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ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014, AT 12:01 A.M. AND THEREAFTER -  In this May 22, 2014, photo, train cars containing coal roll into an unloading facility at Dominion Terminal Associates' coal terminal in Newport News, Va. As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world, where they could create even more pollution. With companies looking to double America’s coal exports, the nation’s growing position in the global energy trade could make global warming worse, fueling the world’s demand for coal when many experts say most fossil fuels should remain in the ground to avert the most disastrous effects of climate change. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution. This fossil fuel trade threatens to undermine President Barack Obama’s strategy for reducing the gases blamed for climate … 0

Gaza war rages despite Hamas, Israel truce pledges

Sunday, July 27, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting ahead of a major Muslim holiday. The failure to reach even a brief humanitarian lull in the fighting illustrated … 0

Ebola epidemic worsens

Sunday, July 27, 2014

MONROVIA, Liberia — One of Liberia’s most high-profile doctors has died of Ebola, a government official said Sunday, as an American doctor was treated in the West African country after contracting the disease, highlighting the risks facing health workers trying to combat the spread of the deadly virus. Dr. Samuel Brisbane is the … 0

Social Security spent $300M on ‘IT boondoggle’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked … 0

Aging and making it work

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NEW YORK — It’s not exactly “The Golden Girls,” but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it’ll do. Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes … 0

Colo. judge strikes down gay marriage ban

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DENVER — A federal judge in Denver declared Colorado’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional Wednesday, but he temporarily put the ruling on hold to give the state until next month to seek an appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore’s ruling … 0

Meat supplier in China scandal has global reach

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NEW YORK — It isn’t a household name, but the company at the center of a food scandal in China helps make some of the world’s most popular foods, including the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders served at … 0

Study: Many heavy kids think they’re normal weight

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Nearly a third of children in a national survey didn’t have an accurate idea of their own weight — most of them heavy or obese children who viewed themselves as normal. These false impressions were more common in black and Mexican-American children than in white … 0

Dutch say Malaysia plane black box is damaged, but voice data still ok

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands — Dutch investigators say that the voice recorder from the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine was damaged but not manipulated, and its data is still intact. Dutch investigators handed two so-called black box flight … 0

Agents get subsidized ‘Obamacare’ using fake IDs

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday. The weak link seemed to be call centers that handled applications for frazzled consumers unable to get through online. The nonpartisan Government Accountability … 0

Veteran says he was forgotten in VA clinic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DELTONA, Fla. — A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran’s Administration. Jeffrey Duck told WKMG (http://bit.ly/WCJOHU ) he arrived as a “walk in” patient at the clinic around 1 p.m. Monday and sat in a … 0

Plane crashes while landing in Taiwan, killing 47

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A plane attempting to land in stormy weather crashed on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 47 people and wrecking houses and cars on the ground. The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways was … 0

Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone’s health minister confirms that the doctor in charge of battling the current Ebola outbreak has himself become ill with the deadly disease. Minister of Health and Sanitation Miatta Kargbo issued a statement Tuesday saying that Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan has a confirmed … 0