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Sen. Sanders: Republicans Not Serious

Friday, July 25, 2014

Washington — Talks in Congress about financing medical care for U.S. military veterans stalled for the second time in two weeks as the Senate’s top negotiator said Republican leaders are “not serious about negotiations.” “At this point, I can only conclude with great reluctance that the good faith we have shown is simply not being reciprocated by the other side,” Senate Veterans Affairs Chairman Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, said …

Doctor Returns Fire At Gunman in Hospital Attack

Friday, July 25, 2014

Darby, Pa. — A doctor who was grazed by gunfire from a patient in his office at a suburban hospital on Thursday helped stop him by apparently returning fire with his own weapon and severely injuring him, but not before a caseworker was killed, authorities said. The patient opened fire after entering the …

European Court Says Poland Complicit in CIA Detainment Compensation

Friday, July 25, 2014

Europe’s top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland allowed the CIA to detain two terrorism suspects at a secret prison on its territory where they were exposed to “torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.” In a 400-page ruling, the European Court of Human Rights said Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights and failed to properly investigate what had happened to …

Cyclist Deaths Expose Increasingly Angry Clash With Motorists in Sydney

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sydney — The force of the collision launched cyclist Hans Dean onto the car’s windscreen and hurled him to the ground, his spine broken and face so bloodied he could barely see. The Sydney rider is thankful he’s alive. Cyclist deaths jumped to a 16-year high across Australia …

Targeting of Christians in Iraq Condemned

Monday, July 21, 2014

Baghdad — Iraq’s prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group’s actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community’s “centuries-old heritage.” The comments from Nouri al-Maliki come a day after the expiration of a deadline …

Ducks Land Iraq Veteran In Soup

Monday, July 21, 2014

West Lafayette, Ohio — An Ohio veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic. Darin Welker says officials in …

Gaza Rages In Deadliest Fighting Yet

Monday, July 21, 2014

Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Day 13 was the bloodiest so far. More than 100 Palestinians were killed in heavy bombardment and street battles in Gaza on Sunday and 13 Israeli soldiers were slain in the most intense …

Social Security Q&A: What Is a Social Security Credit?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Question: What is a Social Security “credit?” Answer: During your working years, earnings covered by Social Security are posted to your record. You earn Social Security credits based on those earnings. The amount of earnings needed for one credit rises as average earnings levels rise. In 2014, you …

Squatters Can Pose a Problem

Sunday, July 20, 2014

In Madison, Wis., where Wi-Fi hot spots often are easier to find than a parking space, you wouldn’t think that a cafe would turn off its wireless Internet connection. But that’s the case at Madison Sourdough cafe and …

Money Talk: Be Wary of ‘Work From Home’ Ads

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Question: Are there legitimate “work from home” Internet job opportunities, or are all those advertisements just scams? Answer: You should be skeptical of advertisements in general and particularly advertisements about an area as scam-filled as work-from-home opportunities. Yes, many people make a living working from home. They’re typically …

Miss Manners: Presents Big and Small All Require Acknowledgment

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dear Miss Manners: The parents of a recent college grad mentioned that she needed a car (to drive to a new job, hopefully) and maybe related family members could pull together and find her suitable transportation. One thing grew into another — aunts and uncles dropped out of …

Shelby Lyman on Chess: Every Move an Event

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hint and Explanation: Better Than 1. Rxc3 Magnus Carlsen is the supreme monarch of the chess world. His recent victories in both the World Rapid Championship and the World Blitz Championship in Dubai confirm his towering, practical strength. Before Dubai, he already held the World Classical title, which …

Audi RS5 Coupe

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bottom line: The Audi RS5 coupe is an amazingly beautiful automobile — to look at, to sit in and to drive. Fully equipped at nearly $80,000, it is a car for the precious few. But it’s nobody’s bauble. It is every inch a well-engineered, brilliantly thought-out car that …