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FILE- In this Feb. 11, 2011 file photo, more than 300 people participate in Barry University’s first ever College Brides Walk, with many walking 7.5 miles in bridal gowns to bring awareness of domestic and dating violence. According to the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence, which is federally funded, a majority of boys and girls describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators of abusive dating behavior. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)

The abuse next door

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NEW YORK — From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America’s adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators. Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence was conducted by NORC … 0

Border deaths drop to 15-year low

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert. The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths … 0

Dad: White House jumper has “mental health” issues

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — The latest person to climb over the White House fence had the paranoid belief he was being watched by cameras and had previously been arrested at the executive mansion, his father said. Dominic Adesanya, of Bel Air, Maryland, was ordered held without bond in an appearance Thursday before a federal magistrate … 0

Social Security benefits get tiny increase

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government … 0

UNC scandal ran deeper than thought

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in classes they didn’t have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a “shadow curriculum” … 0

Pet rents become apartment fad

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Man’s best friend is taking a bite out of renters’ wallets. Pet security deposits register in the hundreds of dollars and are getting steeper. Now, a monthly rental payment ranging from $10 to $50 is … 0

Estonia: Russian military plane violated air space

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TALLINN, Estonia — Estonia on Wednesday summoned Russia’s ambassador over an airspace violation by a Russian military aircraft. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mari-Liis Valter said Estonia considers the violation serious. She said the Baltic country “demands an explanation” as to why a Russian Ilyushin-20 surveillance aircraft crossed into its … 0

Camel maker Reynolds snuffs out workplace smoking

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings. The nation’s second-biggest tobacco company informed employees Wednesday that beginning next year, the use of traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes … 0

Expert: Autopsy doesn’t show if Brown went for gun

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ST. LOUIS — Michael Brown’s official autopsy indicates he was shot in the hand at close range during a struggle, but a medical examiner not involved in the investigation says there’s no way to conclude whether the injury … 0

Jury convicts Blackwater guards in Iraq killing, but appeals expected

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — A federal jury Wednesday convicted four former Blackwater security guards who had been charged with killing 14 Iraqis in Baghdad seven years ago in a shooting that became a symbol of U.S. treatment of Iraqi civilians. After nearly 30 days of deliberation, the jury in found … 0

Israelis question care of Hamas leader’s daughter

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

JERUSALEM — Israel and the Gaza Strip are bound by much more than enmity: Israel controls nearly everything that comes in and out of the territory, including food and energy, and sometimes allows Gazans to enter the country … 0

FBI study: Mass shootings in US have tripled

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By RICHARD A. SERRANO TNS Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The number of sudden mass shootings in the United States has nearly tripled in recent years, the FBI says, prompting the bureau to expand its work with state and … 0

IS fighters seize weapons cache meant for Kurds

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BEIRUT — Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to supply Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday. The cache … 0