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Report: Death in America Is Costly, Chaotic and Ill-Planned

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Americans aren’t getting the support and services they need as death nears, according to a U.S. report calling for an overhaul to the nation’s expensive and inefficient approach to end-of-life care. Doctors need training to talk with their patients about death well before the end of life, a conversation that rarely happens now. Patients, meanwhile, need to take more responsibility to plan for it, according to the report from the …

Polish Fears of Russia Still Run High

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Warsaw, Poland — It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: “Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?” Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these days — that Russian aggression in Ukraine could …

School Police Stock Up On Free Military Gear

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Los Angeles — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles. At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, last month with …

U.S. Man in North Korea Sentenced to 6 Years of Hard Labor

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pyongyang, North Korea (ap) — North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally to commit espionage. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, …

If Scots Vote To Separate, It Will Be Messy

Monday, September 15, 2014

London — How do you divorce after a 300-year union? It’s complicated, and there is a deadline. If Scots vote yes to separation on Thursday, a clock starts ticking down to March 24, 2016 — the independence day declared by the Scottish government. The British and Scottish administrations …

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ Turns 200

Monday, September 15, 2014

Baltimore — Baltimore celebrated the 200th birthday of The Star-Spangled Banner on Saturday with music, tall ships and thousands of slightly damp but eager partygoers, some of whom donned their best red, white and blue attire for the …

Hurdles for Obama Health Law in 2nd Sign-Up season

Monday, September 15, 2014

Washington — Potential complications await consumers as President Obama’s health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away. Don’t expect a repeat of last year’s website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily …

No Suspect Identified in Fatal Shooting of Trooper

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blooming Grove, pa. — An investigation continued in northeast Pennsylvania on Sunday after a state trooper was killed and another was critically wounded in an apparent shooting ambush over the weekend. No suspect or suspects have been identified in the Friday night attack, and no specific motive has …

Britain Mourns Slain Hostage

Monday, September 15, 2014

London — Now it’s Britain’s turn to mourn. British aid worker David Haines has been beheaded — like two American journalists before him — and the Islamic State group is threatening to kill a fourth captive. A grisly …

Arab States Will Contribute Airstrikes

Monday, September 15, 2014

Paris — Several Arab states have offered to conduct airstrikes against militants in Iraq alongside the efforts of the United States, U.S. officials said Sunday as the Obama administration sought to bolster its case for action against the Islamic State. “A lot of this is still in the …

Kennel at Homeless Facility Keeps Pets, Families Together

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Akron, Ohio — When people tried to pet her, the cat snuggled closer to owner Susan McIntosh. The cat is the first pet to be housed at the new home of Family Promise, a 10-year-old nonprofit organization that provides services to homeless families. Recently, it opened a kennel …

Social Security Q&A: Will Private Policy Reduce Disability Benefit?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Question: I’m thinking about getting disability protection from a private company. If I become disabled and have a private policy, would it reduce my Social Security disability benefit? Answer: No. Having private insurance does not affect your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. But you may be interested …

Study: Car Technology Systems Failing Consumers

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Here’s why consumers say they don’t like the fancy tech systems in their cars: They don’t work very well. Auto manufacturers face deepening challenges with technology as customer frustration with their multimedia systems builds, according to a study from market research firm J.D. Power and Associates. Technology issues …