is the first pet to be housed at the new home of Family Promise, a 10-year-old nonprofit organization that provides services to homeless families. Recently, it opened a kennel …

Social Security Q&A: Will Private Policy Reduce Disability Benefit?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Question: I’m thinking about getting disability protection from a private company. If I become disabled and have a private policy, would it reduce my Social Security disability benefit? Answer: No. Having private insurance does not affect your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. But you may be interested …

Study: Car Technology Systems Failing Consumers

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Here’s why consumers say they don’t like the fancy tech systems in their cars: They don’t work very well. Auto manufacturers face deepening challenges with technology as customer frustration with their multimedia systems builds, according to a study from market research firm J.D. Power and Associates. Technology issues …

Farm Education at N.Y. Farm

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pocantico Hills, n.y. — Agriculture tourism lures travelers each fall with farms offering petting zoos, dressed-up scarecrows, pick-your-own pumpkins and pony rides. But Stone Barns, in New York’s Hudson Valley, offers a different type of agritourism. Stone Barns …