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Obama, Kerry condemn killing of Russian opposition figure

Friday, February 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday condemned the killing of prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov. Obama said in a statement that Nemtsov was brutally murdered. He called on Russia’s government to “conduct a prompt, impartial and transparent investigation into the circumstances of his murder and ensure that those responsible for this vicious killing are brought to justice.” Nemtsov is a former deputy … 0

Mexico official: Police capture top drug lord ‘La Tuta’

Friday, February 27, 2015

MEXICO CITY — Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police, according to Mexican officials. Gomez was arrested in a house in Morelia, the capital of the western state of Michoacan, … 0

Dems caught between Obama, Netanyahu on Tuesday’s speech

Friday, February 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Jewish House Democrats personally offered Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chance to lower the political temperature after he accepted a Republican invitation to speak to Congress next week on Iran — a less provocative, closed-door session. Netanyahu turned them down, frustrating members of President Barack Obama’s party who are caught … 0

Islamic State bombers kill dozens in Libyan suicide attacks

Friday, February 20, 2015

TRIPOLI, Libya — Islamic State militants unleashed suicide bombings Friday in eastern Libya, killing at least 40 people in what the group said was retaliation for Egyptian airstrikes against the extremists’ aggressive new branch in North Africa. The bombings in the town of Qubba, which is controlled by … 0

Unwelcome mat: White House tries to counter Netanyahu visit

Friday, February 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — In what is becoming an increasingly nasty grudge match, the White House is mulling ways to undercut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington and blunt his message that a potential nuclear deal with … 0

Greece and eurozone settle their differences — for now

Friday, February 20, 2015

BRUSSELS — Following weeks of recrimination and distrust, Greece and its creditors in the 19-nation eurozone reached an agreement Friday on extending the country’s rescue loans, a move that should dramatically ease concerns it was heading for the … 0

2 sides in West Coast ports dispute reach tentative contract

Friday, February 20, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Negotiators have agreed to a tentative contract covering West Coast dockworkers, likely ending a protracted labor dispute that has snarled international trade at seaports handling about $1 trillion worth of cargo annually. The breakthrough came … 0

Islamic State group may be threatening military spouses

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Angela Ricketts, the wife of an Army officer in Colorado, was startled by the message that popped up on her Facebook account last week. “Dear Angela! Bloody Valentines Day!” the message began. “While your president and your husband … 0

Slippery slopes

Thursday, February 19, 2015

As his 10-year-old son, Wesley, bombed down a snow-packed hill Monday afternoon, Russell Pope smiled. “Keep going, son!” he yelled. “Have fun.” After a mostly snowless winter, the Overland Park, Kan., man enjoyed finally getting to sled with … 0

Wal-Mart pay hike raises hopes of workers, shoppers

Thursday, February 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — With Wal-Mart raising the minimum wage for its U.S. employees to at least $9 an hour, some workers who are making a bit more now hope they’re not left behind. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday … 0

Pediatrician wouldn’t care for tot with 2 moms

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DETROIT — Sitting in the pediatrician’s office with their 6-day-old daughter, the two moms couldn’t wait to meet the doctor they had picked out months before. The Roseville, Mich., pediatrician — one of many they had interviewed — seemed the perfect fit: She took a holistic approach to … 0

Cholesterol back on menu in new dietary guidelines for Americans

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A panel of nutrition and public health experts advising the federal government on healthy eating guidelines has recommended the withdrawal of a longstanding recommendation that Americans should avoid foods that are high in cholesterol — advice that has … 0

Real or fake?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Los Angeles Times The last thing Jordan Baylon wants is a fake pink gun. Baylon, 22, spends much of his free time dressed in camouflage fighting simulated battles against like-minded fantasy warriors. The custom-made airsoft gun he uses … 0