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Peter Capaldi as The Doctor in the BBC America show "Doctor Who." (Ray Burmiston/BBC)

Peter Capaldi Muses on His First Year as ‘Doctor Who’

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finishing out his first season as Doctor Who, lead actor Peter Capaldi feels he’s living a dream and having a “fabulous” time. “I get up at half-six in the morning,” he says, “and by 7 o’clock I’m fighting Daleks, running down corridors, skipping down ventilation shafts. That’s a great way to be living your life at this age, I think.” …

Official: No Decision in Ferguson

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But a spokesman for St. Louis County’s top prosecutor said the panel is still in session. There was no indication precisely when the grand jury would render a decision. The St. Louis area was …

Biden Tells Russia That U.S. Will Never Accept Crimea Annexation

Friday, November 21, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden told the Kremlin during a visit Friday to Ukraine that the United States will never recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea and warned Moscow that it faces greater isolation if it continues its “provocative action.” Biden was in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, on the first anniversary of the “Maidan” revolution that brought hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets …

Ex-Baseball Player: ‘I’ll Sell Finger On EBay’

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Miami — Former MLB player Jose Canseco says he’s selling his detached digit on eBay. The Canseco finger saga started in October when the Cuban-born, former Miami resident accidentally shot it off. Doctors reattached his finger, but apparently not well enough. Last Thursday, while at a poker game, …

Bills Could Bridge Divided Senate

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Washington — Here, in the very early stages, is what divided government looks like: a measure providing agricultural development aid to developing countries; legislation allowing parents of disabled children to save tax-free for long-term expenses; reforms that will speed federal approval of new sunscreen products. Despite the gloomy …

Capitol Dome to Undergo Repairs, Receive New Paint

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Washington — The dome of the U.S. Capitol, from the iron columns of its peristyle to the top of the cupola, was wrapped in construction scaffolding Tuesday, and officials said repairs on the hallowed structure can now proceed. The architect of the Capitol, standing in a cold wind …

Elementary Schools Develop Early Lessons on Data Literacy

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Elementary school teacher Lisa Parisi is trying to teach her students a new kind of literacy. By the time fifth-graders enter her class at Denton Avenue School in New Hyde Park, N.Y., they are about 10 years old …

For Teens, Cyberdating Abuse Is ‘New Norm’

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Texting and “sexting,” sending sexually explicit messages via mobile phone, are firmly entrenched in the high school dating scene these days, but until now little solid data has existed on to what extent these social media connections have been misused to control, harass, threaten or stalk. A study …

Study Boosts Cholesterol Drugs Zetia, Vytorin

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chicago — A major study lifts a cloud around Zetia and Vytorin, blockbuster drugs for lowering cholesterol. The study found that these pills modestly lower the risk of heart attacks and other problems in people at high risk …

Florida Girl Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by Several Boys After School

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Orlando, Fla. — The boys thought to have sexually assaulted a teenage girl near her school last week were students at Winter Springs High, the principal told parents Monday. The victim, also a student at the Seminole County school, reported that she was raped by a group of …

Active Alaskan Volcano Calms Down — For Now

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Anchorage, Alaska — One of Alaska’s most active volcanos has calmed down since spewing ash up to 35,000 feet into the air over the weekend, but scientists said Monday the volcano has a pattern of prolonged eruptions of …

51 Killed in Congo Police Sweep Vs. Gangs

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kinshasa, Congo — Human Rights Watch says in a new report that police in Congo’s capital conducted dozens of extrajudicial killings in a three-month crackdown against organized crime gangs. The rights group says “Operation Likofi” launched last November aimed to quash an upsurge in armed robbery and other …

Missouri Activates National Guard in Advance of Grand Jury

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. — With tensions running high, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) on Monday issued an executive order activating the National Guard “to support law enforcement during any period of unrest” that might occur following a grand jury’s decision in the fatal shooting death of an unarmed black …