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Bipartisan Health Bill Approved by House

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington — The House gave sweeping approval Thursday to a bipartisan plan to alter payment systems for Medicare providers and extend a popular children’s health program, fueling momentum for legislation that could soon reach President Obama’s desk. The vote, 392 to 37, came as Senate Democrats’ resistance to the more than $200 billion health package faded and Obama signaled he would sign the plan. After a first quarter of 2015 …

Yemenis Flee Capital as Saudis Blast Houthi Rebels Targets

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Saudi warplanes bombed a military airbase at Sanaa’s civilian airport and struck at other strategic locations in a sudden air campaign aimed at halting the advance of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Residents packed their cars and fled the capital by every available route, and local news outlets reported at least 20 …

Crash Called ‘Deliberate’ Act

Friday, March 27, 2015

Düsseldorf, Germany — The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight locked himself in the cockpit and, with apparent cool precision, deliberately slammed into snow-capped mountains, a French prosecutor said Thursday, in a stunning twist to a tragedy that killed all 150 people aboard. The conclusions, based on cockpit flight recordings recovered from the …

Yemen Edges Closer to Sectarian War

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Shiite rebel forces captured new territory in Yemen on Sunday after a call to arms from their leaders, pressing south toward the headquarters of the country’s embattled president and pitching the country further toward sectarian war. Local officials said Houthi forces had seized the airport …

Greece Brings Up Nazi-Era Claims

Monday, March 23, 2015

Berlin — It was 1943 and the Nazis were deporting Greece’s Jews to death camps in Poland. Hitler’s genocidal accountants reserved a chilling twist: The Jews had to pay their train fare. The bill for 58,585 Jews sent …

New Hope for Stroke Care Boosts Demand for Devices

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sydney — There’s a revolution under way in stroke care, and it’s not just patients who stand to benefit. Medtronic and others who make tiny surgical devices to pluck blood clots from the brain are set for a jump in orders. Victims of stroke, the world’s second-biggest killer, …

Election Holds France’s Far Right in Check

Monday, March 23, 2015

Paris — France’s governing Socialists never expected to do well in Sunday’s first-round local elections, and their strategy worked just as planned: Their conservative rivals took first place. Before the elections for 2,000 local councils, the Socialists urged people to vote, hoping that turnout would blunt the rise …

A Reflective Moment

Monday, March 23, 2015

People touch and are reflected by the Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago on Sunday. ap — Nam Y. Huh …

Modern Singapore Founder Dies

Monday, March 23, 2015

Singapore — Lee Kuan Yew, who founded modern Singapore and was both feared for his authoritarian tactics and admired for turning the city-state into one of the world’s richest nations, died Monday, the government said. He was 91. Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Feb. 5 …

Afghan Officials Say Woman Killed by Mob Did Not Burn Koran

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kabul, Afghanistan — As thousands of people gathered Sunday to bury a woman who was beaten and burned by an angry mob, Afghan officials said they found no proof that she had burned pages of the Koran as her assailants had claimed. “We have reviewed all the evidence …

Book Club Binds Ex-Offenders Together

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Washington — Robert Barksdale steps in front of the students in an English class at Eastern High School, searching for some semblance of redemption. “For me, school is a treat because I never got to be in school, …

Social Security Q&A: How Much Did Benefits Increase in 2015?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Question: I heard that Social Security benefits increased at the beginning of the year. What is the average Social Security retirement payment that a person receives each month? Answer: You are right — Social Security benefits increased this year. In 2015, nearly 64 million Americans who receive Social …

Move Over Dogs: Cats Are Stars of Circus

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Orlando — Sure, dogs have been known to sniff out terrorists, rescue avalanche victims and guide the blind. But can they play the drums? Samantha Martin’s cats can. They also can play a keyboard and guitar — though, …