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FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2014, file photo, Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea speaks to the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea. Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, has been released, the State Department said Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said the U.S. is still trying to free Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

North Korea frees U.S. man; 2 more still detained

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

North Korea’s reclusive government abruptly freed an American man yesterday, nearly six months after he was arrested on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, but Pyongyang refused to hand over two other U.S. citizens who are still being held. There was no immediate explanation for the release of Jeffrey Fowle, who was quickly whisked to the U.S. territory …

Terrorist ideology blamed in Canada car attack

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A young convert to Islam who killed a Canadian soldier in a hit-and-run had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey, authorities said yesterday. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said the attack Monday was “clearly linked …

FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Three teenage girls from suburban Denver may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria after stealing their parents’ money and flying to Germany, authorities said yesterday. The girls – two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend – were reported missing after they skipped school Friday, but the families had no indication of where they might have gone, …

Florida man gets life in prison in loud music killing

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole. The life sentence imposed by Circuit …

Gay marriage becomes legal in Arizona

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gay marriage has become legal in Arizona after the state’s conservative attorney general said yesterday that he wouldn’t challenge a federal court decision that cleared the way for same-sex unions in the state. The announcement prompted gay couples in Phoenix to immediately begin lining up at the downtown …

Nigeria, Boko Haram agree to immediate cease-fire

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nigeria’s government said Islamic extremists from Boko Haram have agreed to an immediate cease-fire, but many people expressed doubts yesterday about a development that could end an insurgency that has killed thousands and left hundreds of thousands homeless …

Campaign against Islamic State will take time, official says

Saturday, October 18, 2014

“It will take time.” That was the line used repeatedly yesterday by the U.S. general leading the military campaign against the Islamic State, in his first news conference at the Pentagon since taking charge of Central Command last year. While Army Gen. Lloyd Austin praised some “encouraging” signs, …

Nation & world briefs, Oct. 18

Saturday, October 18, 2014

South Korea 16 die after vent grate collapses at concert Sixteen people watching an outdoor pop concert in South Korea fell 60 feet to their deaths yesterday when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed, officials said. Photos of the scene in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, …

‘Physician-scientists’ transform health care for Amish, Mennonite

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Weeks after his birth in 2001, Benjamin Glick was stricken with a mysterious illness. He would vomit and pass out. He wouldn’t eat and lost weight. Over five agonizing months, his parents took him to 12 doctors at six hospitals in the Philadelphia area. “He was fading out, …

Marilinda Garcia receiving $3,300 monthly salary from campaign

Friday, October 17, 2014

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia, who’s running for the seat in the 2nd Congressional District, is receiving a salary from campaign funds, according to financial disclosure documents made available yesterday. Garcia, a Salem Republican, received $3,335 from the campaign Sept. 30. Garcia, who has worked as an adjunct music …

White House rejects calls for Ebola travel ban

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Warning that Americans are losing faith in their government’s ability to stop Ebola, Republican lawmakers yesterday pressed for a ban on travel to the United States from the West African outbreak zone. The White House resisted the idea …

U.S. stands strong despite fear over global slowdown

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. The Dow Jones industrial average has lost 874 points since Oct. 8, largely over worries about another recession in Europe, a slowdown …

U.S. still searching for credible allies in Syria

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Despite years of diplomacy and a CIA operation to vet and train moderate rebels, the U.S. finds itself without a credible partner on the ground in Syria as it bombs the Islamic State. That’s a potentially serious flaw …