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‘The Cosmopolitans’ Leads the Pack of New Amazon Offerings

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Here comes the third round of Amazon pilots, even before we’ve seen the fruits of the second. The first gave the world Garry Trudeau’s (neologism alert) Republicom Alpha House, whose second season began filming in July. Jill Soloway’s Transparent, one of four green-lighted pilots from the last batch, arrives as a series to stream via Amazon.com in late September. It’s useful to remember that pilots are only pilots. They are …

Syria Fears: Extremists Return Home

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Washington — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four people at the Jewish Museum in …

Obama Says Immigration Needs Time

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Washington — President Obama is suggesting that he will defer his self-imposed deadline for announcing an expected change in immigration policy, as the White House wrestles with the political and legal dilemmas involved in making significant alterations without congressional approval. Fed up with congressional gridlock, the president has said he’ll use his executive power to make changes. One proposal under discussion would delay …

Mourners Urged to Convert Outrage to Political Action

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

St. Louis — The mourners filled an enormous church to remember Michael Brown — recalling him as a “gentle giant,” aspiring rapper and recent high school graduate on his way to a technical college. But the funeral that …

Test Shows More Promise For Mystery Illnesses

Monday, August 25, 2014

Baltimore — William Smith’s disease has grim milestones. At 2, the Gambrills triplet known as Mick couldn’t walk or talk as well as his siblings. In kindergarten, he started losing language and motor skills. At 12, he needed a wheelchair and a feeding tube. Doctors at Johns Hopkins …

Study Finds Combining Vaccines Boosts Polio Immunity

Monday, August 25, 2014

Washington — New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world’s most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who’ve already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity. World Health Organization (WHO) officials said …

Noodles: Friend or Foe?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Seoul, South Korea — Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts — in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl …

Quake Causes Injuries, Damage

Monday, August 25, 2014

Napa, Calif. — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years struck before dawn on Sunday, sending scores of people to hospitals, igniting fires, damaging historic buildings and knocking out power to thousands …

British Ambassador: Close to Identifying Journalist’s Killer

Monday, August 25, 2014

Intelligence officials are close to determining the identity of the Islamic State militant with a British accent who killed American journalist James Foley, the British ambassador to the United States said Sunday. “We’re not in a position to say exactly who this is,” Ambassador Peter Westmacott said on …

Rebels Parade Ukrainian Soldiers

Monday, August 25, 2014

Donetsk, Ukraine — To shouts of “Fascists!” and “Hang them from a tree!” captured Ukrainian soldiers were paraded through the streets of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Sunday as bystanders pelted them with eggs, water bottles and …

Heart Association: E-Cigarettes a Last Option to Quit Smoking

Monday, August 25, 2014

The American Heart Association’s first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May. Both groups express great concern about these popular nicotine-vapor products and urge …

Actor, Director, Producer Richard Attenborough Dies at 90

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lord Richard Attenborough, the respected British actor and Academy Award-winning director of Gandhi, the multiple-Oscar-winning best picture of 1982, has died. He was 90. Attenborough died Sunday, his son Michael told the BBC in London. No cause was …

Dad of 18-Year-Old Shot by Officer Asks for Peace

Monday, August 25, 2014

St. Louis — The father of a black 18-year-old shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson pleaded Sunday for a “day of silence” as he lays his son to rest Monday. “Tomorrow all I want …