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Report: Death in America Is Costly, Chaotic and Ill-Planned

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Americans aren’t getting the support and services they need as death nears, according to a U.S. report calling for an overhaul to the nation’s expensive and inefficient approach to end-of-life care. Doctors need training to talk with their patients about death well before the end of life, a conversation that rarely happens now. Patients, meanwhile, need to take more responsibility to plan for it, according to the report from the …

Polish Fears of Russia Still Run High

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Warsaw, Poland — It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: “Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?” Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these days — that Russian aggression in Ukraine could …

School Police Stock Up On Free Military Gear

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Los Angeles — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last month with …

Hurricane Odile Slams Mexico

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on Monday that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores, leaving entire neighborhoods as disasters zones. …

U.S. May Open Talks With Iran

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paris — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington’s …

Holder Launches Program to Spot U.S. Extremists

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Washington — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced a new effort Monday to disrupt foreign terrorist cells from recruiting Americans, including a program to identify radicals who hold U.S. passports and are associated with the militant group Islamic State. The aim is to identify and stop Americans …

2014 Is Deadly Year for Mediterranean Migrants

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Geneva — This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe — …

Chicago, N.Y., Hawaii on Obama Library’s Short List

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Washington — Chicago, New York and Honolulu have made the short list to host Barack Obama’s future presidential library. The Barack Obama Foundation, which is developing and raising money for the massive legacy project, announced Monday that it …

Washington Lobbyist Thomas Hale Boggs Died

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Washington — Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday. He was 73. His brother-in-law, journalist …

Crusaders’ Joe Sample, Jazz-Funk Keyboardist, Has Died at 75

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Joe Sample, a soft-spoken keyboard player and composer whose blending of funk, blues, jazz, gospel and the Zydeco music of his childhood lent a distinctive sound to his well-known group, the Crusaders, has died. He was 75. Sample …

DNA Ties Ashkenazi Jews to 330 People From Middle Ages

Monday, September 15, 2014

All of the Ashkenazi Jews alive today can trace their roots to a group of about 330 people who lived 600 to 800 years ago. So says a new study in the journal Nature Communications. An international team of scientists sequenced the complete genomes of 128 healthy Ashkenazi …

Neuroscience Provides Clues To Organization

Monday, September 15, 2014

We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom for better managing our time and organizing our professional and personal lives. Don’t try to multitask. Turn off the email and Facebook alerts. But what’s grounded in real evidence and what’s not? In his new book The Organized Mind, Daniel Levitin — …

New Mammals Discovered That Lived With Dinosaurs

Monday, September 15, 2014

In rocky outcroppings near a cornfield in northern China, paleontologists have unearthed three species of squirrel-like mammals that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Remarkably complete skeletons of the three new species — Shenshou lui, Xianshou linglong and Xianshou songae — were found in pieces of …