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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

Democrats unswayed by Obama plan to use force against Islamic State

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — The biggest question surrounding President Barack Obama’s request for Congress to authorize military force against Islamic State is how far his party will back him in the fight. After the White House sent the proposal to Congress on Feb. 11, Republicans lined up to denounce the … 0

Call to study potential anesthesia risk to babies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — Studies of baby animals have long suggested that going under anesthesia can have some harmful effects on a developing brain. Now some scientists want to find out whether those same drugs may pose subtle risks for human babies and toddlers. It’s a balancing act: Doctors don’t … 0

Obama vetoes Keystone pipeline bill, heightening clash with GOP

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, the first veto of a year that seems likely to feature repeated such moves as the Democratic president … 0

Pills before and after sex can help prevent HIV, study finds

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SEATTLE — For the first time, a study shows that a drug used to treat HIV infection also can help prevent it when taken before and after risky sex by gay men. The results offer hope of a … 0

Used cars often sold with unfixed defects

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DETROIT — It’s a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences. More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. — about one-fifth the total — were recalled because of safety defects but … 0

Tired of spilling coffee? Scientists have suggestion

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

If you’ve ever had your coffee suddenly slosh out of the drinking hole or over the cup rim and onto your pants, you know the struggle. But according to a team of physicists, there’s an easy solution: Buy … 0

McConnell offers plan to keep DHS open

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled a two-step plan Tuesday to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, which runs out of money Friday if Congress fails to act. McConnell, R-Ky., said he’s willing to hold a vote on a bill funding the … 0

Woman wishes she could have saved son killed by police in Washington state

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

KENNEWICK, Wash. — When Agapita Montes-Rivera first watched the video of her son being gunned down by police in Washington state, she rushed to the TV set in a futile effort to help him. The 60-year-old woman from … 0

Netanyahu exaggerated threat posed by Iran

Monday, February 23, 2015

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Mossad spy agency in October 2012 had a less alarmist view of Iran’s nuclear program than an assessment delivered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations just a few weeks earlier, according to … 0

Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies

Monday, February 23, 2015

For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Exposing … 0