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The Perils of Sober Dating

It seemed like only yesterday: I was on a blind date with a friend-of-a-friend. She’d described him as “cute, successful, the total package.” He was all that and chivalrous, too, rising from his bar stool when I arrived and asking…

Digging, ‘isolation’: U.S. man’s life in N. Korea prison

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — An American man recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labor says he is digging in fields eight hours a day and being kept in isolation, but that so far his health…

Woman punched by Calif. cop settles for $1.5M

A woman captured on a cellphone video being punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway has received a $1.5 million settlement. Under the terms of the deal, the officer has agreed to resign, but…

Leaders at U.N.: Ukraine conflict threatens world order

UNITED NATIONS – Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory and its support of separatist fighters confronting government forces in eastern Ukraine threaten to revive the Cold War and destroy a world order based on rule of law, world leaders said Wednesday.…

U.S., coalition forces hit oil refineries in Syria

U.S. aircraft and those from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates struck Islamic State targets in Syria on Wednesday, including 12 oil refineries, the U.S. Central Command said. The 13 airstrikes used a combination of fighter aircraft and drones,…

Judge delays Marathon bombing trial, won’t move it

Judge delays Marathon bombing trial, won’t move it BOSTON — The man allegedly responsible for more than a dozen lost limbs, hundreds of injuries and three deaths in the Boston Marathon bombings of April 2013 will be tried just one…

Lawsuit sparks debate over exploding targets

INDIANAPOLIS — Jennifer Plank-Greer was standing 150 feet away taking cellphone videos of a man about to fire a rifle at a target. He pulled the trigger. The refrigerator, the target, exploded. People began screaming. Plank-Greer glanced down at the…

Family of alleged abuse victim: Fla. diocese knew

Family of alleged abuse victim: Fla. diocese knew FORT MYERS, Fla. — The family of a boy allegedly molested in 2011 by a former Eucharistic Minister in the Catholic Diocese of Venice in Florida says they are outraged church officials…

Obama: The world needs to do more to stop Ebola

President Obama told United Nations members Thursday that the Ebola virus is “spreading at alarming speed,” and that all countries must do more to prevent its spread across the globe. “If unchecked, this epidemic could kill hundreds of thousands of…

Attorney General Holder to announce resignation today

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder will announce his resignation at a formal event at the White House Thursday afternoon, a Justice Department source says. The news was first reported by National Public Radio. The White House has scheduled a…