Nation / World

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

Neanderthals, humans had ample time to mix

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BERLIN — Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research. Using new carbon dating techniques and mathematical models, … 0

Holder discusses police mistrust

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FLORISSANT, Mo. — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told members of the Ferguson community that as a black man he understands why many African-Americans mistrust the police. During a private meeting with about 50 community leaders at … 0

Officer who pointed gun at protesters suspended

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — A police officer who was part of the effort to keep peace during protests in Ferguson has been suspended for pointing a semi-automatic assault rifle at demonstrators, then cursing and threatening to kill one of them, police said Wednesday. A protester captured the exchange on … 0

Grand jury hears evidence in Ferguson shooting case

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CLAYTON, Mo. — A grand jury has begun hearing evidence as it weighs possible charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. St. Louis County prosecutor’s spokesman Ed Magee confirmed the panel heard evidence Wednesday but offered no other details. Officials have vowed not … 0

Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan’s parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country’s prime minister resign. Government authorities had warned they … 0

Liberia president declares Ebola curfew

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia — Liberia’s president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the … 0

Flooding forces evacuations

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — Heavy rainfall is a yearly occurrence during monsoon season in Arizona but this year it seems to be particularly torrential and destructive. Flooding from downpours in the Phoenix area forced evacuations, closed major roads and left at least a thousand people momentarily without power, officials … 0

AG Holder brings civil rights push to Ferguson

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — Eric Holder talks about the nation’s civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could — by telling his own family story. As he increasingly pushes his Justice Department to protect voting rights … 0

Top Saudi cleric: Islamic State is Islam’s enemy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia’s top cleric said Tuesday that extremism and the ideologies of groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida are Islam’s No. 1 enemy and that Muslims have been their first victims. Grand Mufti Sheik Abdul-Aziz Al-Sheik also said in his public statement that … 0

Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas militants collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across … 0