Nation / World

Nature Has a Tornado Detector

Monday, December 22, 2014

Los Angeles — Ornithologist Henry Streby was happy enough that a song bird weighing less than two nickels managed to carry a tiny electronic sensor from Tennessee to Colombia and back. Then he looked at the paths taken by several of the birds. The data showed that five of his recently returned golden-winged warblers fled their Appalachian Mountain breeding ground and winged back to the Gulf of Mexico a day …

Half of Dr. Oz’s Medical Advice Is Baseless or Wrong, Study Says

Monday, December 22, 2014

It’s not hard to understand what makes Dr. Oz so popular. Called “America’s doctor,” syndicated talk-show host Mehmet Oz speaks in a way anyone can understand. Medicine may be complex. But with Dr. Oz, clad in scrubs and crooning to millions of viewers about “miracles” and “revolutionary” breakthroughs, it’s often not. He somehow …

Norwich Man Integral in Cuba Release

Monday, December 22, 2014

Norwich — An influential U.S. Senate aide who helped to free an American imprisoned in Cuba and restore diplomatic relations with the communist country tracks his foreign policy and humanitarian work as far back as his Upper Valley origins. Tim Rieser, a long t ime aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is a …

The Holiday Shipping News

Sunday, December 21, 2014

San Jose, Calif. — This week will be a 24/7, backbreaking, sleep-deprived haul for couriers such as FedEx, the United Parcel Service and the U.S. Postal Service, the last connections to deliver many much-anticipated Christmas gifts. And there …

Stocks Inch Higher After Two-Day Rally

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New York — Oil and gas companies led the stock market up Friday, helping the Standard & Poor’s 500 index notch its second-best week this year. With little news to give them direction, traders continued to push indexes higher. That extended a rally from Wednesday when the Federal …

Lyme Disease Hit Region Hard in 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Portland, Maine — Environmental factors and improved reporting methods led to another year of high Lyme disease totals in northern New England. Reported cases are expected to be on par with or even top recent records set in …

Oil’s Plunge: The Hurting, The Hopeful

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New York — Oil’s plunge is spreading both pain and gain across the globe. The price of a barrel has fallen by about half since June, punishing the economies of some major exporters. Russia’s currency has nose-dived, for …

As Muslims Flee to Maine, She Interprets Their Pain

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Portland, Maine — Qamar Ahmed looks into the eyes of her client, a mother of five whose years in Baghdad haunt her sleep. She holds the woman’s shoulder and speaks softly in Arabic as the two wait for …

Richard C. Hottelet, Last of CBS News’ ‘Murrow Boys,’ Dies

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Richard C. Hottelet, a former longtime CBS News correspondent who was the last living member of the “Murrow Boys,” the elite group of reporters who covered World War II for CBS under the legendary Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97. Hottelet died in his sleep early …

Report Doubts FBI Work in Anthrax Case

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — For a second time in three years, an inquiry cast doubt Friday on the FBI’s assertion that genetic testing had cinched its conclusion that a now-dead Army bioweapons researcher mailed anthrax-laced letters that killed five people and terrorized the East Coast in 2001. The long-awaited report …

Sale of Assets Ends U.S. Role in 2008 Auto Company Bailouts

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — The Obama administration has turned the page on one of the most controversial chapters of the 2008 financial crisis: the auto bailouts. On Friday, the Treasury Department said it sold its remaining stake in the auto lender Ally Financial, the last major recipient of federal funds …

Coal-Ash Rule Draws Complaints After Spills

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — The Obama administration has issued the first rules for coal ash at power plants, drawing complaints from environmentalists for abandoning a proposal to deem it hazardous and to deal with risks at old, abandoned sites. The rule from the Environmental Protection Agency, issued Friday, follows contamination …

Most States Unprepared to Handle Disease Outbreaks, Report Finds

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — Most states are not prepared to handle outbreaks of severe infectious diseases, according to a new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases found that half the states and the District of Columbia scored …