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Steven Sotloff in his Kimball Union Academy yearbook photo from 2002. (Courtesy Kimball Union Academy)

Upper Valley, KUA React To Death of Steven Sotloff

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

M eriden — News on Tuesday of journalist Steven Sotloff’s death at the hands of Islamic State extremists was met with grief on the campus of Kimball Union Academy, where Sotloff showed an early interest in journalism as a student in the Class of 2002. The preparatory boarding and day school released a statement sending its “deepest condolences to the Sotloff family” and recognizing Sotloff as an “active and involved student” who was honored with a journalism award for reviving the school’s student newspaper. He later became a “loyal and connected alumnus,” school officials said, serving as the class reporter for ’02 alumni in the …

Study Links Polar Vortex Chills to Melting Sea Ice

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Washington — Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it. A new study says that as the world gets warmer, parts of North America, Europe and Asia could see more frequent and …

U.S. Targets Terror Group In Somalia

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Washington — The Pentagon disclosed Tuesday that it tried to kill the leader of the militant group al-Shabab in an air attack in Somalia, firing several Hellfire missiles and dropping other munitions on a camp on the country’s southern coast. It was unclear whether the target, Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, a commander more widely known as Ahmed Abdi Godane, perished or survived Monday’s drone …

The Dude Open to Acting, Music Muses

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hey, dude. You in the second row. With the bowling shirt, chewing on the ice in your White Russian. Got news for you. Jeff Bridges doesn’t mind that you showed up at his concert because you worship him …

Stop Inviting Insect Invaders Into Home

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The waning days of summer are a good time to make sure your home isn’t putting out a welcome mat for insect invaders. If you’re like me, you’d rather not share your space with wasps, spiders, stink bugs and other pests that often become more visible in the …

Prepare for Storms Before They Arrive

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Three years ago, my family and I drove overnight from Maine to New Jersey, trying to get home ahead of Hurricane Irene. That memory from late August 2011 prompts hurricane-preparation thoughts today. Here are some tips from Ready.gov — some things to do well in advance of landfall: …

Dogs Get Blue During School

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Los Angeles — Young people aren’t the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and …

Luxury Lines Turn Attention To Fitness Gear

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — Luxury fashion is making inroads in wearable tech as more designers try their hands at developing smart, stylish accessories and clothing aimed at tracking performance and health, or simply making connected lives easier to manage. “We actually think the fashion industry should be in the …

To Your Good Health: Is There a Connection Between Migraines and Menopause?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter is 53 and has suffered terribly with migraines since she was 16. She experiences these episodes anywhere from once per week to as many as three times per week. She is presently on Zomig. If she takes the medication just at the onset, …

Visual Search to Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New York — Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. …

Investors Who Seek Advice on Their 401(k)s Save More, Study Finds

Sunday, August 31, 2014

People who get professional advice about their 401(k)s save more and have a better chance of meeting their goals. Yet few people seek out that help, according to a study released last week. For instance, 74 percent of people who had professional help knew how much money they …

Take Steps to Limit Damage If Hackers Snare Your Data

Sunday, August 31, 2014

You might have gone to a supermarket, mailed a package at UPS or gone to a restaurant or hospital and thought nothing about holding your wallet tightly. Yet, a thief might have preyed on you anyway. And if you are like millions of Americans, you are just finding …

Companies Slow To Alert About Data Breaches

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rumors of a data breach at a major New York bank started circulating more than a week ago in cyber-security circles. So for insiders, news that JPMorgan Chase had been victimized was more confirmation than revelation, just the latest headline from a digital crime wave that shows no …