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In this photo taken on Monday, April 14, 2014, incoming Nuclear Energy Agency chief William Magwood gestures during an interview with The Associated Press, in Paris. Tiny nuclear power plants that could be far cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts could herald the future for an energy industry that has come under scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster. In the United States, Magwood hopes the modular reactors will replace outdated coal plants. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Tiny nuke power plants hold promise

Thursday, April 17, 2014

PARIS — Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press. Size is relative — the modular plants could be about as big as a couple of … 0

Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn’t make good on its commitments. “My hope is we do see follow-through,” Obama said at an impromptu news … 0

Kansas City remains on edge amid spate of freeway shootings

Thursday, April 17, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Since the bullets began to fly on freeways here, Taylor Stevens has stuck to the back roads. Rikki Rohret keeps her eyes on the overpasses. Behind the wheel, Joe Miller tries not to think about being an anonymous gunman’s next victim. Somebody has been firing at vehicles, a serial triggerman who police warned seemed to be randomly targeting motorists, … 0

Smoking pot changes brain, study says

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW YORK — A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say. The young adults who volunteered for the study were not dependent on pot, nor did they show any marijuana-related problems. “What … 0

India’s top court recognizes third gender category

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW DELHI — India’s top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. The Supreme Court directed the federal and state … 0

Ukraine: airport reclaimed from separatists

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MOSCOW — Ukrainian forces launched combat operations against pro-Russian separatists Tuesday and recaptured a military airport in the eastern part of the country, the acting president said. Explosions and gunfire were heard from around the airport, located between … 0

Suspected extremists kidnap 100 girls from school in Nigeria

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Suspected Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria before dawn Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, officials said. The girls were abducted after midnight from a school in Chibok, … 0

‘Anything you can do’

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons … 0

Five dead in Calgary’s worst mass murder ever

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CALGARY, Alberta — Five people were killed and the son of a police officer is in custody after multiple stabbings at a house party attended by university students near the University of Calgary, the police chief said, calling … 0

Globe wins Pulitzer for Boston bombing coverage

Monday, April 14, 2014

BOSTON — Journalists at The Boston Globe honored the victims of last year’s marathon bombings Monday after being awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category for the paper’s coverage of the attack. The announcement of the award came as the city prepares for Tuesday’s anniversary of … 0

Colleges seek to improve remedial programs

Monday, April 14, 2014

BALTIMORE — The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels’ remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College. Only about a quarter of students nationally who take developmental — or remedial — classes … 0

Don’t get ‘hangry,’ have a snack

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That’s because low blood sugar … 0

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA revelations

Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW YORK — The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance efforts in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA … 0