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FILE - In this undated image provided by Merck, a model holds a Nexplanon birth control hormonal implant. In results published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, giving teens free birth control encourages them to use long-acting methods and greatly cuts the chances they will become pregnant or have an abortion. Doctors say the results show that when money is not a factor, teens will chose IUDs and hormone implants over less reliable methods such as birth control pills or condoms. (AP Photo/Merck)

Study: Free birth control cuts teen pregnancy, abortions

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Giving teens free birth control encourages them to use long-acting methods and greatly cuts the chances they will become pregnant or have an abortion, a new study finds. The average annual pregnancy rate was 34 per 1,000 girls in the study – far below the national average of 158.5 for sexually active teens. Doctors say the results show that when … 0

Judge hearing Hernandez bid to suppress evidence

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Massachusetts prosecutor in the murder case against former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez testified yesterday against his lawyers’ efforts to suppress cell phone evidence, saying they had agreed to turn the phone over to investigators. Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg said Hernandez’s lawyers told him in an initial meeting at … 0

Secret Service chief on hot seat for White House breach

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Under withering criticism from Congress, the director of the Secret Service yesterday admitted failures in her agency’s critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly sidestepped key questions about how a knife-carrying intruder penetrated ring after ring of security before finally being tackled deep inside the White House. Despite the extraordinary lapses in … 0

Navajo to get $554 million in settlement with US

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Navajo Nation is poised to receive $554 million from the federal government over mismanagement of tribal resources in the largest settlement of its kind for an American Indian tribe. Much of the land on the 27,000-square-mile reservation … 0

Holder resigning: Attorney general backed rights

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Eric Holder, America’s first black attorney general and an unflinching champion of civil rights in enforcing the nation’s laws, announced his resignation yesterday after leading the Justice Department since President Obama’s first days in office. He is the … 3

Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a “2” across much the country. Gasoline prices typically decline in autumn, and this year they are being pulled even lower by falling global oil prices. By … 6

U.S. has identified killer of beheaded journalists, FBI director says

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FBI Director James Comey said the United States has determined the identity of the Islamist militant who beheaded two American journalists in Syria, but declined to provide any additional information on the masked operative who spoke in a British accent. “I believe we have identified him,” Comey said … 1

Ferguson chief apologizes in video to Brown family

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Missouri police chief whose officer fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old last month released a video yesterday apologizing to the family and the community, acknowledging that Michael Brown’s body remained in the street for too long after he … 0

Nation & world briefs, Sept. 26

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Obama: World must address Ebola crisis President Obama, in a sober assessment of international efforts to stem a deadly Ebola outbreak, warned a high-level United Nations gathering yesterday that there is a “significant gap” between what’s been offered so far and what is actually needed to stem the … 0

Brown brings foreign policy center stage in Senate campaign

Thursday, September 25, 2014

U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown is pushing foreign policy to the forefront of his effort to unseat U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the latest in his campaign’s attempts to paint the Democratic incumbent as a complacent “rubber stamp” for … 37

Domestic violence in U.S.: Data tells complex story

Thursday, September 25, 2014

For weeks, amid allegations involving several NFL players, domestic violence has been the focus of intense national attention. Does the turmoil reflect a worsening epidemic of domestic violence, or has the U.S. in fact made great strides to … 0

How imminent is an ‘imminent’ attack threat?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Smart people in the administration have spent the last two days telling the American people that U.S. strikes against the Khorasan Group were necessary to disrupt “imminent attack plotting” against U.S. and Western interests. They warned that members … 1

Algerian Islamic militants behead French hostage

Thursday, September 25, 2014

An Algerian splinter group from al-Qaida has beheaded a French hostage over France’s airstrikes on the Islamic State, in a sign of the possible widening of the crisis in Iraq and Syria to the rest of the region. … 0