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ADDING NAME OF PHOTOGRAPHER LEFTERIS PITARAKIS Thick smoke and flames from an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition rise in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo, Lefteris Pitarakis)

U.S. Tied to Fate of Kurds

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Istanbul — The U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State, launched in August to stop the takeover of Iraqi Kurdistan and to rescue a trapped religious minority, has now become focused on a Syrian Kurdish enclave whose defenders are linked to a group responsible for thousands of civilian deaths in Turkey. With the U.S. decision to drop weapons and ammunition …

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Atlanta — Health officials released new guidelines Monday for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the long-anticipated updates Monday evening. Health workers have been pushing for new standards since two Dallas hospital nurses were diagnosed with the disease this month after …

Nigeria Declared To Be Ebola-Free

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Abuja, Nigeria — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West …

Consumer Confidential: Phone Carriers Have Big Incentive to Allow Cramming

Sunday, October 19, 2014

AT&T agreed last week to shell out $105 million in penalties and refunds for what regulators said were “hundreds of millions of dollars” in unauthorized charges billed to wireless customers, a practice known as “cramming.” But what makes this settlement — the largest ever for bogus phone charges …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Anand All Over Again

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Just Take It Life and chess have much in common. The king is dead. A new king is appointed and the struggle for supremacy begins anew. It is the “eternal return,” or in the illustrious patois of Yogi Berra, “deja vu all over again.” A …

Why I Don’t Breastfeed, If You Must Know

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — The mothers in my “Baby & Me Yoga Fit,” class looked down from their tree poses, surprised as I poured some instant formula into a bottle. Feeding our babies whenever they were in need was one …

Miss Manners: Facebook Posters Invade Recent Widow’s Privacy

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: The morning after my husband’s death, I awoke to discover that “friends” had posted on his Facebook wall a photo of my husband and an obituary they had written themselves. This was done without my permission, and in fact, we had told these people not …

Money Talk: Returning Car Doesn’t Wipe Out Debt

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Question: My husband returned a car to the dealer when he lost his job. Now the company says he owes it more than $7,000 (the difference between what he owed to the dealer and the price for which the car was sold). He refuses to pay any amount, …

Canadian Human Rights Museum Opens in Winnipeg

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winnipeg, Manitoba — For Gail Asper, daughter of Canadian media mogul Israel “Izzy” Asper, it’s nearly impossible to talk about the last decade without tearing up. In the span of 11 years, her dad died of a heart attack, the family lost control of Canada’s largest media company, …

Stocks End Week On Upbeat Note

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks rallied Friday, trimming last week’s decline, as earnings beat estimates, consumer confidence reached a seven-year high and investors speculated that central banks will add more economic stimulus. Schlumberger, the largest oilfield-services provider, jumped 3.7 percent after reporting earnings and saying falling crude prices …

Andrew Melton Jr., 94; Was Dean Witter Chief

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Andrew J. Melton Jr., who led the Dean Witter Reynolds brokerage through its acquisition by the largest U.S. retailer, Sears Roebuck & Co., part of the growth of one-stop financial-services supermarkets, has died. He was 94. He died Wednesday at his home in Tequesta, Florida, according to a …

Charles Hostler, OSS Agent Who Aided France, Dies at 94

Sunday, October 19, 2014

San Diego — For his World War II service as an intelligence officer in Nazi-occupied France, Charles Hostler received a Legion of Merit award from the U.S. and a French Legion of Honor. He also got something else: a scar on his forehead from the butt of a …

Battered Wives: NFL Urged Silence

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Whenever Dewan Smith-Williams sees Janay Rice on television, she feels like she’s looking into a mirror. Smith-Williams, 44, remembers the denial, the secrecy, the sense of isolation, the shame. But most of all, she remembers the fear of …