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Russian forces cross border, seize towns, Ukraine says

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Russian soldiers, tanks and heavy artillery began rolling into southeastern Ukraine in earnest yesterday, the Ukrainian government said, as well-armed detachments captured key towns, burned buildings and sent the under-equipped Ukrainian forces into full retreat – a show of military force that the United States now considers an invasion in all but name. U.S. officials began saying privately for the first time yesterday that they consider the escalation of recent … 0

Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pakistan’s powerful military returned to the political arena yesterday, agreeing to mediate between the government and protesters who have camped out in the capital for two weeks demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who have led parallel anti-government protests, met with … 0

Chapman told parole board confusion led to Lennon’s murder

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Mark David Chapman, who was denied release from a New York prison last week for the eighth time for the murder of John Lennon, told a parole board he was “confused” and “needed attention” and took it out on the musician. Chapman, 59, told a three-person panel during a video interview from Wende … 0

Gaza attacks triggers Israeli exodus from border

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hundreds of Israelis left their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip yesterday, reflecting growing frustration over the war with Hamas and the Palestinian mortar fire raining down on their communities. Tens of thousands of Israelis have … 0

Bishop: Slain N.H. journalist Foley opened our eyes

Monday, August 25, 2014

Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said yesterday at a Mass in his honor. Bishop Peter Libasci … 0

U.S. says Boston journalist held in Syria has been freed

Monday, August 25, 2014

An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released yesterday, less than a week after the execution of Rochester journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. The freed American … 0

Gasoline falls in Lundberg survey with oil at 7-month low

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The cheapest crude oil since January has refiners producing fuel at record rates, helping lower the cost of gasoline at pumps across the country. The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. pumps dropped 4.21 cents in the two weeks ended Friday to $3.4785 a gallon, according to … 0

Wear this device so the boss knows you’re losing weight

Sunday, August 24, 2014

To fight rising medical costs, oil company BP last year offered Cory Slagle – a 260-pound former football lineman – an unusual way to trim $1,200 from his annual insurance bill. One option was to wear a fitness-tracking … 0

As Ukraine celebrates Independence Day, rebels march prisoners of war

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ukrainians celebrated their first Independence Day since war broke out with dueling celebrations yesterday: patriotic songs and parades in the west and a prisoner-of-war march in the rebel-controlled east. In the capital, Kiev, thousands of Ukrainians dressed in … 0

Farmers’ Almanac predicts another nasty winter

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The folks at the Farmers’ Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it. Memories of the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms won’t soon be forgotten. … 0

Invasive insect threatens iconic Florida citrus

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Citrus has always been synonymous with Florida. The orange adorns the state license plate. The University of Florida’s famed football stadium was named after an orange magnate. There is even a county called Citrus. Throughout the decades, the … 0

Tax refunds may get hit due to health law credits

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Taxes? Who wants to think about taxes around Labor Day? But if you count on your tax refund and you’re one of the millions getting tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums under President Obama’s law, it’s … 0

Four Kochs took genes, money in four ways

Sunday, August 24, 2014

They are the outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. They’re demonized by Democrats, who lack a liberal equal … 3