Nation / World

Most states list deadly methadone as a ‘preferred drug’

Sunday, April 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — As prescription drug overdose deaths soar nationwide, most states have failed to take a simple step that would make it harder for doctors to prescribe the deadliest of all narcotics. Methadone overdoses kill about 5,000 people every year, six times as many as in the late 1990s, when it was prescribed almost exclusively for use in hospitals and addiction clinics where it is tightly controlled. It is four … 0

Permafrost may not be so permanent, scientists say

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Permafrost — a vast, frozen subsurface layer of soil — covers nearly a quarter of the land in the Northern Hemisphere. It contains centuries worth of carbon in the form of plants that have died since the last ice age but remained frozen rather than decomposing. Now scientists are learning that the “perma” part of its name may no longer be accurate. As … 0

Forgotten wonders

Sunday, April 26, 2015

AL-BEGRAWIYA, Sudan — The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted. The pyramids at Meroe, some 125 miles north of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, are rarely visited despite being a UNESCO … 0

Mourning follows protests

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BALTIMORE — A night of violence gave way to a day of mourning Sunday for a man who died after sustaining serious injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police. A small line of mourners filed into the … 0

Photog says Baltimore PD beat him during protest

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BALTIMORE — A photo editor for a Baltimore newspaper says he was beaten by police at a protest over the death of Freddie Gray. J.M. Giordano, who works at the City Paper, says Baltimore police “swarmed over” him … 0

US may let relatives pay hostage ransoms

Sunday, April 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — A White House review of hostage policy is likely to recommend that the government not block ransom payments by family members seeking release of captives, a U.S. official said Sunday. The family of Warren Weinstein, the American aid worker taken hostage in 2012 and killed accidentally … 0

McCain renews push to end CIA control of drone strikes

Sunday, April 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain renewed his effort to end the CIA’s control over U.S. drone strikes after an attack on an al-Qaida compound in Pakistan killed two hostages. Now that drones have become “an integral part” of … 0

Theater shooting victims, families brace for trial

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Eirz Scott does not plan to attend the trial unless her son, Jarell Brooks, is called to testify. But she knows how she wants the lengthy legal proceeding to end. A bullet tore a chunk out of her … 0

Quake death toll climbs

Sunday, April 26, 2015

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Powerful aftershocks jolted Nepal’s Kathmandu region Sunday, sending terrified residents fleeing one day after the impoverished mountain kingdom was hit by its worst earthquake in 80 years. As rescue workers scrambled to dig survivors from the rubble, authorities in Nepal said the death toll in … 0

Poll finds more gay marriages, domestic partnerships than thought

Friday, April 24, 2015

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, a new poll shows that more American adults are believed to be in gay marriages or domestic partnerships than had been previously thought. A Gallup poll released on Friday found that nearly 2 million adults are part … 0

Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage next week

Friday, April 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Gregory Bourke met his husband-to-be at the University of Kentucky in 1982. Now, several social revolutions later, the 57-year-old Louisville, Ky., resident and father of two rides atop a cresting wave that’s reached the Supreme Court. … 0

Conservatives leading push to medical research funding

Friday, April 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Deficit hawk lawmakers have found something they want to spend money on: medical research. They say they want to cure cancer and other diseases by boosting the budget for the National Institutes of Health, and they … 0

Armenia marks centennial of killing of 1.5M

Friday, April 24, 2015

YEREVAN, Armenia — The presidents of Russia and France joined other leaders Friday at ceremonies commemorating the massacre of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks, an event which still stirs bitter feelings as both sides argue over … 0