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FILE -  In this Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 file photo, the parents of Sahra Ali Mehenni : Kamel Ali Mehenni, right, and  Severine Ali Mehenni, looks at photos of their daughter in their living room in Lezignan Corbieres, southern France. At age 17, Sahra Ali Mehenni went so far as to ask her mother to get her a passport, saying she wanted her paperwork in order before she reached adulthood. When she left for Syria on March 11, departing from the Marseille airport just as the teen boy did, she took her burgundy-bound passport and nobody stopped her before she boarded the flight to Istanbul. (AP Photo/Fred Scheiber, File)

For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless

Friday, October 24, 2014

PARIS — The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria with a 16-year-old friend. They made it as far as Germany before border guards detained them for questioning. The fact that adolescent girls could make their way across the Atlantic … 0

The abuse next door

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NEW YORK — From violence to verbal taunts, abusive dating behavior is pervasive among America’s adolescents, according to a new, federally funded survey. It says a majority of boys and girls who date describe themselves as both victims and perpetrators. Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, the National Survey on Teen Relationships … 0

Border deaths drop to 15-year low

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — The number of people who died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped to the lowest level in 15 years as more immigrants turned themselves in to authorities in Texas and fewer took their chances with the dangerous trek across the Arizona desert. The U.S. government recorded 307 deaths … 0

Q&A: Apple Pay

Monday, October 20, 2014

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple’s mobile payment system, Apple Pay, made its debut Monday. Now you can flash your new iPhone in the checkout line to pay for food, clothing and other goods. There’s no need to pull out … 0

Surfer says he hit shark with board to stop attack

Monday, October 20, 2014

WAILUKU, Hawaii — A man surfing with his three young sons used his fist and surfboard to fend off a shark attack in waters off Maui that were rough and murky from a hurricane that churned passed Hawaii over the weekend. Waves were about 3 to 4 feet … 0

Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

Monday, October 20, 2014

GARY, Ind. — Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated … 0

Sweden launches hunt for underwater intruder; Russian sub suspected

Monday, October 20, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Sweden’s navy deployed hundreds of troops and vessels Monday in a search for “suspected foreign activity underwater” after reportedly intercepting a Russian-language distress signal coming from a submerged craft in Stockholm’s archipelago. The intensive hunt … 0

Lawmaker demands probe of Nazi benefit payments

Monday, October 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — A senior House Democrat demanded Monday that the Obama administration investigate the payment of millions of dollars in Social Security benefits to suspected Nazi war criminals and former SS guards. Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York … 0

Islamic State group may have warplanes

Friday, October 17, 2014

BAGHDAD — Syrian activists say the Islamic State militant group has captured some MiG fighter jets and is test-flying the warplanes in Syria with the help of former Iraqi air force pilots. Friday’s account by the Britain-based Syrian … 0

Report: WHO botched Ebola response

Friday, October 17, 2014

LONDON — The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America’s frenzied response … 0

Ebola vaccine will take longer than hoped

Friday, October 17, 2014

GENEVA — The Ebola crisis took new twists Friday, with another somber update from the World Health Organization on the outbreak in West Africa and a bleak warning from a major drug manufacturer that a safe vaccine likely won’t be ready before the current epidemic has passed. Dr. … 0

Palestinians want Israel pullout vote this year

Friday, October 17, 2014

UNITED NATIONS — The Palestinian U.N. ambassador said Friday his government wants the U.N. Security Council to vote on a resolution before the end of the year that would set November 2016 as the deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from all Palestinian territories. Riyad Mansour said Friday … 0

Spin Meter: Shaky claims on Ebola budgets

Friday, October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Budgets for the agencies responsible for fighting Ebola have lost ground in recent years, sparking a partisan blame game in Washington over who’s at fault. The truth is all of the parties share responsibility. Republicans claim credit for boosting the budget of the Centers for Disease … 0