Oct 31, 2014

Get your facts right: Italy, U.S. come bottom in modern life survey

Italians and Americans score worst when it comes to correctly assessing basic facts of modern life, such as what proportion of the population are immigrants or what percentage of teenage girls get pregnant. Swedes and Germans do best, although even they consistently get things ...

Oct 31, 2014

The strengthening U.S. growth reflects help from Fed

The U.S. economy powered its way to a solid annual growth rate of 3.5 percent from July through September, outpacing most of the developed world and appearing on track to extend its momentum through this year and beyond. The result is not a fluke. ...

Oct 31, 2014

Man wanted in U.S. state trooper ambush is captured

A survivalist accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured Thursday, ending a seven-week manhunt for him, authorities said. State police confirmed Eric Frein was taken into custody but released no details. A federal law ...

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes peace process will restart

Oct 31, 2014

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state, hopes peace process will restart

The Swedish government officially recognized the state of Palestine on Thursday and said there were signs European Union states would follow its lead. The move drew praise from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and criticism from Israel, and has displeased the United States, Israel’s principle ...

Al-Qaida offers olive branch to Islamic State

Oct 30, 2014

Al-Qaida offers olive branch to Islamic State

Al-Qaida is using U.S. airstrikes in Syria as a reason to extend olive branches to the renegade Islamic State group, saying the two should stop feuding and join forces to attack Western targets — a reunification that intelligence analysts say would allow al-Qaida to ...

1960s Russian jet engine is suspected in explosion of Antares rocket

Oct 30, 2014

1960s Russian jet engine is suspected in explosion of Antares rocket

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of determining why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded moments after liftoff, dealing a blow to NASA’s strategy of using private companies to send supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. ...

Obama, in low demand, suits up for governor races

Oct 30, 2014

Obama, in low demand, suits up for governor races

President Barack Obama is picking some temperate spots in an otherwise chilly political landscape to campaign in the final days before midterm elections, avoiding hostile Senate terrain in favor of tight governor races where his liabilities are less likely to stick to Democratic candidates. ...