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This undated family handout photo shows British man Alan Henning, currently held hostage by Islamic State (IS) and whose life was threatened in the IS video in which they beheaded David Haines. British officials have dropped efforts to prevent the naming of hostage Alan Henning. Henning is the hostage threatened in the latest Islamic State video, which announced the beheading of hostage David Haines. In the video, Henning is shown briefly on camera and also threatened with death. British officials and Henning’s family had asked the press not to publish his name out of concern for his safety, but that request was dropped Sunday afternoon. Britain's prime minister says Islamic State terrorists pose a "massive" security threat that cannot be ignored. David Cameron says the extremists who beheaded two American journalists and now a British aid worker "are not Muslims, they are monsters." (AP Photo/PA Wire)      UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -    NO SALES     -   NO ARCHIVES

How to fight Islamic State?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PARIS — Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group — minus two of the main players and without any ground troops — in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been pressuring allies ahead of a conference Monday to show a united front, especially from majority-Muslim nations, saying nearly 40 countries agreed to contribute to a worldwide fight to defeat the militants before they gain more territory in Iraq and Syria. … 0

4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent disease amid a shortage of health care workers. Dr. Olivet Buck died … 0

Public housing safety policy can hit whole family

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she’s lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door. Any day now, she and her teen daughter will be evicted and have no other option than to go … 0

Going out in style

Thursday, September 11, 2014

By NITA LELYVELD Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — In the stucco church on South Vermont, the five rows of pews are packed. Kids wedge between parents. Space meant for one holds three. Church hats and suits mingle … 0

Feathered menace

Thursday, September 11, 2014

By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ Associated Press NEW YORK — When birds and planes collide, the results can be deadly. That’s why airports around the world work hard to keep birds away, even resorting to shooting or poisoning large flocks. … 0

Teacher shoots herself in leg at Utah school

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah elementary school teacher who was carrying a concealed firearm at school accidentally shot herself in the leg when the weapon discharged in a faculty bathroom shortly before classes started Thursday morning, officials said. The teacher at Westbrook Elementary School, in … 0

Obama to deepen America’s military role in Mideast

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a major reversal, President Barack Obama is moving to deepen the U.S. military role in the volatile Middle East, including training and arming Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants and potentially expanding airstrikes across … 0

Senior Americans burdened with student debt

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans. After struggling with divorce, health problems and an underwater home mortgage, the 57-year-old anticipates there could come a day when her Social … 0

Scientists: Strong solar storm heading to Earth

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — A strong solar flare is blasting its way to Earth, but the worst of its power looks like it will barely skim above the planet and not cause many problems. It has been several years since Earth has had a solar storm of this size coming … 0

9/11 museum sees influx of new artifacts

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NEW YORK — After seeing the new National September 11 Memorial Museum, one victim’s widow decided to donate one of her husband’s FDNY paramedic shirts, karate uniforms and beloved baseball jersey. A retired police detective gave the sole-scorched … 0

Gates Foundation to spend $50M on Ebola response

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SEATTLE — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday that it will spend $50 million to support emergency response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, marking the group’s largest donation to a humanitarian effort. “It became clear to us over the last seven to 10 days … 0

Arrests as Ferguson protesters plan shutdown

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BERKELEY, Mo. — Authorities arrested protesters who were planning to block part of Interstate 70 on Wednesday near the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black 18-year-old was fatally shot by a white police officer. Groups of protesters were gathering in the middle of a road near interstate … 0

Scientists say the ozone layer is beginning to recover

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Earth’s protective ozone layer is beginning to recover, largely because of the phase-out since the 1980s of certain chemicals used in refrigerants and aerosol cans, a U.N. scientific panel reported Wednesday in a rare piece of … 0