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Temps Have Been Above Average for 355 Straight Months

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that last September was the hottest of them all, out of 135 Septembers going back to 1880. The same was true for August 2014. And June of 2014. And May of 2014. What that means is that for each of these months, the combined average global land and ocean surface temperature has never been higher, at least since we started recording …

North Korea Frees Held American

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — North Korea’s reclusive government abruptly freed an American man Tuesday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held. There was no immediate explanation for the release of Jeffrey …

Ebola Screening Expanded

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Washington — Fending off demands to ban travel from Ebola-stricken West Africa, the Obama administration instead tightened the nation’s defenses against Ebola by requiring that all arrivals from the disease-ravaged zone pass through one of five U.S. airports. The move responds to pressure from some Congress members and the public to impose a …

Canadian Human Rights Museum Opens in Winnipeg

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winnipeg, Manitoba — For Gail Asper, daughter of Canadian media mogul Israel “Izzy” Asper, it’s nearly impossible to talk about the last decade without tearing up. In the span of 11 years, her dad died of a heart attack, the family lost control of Canada’s largest media company, …

Stocks End Week On Upbeat Note

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks rallied Friday, trimming last week’s decline, as earnings beat estimates, consumer confidence reached a seven-year high and investors speculated that central banks will add more economic stimulus. Schlumberger, the largest oilfield-services provider, jumped 3.7 percent after reporting earnings and saying falling crude prices …

Andrew Melton Jr., 94; Was Dean Witter Chief

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Andrew J. Melton Jr., who led the Dean Witter Reynolds brokerage through its acquisition by the largest U.S. retailer, Sears Roebuck & Co., part of the growth of one-stop financial-services supermarkets, has died. He was 94. He died Wednesday at his home in Tequesta, Florida, according to a …

Charles Hostler, OSS Agent Who Aided France, Dies at 94

Sunday, October 19, 2014

San Diego — For his World War II service as an intelligence officer in Nazi-occupied France, Charles Hostler received a Legion of Merit award from the U.S. and a French Legion of Honor. He also got something else: a scar on his forehead from the butt of a …

Battered Wives: NFL Urged Silence

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Whenever Dewan Smith-Williams sees Janay Rice on television, she feels like she’s looking into a mirror. Smith-Williams, 44, remembers the denial, the secrecy, the sense of isolation, the shame. But most of all, she remembers the fear of …

Robert W. Fri, 78; Led Natural History Museum

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — Robert W. Fri, an expert on environmental and energy policy who became director of the National Museum of Natural History and helped steer it through a period of renovation and rapid growth, died Oct. 10 at a hospital in Washington. He was 78. The cause was …

Court OK of Texas ID Law Shows Mixed Record on Voting Rights

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — “There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in April. Roberts spoke then for the court’s conservative majority …

Bishops: No Welcome for Gays

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vatican City — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The …

Hong Kong Protesters, Police Clash

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hong Kong — Hong Kong police again clashed with street occupiers early Sunday in Mong Kok, a neighborhood that has become the flashpoint of the city’s ongoing protests. It was a relatively calm night Saturday until just after …

Obama Warns of Ebola Hysteria

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — President Obama on Saturday sought to tamp down fears of an Ebola outbreak and defend his administration from Republican critics who have called for a more aggressive response to the disease, including sealing off U.S. borders to visitors from countries battling widespread outbreaks. “We can’t just …