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FILE - In this June 15, 2015, file photo, Joyce Mitchell appears before Judge Mark Rogers in Plattsburgh, N.Y., City Court for a hearing. The New York prison worker accused of smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to two killers who later broke out and spent more than two weeks on the run will face charges in court and will be arraigned on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. (G.N. Miller/New York Post via AP, Pool, File)

Prison worker pleads guilty in killers’ escape

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A prison worker who was “in over her head” with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run. Joyce Mitchell, an instructor in the tailor shop at the Clinton Correctional Facility … 0

Obama delivers frank words about Africa’s problems

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Barack Obama arrived in East Africa with no big American aid packages, no ramped up U.S. military resources for fighting terror groups and no new initiatives with billions in government backing. Instead, he brought a frank message on democracy, corruption and security that could perhaps be delivered only … 0

Scientists worry about arms race in AI

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LONDON — Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. In an open letter with hundreds of signatories, the experts argued that if any major military power pushes ahead with development of autonomous weapons, … 0

Nuclear deal makes Iranians hungry for McDonald’s

Friday, July 24, 2015

TEHRAN, Iran — For some Iranians, the most important question raised by the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers has nothing to do with uranium enrichment or the prospects for the country’s economic recovery. They want to know: Is the Big Mac coming back? Since the … 0

10 more trees on your street could make you feel 7 years younger, study shows

Friday, July 24, 2015

Leafy, tree-lined streets aren’t just good for property values; they may also be good for your health, according to a new report. After analyzing two sets of data from the city of Toronto, researchers report that adding just … 0

As death nears, chemotherapy may do more harm than good

Friday, July 24, 2015

It’s been documented that many terminal cancer patients don’t benefit from chemotherapy and other types of treatments toward the end of their lives. Nonetheless, many, with their doctors, opt to continue treatment — faced with impossible choices, they hold on to hope that treatment might buy some time, … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, July 24, 2015

560-pound man biking across US to lose weight TIVERTON, R.I. — A 560-pound man biking across the United States to lose weight hit a snag in Rhode Island. The Newport Daily News reports a bent rim on Eric … 0

Another Earth: Scientists find closest thing yet to our twin

Thursday, July 23, 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Scientists have identified a “close cousin” to Earth that’s orbiting a sun-like star and might harbor life. “It is the closest thing that we have to another place that somebody else might call home,” … 0

House OKs bill against label laws for GMOs

Friday, July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — A bill that would prevent state and local governments from requiring labels on genetically modified foods passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday after contentious debate, 275-150. The bill now heads to the Senate. If enacted into law, it would nullify labeling laws that already … 0

Wage war: NY board backs $15 minimum wage hike for fast-food workers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Fast-food workers in New York state would see a super-sized raise under a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage — the first time a state has singled out a particular industry for such … 0

Pentagon blames live anthrax shipments on sloppy work

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — Pentagon leaders used unusually harsh language in criticizing the failure of the Defense Department to detect and control inadvertent shipments of live anthrax to at least 86 labs across the United States and in seven other countries over the course of a dozen years. Deputy Defense … 0

Western wildfires threaten homes, tourism

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HELENA, Mont. — Firefighters on Thursday braced for a fresh run by a wildfire that sent tourists fleeing from hotels and campgrounds in Montana’s Glacier National Park, while a blaze threatening hundreds of homes in Northern California shot … 0

Cosby lawyers: Deposition release broke settlement terms

Thursday, July 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby’s lawyers on Thursday asked a judge to hold an accuser’s attorney responsible for the release of the comedian’s deposition in a 2005 Pennsylvania case. They fault Andrea Constand’s lawyers for the weekend release of … 0