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Rescue workers transport a victim of a suicide bomb attack at a refugee for treatment at a hospital, in  Maiduguri, Nigeria, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

2 female bombers kill 58 in northeast Nigerian refugee camp

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Prosecutor: Ex-LA Sheriff Pleads Guilty in Corruption Case Los Angeles — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that tarnished his long career and appeared to trigger his abrupt retirement. Baca, a media-savvy lawman who used his platform as head of the nation’s largest sheriff’s department …

Russia Proposes March 1 Cease-Fire

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Munich — Russia has proposed a March 1 cease-fire in Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, but Washington believes Moscow is giving itself and the Syrian government three weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups. The United States has countered with demands for the fighting to stop immediately, the officials said. Peace talks are supposed to resume by Feb. 25. The talk of …

S. Korea to Shutter Industrial Park in N. Korea

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Seoul, South Korea — South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. The decision to end operations at the industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, the last …

Miss Manners: Name-Calling Is Not the Same Thing as Debate

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Miss Manners: In the light of rude comments made by political candidates under the guise of not being politically correct, could you please explain how to be polite without being politically correct? Gentle Reader: Good question. As modern usage of the term “politically correct” has meant refraining …

Money Talk: Most People’s W-4s Are ‘Wrong’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Question: After being an unmarried couple for 15 years, we were married in February 2014. Though I sent this information to my company’s benefits department, I neglected to change my W-4 status from “single” to “married.” I’m crossing my fingers that when all is said and done, we …

‘Shut Up, My Spot Is On’

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Los Angeles — Who was the least valuable player in last year’s Super Bowl? Viewers might say it was the tousle-haired young boy in the Nationwide Insurance spot, talking about all the cool things he missed because he …

Outdoor Co-op REI Is Thriving, but Does It Have Members, or Shoppers?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Seattle — REI’s business acumen has taken it to lofty heights rarely seen by a retail cooperative. But as a record-low turnout in the latest annual election shows, REI’s original democratic fervor seems to have stayed at base camp. Members these days engage more via Twitter, Facebook or …

Panthers Cam Newton Targets Kids’ Market

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Grown-up athletes typically endorse grown-up products. Peyton Manning pushes Nationwide insurance; Tom Brady plugs Movado fashion watches. Cam Newton? He’s 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, and all Nickelodeon. The Carolina Panthers’ 26-year-old quarterback is using his Super Bowl run to establish himself as a pitch-man to America’s youngest consumers. Unlike …

YouTube Entering Paid Content Area

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Could it soon be time to YouTube and chill? The world’s biggest online video platform will officially crack into the paid original content business next week when it premieres the first four titles produced for its new subscription service, YouTube Red, the company said last week. Included in …

Top Chefs to Help Schwan Update Menu

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Minneapolis — The Schwan Food Co. is putting a little top chef swagger into its signature foodstuffs. The company, best known for delivering frozen meals to consumers’ doorsteps, has assembled a team it calls the “future stars of …

Student Who Rented Dorm On Airbnb Faces Punishment

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Boston — College students have always come up with creative ways to pay tuition. They’ve been known to live off ramen noodles, and more recently, the loan-burdened but intrepid have tried crowdfunding their education. No wonder, then, that a sophomore at Emerson College recently attempted to get back …

Single-Cup Coffee Trend May Be Over

Sunday, February 7, 2016

America’s favorite coffee trend is finally coming to an end Several years ago, coffee pods seemed invincible. Sales of the single-serve cups were skyrocketing, more than tripling in the United States between 2011 and 2013 alone. Sales of …

A New Twist on Doctor House Calls

Sunday, February 7, 2016

San Diego — The doctor will see you now. But not where you think. Thanks to on-demand health care app Heal, your next doctor’s visit could take place on your turf — home, office, hotel, even coffee shop …