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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on before praying at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem's Old City, Saturday Feb. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Marc Sellem, Pool)

US tries to ease tension

Sunday, March 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s congressional address, yet insisted the Obama administration’s diplomatic record with Iran entitles the U.S. to “the benefit of the doubt” as negotiators work toward a long-term nuclear deal. On a mission to warn of the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran, … 0

Survey: Parents seek delay for vaccines

Sunday, March 1, 2015

CHICAGO — Parents have increasingly pressured doctors to delay vaccines for young children, making their kids and others vulnerable to preventable diseases, a study suggests. The findings are in a national survey of pediatricians and family doctors asked about parents wanting to postpone some of the many shots recommended for children younger than age 2. Nearly all doctors said that at least some … 0

‘Jihadi John’ won’t have same impact unmasked

Sunday, March 1, 2015

LONDON — As “Jihadi John,” he was a terrifying figure, his identity concealed by a black mask, his threatening tone backed up by his oversize, serrated knife and his willingness to use it in the name of Islamic State and its self-declared caliphate. His professional-looking videos began with a political rant and ended … 0

Leonard Nimoy dies at age 83

Friday, February 27, 2015

LOS ANGELES — When Leonard Nimoy was approached about acting in a new TV series called “Star Trek,” he was, like any good Vulcan contemplating a risky mission in a chaotic universe, dispassionate. “I really didn’t give it … 0

FCC OKs net neutrality

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a victory for online companies and tech activists, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 Thursday to approve net neutrality rules that allow for the federal regulation of broadband Internet providers. Chairman Tom Wheeler called the vote the “irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one … 0

World wonders: Who’s ‘Jihadi John’?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

LONDON — The man with a British accent who appears in Islamic State videos showing American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and others being beheaded in Syria has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British citizen, … 0

Researchers find new reason to drink coffee: It may reduce risk of MS

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Drink up, coffee lovers: Neurologists say a healthy appetite for coffee may reduce your risk of developing multiple sclerosis. We’re not talking a cup or two of joe in the morning. Even a triple espresso might not be enough to register a difference. In a new study, researchers … 0

DC legalizes it

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Defying threats from Congress, the District of Columbia legalized possession of marijuana for recreational purposes on Thursday, becoming the first place east of the Mississippi River with legal pot. The new law took effect at 12:01 … 0

‘FNV’: branding fruits & veggies

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NEW YORK — What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica … 0

Fact check: Net neutrality

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Is President Barack Obama taking over the Internet? Not by a long stretch, but that’s not stopping political banter in the “net neutrality” debate. The Federal Communications Commission will vote today on whether to put Internet … 0

3 nabbed in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State group

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting … 0

Senate leaders reach deal to avoid Homeland Security shutdown

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy, as President Barack Obama headed to Miami to make the case for his … 0

Computer program bests humans at ‘Space Invaders’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Computers already have bested human champions in “Jeopardy!” and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: “Space Invaders.” Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans … 0