November 17, 2014 RSS feed / Nation/World

Obama calls IS beheadings of Kassig, others ‘pure evil’

BEIRUT   The Islamic State group has beheaded Peter Kassig, releasing a video Sunday showing a masked militant standing over the severed head of a man it said was the former U.S. More...

Child homelessness on rise in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO   The number of homeless children in the U.S. More...

DEA agents raid 3 NFL medical staffs after games

Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least three visiting NFL teams' medical staffs as part of an investigation into former players' claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.  More...

Gay marriage issue now linked to Ohio senator

LEBANON, OHIO   For better or for worse, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's political future has become tied to same-sex marriage.  More...

Civil rights figure: U.S. divided by race again

NEW ORLEANS   Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges says America today looks a lot like the world she helped break apart 54 years ago: A nation with segregated schools and racial tension.  More...

Navy inquiry cites complacency in submarine fire

PORTLAND   Shipyard firefighters and Navy crews participated in 54 fire drills over a threeyear period but nothing prepared them for an arson fire that swept through a submarine and burned for hours on end, exhausting firefighters and crippling More...

Doctor with Ebola being sent to U.S. for treatment

NEW YORK   A surgeon working in West Africa’s Sierra Leone has been diagnosed with Ebola and will be flown to the United States for treatment on Saturday, according to a person in the federal government with direct knowledge of the case.&n More...

Hearing today for Sidney Kilmartin

BANGOR (AP) — A Maine resident accused of sending poison to a depressed Englishman who used it to kill himself will likely be in court for a bail hearing next month.  More...

Services agency replaces 2 managers

PORTLAND (AP) — Two top managers at Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services are no longer employed there, but the agency is not saying why.  More...

Maine among highest in student loan debt

PORTLAND ( AP) — Maine continues to have one of the highest undergraduate student loan burdens in the country.  More...

Hagel: Top-to-bottom changes needed in nuke force

WASHINGTON   Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering top-to-bottom changes in how the nation’s nuclear arsenal is managed, vowing to invest billions of dollars more to fix what ails a force beset by leadership lapses, security flaws and More...

AP Sources: Executive orders on immigration to affect millions

WASHINGTON   President Barack Obama is poised to act soon to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield possibly around 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation, according to advocates in to More...

Ex-CEO of mine that blew up, killing 29, indicted

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Los Angeles police use data to reduce crime

LOS ANGELES   Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of ex-cons and other bad guys they believe are most likely to com More...

Drones patrol half of Mexico border

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz.   The U.S. More...

Immigration, Keystone top first day of lame duck

WASHINGTON   A political gambit by an endangered Senate Democrat broke loose long-stalled legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline as the lame-duck Congress returned to a Capitol where results of last week’s GOP blowout ar More...

How health care law affected 4 Americans

CHICAGO   More than 7 million people have signed up for private health insurance under the system introduced last year for those who were uninsured or had policies considered substandard.  What happened to them since has varied greatly.&nbs More...

Startup working to turn hoverboards into reality

LOS GATOS, Calif.   The more your knees quiver, the more the 90 pound board you’re perched on, floating above a pillow of air, seems about to shoot out from under your feet. More...

Hearing on new trial to begin in Chandra Levy case

WASHINGTON   Lawyers for a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy are making their pitch to a judge that he deserves a new trial because of what they call problems with a key witness.  More...

Drone sightings near airports up dramatically

WASHINGTON   The government is getting near-daily reports — and sometimes two or three a day — of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associate More...