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FILE - In this April 21, 2014 file photo, from left, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, former Mayor Thomas Menino, and four-time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers walk past the finish line before the start of the 118th Boston Marathon in Boston. Menino, who was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Boston. He was 71. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Tom Menino, elected five times as Boston’s mayor, dies at 71

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thomas Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor, who gained support from working-class neighborhood “townies” and corporate chieftains alike during his 20 years in office and presided over a steel-and-glass economic boom in one of America’s most historic cities, died yesterday in Boston. He was 71. Hugely popular in his home town, where he easily won five straight nonpartisan mayoral elections before retiring from city hall, Menino, who was a liberal Democrat, surprised Boston in March with his disclosure that he had been diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer just weeks after completing his final term. Doctors said they were unsure where in his body the disease …

Iraqi peshmerga force enters Kobani

Friday, October 31, 2014

A vanguard force of Iraqi peshmerga troops entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani from Turkey on Thursday, part of a larger group of 150 fighters that the Kurds hope will turn back an offensive by militants of the Islamic State group. The deployment, accompanied by 50 members of the Free Syrian …

Jerusalem: Israel closes holy site after shooting

Friday, October 31, 2014

Israel closed all access to Jerusalem’s most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following the attempted assassination of a prominent Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police. The Palestinians accused Israel of a “declaration of war,” deepening a crisis …

Seoul officials say Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

South Korea’s spy agency said yesterday it has solved the mystery of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s six-week public absence, which set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world. The National Intelligence Service told legislators …

TransCanada Keystone XL decision may come soon, Kerry says

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A decision on TransCanada Corp.’s long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, designed to ship growing Canadian oil sands supplies to Gulf Coast refineries, may come soon, Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday. “I certainly want to do it sooner rather than later, but I can’t tell you a precise …

Pope Francis says evolution is real and God is no wizard

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Delivering an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis continued his habit of making provocative, seemingly progressive statements. The pontiff appeared to endorse the theory of the Big Bang and told the gathering at the Vatican that there was no contradiction between believing in God as …

Top U.N. Ebola official: new cases poorly tracked

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Authorities are having trouble figuring out how many more people are getting Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone and where the hot spots are in those countries, harming efforts to get control of the raging, deadly outbreak, the …

Patient Zero in Ebola outbreak was Guinean toddler

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In the Guinean village where the current West African Ebola outbreak began, 14 graves mark the spot where the lethal virus began to spiral out of control. International aid workers who recently visited Meliandou say nothing is normal …

Where’s czar? Ebola raises management questions

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

President Obama’s commander in the fight against Ebola was expected to operate below the public radar. But did that mean invisible? Ron Klain has barely been seen, and a week before midterm elections, Obama is pressing to dispel …

Tracking of U.S. mail by police, feds found to lack controls

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service granted 49,000 requests by law enforcement to track people’s mail in 2013 under a program that often lacked proper approval, adequate justification and required annual reviews, a recent audit found. Those deficiencies can “hinder the Postal Inspection Service’s ability to conduct effective investigations, lead …

Medical pot dilemma: Where to get the first seeds?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

As more states legalize medical marijuana, there’s one stage in the process nobody wants to talk about: the part where people still have to break the law. After growers obtain licenses, plan for security and build facilities, they …

Quarantined nurse leaves New Jersey for Maine

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A nurse who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients and was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital over the weekend was returning home to Maine yesterday as her lawyer criticized the state’s policies that had her fighting …

VA removes first official under new firing rules – after two months of paid leave

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs has fired the director of its Central Alabama health network, marking the first official termination under the agency’s new rules for removing senior executives over ethical and performance issues. The VA said Friday that it ousted Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director …