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This April 23, 2014 photo provided by Dianne Larson shows the family dog 9 month old Ruby waiting for her son, Tanner, at their home in Santa Clarita, Calif. Tanner was working with puppies and met Ruby, a black Lab. “It was love at first sight,” Larson said. Ruby is 1 year old now and school has been in session for two weeks. Ruby’s still searching for him when he’s gone. (AP Photo/Dianne Larson)

Dogs get blues when kids go back to school

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Young people aren’t the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer. Many dogs whine and wait eagerly at the front door but eventually adjust to the absence of their young owners when they are in class. But millions of dogs can feel abandoned, sad and unable to cope — and they look for ways to lash out. Nearly 20 percent of the nation’s 80 million dogs have separation anxiety, said Dr. Nick Dodman of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in … 0

Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ANGLETON, Texas — A southeast Texas man says that despite his acquittal Wednesday for the shooting death of the drunken driver who caused a crash that killed his two sons, there are no winners. “This was a loss for everybody,” said a visibly relieved David Barajas, who cried and hugged his wife, Cindy, … 0

Insight on inversions

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Burger King plans to become the latest U.S. company to shift its legal address out of the country by merging with a foreign company. Burger King has announced plans to buy Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain. Burger King’s operations will stay in Miami. But the corporate headquarters of the new … 0

Foley case lays bare debate over ransom

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a … 0

Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two … 0

To shoot or not to shoot?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago. The national legal standards that govern when police officers are justified in using force against people trace their lineage to a 1984 case from Charlotte, … 0

US ‘concerned’ by arrest of American in Israel

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has raised concerns about Israel’s arrest of a Palestinian teenager with American citizenship whose cousin was burned to death by Israeli extremists earlier this summer. The State Department says it was never notified by Israel after Mohammed Abu Khdeir was arrested at his … 0

Pencils down

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers’ performance. Duncan’s decision is an acknowledgement of the concerns by teachers’ unions and others … 0

US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

Thursday, August 21, 2014

MIAMI — A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban added to Florida’s constitution by … 0

President Obama, State Dept. not planning to get all wet

Thursday, August 21, 2014

EDGARTOWN — The ice bucket stops with Obama. Instead of pouring cold water over his head, President Barack Obama has poured it on the idea of becoming the highest-profile participant of the ice bucket challenge, a dare sweeping the nation that has raised nearly $42 million to support … 0

Gov’t Accountability Office: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said the Defense Department … 0

No end in sight

Thursday, August 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Speaking … 0

Hunt for German neo-Nazis was ‘complete disaster’

Thursday, August 21, 2014

BERLIN — Police and security services in Germany’s eastern state of Thuringia bungled the hunt for three neo-Nazis, who years later turned out to be the main suspects in a far-right murder spree, according to an official report … 0