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Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington — After three weeks and nearly 50 amendment votes, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation to expedite construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Passage secured not only a top Republican policy victory, but a political success for new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who made Keystone his priority. The issue also became the first test of his promise to return the Senate to freewheeling debate and a more open …

Poll: Scientists, Public Divided

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about. Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power than is the general public, according to matching polls of both the general public and the country’s …

Afghanistan Shooting Kills Three Americans

Friday, January 30, 2015

Kabul — Three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national were killed Thursday in a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport, according to U.S. officials. A fourth American contractor was wounded in the attack. It was unclear how the contractors were attacked. Suspicion fell immediately on a possible “insider attack” perpetrated by a member of the Afghan security …

Big Cities Brace for Blizzard

Monday, January 26, 2015

New York — More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in Monday as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential for hurricane-force winds and 1 to 3 feet of …

Egypt: Mubarak’s Sons’ Release Caps Violence

Monday, January 26, 2015

Cairo — In a sign of confidence by a tough Egyptian government, Hosni Mubarak’s two sons were freed Monday after almost four years in prison, following a weekend marked by a spate of protester killings by an increasingly …

Potential Colorado Theater Shooting Jurors Break Out Excuses

Monday, January 26, 2015

Centennial, Colo. — One prospective juror said she had a panic attack. Another claimed to have a bad back. A third is in the military and worried he would be deployed during the trial of Colorado theater shooter …

Unmanned Aerial Drone Crashes at White House

Monday, January 26, 2015

Washington — A 2-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed onto the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach that raised fresh questions about the president’s security — and a growing threat from the …

Russia Defiant After Western Threats Over Ukraine

Monday, January 26, 2015

Moscow — A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a “NATO foreign legion,” reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor’s rating agency downgraded …

Doctors Focus on ‘Vaccine-Hesitant’ to Fight Outbreaks

Monday, January 26, 2015

The child was behind on her vaccinations. Wendy Sue Swanson took note of this as she talked with the girl’s parents last week at a medical clinic in Mill Creek, Wash., outside Seattle. Swanson, like many pediatricians, sometimes …

College Savings Become Political

Monday, January 26, 2015

Washington — President Obama this week touted new ways to help students pay for college, but he also proposed stripping away a benefit: a significant tax advantage of college savings plans used by millions of American families. The benefit allows families to withdraw money tax-free from savings plans …

Yemen On Edge After Resignation

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Thousands of Yemenis rallied in support of rival political groups on Friday and separatist groups in the south pressed for secession following the government’s resignation in response to a siege by Shiite rebels. The decision Thursday by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his cabinet …

Chewing Is Better Than Slurping

Monday, January 26, 2015

Chewing is so last year. The more modern way to get food into your body is, apparently, to slurp it through a straw, suck it out of a pouch or gulp it from a container. Just consider the invasion of fashionable juice bars and bottled, cold-pressed or blenderized …

Printing an Organ

Monday, January 26, 2015

Miami — Adaenelie Gonzalez had two open heart surgeries by the time she was 4. She was born with a heart condition that prevented blood from flowing properly into the heart from the lungs, and the surgeries yielded …