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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 … 1

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

President orders review of police use of military gear

Sunday, August 24, 2014

President Obama has ordered a review of federal programs that supplied nearly half a billion dollars in military equipment to municipal police departments last year, amid criticism of the heavily armed response by local law enforcement agencies to protests in Ferguson, Mo. The review probably will include the … 1

EEOC report finds lack of diversity among top ranks of civil service

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The latest annual Equal Employment Opportunity Commission report on the federal workplace is not happy summer reading for diversity advocates. The numbers, graphs and tables document a story they know too well. Despite well-meaning efforts and all the right things said by Obama administration officials, racial, ethnic and … 0

For sale in Weare: Lakeside beauty offers unsurpassed lifestyle

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Imagine owning your own lakefront retreat where your vacation never ends! The spacious contemporary home at 68 Woodfern Road in Weare is nestled along Lake Horace, so you can enjoy swimming, fishing or boating in your own backyard. … 0

Ray Duckler: After years of struggle with an eating disorder, woman knows she needs help

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Katherine Drouin calls it “The Zone.” It’s a place of focus and addiction, of eating more food than you or I could ever eat, of a distant, glazed look in her eyes that tells you she’s some place … 2

A battle with bulimia: Photo editor was determined to show woman’s life through his viewfinder

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Monitor photo editor Geoff Forester knew he’d be shooting powerful images of Katherine Drouin, who has suffered from an eating disorder for more than 20 years. But Forester underestimated just how much the photos would affect him. “I’ve … 0

U.S. efforts against Islamic State hampered by lack of intel

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A U.S. offensive in Syria against the radical Islamist group that beheaded journalist and Rochester native James Foley would likely be constrained by persistent intelligence gaps and an inability to rely on fleets of armed drones that have served as the Obama administration’s signature weapon against terrorist networks … 0

Residents of Ferguson struggling with daily life

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Life in Ferguson, Mo., a working-class St. Louis suburb of modest brick homes and low-rise apartments, hasn’t been the same since Angelia Dickens’s son tearfully told her, “The police shot a boy.” Since that news two weeks ago, … 1

Bombings kill 42 after mosque attack

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 42 people in Iraq yesterday as the government investigated a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque the day before that has heightened sectarian tensions amid a … 0

Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City yesterday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials … 0

Democrats adopt 2016 presidential primary calendar

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Leaders of the Democratic Party adopted their 2016 presidential nominating calendar yesterday, setting the stage for a successor to President Obama. The Democratic National Committee, or DNC, approved rules for its 2016 convention along with a primary schedule that will begin with the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, … 0