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Flowers adorn the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of Leonard Nimoy in Los Angeles Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Nimoy, famous for playing officer Mr. Spock in ÒStar TrekÓ died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in Los Angeles of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 83. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Actor Leonard Nimoy Dies at 83

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Los Angeles — When Leonard Nimoy was approached about acting in a new TV series called Star Trek, he was, like any good Vulcan contemplating a risky mission in a chaotic universe, dispassionate. “I really didn’t give it a lot of thought,” he later recalled. “The chance of this becoming anything meaningful was slim.” By the time Star Trek finished …

Congress Funds Homeland Security for One Week

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Washington — Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Obama’s immigration policy intact. The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little …

Q&A: Who Is Right?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Washington — In a victory for online companies and tech activists, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that allow for the federal regulation of broadband Internet providers. Chairman Tom Wheeler called the vote the “irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free, open access to the Internet.” “Today …

Author: You Can Live Like a Rock Star and Thrive

Monday, February 23, 2015

You may not sing like Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler or play the guitar like Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction fame. But you can have something in common with a lot of rock musicians: a healthy lifestyle. No one knows …

Down in the University Basement: Bats and Owls Offer Clues Into Brain Function

Monday, February 23, 2015

Baltimore — What can we learn about attention by studying bats and owls? In one corner of the basement of Ames Hall at the Johns Hopkins University, Cynthia Moss opened the door of a room where about a …

Washington-Raised Actor Has Roles in Top D.C.-Set Series

Monday, February 23, 2015

New York — Kelly AuCoin grew up in Washington, the son of nine-term Oregon congressman Les AuCoin. He campaigned for his father, appearing in a political ad washing the family car (actually a rental, as it was filmed out West) to show that his father was thrifty and …

Homeland Security Faces Shutdown

Monday, February 23, 2015

Washington — Congress will return to work today with only four days left to pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill and avert a partial agency shutdown and the furlough of about 30,000 federal employees. Most of the department’s employees would be deemed “essential” and kept working …

Bomb Kills 2 at Pro-Ukrainian Rally

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kiev, Ukraine — A bomb apparently hidden in a thin layer of snow exploded Sunday during a pro-Ukraine march in the eastern industrial city of Kharkiv, killing at least two people and wounding 11, authorities said. Four suspected perpetrators of the attack were detained later in the day, …

Poll Finds Most Support Increasing Investment Taxes on Wealthy

Monday, February 23, 2015

Washington — The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of an Associated Press-GfK poll that found that most people in the United States support President Obama’s …

Nuclear Talks With Iran Begin Again

Monday, February 23, 2015

Geneva — Concerns over what ability to enrich uranium Iran would keep and whether it would maintain its controversial plutonium reactor at Arak remained points of disagreement Sunday as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, began another round of top-level talks. …

Derailment of Trains Hauling Fuel a Concern

Monday, February 23, 2015

Billings, Mont. — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing …

Jazz Virtuoso Clark Terry Dies at 94

Monday, February 23, 2015

Clark Terry, a trumpet and fluegelhorn virtuoso who was an ebullient mainstay in the Duke Ellington and Tonight Show big bands and who became a mentor to generations of jazz players, including Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis, has died at 94. His wife, Gwen, announced the death on …

U.S. Defense Secretary Calls Afghan Army ‘A Powerful Force’

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kandahar, Afghanistan — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Sunday called Afghanistan’s army “a powerful force in their own right” but declined to say whether he thinks the U.S. can scale back military training and advising this year …