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Report: Child Poverty in U.S. Is at Highest Point In 20 Years

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. As the U.S. emerges from the worst recession since the Great Depression, 25 percent of children don’t have enough food to eat and 7 million kids still don’t have health insurance, …

Blackwater Guards Found Guilty in 2007 Killings of Iraqis

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Washington — An infamous chapter of the Iraq War closed Wednesday as a jury convicted four former Blackwater Worldwide contractors of killing unarmed civilians in the chaotic streets of Baghdad. The former Blackwater men were charged with killing 14 civilians and wounding others on Sept. 16, 2007, at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in what defense attorneys called a legitimate defensive action and prosecutors labeled …

Investigation Info Leaks In Ferguson

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body. Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the …

Andrew Melton Jr., 94; Was Dean Witter Chief

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Andrew J. Melton Jr., who led the Dean Witter Reynolds brokerage through its acquisition by the largest U.S. retailer, Sears Roebuck & Co., part of the growth of one-stop financial-services supermarkets, has died. He was 94. He died Wednesday at his home in Tequesta, Florida, according to a …

Charles Hostler, OSS Agent Who Aided France, Dies at 94

Sunday, October 19, 2014

San Diego — For his World War II service as an intelligence officer in Nazi-occupied France, Charles Hostler received a Legion of Merit award from the U.S. and a French Legion of Honor. He also got something else: a scar on his forehead from the butt of a …

Battered Wives: NFL Urged Silence

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Whenever Dewan Smith-Williams sees Janay Rice on television, she feels like she’s looking into a mirror. Smith-Williams, 44, remembers the denial, the secrecy, the sense of isolation, the shame. But most of all, she remembers the fear of …

Robert W. Fri, 78; Led Natural History Museum

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — Robert W. Fri, an expert on environmental and energy policy who became director of the National Museum of Natural History and helped steer it through a period of renovation and rapid growth, died Oct. 10 at a hospital in Washington. He was 78. The cause was …

Court OK of Texas ID Law Shows Mixed Record on Voting Rights

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — “There is no right more basic in our democracy than the right to participate in electing our political leaders,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in April. Roberts spoke then for the court’s conservative majority …

Bishops: No Welcome for Gays

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vatican City — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The …

Hong Kong Protesters, Police Clash

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hong Kong — Hong Kong police again clashed with street occupiers early Sunday in Mong Kok, a neighborhood that has become the flashpoint of the city’s ongoing protests. It was a relatively calm night Saturday until just after …

Obama Warns of Ebola Hysteria

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — President Obama on Saturday sought to tamp down fears of an Ebola outbreak and defend his administration from Republican critics who have called for a more aggressive response to the disease, including sealing off U.S. borders to visitors from countries battling widespread outbreaks. “We can’t just …

Report: Ferguson Cop Says He Feared for Life

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Washington — The police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in a St. Louis suburb last summer has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as they struggled over his gun, The New York Times reported. Ferguson, Mo., police …

Russian Ship Adrift Off Canadian Coast

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Prince Rupert, British Columbia — A large tug boat arrived Saturday to hook onto a Russian cargo ship adrift again off the British Columbia coast, calming fears that the vessel carrying hundreds of tons of fuel might drift …