Nation / World

Social Security Q&A: How to Save and Return to Disability Form Online

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Question: I’m getting ready to start filling out my disability benefits application online, but I’m concerned I will need to stop before I can finish it. Can I stop before completing the application and come back to finish it later? If so, how do I return to my online application to finish it when I have all the information I need? Answer: Applying for disability is a multi-step process that …

Who’s This Dog’s Daddy? DNA Tests Help Adoption

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Los Angeles — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it’s similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? Check the DNA. The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA in Burlingame, a 30-minute drive south …

Was This Man Part of Lincoln’s Assassination?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Washington — Outside a Georgetown restaurant a group of crime writers is calling it a night when somebody brings up an old case one of them has been mining for years. “Guilty!” declares James Swanson, author of Manhunt and other books about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. “Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!” In Swanson’s opinion, one person …

Details of Co-Pilot’s Life, Death Emerge; Friends Are Shocked

Friday, March 27, 2015

Berlin — The silence in the cockpit during the last eight minutes of doomed Germanwings Flight 9525 was broken only by the co-pilot’s even breathing. Measured and controlled, the exhaling picked up by the cockpit voice recorder were enough for investigators of Tuesday’s crash in the French Alps …

FBI Disrupts Islamic State Death Plot

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington — Authorities arrested both an Illinois Army National Guardsman who tried to travel to Libya and fight with the Islamic State and a cousin who was plotting to attack a U.S. military installation and kill scores, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Hasan Rasheed Edmonds, 22, and his cousin …

Special Ops Using Flawed Software

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system …

Nuclear Talks Deadline Looms

Friday, March 27, 2015

Lausanne, Switzerland — Nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran entered a critical phase on Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meeting his Iranian counterpart less than a week away from a deadline to secure the outline of a deal. With the clock ticking, Kerry …

Clean Paper More Likely to Be Recycled

Friday, March 27, 2015

Washington — We have a problem, people: Even though we’re supposed to put the right stuff in the blue bin, a lot of recyclable material nevertheless winds up crammed into landfills. One of the most noteworthy of these is paper: While 64.6 percent of paper and paperboard got …

NYC Building Collapses

Friday, March 27, 2015

New York (ap) — An apparent gas explosion leveled an apartment building, largely destroyed another and launched rubble and shards of glass across streets in the heart of Manhattan’s trendy East Village on Thursday, injuring 19 people. Smoke could be seen and smelled for miles. Restaurant diners ran …

Heinz to Buy Kraft For Super Food Firm

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The corporate kings of sugary ketchup and processed cheese, under assault by consumers’ growing love for fresher cuisine, are making a major gamble to revive their fortunes in the face of the changing American appetite. H.J. Heinz and …

Many Familiar Brands Owned by Kraft, Heinz

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New York — The combination of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. will bring many of America’s oldest and best-known brands under the same corporate roof. Here’s a look at the history behind some of those products: Heinz Tomato Ketchup The company’s name is synonymous with …

Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, May Face Life in Prison

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fort Bragg, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy …

President of Yemen Flees Amid Rebels’ Advance

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled Yemen by sea Wednesday as Shiite rebels and their allies moved on his last refuge in the south, captured its airport and put a bounty on his head, officials …