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FILE - In this Saturday May 2, 2015 file photo, women and children rescued by Nigeria soldiers from Islamist extremists at Sambisa forest arrive at a camp for the displaced people in Yola, Nigeria. All 275 women, girls and children rescued from Boko Haram and taken to the safety of a northeast Nigerian refugee camp have been taken into military custody amid suspicions that some are aiding the Islamic extremists, a camp official and a Nigerian military intelligence officer said Wednesday May 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba File)

Military Holding Ex-Boko Haram Captives

Friday, May 22, 2015

Yola, Nigeria — The accusations against a woman who was rescued from Boko Haram abductors came from fellow former captives during a group counseling session. Why had she received preferential treatment and better food while they were held? Wasn’t she married to a fighter from the Islamic extremist group? As scores of young Nigerian women and children are rescued from …

6 Baltimore Police Officers Indicted in Death of Freddie Gray

Friday, May 22, 2015

Baltimore — Six Baltimore police officers were indicted Thursday on various charges related to the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announced the indictments at a late-afternoon news conference at her downtown office. The indictments came nearly three weeks after Mosby announced criminal charges against the officers. Some charges were slightly different than what Mosby announced on …

Congress Can’t Agree on NSA Data Collection

Friday, May 22, 2015

Washington — The National Security Agency’s power to collect Americans’ phone records is on the verge of at least temporarily expiring, as the House of Representatives left Thursday for a 10-day Memorial Day break without an agreement on the controversial issue with a sharply divided Senate. The House last week overwhelmingly passed a bill that would change the NSA data collection program while …

Not Clear if Object Struck Amtrak Train

Monday, May 18, 2015

Philadelphia — As repair crews work to restore rail service following the deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, investigators are trying to determine the reason for the train’s acceleration and sorting through conflicting reports about an object striking its windshield. National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said on …

Saudi-Led Airstrikes Resume in Yemen

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Saudi-led coalition airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels resumed early today in the southern port city of Aden after a five-day truce came to a close following talks on the war-torn country’s future that were boycotted by …

Emotions and Our Money

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The people who have money problems are captives of self-delusion. Let’s face it, many people have money problems, and not simply by failing to have enough greenbacks in the bank. Some are misers, some are tightwads, Some are willfully naive. Thus comes the rise of a new type …

Can a New Model Help Revive Calvin Jeans?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Can Kendall Jenner wake the sleeping giant that is Calvin Klein Jeans? The label hopes so. Jenner, 19, appears in ads for the limited-edition #MyCalvins Denim Series collection, pouting in a cropped logo tee and fleece shorts, including on L.A.’s prime piece of fashion real estate, the billboard …

Playing the Tune of Israel

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Tel Aviv, Israel — The packed concert hall in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv went silent, then burst into applause when the 28-year-old violinist took his bow, wearing long coattails and a broad grin. David Radzynski is …

First-Time Author’s Science Fiction Book a Surprising Success

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Andy Weir isn’t just living a publishing dream. He may have also saved the space program in the process. I’ll try to defend that bold statement in a moment. But first, let’s look at the marvel that is …

Neglected Baby Chimp Starts New Life

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Keeva is a baby chimpanzee, an adorable, sweet little girl born March 12 to a female chimp at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Unfortunately, her mom, 26-year-old Carole, seemed ill-prepared for the responsibilities of motherhood. She wasn’t hostile …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Pawn-in-Mouth Disease

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hint and Explanation: Good (K)nights Nigel Short, the usually witty and insightful English grandmaster, plunged off a very high cliff into a very dark void beset with more than a few pitfalls when he suggested recently that women’s brains were not suitable for playing chess. He explained: “I …

Miss Manners: Artists Working in Public Would Prefer to Draw in Peace

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: I am a young artist, and one of my art classes involves drawing all day in a famous natural history museum. The etiquette surrounding how to act around artists who are focused on their work seems to be varied. I have talked to many of …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 17-23

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Don’t Miss Mad Men series finale — One of television’s most acclaimed dramas wraps up its mesmerizing run and we’re worried. After watching Betty (January Jones) receive some devastating news last week, we just can’t handle another emotional gut punch along those lines. As for Don Draper (Jon …