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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 …

Poland in defense shift as anti-Russia mood grows

Monday, October 27, 2014

Poland is planning a major realignment of its military structure because of the conflict in neighboring Ukraine, the country’s defense minister said yesterday, a move that could shift thousands of troops to its eastern border. “The geopolitical situation …

Having babies is new sex ed mantra in Denmark

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sex education in Denmark is about to shift focus after fertility rates dropped to the lowest in almost three decades. After years of focusing on how to use contraceptives, Sex and Society, the Nordic country’s biggest provider of sex education materials for schools, has changed its curriculum to …

Ukraine looks to reform with an eye on Europe

Monday, October 27, 2014

As Ukraine’s most ardently pro-European parties pocketed a resounding collective election triumph yesterday, thoughts turned to a reform agenda that promises pain and progress in equal doses. Although the outcome of Sunday’s vote is in part fruit of …

Ottawa shooter made video showing jihadist view, police say

Monday, October 27, 2014

The man who stormed into Canada’s Parliament in Ottawa with a rifle last week was driven by Jihadist views and opposition to the country’s foreign policy, the police said, citing a video they found in their investigation. Michael Zehaf-Bibeau “prepared a video recording of himself just prior to …

Toronto elects a new mayor, ends Ford era

Monday, October 27, 2014

Toronto elected a moderate conservative as mayor last night, ending the Rob Ford era marked by scandals over his illegal drug use and public drunkenness. John Tory, a former chief executive of major cable company Rogers Communications, had …

U.S. disease expert argues against Ebola quarantine

Monday, October 27, 2014

The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened yesterday as the nation’s top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from traveling to …

Drugmakers bet on Ebola vaccines, treatments

Monday, October 27, 2014

Drugmakers are racing to develop vaccines and drugs to address the worst outbreak of Ebola in history. It’s unclear who will pay for their products, but companies are betting that governments and aid groups will foot the bill. …

Maine bear-bait vote sparks national interest

Monday, October 27, 2014

In Maine, a hunter can shoot a bear while it’s nose-deep in a barrel of doughnuts, after it’s been chased up a tree by dogs, or when it’s snared in a cable trap – but that could change in just a few days. Hunters and animal rights advocates …

Market Basket back on its feet, opening new stores in Mass.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A New England supermarket chain that was nearly brought to its knees by a feud among owners and a revolt by workers is quickly putting the turmoil behind it. Ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas returned to Market Basket after making an offer of more than $1.6 billion in …

UPS expects double-digit surge in Dec shipments

Sunday, October 26, 2014

UPS might levy surcharges or even turn away some holiday shipments this year if retailers surprise the delivery giant by dropping off more packages than they had planned. UPS executives discussed the possibilities Friday as they detailed plans …