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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, Belgium police officers patrol the Grand Place in central Brussels. A four day lockdown due to a heightened security threat closed the capital’s subways and schools. Officials recommended that popular shopping districts be shuttered and advised people to avoid public places since they could be targeted by extremists. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Paris, Brussels security may be spreading anxiety

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BRUSSELS — At a Paris train station, the zap of a pigeon getting electrocuted on the tracks is enough to send some jittery people scurrying for cover. And in the aftermath of the devastating Nov. 13 attacks on Paris, the center of Brussels has often been deserted as armed soldiers patrol tourist sites amid repeated government warnings that a terrorist … 0

More reliable drug test could keep people out of jail

Thursday, November 26, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — In November, a passenger in a Florida-bound car sued Pennsylvania state police who mistook homemade soap in his trunk for cocaine. The incident, which landed the man in jail for nearly a month, is not the first time a field drug test has identified illegal drugs that turned out to be a harmless substance. But if a University of Central … 0

Russia’s spat with Turkey over downed warplane escalates

Thursday, November 26, 2015

ANKARA, Turkey — A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president defiantly declaring that his military will shoot down any new intruder. The spat reflected a clash of … 0

Scientists say El Nino could be the most powerful on record

Thursday, November 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A key location of the Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years, surpassing the temperatures during the record 1997 El Nino. Some scientists say the readings show that this year’s El Nino could be among the most powerful on record … 0

Posing as refugees not easiest path to US for IS operatives, experts say

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Despite a barrage of Republican charges that President Barack Obama is endangering the homeland by welcoming 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States, experts say that is hardly the easiest route for Islamic State terrorists to slip into the country. Refugees seeking permanent resettlement must undergo … 0

Study: more Mexicans leaving US than coming

Thursday, November 19, 2015

SAN DIEGO — More Mexicans are leaving than moving into the United States, reversing the flow of a half-century of mass migration, according to a study published Thursday. The Pew Research Center found that slightly more than 1 … 0

Officials: IS determined to get chemical weapons

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BAGHDAD — The Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi … 0

Homelessness rising in big US cities

Thursday, November 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Homelessness is on the rise in many of America’s biggest cities as wealth concentrates in urban centers, elevating rents and squeezing supplies of affordable housing in places like Los Angeles and New York, new federal … 0

Clinton calls for increased US ground forces to combat ISIS

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — The U.S. needs to “intensify and broaden” its effort against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, including sending more ground forces, Hillary Clinton said Thursday in a speech that set out clear differences with the … 0

Colleges update their mascots, mottos, amid student pressure

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BOSTON — Amherst College has turned on its mascot. Georgetown University is renaming buildings. Union College has a new motto. Faced with growing pressure from students, colleges across the U.S. are updating campus fixtures that have been deemed … 0

STD cases reaching all-time highs in US

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Much to the worry of public health officials, new national data show that cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are climbing in the United States and have reached an all-time high. A report released this week from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that though … 0

Stimulant meds may boost PTSD likelihood in military members

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Stimulant medications used to treat attention deficit problems and keep service members alert during long stretches of combat might increase vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study suggests. Defense Department researchers analyzing data from nearly 26,000 service members found that those with prescriptions for the stimulants were … 0

Nation/World Briefs

Friday, November 20, 2015

Palestinian attacks in Tel Aviv, West Bank, leave 5 dead JERUSALEM — A pair of stabbing and shooting attacks carried out by Palestinians killed five people Thursday — three Israelis, a Palestinian and an American — in one … 0