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Police officers leave after searching an area for suspects involved in the murder of a Fox Lake Police officer on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, in Fox Lake, Ill. Gliniewicz was shot and killed Tuesday while pursuing a group of suspicious men. Police are searching for a second day to locate three suspects in the killing. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Hungary Blocks Trains For 2nd Day

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Budapest, Hungary — Tempers flared among the thousands trapped in a makeshift refugee camp in the heart of Budapest on Wednesday as Hungary played hardball with its unwelcome visitors for a second day, blocking train ticket-clutching migrants from traveling deeper into Europe. The migrants, who have swamped every nook and cranny of public space outside the city’s Keleti train station, …

S. Korea, China, Japan to Meet

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Seoul, South Korea — South Korea said it agreed with China to seek a three-way summit with Japan in late October or early November in a step toward easing tensions in the region. Chinese President Xi Jinping and South Korean President Park Geun Hye agreed trilateral cooperation would contribute to peace and prosperity in the region when the two leaders met in Beijing …

Earth Has 3 Trillion Trees

Thursday, September 3, 2015

How many trees are there on planet Earth? A new study estimates the number at somewhere around 3.04 trillion. That’s about 400 trees for every person. And while that may seem like a lot, the researchers say that before humans began clearing forests, the Earth was home to nearly twice as many trees. “The number of trees cut down is almost 3 trillion …

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 …

Goodwill Opens Upscale, Chic Boutiques

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Orange County, Calif. — The trappings of an upscale boutique are there: exposed brick, mannequins draped with flashy clothing and designer brands. But the prices are decidedly cheap chic — the Stuart Weitzman black pumps that go for $350 at Bloomingdale’s are a steal at $12.99 — and …

Authors’ Lives Fodder for Rom-Coms

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A film company is hoping to turn the life of author Jane Austen into a romantic comedy. They couldn’t have picked a worse subject. Austen is a classic novelist, one whose books Emma, Sense and Sensibility and the beloved Pride and Prejudice have themselves been turned into delightful …

‘Purity’ Isn’t Franzen’s Best

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Jonathan Franzen’s career offers a cautionary narrative — for us as much as him. As far back as 1996, with Perchance to Dream, his long essay published in Harper’s on the state of contemporary fiction, he has filled …

Felicia Day Loves the Internet, Despite Trolls

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Felicia Day is well aware that not everyone knows who she is. Those are the people who aren’t immersed in the gaming culture, who haven’t spent wide swaths of their lives playing World of Warcraft, or watching her …

Miss Manners: Not Every Email Has to Be Read Right Now

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mail delivery used to be a sport for the whole family. The dog was excited to see the mailman (as he was likely to be then), even if the mailman was not excited to see the dog. The baby loved to rip up the packaging and stomp on …

To Your Good Health: Tips for Reducing Eye Strain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I’m a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I’d also like my eyes …

One Man’s Failed Effort to Copyright a Popular Chicken Sandwich

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In 1987, Norberto Colón Lorenzana had what we can all agree is a pretty unremarkable idea. Colón, who had just started working at a fast food joint called Church’s Chicken in Puerto Rico, suggested to his employer that they try adding a basic fried chicken sandwich to a …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug.30-Sept. 5

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Don’t Miss 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — Two years ago, Miley Cyrus caused an uproar with her naughty twerking. Now that she’s back to host the 32nd annual bash, will she behave herself — or push the envelope even further? As for the nominations, Taylor Swift leads …

Africa’s Only Penguins Face Extinction

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cape Town, South Africa — They’re cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African penguins — the continent’s only species of the flightless bird — are at risk of extinction. …