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Flowers adorn the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Leonard Nimoy in Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr. Spock in ÒStar TrekÓ died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Los Angeles — When Leonard Nimoy was approached about acting in a new TV series called Star Trek, he was, like any good Vulcan contemplating a risky mission in a chaotic universe, dispassionate. “I really didn’t give it a lot of thought,” he later recalled. “The chance of this becoming anything meaningful was slim.” By the time Star Trek finished …

Congress Funds Homeland Security for One Week

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Washington — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Obama’s immigration policy intact. The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little …

Q&A: Who Is Right?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — In a victory for online companies and tech activists, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that allow for the federal regulation of broadband Internet providers. Chairman Tom Wheeler called the vote the “irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free, open access to the Internet.” “Today …

German Toddler Dies of Measles

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Berlin — An 18-month-old boy has died of measles in Berlin, the first known death in an outbreak of the disease that has seen more than 570 cases in the German capital since October. An autopsy on the child, who died on Feb. 18 and wasn’t immunized against …

Poll Finds Many Are Misled About the Common Core Standards

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Washington — Many Americans are confused about the Common Core State Standards, according to a new poll that finds widespread misperceptions that the academic standards — which cover only math and reading — extend to topics such as sex education, evolution, global warming and the American Revolution. A …

Obama Proposes Tougher Consumer Protections for IRA Investors

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Washington — President Obama on Monday proposed tougher regulations on investment brokers who handle retirement funds, saying new rules would limit hidden fees, “back-door payments” and conflicts of interest that eat into middle-class Americans’ savings. Warning against advisers who are “bilking” clients and selling “snake-oil,” Obama billed the …

Obama Expected to Veto Keystone Pipeline Today

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It will start with a whisper, not a bang. Today, without any fanfare or speech, President Obama will issue his first veto of 2015. By refusing to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline bill, Obama will usher in a new and contentious relationship with the Republican-controlled Congress that will …

Justices Wary of Expanded Rights For New Immigrants

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Washington — Supreme Court justices gave a mostly skeptical hearing Monday to a California woman who wants the State Department to explain why it barred her Afghan husband from joining her in this country. The government argued it has an undisputed “power to exclude aliens” from entering the …

GOP Governors Regret Tax Needs

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Washington — Republican governors who met this weekend in Washington said financial conditions in their states have deteriorated so much that they must raise taxes, even if it means crossing their own party. In the face of a historical antipathy deepened by the Tea Party movement, chief executives …

GOP Extends Homeland Security Plan

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Washington — Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Obama’s contested immigration measures from the agency’s funding bill. It was not clear whether the gambit by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would succeed ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline …

Alaska Becomes 3rd State With Legal Pot

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Juneau, Alaska — Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America’s wildest state today, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings. Making Alaska the third state to …

New Pentagon Chief Holds War Council

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter convened an extraordinary war council Monday on Iraq’s doorstep six days after taking office, gathering military and diplomatic leaders to discuss the Obama administration’s oft-criticized strategy for countering the Islamic State group. He left suggesting the approach is mostly …

Women Executives Prone to Depression

Monday, February 23, 2015

It’s easier when your kids are grown, said Alyson Breathed, 60, a marketing director with a staff of 10. But even after decades of being in management — first in hospitality, now for a public garden — being a woman in authority is stressful, she said. “We’re still …