Nation / World

Congress Nears Deal On Deductions

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Washington — Congressional leaders appeared near a deal late Tuesday to renew $450 billion in tax deductions cherished by consumers, citizens and companies alike. The White House called it a bad deal and vowed a veto, though it faces a tougher Congress in January when Republicans take over the Senate. The deal was being hammered out by two leaders soon to leave their positions of power: Senate Majority Leader Harry …

Coast Guard Brings 193 Rare Sea Turtles to Florida

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Orlando, Fla. — A Coast Guard plane touched down in Orlando at dusk Tuesday hauling a cargo of the world’s rarest sea turtles, rescued by volunteers from the lethally chilly waters and beaches of Cape Cod Bay. Weighing only 2 to 10 pounds, the young Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are among the first …

Brown Family Blasts Prosecutor; Wilson Speaks

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. — Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown. Meanwhile, officer Darren Wilson broke his long …

Obama Won’t Back Down on Immigration

Monday, November 24, 2014

Washington — President Obama on Sunday responded to Republican critics who have accused him of acting like an emperor with his recent immigration actions, repeating his challenge for Congress to “pass a bill.” Meanwhile, Republican leaders spent the weekend trying to craft a viable political response to the …

More Than 40 Dead in Afghan Blast

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kabul, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber set off his explosives vest Sunday in a large crowd at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan, killing more than 40 people and injuring scores in one of the nation’s deadliest assaults …

Putin: Crimea Move A Strategic Decision sia won’t be isolated

Monday, November 24, 2014

Moscow — Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula was a “strategic decision,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published Sunday, brushing aside a suggestion that tough retaliatory sanctions may have come as a surprise. Putin said that sanctions, lower oil prices and a plummeting currency would …

Navy Admiral Denies Role in Counterfeiting Casino Chips

Monday, November 24, 2014

Washington — An admiral linked by Navy investigators to counterfeit casino chips denied Sunday that he played any role in making them. Investigation records say his DNA was found on the underside of an adhesive sticker used to …

Brooklyn Shows Its ‘Killer Heels’

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — Manhattan may have hosted Fashion Week, but Brooklyn’s got “Killer Heels.” A new exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum looks at the elevated shoe as a design object, from platform shoes dating to about 1600 to …

Social Security Q&A: Extra Help for Medicare Drug Costs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: I want to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Can state agencies also help with my Medicare costs? Answer: When you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug (Medicare Part D) costs, you also can start your application process for the …

Nuts and Bolts: Mercedes-Benz GLA250

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bottom line: It is an excellent urban runner. It fits well in the city, can handle most small-to-moderate hauling chores and will do well in the Mid-Atlantic region’s generally moderate winters. It is built with Mercedes-Benz quality, but keep in mind that Mercedes-Benz also builds taxis and trucks …

Coffee and a Kitty

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Oakland, Calif. — Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland. Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle …

Money Talk: Disabled Nephew Has Student Loan Options

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Question: My nephew was persuaded by a recruiter to attend a for-profit technical college. Then, once he entered, his “advisers” persuaded him to take many, many classes — at full price — always handing him student loan paperwork to get more loans. Then they persuaded him to change …

Bob Hope’s Legacy More Than Laughs

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New York — While today he may be thought of with misgivings, if at all, Bob Hope reigned for much of the last century as America’s wisecracking avatar of comedy. By the time he died in 2003 at …