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Generation LOL Irked By Grammar Slip-Ups

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York — It’s the LOL generation that appears most annoyed by bad grammar and spelling slips, according to a survey by Dictionary.com. The site found in an online Harris Poll done July 31 to Aug. 4 that 80 percent of American adults 18 and older consider themselves good spellers, but they may be overestimating their abilities. The survey of 2,052 people showed 71 percent responded that they often find …

U.S. Court Rules for NSA Phone Program

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington — A federal appeals court in Washington has lifted an injunction against the National Security Agency’s call records program on the grounds that the plaintiff has not proved his own phone records were collected and so lacks standing to sue. The move lifts a ban on the NSA’s collection that had been imposed — and temporarily stayed — by a U.S. District …

Bush Returns to New Orleans

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Orleans — Former president George W. Bush returned to New Orleans on Friday, nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the storm that submerged the city and tarnished his legacy. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush made an understated appearance at Warren Easton Charter High School, one of New Orleans’ oldest public …

Bombing Suspect Captured

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The destroyed Khobar Towers and the crater where a truck bomb exploded are shown in this June 25, 1996, photograph taken the day of the attack. The explosion at the U.S. military complex killed 19 Americans and injured …

U.S. Stocks Enjoy Biggest 1-Day Gain in Seven Years

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances. While the surge came as a relief to many, Wall Street professionals warned that more rough days lie …

Va. Journalists Killed on Live TV

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Roanoke, Va. — The gunman turned on the video recorder just before 6:45 Wednesday morning and, whispering a single sexist slur, pointed his black Glock at the TV reporter standing in front of him. Alison Parker, 24, was interviewing the head of the local chamber of commerce live …

Sheriff: Officer Shot and 1 Stabbing Victim Have Both Died

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunset, La. — A police officer was shot and killed Wednesday when he responded to a call from a house where three women had been stabbed, one of them fatally, in a town about 60 miles west of …

The FDA May Be Making a Mistake With Changes to Nutrition Labels

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The good news is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to make the Nutrition Facts label on many packaged foods significantly more honest. The bad news is that this well-intentioned fix seriously could backfire. As part of a label overhaul, which the FDA announced last …

CEOs Make 200 Times More Than Workers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule that will require companies, starting in 2017, to disclose a simple calculation: At what multiple is the chief executives’ compensation vs. the median-compensated worker. It’s a concept many in Corporate America have loved to hate ever since …

Refugees Race Into Hungary as border fence nears completion

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Brussels — Thousands of refugees, most fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been snaking northward through the Balkans in recent days, confronting a Europe woefully unprepared to deal with them at every step. Most endured a …

Islamic State May Have Used Mustard Gas

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beirut — Doctors and an aid organization said this week that the Islamic State appears to have used mustard gas during an attack last week in northern Syria, a claim that intensifies fears that the extremist group has obtained banned chemical weapons. The incident on Friday apparently involved …

British Admit Big Ben’s Bongs Not Quite on Time

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

London — Don’t set your watch by Big Ben. Officials say the famous clock at Britain’s Parliament — used by Londoners for decades to check the time — has recently been slow by as much as six seconds. The 156-year-old clock chimes every 15 minutes and emits deep …

Hezbollah Backs Protests

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Beirut — The powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah threw its weight Tuesday behind mass protests calling for the government’s resignation, deepening a crisis that started over piles of uncollected garbage in the streets of the capital but has …