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FDA Will Amend Food Safety Law

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it would revise a landmark food safety law because of widespread complaints from farmers that some provisions were too burdensome. The agency is proposing relaxing some oversight on irrigation water, allowing easier application of raw manure and exempting small farms from produce safety rules. It’s also eliminating a proposal that would have made it more difficult for brewers and distillers to give …

Fla. Town Knew Shooter Had Troubles

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bell, Fla. — Most people in this rural, north Florida community seemed to know about the Spirit family’s troubled and tragic past. The patriarch, Don Spirit, who police say killed his daughter and six grandchildren before committing suicide, served time a decade ago after he accidentally shot his son to death during a …

CIA Halts Its Spying On Europe

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Washington — The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials. The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to …

U.S. May Open Talks With Iran

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paris — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington’s …

Holder Launches Program to Spot U.S. Extremists

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Washington — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced a new effort Monday to disrupt foreign terrorist cells from recruiting Americans, including a program to identify radicals who hold U.S. passports and are associated with the militant group Islamic State. The aim is to identify and stop Americans …

2014 Is Deadly Year for Mediterranean Migrants

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Geneva — This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe — …

Chicago, N.Y., Hawaii on Obama Library’s Short List

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Washington — Chicago, New York and Honolulu have made the short list to host Barack Obama’s future presidential library. The Barack Obama Foundation, which is developing and raising money for the massive legacy project, announced Monday that it …

Washington Lobbyist Thomas Hale Boggs Died

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Washington — Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died Monday. He was 73. His brother-in-law, journalist …

Crusaders’ Joe Sample, Jazz-Funk Keyboardist, Has Died at 75

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Joe Sample, a soft-spoken keyboard player and composer whose blending of funk, blues, jazz, gospel and the Zydeco music of his childhood lent a distinctive sound to his well-known group, the Crusaders, has died. He was 75. Sample …

DNA Ties Ashkenazi Jews to 330 People From Middle Ages

Monday, September 15, 2014

All of the Ashkenazi Jews alive today can trace their roots to a group of about 330 people who lived 600 to 800 years ago. So says a new study in the journal Nature Communications. An international team of scientists sequenced the complete genomes of 128 healthy Ashkenazi …

Neuroscience Provides Clues To Organization

Monday, September 15, 2014

We’ve all heard the conventional wisdom for better managing our time and organizing our professional and personal lives. Don’t try to multitask. Turn off the email and Facebook alerts. But what’s grounded in real evidence and what’s not? In his new book The Organized Mind, Daniel Levitin — …

New Mammals Discovered That Lived With Dinosaurs

Monday, September 15, 2014

In rocky outcroppings near a cornfield in northern China, paleontologists have unearthed three species of squirrel-like mammals that lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. Remarkably complete skeletons of the three new species — Shenshou lui, Xianshou linglong and Xianshou songae — were found in pieces of …

U.S. Man in North Korea Sentenced to 6 Years of Hard Labor

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pyongyang, North Korea (ap) — North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced a 24-year-old American man to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally to commit espionage. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, …