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Judge Rules Against D.C. Ban on Guns

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington — A federal judge struck down the nation’s last complete prohibition on carrying guns outside the home, declaring the District of Columbia’s strict handgun ban unconstitutional. The ruling by a federal judge in New York, announced late Saturday, is the latest blow to the decades-long gun law in the nation’s capital, which is plagued by violent crime. In 2008, the Supreme Court struck down the city’s handgun ban, establishing …

Dollar Tree To Acquire Family Dollar

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New York — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been increasingly targeting lower-income customers. The deal makes Dollar Tree the biggest player in the dollar store segment, with its more than 13,000 combined locations eclipsing …

‘What Is Coming Will Be Worse’

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of what appeared to be a broadening of the three-week war. “What is coming will be …

Horse Rescue Operations Crowded, Underfunded

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Chino Hills, Calif. — Almost every horse rescue in the country is running out of room or money as they continue to be strained by an influx of abandoned equines, a trend that began during the recession. Although …

An Unlikely Estate Keeper: Meet the Man in Charge of the Late James Brown’s Mansion

Sunday, July 27, 2014

When the James Brown movie Get On Up is released nationally on Aug. 1, a lot of its South Carolina connections will be in the mix — from the Godfather of Soul’s birth in Elko to his longtime …

Miss Manners: Using the Wrong Flatware Is Not the End of the World

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: I am looking for the correct answer to the following question: What happens if you are at a formal dinner and realize you are using the wrong piece of silverware for a given course? Gentle Reader: You go on eating. Everyone else goes on eating …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Sports, Empowerment and War

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Better than 1. ... Qxg5. The idea of sports as a form of manly empowerment is an old one. Teddy Roosevelt, a future American president of Rough Riders fame, declared in Professionalism in Sports (1890): …

Around the Remote: A World of Lies and Spies in A-Bomb Drama ‘Manhattan’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Don’t Miss: Manhattan — This gripping and provocative new drama series is set in Los Alamos, N.M., against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb. John Benjamin Hickey ( The Big C ) shines as a self-destructive physics professor who is recruited …

Consumer Confidential: Bank of America Won’t Take No for a Permanent Answer

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The letter Richard Knee received from Bank of America opened with a warning: “You may be missing out on valuable offers.” “According to our records, you are not being mailed offers from Bank of America because you have opted out of postal mail marketing offers,” the letter said. …

Batman Still Thriving After 75 Years

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In a world filled with seemingly daily disasters and endless turmoil, it’s no wonder that superheroes are as popular as ever, from blockbuster movies all the way to the local toy shop. “When the world gets scary, superheroes’ sales go up,” says Brad Meltzer, the bestselling political-thriller author …

To Your Good Health: Is It Herpes Or An Antibiotic Allergy?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four years ago, my husband had an abscess. What started as a boil became so deep and hard that he required general anesthesia to remove it. The wound was left open, and we had to change the packing twice a day for eight weeks. It …

Teen Program Grows Veggies, Leaders

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Yes, the kids are learning how to slice and dice, why a nicely set table is important, and the difference homegrown produce can make to health and well-being. But Teen Leadership Corps, an unusual summer program at Awbury …

Has the iPad Already Gone Past Its Peak?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — The numbers are clear: Apple is selling fewer iPads. The company reported this week that sales of its sleek, pricey tablet were down 19 percent from last quarter and 9 percent year-over-year. CEO Tim Cook tried to reassure investors that Apple’s new partnership with IBM …