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A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team responds to a reported shooting at Parliament building in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld)

2 dead in shooting attack at Canada’s Parliament

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OTTAWA, Ontario — A gunman with a scarf over his face killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation’s war memorial Wednesday, then stormed Parliament in a hail of gunfire before he was shot to death by the usually ceremonial sergeant-at-arms, authorities and witnesses said. The attack immediately raised the specter of terrorism, with Canada already on heightened alert … 0

Social Security benefits get tiny increase

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, will also boost government benefits for millions of disabled veterans, federal retirees and people drawing disability payments for the … 0

UNC scandal ran deeper than thought

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in classes they didn’t have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a “shadow curriculum” that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina. The report released Wednesday … 0

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Friday, October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ∎ ABC’s “This Week” — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; to Judge Clay Jenkins, top administrator for Dallas County, Texas; Cardinal … 0

Cemetery hopes 5K race, actors draw new customers

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cemetery hopes 5K race, actors draw new customers PEORIA, Ill. — A cemetery in central Illinois is embarking on an unusual marketing campaign that includes a 5K race and actors dressing as people buried there. The goal is … 0

FBI chief warns against encryption

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free and justice could … 0

Existing protocols might not be enough for Ebola

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DALLAS — As Thomas Eric Duncan’s health deteriorated, nurses Amber Joy Vinson and Nina Pham were at the Ebola patient’s side. They wore protective gear including face shields, hazardous materials suits and protective footwear as they inserted catheters, … 0

Vatican alters English draft report translation about gays

Thursday, October 16, 2014

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is watering down a ground-breaking overture to gays — but only if they speak English. After a draft report by bishops debating family issues came under criticism from many conservative English-speaking bishops, the … 0

Looking for friends

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U.S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State group. That’s a … 0

Iran eyes compromise nuke offer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

VIENNA — Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make an atomic bomb, two diplomats told The Associated … 0

’Kerry Air’ grounded again, this time in Vienna

Thursday, October 16, 2014

VIENNA — The United States may be the mightiest military and economic power in the world but when it comes to shuttling its top diplomat around the globe, it’s beginning to look like a poor orphan. For the … 0

Once in a million years

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The heavens are hosting an event this weekend that occurs once in a million years or so. A comet as hefty as a small mountain will pass mind-bogglingly close to Mars on Sunday, approaching … 0

Obama authorizes Guard, reserve call-up for Ebola

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is authorizing the Pentagon to call up reserve and National Guard troops if they are needed to assist in the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The U.S. has already … 0