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David Mangold takes his cowboy hat off during a prayer at the Cowtown Cowboy Church in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards on Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Fort Worth, Texas. (David Woo/Dallas Morning News/MCT)

Cowboy Churches Preach the Gospel With a Little Twang

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fort Worth, Texas — At high noon in the Stockyards Station, just after the longhorn cattle drive down Exchange Avenue and just before the gunfight show, a congregation comes to worship. Pastor George Westby has been leading services here at the Cowboy Church at the Fort Worth Stockyards for 23 years. His services attract visitors from all over the country …

Home Depot Breach Affected 56 Million Credit, Debit Cards

Friday, September 19, 2014

New York — Home Depot said that 56 million debit and credit cards are estimated to have been breached in a data theft between April and September at its stores in the U.S. and Canada. That makes it the second-largest breach for a retailer on record. The nation’s largest home improvement retailer, based in Atlanta, also confirmed Thursday that the malware used in …

Day Care Serves Gourmet Meals

Friday, September 19, 2014

Oslo — Growing up in Scandinavia’s richest nation has its perks. A private day-care center in Oslo’s Nydalen neighborhood is taking it a step further, serving gourmet food with a menu that includes King Crab, veal with foie gras sauce as well as exclusive Japanese Kobe beef to kids aged 1 to 6. Eventyrstua, or fairy-tale cabin, has a chef that cooks three …

Death Rate for Children Under 5 Has Plunged

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Geneva — In a break from the recent slate of doom-and-gloom reports of catastrophes, wars and destruction, a United Nations report released Tuesday says the number of children under 5 who die each year fell by 49 percent between 1990 and 2013, from 12.7 million to 6.3 million, …

3,000 U.S. Troops To Fight Ebola

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Geneva — The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that the agency now expects tens of thousands of people will be infected with the Ebola virus before the current epidemic is contained, and it called for nations to commit …

Dempsey: Ground Troops Might Face Islamic State

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Washington — The nation’s top military officer raised the possibility Tuesday that U.S. troops could become involved in ground attacks against the Islamic State, despite repeated pledges to the contrary from President Obama. In testimony before the Senate …

Ukraine Steps Toward Peace

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Activists rejoice outside the Ukrainian parliament after legislators pass a key reform bill in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Ukraine passed a landmark deal strengthening its ties to Europe while moving to resolve the bloody crisis unraveling in the …

Thai Police Search for Clues After 2 Brits Slain

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bangkok — Police on a scenic Thai resort island searched hotels and workers’ residences Tuesday looking for clues into the slayings of two British tourists whose nearly naked, battered bodies were found on a beach a day earlier. …

Georgia Man Gets 20 Years for Gun Battle at School

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Decatur, Ga. — A gunman who was persuaded by a bookkeeper to surrender during a 2013 gun battle with police at a school near Atlanta pleaded guilty to multiple charges Tuesday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Michael Brandon Hill, 21, entered the Ronald E. McNair …

Why Admiring China’s Scores Can Damage U.S. Schools

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I have spent much of my life studying China and the countries near it. Just ask and I’ll show you my master’s degree in East Asian regional studies, and my five years of Washington Post articles from Hong Kong and Beijing. So it’s depressing to realize what I …

NASA Offers Helpful Tips for Finding Alien Life in Space

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NASA recently published some new tips for going about your search the right way and avoiding the trap of false positives. Researchers at NASA’s Astrobiology Institute’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory conducted thousands of simulations of various atmospheres and star types over the course of four years and came up …

Gulf of Alaska Is Warmest It’s Been Since Before 1980s

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Something odd is happening in Northern Pacific waters: They’re heating up. In fact, it hasn’t been this warm in parts of the Gulf of Alaska for this long since researchers began tracking surface water temperatures in the 1980s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The warming …

Hurricane Odile Slams Mexico

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — Hurricane Odile blazed a trail of destruction through Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula on Monday that leveled everything from ramshackle homes to luxury hotels and big box stores, leaving entire neighborhoods as disasters zones. …