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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

Contention spreads

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans demanded a travel ban from Ebola-ravaged West Africa Thursday, calling it the only sure way to protect Americans from the virus’s deadly reach. Administration officials resisted, as anxiety over the disease raced through the … 0

2 US journalists detained over Russia workshop

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MOSCOW — Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South … 0

HIV fear spurs call for porn production moratorium

Thursday, October 16, 2014

LOS ANGELES — A California-based trade group for the adult film industry is calling for a three-day production moratorium because of possible HIV exposure on an out-of-state film set. The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1qDDDuZ ) says the Free Speech Coalition called for the halt on Wednesday but didn’t … 0

Experts say don’t expect polar vortex redo this winter

Thursday, October 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here’s some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say. Mike … 0

Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad impose Ebola travel bans

Thursday, October 16, 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday became the latest countries in the Western Hemisphere to restrict travelers from West African nations struggling with an epidemic of the Ebola virus. The announcements came a day after Colombia and St. Lucia ordered similar prohibitions. Authorities … 0

Hong Kong police move in against protest zone

Thursday, October 16, 2014

HONG KONG — Riot police moved in on a Hong Kong pro-democracy protest zone in a dawn raid on Friday, taking down barricades, tents and canopies that have blocked key streets for more than two weeks. More than … 0

CDC: Ebola-infected nurse should not have flown

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DALLAS — One of two nurses at a Dallas hospital who tested positive for Ebola should not have flown on a commercial airline, officials said Wednesday, and she is being transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment. The nurse, who had treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric … 0

Ebola crisis puts pressure on human rights

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

JOHANNESBURG — Some doctors in countries hit hardest by the deadly Ebola disease decline to operate on pregnant women for fear the virus could spread. Governments face calls from frightened citizens to bar travel to and from afflicted … 0

Up in the sky, a mystery space plane

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES — What looks like a mini space shuttle, can fly itself for millions of miles and goes by the name X-37B? Must be a secret space weapon. Or something to rocket next-generation spy gear into orbit. … 0

Anger sparks in Hong Kong

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HONG KONG — Riot police moving against activists sparked outrage after officers were seen kicking a handcuffed protester and dragging dozens of others away Wednesday in the worst violence against the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong since they … 0