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Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington — After three weeks and nearly 50 amendment votes, the Senate on Thursday approved legislation to expedite construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Passage secured not only a top Republican policy victory, but a political success for new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who made Keystone his priority. The issue also became the first test of his promise to return the Senate to freewheeling debate and a more open …

Poll: Scientists, Public Divided

Friday, January 30, 2015

Washington — The American public and U.S. scientists are light-years apart on science issues. And 98 percent of surveyed scientists say it’s a problem that we don’t know what they’re talking about. Scientists are far less worried about genetically modified food, pesticide use, and nuclear power than is the general public, according to matching polls of both the general public and the country’s …

Afghanistan Shooting Kills Three Americans

Friday, January 30, 2015

Kabul — Three American civilian contractors and an Afghan national were killed Thursday in a shooting incident at a military base attached to Kabul’s international airport, according to U.S. officials. A fourth American contractor was wounded in the attack. It was unclear how the contractors were attacked. Suspicion fell immediately on a possible “insider attack” perpetrated by a member of the Afghan security …

Fla. Keys Could See GMO Mosquitoes

Monday, January 26, 2015

Key West, Fla. — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases. Never before have insects with modified DNA …

Ukraine: Phone Calls Prove Rebels Attacked

Monday, January 26, 2015

Kiev, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president said Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets that pounded the southeastern city of Mariupol and killed at least 30 people. The attack …

Social Security Q&A: Does SSI Have a Format for the Blind?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Question : I have a relative who gets Supplemental Security Income for a disability. She is now legally blind and wants to receive information from Social Security in an alternative format. How do I help her? Answer: Social Security is dedicated to providing vital information in the most …

Cats Love Playing With Apps

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Los Angeles — When Laura Fritz’s felines play with her iPad, her fat cat loses the urge to eat, her scaredy-cat loses his fear and her youngest just loses interest. If you’ve had enough time to play with the tablet you got for the holidays, try turning the …

Veterans, Shelter Dogs Work to Save Each Other

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chicago — James Elmore was putting Vienna, a pit bull mix, through her paces. On command, she sat, went to the down position, crawled, reached to shake hands. And if that didn’t impress, there was one of those …

Still Rockin’ the Road at 81

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Las Vegas — Another Saturday night on Earth. How is this one different? “Honestly, nothing is distinct after a while,” Willie Nelson confesses. He’s talking about life on the road at 81, when wisdom makes the totality of …

Don’t Panic: The First Lady Wore a Suit

Sunday, January 25, 2015

First lady Michelle Obama is a known admirer of designer Michael Kors, having chosen his sleek black sheath for her official White House portrait. So it was no surprise that she would choose a look from one of …

To Your Good Health: Rare Cancer of the Blood Moves Swiftly

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: On a Monday, I took my 91-year-old mother out for a belated birthday lunch. She has had a long and, until now, fairly healthful life. She still had her driver’s license and thought nothing of driving the 70 miles between her house and mine. She …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Jan. 25-31

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Don’t Miss The Americans — The suspenseful adventures of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell) resume as this Cold War-era thriller launches its third season. Now, the undercover Russian spies have differing opinions on how to handle orders from their bosses regarding their teenage daughter. The …

Tax-Saving Tips for Generation Y

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Many young taxpayers miss out on tax-saving opportunities because they just aren’t aware of them. Here are some tax credits and deductions these folks shouldn’t overlook. Student Loan Interest Deduction Education borrowing is a big concern for many millennials. But, if you carry such debt, you might be …