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Israel Limits Prayers at Mosque

Friday, October 31, 2014

Jerusalem — Tensions over Jerusalem’s most hotly contested holy site flared Thursday after a prominent rightist campaigner for Jewish prayer there was shot in an apparent assassination attempt, and police tracked down and killed an Arab they said was the attacker. American-born Yehuda Glick, 48, who led efforts to allow Jews to pray on the plaza known to Israelis as the Temple Mount, the site of Al-Aqsa mosque, was reported …

Burkina Faso Declares State of Emergency

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso’s leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire, marking the greatest threat to his rule since he himself seized power in a coup. It …

Quarantine Pits Nurse Vs. Maine

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fort Kent, Maine — Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state’s Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others. Hickox, 33, stepped out of her home on the remote …

Islamic State Video Refutes West’s Claims

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Baghdad — The Islamic State posted a video Monday in which a captured British photojournalist, shown in an embattled Syrian town on the border with Turkey, denied that the fanatical group was retreating before a Syrian Kurdish militia backed by U.S. airstrikes and arms supplies. It wasn’t clear …

World & Nation Briefs for Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sheriff: School Shooter Invited Victims to Lunch Marysville, Wash. — A popular student responsible for a shooting at a Washington state high school invited his victims to lunch by text message, then shot them at their table, investigators …

U.S. Wants Lion on Threatened List

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Washington — Fearing that the world’s most iconic big cat could soon go extinct as humans invade its range, the Obama administration on Monday proposed listing the African lion as a threatened species. The proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would make the African lion the …

Liquor Stores, Churches Join to Save Dry Arkansas Counties

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ozark, Ark. — Arkansas liquor stores have allied with religious leaders to fight statewide legalization of alcohol sales. The stores in wet counties don’t want to lose customers. The churches don’t want to lose souls. A ballot issue next week asks voters whether to amend their constitution to …

Marines Exit Key Province

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan — Thirteen years ago, U.S. Marines sneaked across the Pakistani border into what was then Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. On Monday, the last Marines sneaked out, leaving behind a province that is still battling the influence of …

Researchers Identify Chinese Cyberspy Group

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Washington — A coalition of security researchers has identified a Chinese cyberespionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit and targets not only U.S. and Western government agencies but dissidents inside and outside China. News of the state-sponsored hacker group …

Stone Tools Show Ancient Settlement

Monday, October 27, 2014

New York — The air was thin, the nights were cold, the sun could easily burn the skin. But about 12,000 years ago, small groups of hunter-gatherers found a home very high up in the Peruvian Andes. Now, …

Making a Smoking Jack- O’-Lantern With an E-Cig

Monday, October 27, 2014

You’ve gotta love Popular Science. The magazine traces its history back to 1872, when Charles Darwin was a frequent topic, and is having a very good time looking into the future: “Defend Your Home With Artificial Intelligence” urges one cover headline, while another gushes about “Blasting Space Rocks …

Disease Expert: No Ebola Quarantine

Monday, October 27, 2014

New York — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday night revised guidelines for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered two days earlier, bringing the state closer in line with federal protocols. He outlined the state’s …

Negotiators May Extend Iran Talks

Monday, October 27, 2014

Washington — With talks nearly deadlocked and their deadline one month away, six world powers seeking a nuclear deal with Iran have begun discussing whether to again extend negotiations, according to Western officials. Officials say they believe a deal is still possible by the Nov. 24 deadline, but …