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'Yes we can!' president faces twilight of maybes

It was supposed to be a joke. “Are you still president?” comedian Stephen Colbert asked Barack Obama earlier this month. But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change in Washington during his final two years in office. Democrats already are ...

Hamas bars Gaza war orphans from Israel trip

Dec 29, 2014

Hamas bars Gaza war orphans from Israel trip

Hamas on Sunday prevented dozens of children orphaned during its 50-day war with Israel from entering Israeli territory in a pre-arranged trip, organizers and officials said. The week-long visit was planned for 37 children whose parents were killed by Israel in the Gaza Strip ...

NYC police chief calls protest at funeral 'inappropriate'

Dec 29, 2014

NYC police chief calls protest at funeral 'inappropriate'

New York’s police commissioner, Bill Bratton, said Sunday it was “very inappropriate” for officers outside the funeral of slain cop Rafael Ramos to turn their backs in protest as the mayor spoke. “That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos, and to bring politics, ...

Dec 29, 2014

Yemen general escapes deadly blast blamed on al-Qaida

A Yemeni general escaped unscathed on Sunday in a bombing that killed his driver in the southern city of Aden, one of his bodyguards told AFP. “Gen. Farej al-Atiqi, commander of the 31st armored battalion, was unhurt when a device that had been hidden ...

Dec 29, 2014

U.S. ready to assist in search for missing AirAsia jet

The United States said Sunday that it was ready to help search for an AirAsia plane that disappeared while traveling from Indonesia to Singapore, but that so far it had not been asked. The State Department said it was aware of the search and ...

Six feared dead after merchant ships collide off Italy

Dec 29, 2014

Six feared dead after merchant ships collide off Italy

Two people drowned and four were missing at sea and feared dead after two merchant ships collided in rough seas off the Italian coast on Sunday, Italian officials said. A Turkish ship with 11 crew members sank after the collision with a vessel carrying ...

Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa

Dec 29, 2014

Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa

West Africa’s fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus. In Gueckedou, near the village where Ebola first started killing people in Guinea’s tropical southern forests ...

Aviation's white-knuckle year closes with flying colors

Dec 28, 2014

Aviation's white-knuckle year closes with flying colors

If you weren’t already nervous about flying, that may have changed in 2014, a year that stirred our deepest fears about modern jet travel despite shaping up as one of the safest in aviation history. The tragic dramas surrounding Malaysia Airlines, in particular, played ...