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Report finds faults in US housing effort in Haiti

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — An effort by Washington to build housing for Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake has fallen short and exceeded costs, a U.S. government report said Tuesday. The audit by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Agency for International Development said the project to build 4,000 houses outside Haiti’s capital resulted in the construction of only 816. The U.S. plan also sought to … 0

New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW YORK — A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the … 0

Detroit makes deal with retired cops, firefighters

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DETROIT — The city of Detroit reached a deal with a group of retired police officers and firefighters that would protect pensions but trim annual cost-of-living payments — the first major agreement with retirees in the bankruptcy case, mediators announced Tuesday. The city retreated from an earlier proposed 6 percent cut in pensions … 0

Out of the ordinary

Friday, April 11, 2014

Man with 1st name ‘God’ sues agency NEW YORK — A New York City man claims that a credit reporting agency falsely reported he had no financial history because his first name is God. According to the New York Post, God Gazarov of Brooklyn says in a lawsuit … 0

Artificial cooling tricky topic

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BERLIN — It’s Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it’s considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it … 0

Call of cyber duty

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. — If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen. A team of caffeine-fueled cadets is … 0

Putin turns up heat

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin warned Europe on Thursday that it may face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies if it fails to help Ukraine settle its enormous Russian gas bill — a debt that far exceeds a … 0

Maine’s new Medicaid rules

Thursday, April 10, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s severe restrictions on opioid painkillers for Medicaid patients, requiring many to instead seek alternative pain management treatment for the past year, have sharply reduced the number of people obtaining highly addictive medications blamed for … 0

Researchers using math, app to chip away at jet lag

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it’s possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have long said exposure … 0

Harvard study suggests ‘Jesus’ wife’ text not fake

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BOSTON — New scientific tests suggest a fragment of papyrus in which Jesus speaks of “my wife” is more likely an ancient document than a forgery, according to an article published Thursday by the Harvard Theological Review. The … 0

Report: Russia withheld intel before Boston Marathon attack

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — A yearlong review of information the U.S. intelligence community had prior to the Boston Marathon bombing found that the investigation could have been more thorough, but the intelligence agencies’ inspectors general said it is impossible to … 0

Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, a White House official said Thursday. Her resignation comes just over a week after the … 0