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A study found that the proportion of brides keeping their names reached a high of 23 percent in the 1990s. For most brides, a wedding ring is accompanied by a name change. (Lev Dolgachev/Fotolia)

Study: Most Brides Still Taking Husband’s Name

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Chicago — Rebecca Raab is getting married in July, and so faces a decision: Should she take her husband’s name? Her decision-making process took a detour into my email box recently. Raab, 29, who lives in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood, is a dear friend of my two daughters. Knowing that I kept my name and have a few decades …

Pasture-Raised Egg Market Grows

Sunday, May 3, 2015

In 2006, Michael Cox, a chicken farmer in northwest Arkansas, faced a choice that many farmers do: Grow or die. His family had been raising chickens for three generations, first for agriculture behemoth Cargill and then for themselves. Even with 800,000 laying hens, Cox was not big enough to compete: “We were planning …

Commentary: Expensive Vet Bills Put Pets Lives in Danger

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Eugene, Ore. — After a terrifying encounter with our automatic garage door, my beloved 23-pound cat Orangey was in trouble — dazed, struggling to breathe and in pain. I rushed him to the nearest animal emergency clinic and quickly agreed to X-rays and pain medication. I didn’t think about the cost of anything …

2 Rescued 5 Days After Quake

Friday, May 1, 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal — The 15-year-old boy had been buried alive under the rubble of this quake-stricken capital for five days, listening to bulldozers clearing mountains of debris, fearful the incessant aftershocks might finally collapse the darkened crevice he …

House Reaches Deal on NSA

Friday, May 1, 2015

Washington — House leaders have reached a bipartisan compromise on a bill that would end the National Security Agency’s controversial collection of American phone records, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate. The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday overwhelmingly passed the latest version of a …

Gray Suffered Head Injury In Police Van

Friday, May 1, 2015

Baltimore — Baltimore police have found that Freddie Gray suffered a serious head injury inside a prisoner transport wagon, with one wound indicating that he struck a protruding bolt in the back of the vehicle, according to sources familiar with the probe. New details of the investigation emerged …

Republican Amendments Could Sink Iran Bill

Friday, May 1, 2015

Washington — A bipartisan bill for Congress to review any nuclear agreement with Iran faced new danger Thursday as Republican senators sought to force votes on controversial amendments that leaders had hoped to avoid. Senate Republican and Democratic leaders have worked all week to shield the bill from …

Ex-Intel Specialist Slams Iran at Dartmouth Talk

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hanover — One of the nation’s leading intelligence specialists told a Dartmouth College audience Wednesday that he is “totally against an Iranian nuclear deal.” “These people (Iranians) have lied to us for 30 plus years. ... I don’t think they should even be sitting at the same table …

Abe Honors U.S. Deaths In WWII; No Apology For Sex Slaves

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Washington — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid homage to Americans killed in World War II on Wednesday, but he declined to apologize for his nation’s role in forcing up to 200,000 women into sexual slavery during the war. “My dear friends, on behalf of Japan and the …

No Signs Of Fed Rate Hike

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Washington — The Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly froze. The Fed offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon. On a day when the government estimated that the economy barely grew in the …

Supreme Court endorses Florida ban on judges seeking campaign cash

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Supreme Court Endorses Florida Ban On Judges Seeking Campaign Cash Washington — A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Florida’s ban on judicial candidates directly soliciting campaign funds. In a ruling that affects many of the 39 states …

Saudi King Names New Heir, Foreign Minister

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Islamabad — Four months after ascending to the throne, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday signaled a toughening of Saudi policy toward Iran, firing the man he appointed only in January to succeed him and dumping the official who had ruled the foreign policy of America’s most important …

Delays Frustrate Nepal Aid Workers

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kathmandu, Nepal — Dozens of international health-care professionals and emergency medical aid workers crammed into a small coordination office in Kathmandu on Wednesday looking for direction on how to assist in relief efforts after last weekend’s devastating earthquake. …