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This undated family handout photo shows British man Alan Henning, currently held hostage by Islamic State (IS) and whose life was threatened in the IS video in which they beheaded David Haines. British officials have dropped efforts to prevent the naming of hostage Alan Henning. Henning is the hostage threatened in the latest Islamic State video, which announced the beheading of hostage David Haines. In the video, Henning is shown briefly on camera and also threatened with death. British officials and Henning’s family had asked the press not to publish his name out of concern for his safety, but that request was dropped Sunday afternoon. Britain's prime minister says Islamic State terrorists pose a "massive" security threat that cannot be ignored. David Cameron says the extremists who beheaded two American journalists and now a British aid worker "are not Muslims, they are monsters." (AP Photo/PA Wire)      UNITED KINGDOM OUT    -    NO SALES     -   NO ARCHIVES

How to fight Islamic State?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PARIS — Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group — minus two of the main players and without any ground troops — in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been pressuring allies ahead of a conference Monday to show a united front, especially from majority-Muslim nations, saying nearly 40 countries agreed to contribute to a worldwide fight to defeat the militants before they gain more territory in Iraq and Syria. … 0

4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent disease amid a shortage of health care workers. Dr. Olivet Buck died … 0

Public housing safety policy can hit whole family

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Wanda Coleman sits in the New York City public housing apartment where she’s lived for 25 years, surrounded by empty rooms, bare walls and suitcases lined up by the front door. Any day now, she and her teen daughter will be evicted and have no other option than to go … 0

UK leader rushes to fend off Scottish independence

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GLASGOW, Scotland — The British political establishment descended on Scotland on Wednesday to plead for a united United Kingdom, after polls suggested the once-fanciful notion of Scots voting to break from Britain has become a real possibility in … 0

Colorado woman must aid FBI as part of terror plea

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DENVER — A 19-year-old Colorado woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to help the militant Islamic State group under a plea deal in the terrorism case that requires her to give authorities information about other Americans with the … 0

Monet found in collector’s suitcase

Thursday, September 11, 2014

By GEIR MOULSON Associated Press BERLIN — A landscape by Claude Monet has been found in a suitcase the late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt had with him during a hospital stay, the latest piece to emerge from his … 0

Jeans facing an uncertain future

Thursday, September 11, 2014

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO Associated Press NEW YORK — Americans’ obsession with jeans is beginning to wear thin. Jeans long have been a go-to staple in closets across the country. After all, not many pieces of clothing are so … 0

Facelift

Thursday, September 11, 2014

By BRETT ZONGKER Associated Press WASHINGTON — One of the most — if not THE most — famous portraits of George Washington will soon get a high-tech examination and face-lift of sorts with its first major conservation treatment … 0

In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In quake, barrels became quarter-ton projectiles NAPA, Calif. — Napa Valley’s seismically reinforced winery buildings generally held up to the largest earthquake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, but the precious wine piled inside often did not. … 0

Before papal visit, Manila can take papal selfies

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — In Asia’s bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the pop star treatment. A church-run radio station in the Philippines is distributing life-size cardboard cutouts of the pope to generate “papal … 0

100 onions grown by Maine 5th-graders stolen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WATERVILLE, Maine — It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate. Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life. When students at the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville went … 0

Police: Man broke into bar, took nap in kitchen

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

MOUNT JEWETT, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police say a man broke into a northwestern Pennsylvania bar, where he was found napping on a table. The Bradford Era reports 35-year-old William Duffy, of Bradford, faces a preliminary hearing Thursday on criminal trespass and public drunkenness charges. He was arraigned … 0