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FILE - This Oct. 2, 2014, file photo shows women shading themselves from the hot sun in the Chinatown section of downtown Los Angeles. It sounds like a broken record, but last month again set a new mark for global heat. And meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie the hottest year ever recorded, or more likely break it. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut, File)

Warming Earth heading for hottest year

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. That’s because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the … 0

Nigeria declared Ebola-free

Monday, October 20, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria — Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola-free Monday, a rare victory in the battle against the disease that is ravaging West … 0

Cadaver dog work more accepted by cops, courts

Monday, October 20, 2014

BENTON, Calif. — The burly Labrador retriever sticks out his wide snout to sniff the dirt and dusty air. He’s clearly excited as he runs, yelping, through the high desert of California’s Eastern Sierra region. “Buster, go find!” Paul Dostie commands. They are a team, the black Lab and the retired police officer. … 0

Spin Meter: Shaky claims on Ebola budgets

Friday, October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Budgets for the agencies responsible for fighting Ebola have lost ground in recent years, sparking a partisan blame game in Washington over who’s at fault. The truth is all of the parties share responsibility. Republicans claim credit for boosting the budget of the Centers for Disease … 0

Yellen: Greatly concerned by widening inequality

Friday, October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America’s longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake. The growing gap between the rich … 0

Nigeria, Boko Haram agree to cease-fire

Friday, October 17, 2014

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria’s government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, but many people expressed doubts Friday about a development that could end an insurgency that has killed thousands and left hundreds … 0

Judge voids casino union contract

Friday, October 17, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort may survive after all, but it’s likely to do so with angry employees. A federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware on Friday voided the struggling casino’s contract with its union workers, giving owner Trump Entertainment Resorts a big part … 0

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Friday, October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ∎ ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; to Judge Clay Jenkins, top administrator for Dallas County, Texas; Cardinal … 0

Cemetery hopes 5K race, actors draw new customers

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cemetery hopes 5K race, actors draw new customers PEORIA, Ill. — A cemetery in central Illinois is embarking on an unusual marketing campaign that includes a 5K race and actors dressing as people buried there. The goal is … 0

FBI chief warns against encryption

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could … 0

Existing protocols might not be enough for Ebola

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DALLAS — As Thomas Eric Duncan’s health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient’s side. They wore protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted catheters, … 0

Vatican alters English draft report translation about gays

Thursday, October 16, 2014

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays — but only if they speak English. After a draft report by bishops debating family issues came under criticism from many conservative English-speaking bishops, the … 0

Looking for friends

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U.S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State group. That’s a … 0