Nation / World

Many Hospices Fail to Send Visiting Nurse Prior to Death, Records Show

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When a hospice patient has chosen to die at home, as they typically do, the days immediately before death are typically the most difficult, and the time when families most need a visiting nurse. But many U.S. hospices regularly fail to send a nurse out to patients in the two days preceding death, according to a Washington Post analysis of millions of Medicare records. About one in five U.S. hospices …

First College Rating Details Emerge

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Obama administration on Friday is releasing the rough outlines of a much-anticipated college ratings system that may grade schools on such factors as graduation rates, loan repayments and post-graduation income. Many details remain to be decided over the next few months, with some wary colleges and universities sure to protest any measurements that might hurt their reputations. Without committing to any criteria, …

Pakistan Executes 2 Militants

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Islamabad — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country’s first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan — part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of scores of schoolchildren. Unchastened by criticism from all corners of the globe, the …

Australian Cafe Hostage Planned Daring Escape — And Lived

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sydney — The siege at the Sydney cafe had been going on for more than five hours and 82-year-old John O’Brien had become convinced the gunman was insane and they would likely all end up dead. And so …

Taliban Slaughters Students

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Peshawar, Pakistan — The 10th-graders were having a class party when the gunmen burst into the auditorium. Disguised as Pakistani security forces and armed with automatic weapons, they moved through the crowd of cowering children, shooting methodically. “I …

Suspect in Pa. Shooting Kills Self

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pennsburg, Pa. — An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives in a shooting and slashing frenzy was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds on Tuesday in the woods of suburban Philadelphia, …

In Russia, Ruble’s Fall Risks Unrest

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Berlin — A free-falling Russian ruble Tuesday prompted fears that the nuclear-armed nation could be entering a deep economic recession with the potential for unrest, as citizens and investors try to get their hands on cash amid crippling international sanctions and sinking oil prices. The Russian central bank …

CERN gets ready to smash more protons together

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CERN Gets Ready To Smash More Protons Together The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is once again getting ready to smash protons together, hoping to find evidence of elusive and exotic particles that have never been detected before. The largest and fastest particle accelerator in the world, located …

Days After Slamming U.S., China Admits It Also Tortures

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Days after strident criticism of the United States for “brutality” and “hypocrisy” over its treatment of terrorism suspects, China admitted Tuesday that it “has not been rare” for its own police to extort forced confessions from criminal suspects …

Study: Work Thwarts Sleep

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

More than one-third of American adults report getting less than seven hours of sleep on weekdays, and many of them try to sleep extralong on weekends to make up for it. This isn’t a particularly healthy way to live — insufficient sleep is associated with obesity, high blood …

Rough Treatment

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Newtown Families Sue Rifle Manufacturer, Distributor Families of nine Newtown, Conn., school shooting victims and one survivor have sued the companies that made, distributed and sold the rifle used to kill 20 children and six adults two years …

Study: E-cigarettes May Be Gateway

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Do e-cigarettes lure teens into a world of vice that turns them into smokers of regular cigarettes? This is the big fear of anti-smoking activists, and new data from Hawaii suggest they may be right. A survey of 1,941 ninth- and 10th-graders from Oahu found that 29 percent …

Court Sides With Police On Search

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Washington — The Supreme Court was forgiving of a police officer’s misunderstanding of the law Monday, ruling that it did not invalidate a traffic stop that led to a drug bust. The justices ruled 8 to 1 that a North Carolina officer made a reasonable mistake when he …