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FILE - In this May 15, 1998 file photo, Jonathan Pollard speaks during an interview in a conference room at the Federal Correction Institution in Butner, N.C. Lawyers for the convicted spy Pollard say the U.S. has granted his parole and he will be released in November. Pollard, sentenced to life in prison, has served 30 years for spying for Israel.  (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker, File)

Convicted Spy Granted Parole

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Washington — Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. intelligence analyst who was convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s and sentenced to life in prison, has been granted parole and will be released in November, according to his lawyers. The decision marks the resolution of an espionage case that was a source of friction between the United States and Israel for decades, and it comes at a time when the two countries are at odds over a U.S.-backed nuclear accord with Iran. In a statement issued by his attorneys, Pollard said that he “is looking forward to being reunited with his beloved wife Esther” and expressed …

Insurance Prices Lower for Couples

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Your driving record seems a legitimate risk for insurers to consider when they price auto insurance. But your marital status? Yes, young men in red sports cars will pay more for coverage than everyone else, but it’s hard to see how being widowed, divorced or separated has much to do with the odds you’ll be in an accident. Yet single, separated and divorced …

Dentist Accused of Poaching Beloved Lion

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Harare, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others. Authorities on Tuesday said two Zimbabwean men will appear in court for allegedly helping lure the lion outside of its protected area to kill it. The American faces …

Turkey, U.S. Have Syria Plan

Monday, July 27, 2015

Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a de facto “safe zone” along the Turkey-Syria border under the terms of a deal that is expected to significantly increase the scope and pace of the U.S.-led air war against the Islamic State in northern Syria, …

Obama: Kenya Is at ‘Crossroads’

Monday, July 27, 2015

Nairobi, Kenya — Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility …

As Rich Get Super-Rich, They Pay Lower Taxes

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Washington — One of the cornerstones of American income tax policy is that taxes are progressive. People who make more money devote a higher share of their income to federal income taxes than people who make less money. That allows for a redistribution of wealth that lowers inequality. …

On Fashion: Adults Should Stay Out of the Business of Declaring Kids to Be ‘Style Icons’

Sunday, July 26, 2015

In the aftermath of First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to London and Italy last month, the already voluminous oeuvre dedicated to the style of her daughters — Sasha, 14, and Malia, soon to be 17 — increased exponentially. As they accompanied their mother to various public events, they …

Maybelline Makeup Marks 100 Years

Sunday, July 26, 2015

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to eye makeup. Take the history of Maybelline. The global makeup brand is in the midst of its centennial celebration, complete with multiple star-studded parties. But before all the blushes and BB creams, it was about a family company …

Social Robots Want to Help at Home

Sunday, July 26, 2015

When most people think of robots, they either think of hulking Terminators or the types of dumb industrial robots taking part in a future robot uprising. But there’s another class of robot that’s also gaining traction — social …

Jimmy Carter Holds Ideals Close at 90

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Jimmy Carter let me down. Not with his book A Full Life: Reflections at 90 — a warm and detailed memoir of his youth followed by a clear-eyed assessment of the issues he tackled as president and afterward …

Rough Beginning Leads Donkey to Texas Family

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Decatur, Tex. — This Ricky Bobby is a real jackass. But the Wilson family just loves him. The Bethlehem donkey, almost two months old, is nearly housebroken. He sometimes wears Depends for Women and there are pee pads …

A Great American Writer

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I met E.L. Doctorow only once. We were introduced by a mutual friend at the National Book Awards dinner a couple of years ago. A writer of his eminence is accustomed to praise, and I expected no more …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for July 26-Aug. 1

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don’t Miss I Am Cait — Fresh off her stirring speech at the Espy Awards, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) invites viewers into her life via this eight-part reality series. The show promises to tell her “intimate story” as she seeks out her “new normal” as perhaps the …