Nation / World

Nature Has a Tornado Detector

Monday, December 22, 2014

Los Angeles — Ornithologist Henry Streby was happy enough that a song bird weighing less than two nickels managed to carry a tiny electronic sensor from Tennessee to Colombia and back. Then he looked at the paths taken by several of the birds. The data showed that five of his recently returned golden-winged warblers fled their Appalachian Mountain breeding ground and winged back to the Gulf of Mexico a day …

Half of Dr. Oz’s Medical Advice Is Baseless or Wrong, Study Says

Monday, December 22, 2014

It’s not hard to understand what makes Dr. Oz so popular. Called “America’s doctor,” syndicated talk-show host Mehmet Oz speaks in a way anyone can understand. Medicine may be complex. But with Dr. Oz, clad in scrubs and crooning to millions of viewers about “miracles” and “revolutionary” breakthroughs, it’s often not. He somehow …

Norwich Man Integral in Cuba Release

Monday, December 22, 2014

Norwich — An influential U.S. Senate aide who helped to free an American imprisoned in Cuba and restore diplomatic relations with the communist country tracks his foreign policy and humanitarian work as far back as his Upper Valley origins. Tim Rieser, a long t ime aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is a …

N. Korea Proposes Hacking Probe

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Seoul, South Korea — North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by …

Secret Talks Led To Cuba Deal

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — There was no hint in December 2013, when President Obama shook hands with his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, that something bigger was afoot between the United States and its Cold War nemesis. Their encounter at a memorial service in Johannesburg for South African leader Nelson Mandela …

Populists Press Democrats on Wall Street

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — When populist Democrats such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren complain about the consequences of Wall Street influence on government policy, here’s what they mean: Since the March 2009 depths of the credit crisis, the KBW Bank stock index, which includes the nation’s largest financial companies, has gained …

Two NYPD Officers Shot, Killed

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New York — A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death …

Many Hospices Fail to Send Visiting Nurse Prior to Death, Records Show

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When a hospice patient has chosen to die at home, as they typically do, the days immediately before death are typically the most difficult, and the time when families most need a visiting nurse. But many U.S. hospices regularly fail to send a nurse out to patients in …

First College Rating Details Emerge

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Obama administration on Friday is releasing the rough outlines of a much-anticipated college ratings system that may grade schools on such factors as graduation rates, loan repayments and post-graduation income. Many details remain to be decided over the next few months, with some wary colleges and universities …

Pakistan Executes 2 Militants

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Islamabad — Pakistan hanged two convicted militants Friday in the country’s first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan — part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban …

Parents Push For Plea Deal In Colo. Trial

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Denver — The parents of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes begged Friday for his life to be spared through a plea bargain — a move that rekindled the long-running, emotional debate about whether the horrific details of the …

Fate of Retailers’ Season Still in Doubt

Saturday, December 20, 2014

New York — Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 …

Stalwarts Won’t Relent on Cuba

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Washington — Opponents of President Obama’s diplomatic opening toward Cuba began plotting for the long road ahead to block the administration’s new policy, focusing on areas where congressional consent is necessary. The most likely targets are funding for new diplomatic operations in Havana, as well as the requirement …