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FILE - In this June 12, 1962, file photo, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay is shown the day three prisoners escaped. Scientists say the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land. Using software to study currents the night of the 1962 escape, three Dutch scientists concluded the three men could have made it to land north of the Golden Gate Bridge if they left between 11:30 p.m. and midnight.  Prison officials and federal agents insisted at the time that the inmates perished, but their bodies were never found. (AP Photo/File)

Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study. The three Dutch scientists, using the latest hydraulic software and information about tides on the night of the 1962 escape, said the three men could have …

McConnell vows to battle Obama on coal plant regulations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, pledged yesterday to do all he can to stop President Obama’s coal plant regulations, saying a White House “crusade” has devastated his state’s economy. The Environmental Protection Agency “has created a depression in my state and it’s done a lot of damage to …

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has …

Nigerian troops win back cities from extremists

Sunday, December 14, 2014

With a military escort instead of the usual pomp, the Emir of Mubi was reinstalled Friday in his palace, where until recently flew the black-and-white flag of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists, Boko Haram. An army tank now guards Mubi’s …

‘Stand with Us’: Thousands protest police killings

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Thousands of protesters marched across the country yesterday – to Congress in the nation’s capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York City and in front of Boston’s Statehouse – to call attention to the deaths of unarmed …

Obama signs second stopgap spending bill

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Senate was poised to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill last night after a rare weekend session forced by a conservative rebellion against President Obama’s immigration policy. Senators had earlier approved a backstop measure to extend current …

U.S. egg market to be disrupted as cages made roomier

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Eggs are about to get more expensive as California moves to make sure hen houses are roomy enough to allow the birds to lie down, stand up, extend their wings and move around. Farmers nationwide who want to continue selling to the most populous U.S. state are moving …

Sex assaults heighten college admissions fears as deadline looms

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Michelle Casey, a high school senior applying to college, is steering clear of party schools, which she said she fears will put her at higher risk for sexual assault. So, Casey, 17, is passing up the flagship University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst after reading online about its …

Alzheimer’s tests present dilemma of knowing the future

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Before Alzheimer’s begins to steal the mind, hints of the disorder circulate in the blood, potentially giving people a way to find out whether they’ll fall victim to the disease years in the future. The question is: Would you want to know? This year, research teams announced blood …

What just happened in Congress?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Late Thursday, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill to fund the government through September, which the Senate is expected to pass within days. The bill, which passed 219 to 206, averts a major political confrontation – …

3 victims conscious in shooting near Oregon school

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A shooter wounded two boys and a girl outside an alternative high school in Portland, Ore., yesterday in what is believed to be a gang-related attack, the police said. The victims apparently are students at Rosemary Anderson High …

Report: CIA medics aided, complained about tactics

Saturday, December 13, 2014

From the early stages of the CIA’s brutal interrogations of terror detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved. Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas …

Japan runs short of butter as dairy farms dwindle

Saturday, December 13, 2014

When Japanese pose for pictures, instead of saying “Cheese!” some say “Butter!” These days, butter is more likely cause for frowning, since it is rationing that comes to mind. As the Christmas Eve cake rush approaches, grocery stores …