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Supporters of the Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), hold a candle light vigil for the victims of a Taliban attack on a school, in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing more than 100, most of them children, officials said, in the highest-profile militant attack to hit the troubled region in months. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Taliban Slaughters Students

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Peshawar, Pakistan — The 10th-graders were having a class party when the gunmen burst into the auditorium. Disguised as Pakistani security forces and armed with automatic weapons, they moved through the crowd of cowering children, shooting methodically. “I immediately hid beneath the desk,” student Shah Rukh Khan said, “and they continued firing.” The boy remained quiet, pretending to be dead …

Suspect in Pa. Shooting Kills Self

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pennsburg, Pa. — An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives in a shooting and slashing frenzy was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds on Tuesday in the woods of suburban Philadelphia, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed schools and left people on edge. Bradley William Stone’s …

In Russia, Ruble’s Fall Risks Unrest

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Berlin — A free-falling Russian ruble Tuesday prompted fears that the nuclear-armed nation could be entering a deep economic recession with the potential for unrest, as citizens and investors try to get their hands on cash amid crippling international sanctions and sinking oil prices. The Russian central bank tried to right the ship with a surprisingly large interest rate hike, to 17 percent, …

Charitable Giving On the Rise Among Wealthy

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Do you want to keep up with the Joneses? Then, give away some of your money. In fact, if you are affluent — with an income of at least $200,000 or net worth of at least $1 million — you will be keeping up with the average level …

Miss Manners: Exchanging Shopping Lists Is Not Thoughtful Giving

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: Is it possible to discourage or redirect adult relatives away from the practice of making Christmas lists? I have tried and failed — so far. At the tender age of 53, I am embarrassed to write out a “Dear Santa” letter, especially since my husband …

Big Success for Author of ‘Wild’

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The big checks started coming in about nine months after Wild hit bookshelves and started its climb to the top of The New York Times best-seller’s list. To Oprah’s Book Club. And, as of this coming week, to …

Books to Buy for Fans of Felines

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Los Angeles — The felines are fighting back — on the bookshelf. Cats outnumber dogs in the U.S., but in bookstores, dog titles reign, the American Pet Products Association says. Fans insist felines are getting more popular as they ride the coattails of Internet sensations like Grumpy Cat, …

Song Mocking ‘Bro Country’ Hits No. 1

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Girl in a Country Song, the breakout first single from duo Maddie & Tae, just hit No. 1 on the Mediabase and Billboard country airplay charts last week. It’s cause for a lot of folks to cheer: for Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye, enjoying a triumphant debut before …

Drugmakers, Internet Companies Join Forces to Track You

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Washington — Ever since the days of castor oil laxatives and mercury syphilis tablets, pharmacists and patients have had a tacit understanding: whatever you buy, the information is confidential. No longer. Drugmakers and Internet companies are quietly joining forces to link U.S. pharmacy records with online accounts to …

Stocks Plunge as Oil Rout Continues

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New York — A rout in oil prices shook financial markets Friday, pushing stocks to their worst weekly loss in two and a half years. The stock market fell sharply as investors worried that slumping oil demand is signaling that growth outside of the U.S. is weaker than …

Banks Eye Rollback Of Rules

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Washington — Banks and Dodd-Frank Act foes on Capitol Hill, close to achieving their biggest financial-regulation rollback since the 2008 credit crisis, are already looking to next year for more wins. Wall Street firms such as JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs and regional counterparts like PNC Financial Services …

U.S. Egg Market to Be Disrupted as Cages Made Roomier

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Chicago — Eggs are about to get more expensive as California moves to make sure hen houses are roomy enough to allow the birds to lie down, stand up, extend their wings and move around. Farmers nationwide who want to continue selling to the most populous U.S. state …

Photographer Ralph Morse, Captured History, Was 97

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Ralph Morse saw it all. From Germany’s surrender in World War II to Babe Ruth’s farewell at Yankee Stadium, to the cutthroat space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, he was there, camera in hand, capturing history as it was made. In …