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This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. The Obama administration has offered a wide range of assessments of the threat to U.S. national security posed by Islamic State extremists in an area straddling eastern Syrian and northern and western Iraq, and whose actions include last week’s beheading of American journalist James Foley. Some officials say the group is more dangerous than al-Qaida. Yet intelligence assessments say it currently couldn’t pull off a complex, 9-11-style attack on the U.S. or Europe. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office)

At heart of Syria fears, extremists returning home

Friday, August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — The case of Mehdi Nemmouche haunts U.S. intelligence officials. Nemmouche is a Frenchman who authorities say spent 11 months fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria before returning to Europe to act out his rage. On May 24, prosecutors say, he methodically shot four people at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels. Three died instantly, one afterward. … 0

Iraqi town holds out against militant onslaught

Friday, August 29, 2014

BAGHDAD — As Islamic militants rampage across northern Iraq, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli have decided to stay and fight. The wheat and barley farmers have taken up arms, dug trenches and posted … 0

A little help

Friday, August 29, 2014

By LARRY GORDON Los Angeles Times UC San Diego graduate student Alex Piel is studying the family dynamics and habitats of chimpanzees in Tanzania’s savanna. The research requires tracking animals, retrieving fecal samples and then testing to confirm genetic links. It does not come cheap. So after tapping traditional funding help from UC … 0

Stanford professor 1st woman to win top math prize

Friday, August 29, 2014

Associated Press WASHINGTON — An Iranian-born Stanford University professor is the first woman to win math’s highest honor, the Fields Medal. The International Mathematics Union awarded the prize to Maryam Mirzakhani and three others at a meeting in … 0

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft to shed light on Pluto

Friday, August 29, 2014

By AMINA KHAN Los Angeles Times As NASA’s New Horizons mission heads to Pluto, scientists could get an idea of what to expect by studying Triton, Neptune’s strange icy moon. New Horizons marked a major anniversary Monday when … 0

Pilot in F-15 crash was decorated combat vet

Friday, August 29, 2014

BOSTON — The pilot killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains was a decorated combat veteran with 17 years of experience flying the planes, military officials in Massachusetts said Friday. … 0

Judge upholds small city’s pot shop ban

Friday, August 29, 2014

TACOMA, Wash. — A state judge said Friday that a small city can continue to ban state-licensed marijuana businesses, in a case with big implications for Washington’s experiment in legal pot. Pierce County Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper … 0

Liberia to unseal slum cordoned off to stop Ebola

Friday, August 29, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — Liberia says it will open up a slum in its capital where thousands of people were barricaded to contain the spread of Ebola. Information Minister Lewis Brown says lifting the quarantine Saturday morning will not … 0

Student evades monitors, spreads Ebola to Senegal

Friday, August 29, 2014

DAKAR, Senegal — A university student infected with Ebola evaded health surveillance for weeks as he slipped into Senegal, carrying the deadly virus to a fifth West African nation showing how quarantines, border closures and flight bans have … 0

Rescuers locate 20 of 24 trapped in Nicaragua mine

Friday, August 29, 2014

BONANZA, Nicaragua — Rescuers in Nicaragua raced Friday to reach at least 24 freelance gold miners trapped by a landslide, including 20 who have been located and have communicated with emergency crews. Teams of dogs helped locate the … 0

New challenge for gov. health care: Tax forms

Friday, August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on this one could delay tax refunds for many Americans. Because of complicated connections between the new health care law and income taxes, the Department of … 0

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

Friday, August 29, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters. The staff reduction represents about 30 … 0

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Friday, August 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ∎ ABC’s “This Week” — Rep. Tom Cole, R-N.M.; former Gov. Bill Richardson, R-N.M. ∎  NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. ∎  CBS’ “Face the Nation” … 0