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DNA Ties Ashkenazi Jews to 330 People From Middle Ages

Monday, September 15, 2014

All of the Ashkenazi Jews alive today can trace their roots to a group of about 330 people who lived 600 to 800 years ago. So says a new study in the journal Nature Communications. An international team of scientists sequenced the complete genomes of 128 healthy Ashkenazi Jews and compared each of those sequences with the others, as well as with the DNA of 26 Flemish people from Belgium. …

Neuroscience Provides Clues To Organization

Monday, September 15, 2014

We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom for better managing our time and organizing our professional and personal lives. Don’t try to multitask. Turn off the email and Facebook alerts. But what’s grounded in real evidence and what’s not? In his new book The Organized Mind, Daniel Levitin — a McGill University professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience — explores how having a basic …

New Mammals Discovered That Lived With Dinosaurs

Monday, September 15, 2014

In rocky outcroppings near a cornfield in northern China, paleontologists have unearthed three species of squirrel-like mammals that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Remarkably complete skeletons of the three new species — Shenshou lui, Xianshou linglong and Xianshou songae — were found in pieces of sandstone that date back 160 million years. Their discovery lends support to the theory that …

Fed: America’s Missing Workers Not Coming Back

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Washington — A paper by Federal Reserve staff possibly hints at the central bank’s thinking on interest rates and employment in advance of a consequential Fed meeting this week. The findings support hawks on the Federal Open Market Committee, who feel that the Fed needs to prepare to …

Stocks Decline on Fed Rate Speculation

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks fell on Friday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index its first weekly drop in more than a month, as investors speculated the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than estimated after retail sales climbed at the fastest pace in four months. …

Sponsors Keeping Close Watch on NFL Investigation

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Major brand sponsors are watching closely to make sure the National Football League doesn’t fumble the investigation into how its executives handled evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case. For big companies like Anheuser-Busch, General Motors and …

Call Waiting: Apple’s New iPhones Face Up to 4-Week Shipping Delays

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New York — Apple’s new iPhones will take as many as four weeks to ship, as people rushed to buy the smartphones hours after the world’s most valuable company began taking pre-orders. The iPhone 6 Plus, which has a larger display, will take three to four weeks for …

Russian Convoy Enters Ukraine

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Luhansk, Ukraine — A convoy of more than 200 white trucks crossed the Russian border to deliver humanitarian aid to a battered Ukrainian city on Saturday, a move made without Kiev’s consent yet met with silence by Ukraine’s top leaders. “Early in the morning, we entered Ukraine to …

To Vintage Craze, Now Add Baseball

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Philadelphia — From afar, it looks and sounds like a regular recreational baseball game: the crack of the bat, the cheering from the bench, the sliding into home. But a closer glance at this field in Philadelphia’s Fairmount …

Bob Crewe, ’60s Songwriter, Dies at 83

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Bob Crewe, a singer, songwriter and producer who helped write Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and other top 10 hits for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the 1960s as well as the risque pop-disco favorite Lady Marmalade, …

B.O. Test Riles Cabbies

Sunday, September 14, 2014

San Diego — Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination. For years, inspectors with the San Diego Regional Airport …

Sarah Palin’s Family Involved in Melee at Party

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sarah Palin’s supporters have long urged her to found her own party. Last week, she went out in Anchorage and did find a party, but the trouble may be different than the political kind. Palin, the former governor of Alaska and Sen. John McCain’s running mate in 2008, …

Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead at 88

Sunday, September 14, 2014

London — Ian Paisley, the thundering Protestant preacher who helped fan the sectarianism of Northern Ireland’s “Troubles” but went on to lead a power-sharing government that included some of his most bitter Catholic enemies, died Friday in Belfast. …