Nation / World

What Some Christians Are Giving Up for Lent: Fossil Fuels

Friday, February 12, 2016

A new initiative in the United Kingdom is not only calling for Christian communities to band together in support of clean energy, but actually helping them get their own electricity that way. The Big Church Switch, which launched Wednesday, aims to inspire both individuals and churches to make the switch to renewable energy sources — and they’re already gaining support from church leaders in the country. The project is a …

Warships Ordered to Aegean

Friday, February 12, 2016

Brussels — In a dramatic response to Europe’s gravest refugee crisis since World War II, NATO ordered three warships to sail immediately Thursday to the Aegean Sea to help end the deadly smuggling of asylum-seekers across the waters from Turkey to Greece. “This is about helping Greece, Turkey and the European Union with …

Diplomats Agree to Syrian Aid

Friday, February 12, 2016

Munich — Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short in organizing an immediate truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in the coming week. Foreign ministers from the International Syria Support Group also sealed an agreement early …

US Army study: Iraq’s Mosul dam at ‘higher risk’ of failure

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

U.S. Army Study: Iraq’s Mosul Dam At ‘Higher Risk’ of Failure Baghdad — Iraq’s Mosul Dam has long been branded the world’s most dangerous dam, at risk of collapsing and sending water crashing over millions of people. That …

Syria Teeters On Verge of Catastrophe

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Suddenly, after four years of brutal civil war, Syria this week became even more of an uncontrollable military, diplomatic and humanitarian disaster. “We are not blind to what is happening,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday as he prepared for a meeting in Munich of stakeholders …

Court Puts Hold on Clean Power Plan

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Washington — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory …

Fla. Man Accused Of Throwing Gator

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

West Palm Beach, Fla. — A Jupiter, Fla., man is out on bail after an arrest that only could happen in Florida made him the subject of viral attention Monday and Tuesday: throwing an alligator through a Wendy’s drive-thru window. Joshua James, 24, is charged with aggravated assault …

Clinton Falls To Sanders in N.H.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Concord — Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a decisive victory in Tuesday’s New Hampshire presidential primary, embarrassing Hillary Clinton in a state she won eight years ago and upending the Democratic nominating contest. Sanders’ win next door to his home state of Vermont, which Clinton conceded at 8 p.m. …

Death Shines Light on Police Code of Silence

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Chicago — For more than a year after an officer shot and killed a black teen named Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Police Department had video footage that raised serious doubts about whether other officers at the scene tried in their reports to cover up what prosecutors now contend …

Task Force: Screen Adolescents for Depression Too, Says Federal Panel

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Amid evidence that fewer than half of depressed adolescents get treatment for their emotional distress, a federal task force has recommended that physicians routinely screen children between 12 and 18 for depression and have systems in place either to diagnose, treat and monitor those who screen positive or …

Saudi Troops Met With Uncertainty

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom’s growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East. A …

Lawsuits Filed Over Flint Water

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Detroit — One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires’ disease. While government officials scramble to rid Flint’s tap water …

‘Free’ Facebook Internet Blocked in India

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Delhi — India’s telecom regulator said Monday that service providers cannot charge discriminatory prices for Internet services, a blow to Facebook’s global effort to provide low-cost Internet to developing countries. Facebook’s “Free Basics” program provides a pared-down version of Facebook and weather and job listings to some …