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Boston stops detaining immigrants

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BOSTON — Boston has joined a growing number of cities that will no longer hold immigrants suspected of being in the U.S. illegally for possible deportation unless an arrest warrant has been issued. The city council on Wednesday unanimously passed the so-called Boston Trust Act, which supporters said will improve relations between local law enforcement and immigrants wary of reporting … 0

American Ebola doc: ‘I am thrilled to be alive’

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ATLANTA — Calling it a “miraculous day,” an American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses on Thursday, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus. Dr. Kent Brantly and his fellow medical missionary, Nancy … 0

Foley case lays bare debate over ransom

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of captives without … 0

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BEIRUT — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. The strategy is aimed at terrorizing … 0

Obama, allies vow firm response to Islamic State

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack … 0

Airstrike kills wife, child of Hamas military chief

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Hamas’ shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel’s prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will … 0

AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are … 0

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia — Riot police and soldiers acting on their president’s orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350 … 0

Lethal injection method loses star witness

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An anesthesiologist said he would no longer act as an expert witness for states defending their lethal injection methods, creating another hurdle for corrections departments scrambling to find workable execution systems. Mark Dershwitz, a University of Massachusetts anesthesiologist and pharmacologist, was the expert called by … 0

When $17B is less than $17B

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — How much will Bank of America’s expected $17 billion mortgage settlement cost the company? The answer is, almost certainly not that much. In mega-settlements negotiated with the government, a dollar is rarely worth an actual dollar. … 0

North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea — In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a “hideous lantern jaw.” North Korea has … 0

111-year-old from Japan recognized as oldest man

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TOKYO — A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world’s oldest living man. Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records on Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who … 0

US officials: Military mulling more troops to Iraq

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as … 0