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‘The Cosmopolitans’ Leads the Pack of New Amazon Offerings

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Here comes the third round of Amazon pilots, even before we’ve seen the fruits of the second. The first gave the world Garry Trudeau’s (neologism alert) Republicom Alpha House, whose second season began filming in July. Jill Soloway’s Transparent, one of four green-lighted pilots from the last batch, arrives as a series to stream via Amazon.com in late September. It’s useful to remember that pilots are only pilots. They are …

Syria Fears: Extremists Return Home

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Washington — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four people at the Jewish Museum in …

Obama Says Immigration Needs Time

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Washington — President Obama is suggesting that he will defer his self-imposed deadline for announcing an expected change in immigration policy, as the White House wrestles with the political and legal dilemmas involved in making significant alterations without congressional approval. Fed up with congressional gridlock, the president has said he’ll use his executive power to make changes. One proposal under discussion would delay …

How Kids’ Livestock Shows Became a Cutthroat Business

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tiffany LaRue, 17, had not been lucky with her pigs this year. One had its placenta detach, killing the embryos. Another was supposed to have been pregnant when they bought her, but wasn’t. Another, LaRue said, simply didn’t take. That left LaRue with one option if she wanted …

Fracking Link to Birth Defects Probed

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New York — The first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells has found potential health risks. Government officials, industry advocates and the researchers themselves say more studies are needed before drawing conclusions. While the findings are still preliminary, any documented …

Report: No Deaths From Delays at VA

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found plenty of problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix. Investigators uncovered large-scale …

U.S. Won’t Coordinate With Assad

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Washington — The Obama administration has ruled out the possibility of coordinating any U.S. airstrikes in Syria with President Bashar Assad’s government, forcing U.S. officials to either design a campaign that would evade Syrian air defenses or coordinate it with Assad through a third party. Despite the shared …

Fighting Halted In Gaza

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tel Aviv, Israel — An agreement bringing a long-term halt to hostilities between Israel and Hamas may be only the first step in stopping what has been the longest, deadliest and most destructive of three wars the two …

Drug Czar Has Own Addiction Story

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lynn, Mass. — America’s top drug control official had a confession. Michael Botticelli was seated on a tattered purple couch in an old Victorian here, just outside of Boston. Above his head was a photo of Al Pacino …

Policy Dissolves French Government

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paris — President Francois Hollande is weighing his options after dissolving the government on Monday over open feuding in the Cabinet about how much cutting — or spending — will revive the country’s stagnant economy. Hollande is to …

Parents Unable to See Kids’ Weight Issues

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Researchers have identified a new culprit in the epidemic of childhood obesity: parents who can’t even tell that their pudgy kids are overweight. A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that American parents are significantly less likely to make an accurate assessment of their children’s weight compared …

Doctor Dies After Taking Untested Ebola Drug

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monrovia, Liberia — A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday. Separately, Canada said it has yet to send out an untested vaccine that the …

Syria to U.S.: No Approval, No Airstrikes

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beirut — While offering to assist any international effort to fight Islamic State militants, Syria’s foreign minister warned the U.S. Monday not to conduct airstrikes against the group inside Syria without Damascus’ consent, saying any such attack would …