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Kenneth Bae, a American tour guide and missionary serving a 15-year sentence, detained in North Korea,  speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korea Detainees Call for U.S. Help

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pyongyang, North Korea — North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom. Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within …

Protesters Demand Pakistani Premier Resign

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Islamabad — Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Pakistan’s prime minister and army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent anti-government protests that could force the premier of this nuclear-armed country to resign. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif again vowed he would not step down under duress, even as protesters briefly took over …

Rebels Lower Demands

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Moscow — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents’ platform, released at the start of Monday’s negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, represented a significant change in their vision for the …

Canada’s Economy Grows At Fastest Pace in 3 Years

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ottawa, Canada — Canada’s economic growth rebounded to the fastest in almost three years in the second quarter, with the expansion broadening to exports and business spending that the central bank says is vital to complete a recovery. Gross domestic product rose at a 3.1 percent annualized pace …

Russian Regulator Inspecting 100 McDonald’s Restaurants

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Moscow — McDonald’s said Russia’s consumer-safety regulator is inspecting more than 100 of its restaurants after the world’s largest fast-food chain by revenue was forced to close 12 locations in the country. McDonald’s temporarily closed four restaurants in Krasnodar, in southern Russia, on an order from Rospotrebnadzor, as …

Cannabis Cuisine Rises in Wake of Marijuana Legalization

Sunday, August 31, 2014

There are books about cooking with herbs. And then there are books about cooking with herb. Yes, we’re talking cannabis cuisine, a small niche in the culinary world but one that is drawing more interest as the legalization movement moves pot closer to the mainstream. “When I sell …

Tough Label to Chew On: What Does ‘Natural’ Really Mean?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Los Angeles — There’s something about “natural” food that appeals to consumers. In one study from the consumer research firm Mintel, people were given a list of food product claims and asked which ones mattered most to them. “Natural” tied for No. 1 with the claim that a …

Farm Income Seen Falling From Record

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chicago — Lower prices for corn and soybeans will drive the profits of U.S. farmers down to an estimated $113.2 billion in 2014, a decline of 14 percent from last year’s record, according to the Department of Agriculture. The forecast for this year’s income is up 18 percent …

Region Boasts Young Farmer Boom

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cranston, R.I. — Farming is hip in New England. Across the region, young people are choosing crops over cubicles, new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading. Farmers and industry experts agree New England …

Americans Anxious About Economy

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Pittsburgh — If the Labor Day parade committee chose a theme color for this year’s event, marchers might be wearing black to represent the years of lost ground in wages for workers at nearly every income level. It also would reflect the gloomy national mood among workers, according …

Mass. Pilot in F-15 Crash Was Decorated Combat Vet

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Boston — The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet last week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday. …

‘Timmy’s’ Beloved in Canada

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Toronto — Few things unite Canadians the way Tim Hortons does. For half a century, they have warmed themselves on chilly mornings with the chain’s coffee and Timbits — or doughnut holes to Americans. So news last week …

John A. Walker Jr., Who Led Spy Ring, Dies at 93

Sunday, August 31, 2014

John A. Walker Jr., the American who sold Navy secrets to the Soviets for 18 years in what has been described as one of the most damaging espionage operations of the Cold War, died Thursday in a federal …