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Kirk Douglas Publishes Poetry Book

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Kirk Douglas may be one of the biggest actors of his era, with starring roles in 1960’s Spartacus, 1949’s Champion and 1951’s Ace in the Hole. But on a recent crisp morning, he was having a grand time simply reciting his poetry by heart for an audience of one. With a twinkle of his blue eyes, he proclaimed: Romance begins at 80 And I ought to know. I live with …

On Fashion: Ugly Christmas Sweater Season, When Grandma’s Trash Is a Nation’s Treasure

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Elbow deep in ugly, the Christmas sweater connoisseur is immersed in a daily ritual: bows and bears, sequins and shoulder pads, gold glitter thread woven into non-denominational holiday wishes, snowmen of the literal button-nosed variety and ... “I know it is here,” she says, digging to the bottom of the pile. Santa has a velvet rucksack. Carrie Kraft has black plastic trash bags. …

For and About Women’s Sections

Sunday, December 21, 2014

“For and About Women”: The very name of this daily and Sunday section that ran for decades in The Washington Post now draws patronizing smiles and, recently, worse. In appreciations of the late Ben Bradlee, justified praise for the snappy Style section he founded in 1969, which changed feature journalism throughout the newspaper …

Panel: Overhaul Secret Service

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Washington — An independent panel on Thursday recommended sweeping changes at the Secret Service, saying the elite protective agency is “starved for leadership” and calling for an outsider as director, hundreds of new agents and officers and a higher fence around the White House. The panel, created in …

Bombing Suspect Back in Court

Friday, December 19, 2014

Boston — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was …

Study Links Autism to Air Pollution Exposure in Pregnancy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to have an autistic child, a study found. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found the risk of autism rises in parallel with exposure to …

‘External Factors’ Cited in Russia’s Economic Woes

Friday, December 19, 2014

Moscow — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday blamed “external factors” for the plunge in his country’s economy, but said it would bounce back within two years even “under the most unfavorable circumstances.” Speaking at his annual news conference, Putin was typically defiant, defending the annexation of Crimea, …

2 States Challenge Colorado Pot Legality

Friday, December 19, 2014

Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska and Oklahoma on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s legalization of marijuana unconstitutional, saying the drug is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states. Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said …

Researchers Find Cellphone Security Flaws That Make cellphones vulnerable to hacking

Friday, December 19, 2014

German researchers have discovered security flaws that could let hackers, spies and criminals listen to private phone calls and intercept text messages on a potentially massive scale — even when cellular networks are using the most advanced encryption now available. The flaws, to be reported at a hacker …

8 Children Killed in Home In Northern Australia

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sydney — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a …

The Arctic Keeps Warming — And Polar Bears Are Feeling the Heat

Friday, December 19, 2014

Air temperatures at the top of the world continue to rise twice as fast as temperatures in lower latitudes, causing significant ice melt on land and sea, and affecting populations of polar bear and migrations of fish, a federal report released Wednesday said. As a result of the …

States Fail To Protect Abused Kids

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Butte, Montana — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger. …

Teen Drinking, Smoking Hit All-Time Lows

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The lure of drugs and binge drinking has loosened its grip on American youth, with the number of teens regularly using illegal substances plummeting from records posted in the 1990s. Alcohol use and cigarette smoking are at the lowest levels since 1975, the year that a survey involving …