Nation / World

When Finances Dictate Wedding Attendance

Saturday, August 29, 2015

I accept more out-of-town wedding invitations than I turn down. If I can make it work with my schedule and my bank account, I like to celebrate my friends. I’ll tack vacations or family visits on to the main event; I’m happy to split hotel rooms with friends or guests I’ve just barely met. And I have no shame about wearing the same dress to several friends’ nuptials. But sometimes …

Since Katrina, Better Response Helps Pets, People

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Los Angeles — Outside the nearly 2,000 human fatalities from Hurricane Katrina, the disaster displaced or killed hundreds of thousands of dogs, cats and other animals at a time when rescues focused on people and pets were left behind. “So many animals disappeared. Many died outright,” said Francis Battista, co-founder of Best Friends …

What’s Not to Like? Not a Thing

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Lake Placid, n.y. — Rare is the vehicle that makes perfect sense. The 2016 Honda HR-V EX-L Navi with all-wheel drive is that rarity. It meets all criteria — pricing, perfect size for urban use, accommodating comfort for highway travel, flexible utility, advanced safety, good fuel economy, and more-than-adequate road performance for people …

Focus on Europe Distracts From True Crisis

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Al-Minya, Lebanon — While the world’s attention is fixed on the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees swarming into Europe, a potentially far more profound crisis is unfolding in the countries of the Middle East that have borne …

Gulf Coast Marks Katrina’s Fury, Celebrates Rebirth

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Orleans — As the church bells rang marking the decade since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the 80-year-old woman wept softly into a tissue as she leaned against her rusting Oldsmobile near a Catholic church in …

Generation LOL Irked By Grammar Slip-Ups

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York — It’s the LOL generation that appears most annoyed by bad grammar and spelling slips, according to a survey by Dictionary.com. The site found in an online Harris Poll done July 31 to Aug. 4 that 80 percent of American adults 18 and older consider themselves …

U.S. Court Rules for NSA Phone Program

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington — A federal appeals court in Washington has lifted an injunction against the National Security Agency’s call records program on the grounds that the plaintiff has not proved his own phone records were collected and so lacks standing to sue. The move lifts a ban on the …

Bush Returns to New Orleans

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Orleans — Former president George W. Bush returned to New Orleans on Friday, nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the storm that submerged the city and tarnished his legacy. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush made …

Obama Expects Better Ties With Israel

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Washington — President Obama on Friday compared tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord is implemented. “Like all families, sometimes there are going to be …

Polish Official Says He’s ‘99 Percent’ Sure of Nazi Treasure Train Claim

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A top Polish cultural official on Friday stirred already feverish excitement over claims of a legendary Nazi treasure train having been located when he told reporters he had seen ground-penetrating radar images of a massive armored transport. “This is an absolutely unprecedented situation,” Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski …

Death Toll Climbs as Migrant Crisis Grows

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Vienna — Death and desperation mounted in Europe’s migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized. More than 300,000 people have …

Erika Heads Toward Florida

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — South Florida prepared for the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Erika this weekend, although the projected path of the storm continued to veer toward the southwestern part of the state. The region remains within the storm’s possible routes as it heads north, with Erika …

I’m a Duke Freshman. Here’s Why I Refused to Read ‘Fun Home.’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

As a Christian, I knew that my beliefs and identity would be challenged at a progressive university like Duke. My first challenge came well before I arrived on campus, when I learned that all first years were assigned Fun Home, a graphic novel by Vermont cartoonist Alison Bechdel. …