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Israel Limits Prayers at Mosque

Friday, October 31, 2014

Jerusalem — Tensions over Jerusalem’s most hotly contested holy site flared Thursday after a prominent rightist campaigner for Jewish prayer there was shot in an apparent assassination attempt, and police tracked down and killed an Arab they said was the attacker. American-born Yehuda Glick, 48, who led efforts to allow Jews to pray on the plaza known to Israelis as the Temple Mount, the site of Al-Aqsa mosque, was reported …

Burkina Faso Declares State of Emergency

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso’s leader of nearly three decades declared a state of emergency Thursday, hours after protesters who oppose his bid for another term stormed the parliament and set part of it on fire, marking the greatest threat to his rule since he himself seized power in a coup. It …

Quarantine Pits Nurse Vs. Maine

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fort Kent, Maine — Insisting she is perfectly healthy, nurse Kaci Hickox again defied the state’s Ebola quarantine Thursday by taking a bike ride with her boyfriend, and Maine health authorities struggled to reach a compromise that would limit her contact with others. Hickox, 33, stepped out of her home on the remote …

Key Town Taken in ISIL Fight

Monday, October 27, 2014

Baghdad — The Iraqi government claimed that its troops and Shiite Muslim militias captured a key Islamic State stronghold near Baghdad on Saturday in an operation to boost security for Islamic new year gatherings that apparently was overseen by an Iranian general. The fall of the town of …

Hong Kong Protesters Nix Vote

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hong Kong — The leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests on Sunday canceled a vote on what the next step should be in their monthlong street occupation, saying they hadn’t properly consulted with the demonstrators before calling the …

3 Fight for Lives Following ‘Senseless’ Washington High School Shooting

Monday, October 27, 2014

Marysville, Wash. — Three students fought for their lives in Seattle-area hospitals Sunday, days after being shot in the head during an attack at a high school on Washington’s Puget Sound. The close-knit community, meanwhile, on the nearby Tulalip Indian reservation struggled with the news that the shooter …

Pro-Western Parties Lead Ukraine Vote

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine — Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet republic’s drift away from Russia. Two exit polls indicated that President Petro Poroshenko’s party will secure a …

Hawaii Residents Prep for Evacuation

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pahoa, Hawaii — Residents in the flow path of the slowly erupting Kilauea volcano in the Puna district of Hawaii Island have been told to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days, county officials said Sunday. A slow-moving strip of lava that has …

Facial Recognition Helps Find Lost Dogs

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Los Angeles — Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors’ doors hopes there’s a more scientific way to find a lost dog. That became a reality when facial recognition technology successfully reunited a pet at San Diego County …

How I Learned to Love RV-ing

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This is what it has come to, I thought grimly, as we steered our rented RV onto a gravel road, past a dimly lit, shuttered gas station and toward a dark, unseeable campsite. I am now a person …

Social Security Q&A: How to Protect Against Identity Theft

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Q uestion: How can I protect myself against identity theft? Answer: First, don’t carry your Social Security card with you. Keep it secure at home with your other important papers. Second, don’t readily give out your Social Security number. While many banks, schools, doctors, landlords, and others will …

Children’s Book Examines Atheism

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Washington — Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten is known for exploring morality in both somber and extremely silly ways, including an in-depth article on parents who mistakenly leave their children to die in hot cars and …

Humor in Pain, Pain in Humor: Author James McBride Finds the Funny in Slavery, Poverty, Abuse

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Good Lord Bird, James McBride’s 2013 novel about a young boy in abolitionist John Brown’s ragtag army, is probably the funniest book about slavery you will ever read. His 1996 memoir, The Color of Water, about his …