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Sen. Sanders: Republicans Not Serious

Friday, July 25, 2014

Washington — Talks in Congress about financing medical care for U.S. military veterans stalled for the second time in two weeks as the Senate’s top negotiator said Republican leaders are “not serious about negotiations.” “At this point, I can only conclude with great reluctance that the good faith we have shown is simply not being reciprocated by the other side,” Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, said …

Doctor Returns Fire At Gunman in Hospital Attack

Friday, July 25, 2014

Darby, Pa. — A doctor who was grazed by gunfire from a patient in his office at a suburban hospital on Thursday helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said. The patient opened fire after entering the …

European Court Says Poland Complicit in CIA Detainment Compensation

Friday, July 25, 2014

Europe’s top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland allowed the CIA to detain two terrorism suspects at a secret prison on its territory where they were exposed to “torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.” In a 400-page ruling, the European Court of Human Rights said Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights and failed to properly investigate what had happened to …

U.S. Police Deaths Jump by One-Third

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Los Angeles — The number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty nationwide jumped 31 percent in the first half of 2014 with California leading the nation with eight deaths, data shows. In the first half of the year, 67 officers died in the line …

Bubonic Plague Surfaces in China

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hong Kong — Police have sealed off the town of Yumen in China’s northwestern Gansu province after one resident died of bubonic plague, according to reports. At least 151 people who came into contact with the victim have been kept in quarantine in the town of 30,000, according …

Airlines Scrub Flights to Israel

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week’s downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine. Delta Air Lines turned around one of its jets midflight …

At 101, Weather Observer Shines On

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bridgehampton , n.y. — It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert …

Courts Issue Conflicting ACA Rulings

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Washington — Two appeals courts on Tuesday reached radically different conclusions about whether millions of consumers in 36 states can use tax credits to help buy health coverage on the federal health insurance marketplace. The conflicting rulings, combined with two other pending challenges still awaiting decisions, potentially tee …

Link Seen in DNA, Schizophrenia

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The secret to schizophrenia, psychiatry’s most abiding mystery, may lie in the DNA associated with the body’s immune system, according to a genome-wide study published online Tuesday. The analysis of variations in nearly 150,000 DNA samples identified 108 regions that strongly correlate with the highly heritable disorder, which …

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gay, Transgender Workers Gain U.S. Protections Washington (ap) — President Obama on Monday ordered employment protection for gay and transgender employees working for the federal government and for companies holding federal contracts, telling advocates he embraced the “irrefutable rightness of your cause.” “America’s federal contracts should not subsidize …

Web Archivists, D igital Sleuths Help Unravel Flight 17 Mystery

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In the agonizing quest to pin down exactly what happened when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down over Ukraine last week, Web archivists and other digital sleuths are playing an unusual — potentially pivotal — role. Wayback Machine, …

Beef Pollutes More Than Pork, Poultry

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washington — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more …

N.H. Vet Gets Medal of Honor

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washington — Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn’t heave them back. On Monday, President Obama …