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This undated family handout photo shows British man Alan Henning, currently held hostage by Islamic State (IS) and whose life was threatened in the IS video in which they beheaded David Haines. British officials have dropped efforts to prevent the naming of hostage Alan Henning. Henning is the hostage threatened in the latest Islamic State video, which announced the beheading of hostage David Haines. In the video, Henning is shown briefly on camera and also threatened with death. British officials and Henning’s family had asked the press not to publish his name out of concern for his safety, but that request was dropped Sunday afternoon. Britain's prime minister says Islamic State terrorists pose a "massive" security threat that cannot be ignored. David Cameron says the extremists who beheaded two American journalists and now a British aid worker "are not Muslims, they are monsters." (AP Photo/PA Wire)      UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -    NO SALES     -   NO ARCHIVES

How to fight Islamic State?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PARIS — Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group — minus two of the main players and without any ground troops — in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been pressuring allies ahead of a conference Monday to show a united front, especially from majority-Muslim nations, saying nearly 40 countries agreed to contribute to a worldwide fight to defeat the militants before they gain more territory in Iraq and Syria. … 0

4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent disease amid a shortage of health care workers. Dr. Olivet Buck died … 0

Public housing safety policy can hit whole family

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she’s lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door. Any day now, she and her teen daughter will be evicted and have no other option than to go … 0

Calif. city uses parking meters to raise change for homeless

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PASADENA, Calif. — The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change. The Los Angeles suburb is turning 14 parking meters into repositories for donations made to nonprofits that serve the homeless, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Pasadena’s housing director, Bill Huang, says the hope … 0

Achieving diversity in police ranks

Sunday, September 14, 2014

When he took over as police chief last year in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, it didn’t take Bill Carson long to see he had a serious diversity problem. Of the department’s 79 sworn officers, just … 0

Rising cash flow fuels Islamic State

Sunday, September 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to … 0

Dutch stage tomato fight against Russian sanctions

Sunday, September 14, 2014

AMSTERDAM — Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam’s central Dam square into a blizzard of red goop on Sunday, as they pelted each other mercilessly with overripe tomatoes. In theory, the event was set up … 0

US man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about … 0

Chemical industry lobbies hard to reshape safety regs

Friday, September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — The powerful chemical industry is putting its lobbying muscle behind legislation that would establish standards for chemicals used in products from household goods to cellphones and plastic water bottles — but also make it tougher for … 0

Parents of slain US journalist say gov’t threatened them

Friday, September 12, 2014

ROCHESTER, N.H. — The parents of a New Hampshire journalist slain by Islamic extremists in Syria said Friday that they never knew what the U.S. government was doing to help their son and were told they could be prosecuted if they tried to raise money for a ransom. … 0

Questions, answers about Ariz. gay marriage case

Friday, September 12, 2014

PHOENIX — Q: What was at issue? A: Fred McQuire of Green Valley, Arizona, was barred by his home state from listing himself as a spouse on his husband’s death certificate because his same-sex marriage with George Martinez … 0

Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

Friday, September 12, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban … 0

Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal

Friday, September 12, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure. “I’m happy … 0