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Rescue workers transport a victim of a suicide bomb attack at a refugee for treatment at a hospital, in  Maiduguri, Nigeria, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

2 female bombers kill 58 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Prosecutor: Ex-LA Sheriff Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case Los Angeles — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that tarnished his long career and appeared to trigger his abrupt retirement. Baca, a media-savvy lawman who used his platform as head of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department …

Russia Proposes March 1 Cease-Fire

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Munich — Russia has proposed a March 1 cease-fire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups. The United States has countered with demands for the fighting to stop immediately, the officials said. Peace talks are supposed to resume by Feb. 25. The talk of …

S. Korea to Shutter Industrial Park in N. Korea

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Seoul, South Korea — South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. The decision to end operations at the industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, the last …

‘Love Story’ Stars Return to Harvard

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cambridge, Mass. — Actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal rolled onto the Harvard campus last Monday in an antique convertible similar to the one used in Love Story and reminisced about the film that made them household names …

Cassettes Are Cool Again

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Steve Stepp likes to tell people his company is still around after 45 years thanks to his stupidity and stubbornness. As the owner of family-run National Audio Co., the last business to manufacture audio cassette tapes on a …

Reporter’s Book Details Seattle Murder Case

Sunday, February 7, 2016

We sat in the sun to talk, which made us both happy, since so much of what brought Eli Sanders and me to this meeting was steeped in darkness: The sweltering July night in 2009 when Jennifer Hopper …

Korean Woman Raises Dogs Saved From Streets

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Asan, South Korea — Puppies bark and wag their tails as they follow a gray-haired woman through a hillside compound that shelters more than 200 dogs. “Hey, my babies. Give your mom a kiss,” said Jung Myoung Sook, …

This Isn’t JFK’s School Desk

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It seemed too good to be true: An old wooden desk carved with the initials “JFK” from the private school in Connecticut where John F. Kennedy studied as a boy. That’s because it was. The desk was the …

Science Seeks Owner of WWII Trumpet

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The old, bent trumpet is dripping with water as Shanna Daniel lifts it from its basin in the conservation lab at the Washington Navy Yard. It’s a B-flat horn, made around 1934, with a bell that was smashed …

Reading Like a (Nearly) Ivy Leaguer

Sunday, February 7, 2016

If you want an Ivy League education, you could fork over $200 grand or so and go to Cornell or Harvard for four years. Alternatively, you could save a ton of cash by simply reading the same books Ivy League students are assigned. That became easier recently with …

Around the Remote: Week of Feb. 7-14

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Don’t Miss Super Bowl 50 — Break out the chicken wings and adult beverages. America’s day of gridiron gluttony is finally upon us. The big game pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif., as about a gazillion TV viewers look on. Oh, but …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: I Could Give Him a Knight

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hint and Explanation: Better Than Nxc4ch Chess has been banned by religious authorities numerous times because of an association with gambling. With the exception of the pre-revolutionary Czarist regime of Russia, few secular powers have had a concern with the game. Chess clubs, that regime feared, were gathering …

To Your Good Health: Evidence Suggests Vaccines Safe for Most People With Autoimmune Disease

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 39-year-old male with systemic lupus. I read your article on artificial and natural immunity and how getting the flu shot helps “prime” the immune system. I have been told by some that priming the immune system with any vaccine is not a …