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Jul 8, 2014

Spate of shootings in Chicago leave 14 dead, dozens hurt

Extra police officers on Chicago’s streets were not enough to quell a long weekend of violence that ended with 14 people shot to death and dozens more injured. During a Monday news conference, just hours after two more people were shot to death earlier ...

Crimea euphoria fading for Russians

Jul 8, 2014

Crimea euphoria fading for Russians

When she was asked to give up a day’s pay to help Crimea, Russian hospital therapist Tatyana could not hide her anger. Why should she subsidize others when struggling to make ends meet herself? Living in southern Russia close to the border with Ukraine, ...

Jul 8, 2014

Washington state issues marijuana shop licenses

Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses Monday a day before the start of legal sales, and 21 hours before the only store licensed to sell in Seattle was set to open, a line was already forming. At Cannabis City, a 65-year-old retiree ...

Putin silent on fighting in Slaviansk

Jul 8, 2014

Putin silent on fighting in Slaviansk

Three weeks before Ukraine’s army forced rebel fighters out of the strategic eastern city of Slaviansk, their commander made a desperate plea for military help from Russia. “A week will pass, two, three, maybe a month, and the rebellion’s best fighters will be bled ...

Study paves way for Alzheimer's early detection

Jul 8, 2014

Study paves way for Alzheimer's early detection

British scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s and call this an important step toward developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting disease. Such a test could initially be used to select patients ...

Scientists aim to unearth skull of largest dinosaur

Jul 8, 2014

Scientists aim to unearth skull of largest dinosaur

A few months ago, Argentine scientists found the remains of a giant dinosaur. Now they look forward to digging up hundreds more fossils, but what they really want is the big one’s head. In recent years, the discovery of fossils of such sauropods — ...

Jul 8, 2014

Nigerian mother fasts as hope of rescue for abducted girls fades

As the weeks stretch into months since her 18-year-old daughter Hauwa was kidnapped with 275 other schoolgirls by Islamist militants in the Nigerian town of Chibok, Rahila Musa Bitrus fasts and prays for her safe return. “I haven’t given up, but it’s obvious that ...

Pope vows to hold bishops accountable for abuse

Jul 8, 2014

Pope vows to hold bishops accountable for abuse

Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests. Abuse victims and their advocates have ...