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Suicide bomber hits Iraq

November 19, 2014 IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A suicide car bomber struck in the heart of the northern Iraqi Kurdish city of Irbil, killing at least four people, according to initial reports in local Kurdish media. more »»

Hong Kong activists clash with police, 4 arrested

November 19, 2014 HONG KONG (AP) — Tension spiked at democracy protests that have gripped Hong Kong for nearly two months as police arrested four men early today after a small group of activists tried to force their... more »»

Trolling for hollers

November 18, 2014 For last week’s postelection column, I described a piece of artwork that hangs in my home. more »»

China’s choice

November 18, 2014 WASHINGTON — One of the few incontrovertible assertions one can reasonably make is that no one supports forced abortio. more »»

Democrats loss is not a win for Hillary

November 17, 2014 In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars... more »»

Obama always puts US on wrong side

November 17, 2014 Americans of most political persuasions tend to view the United Nations as corrupt and morally inverted. more »»

Cause of deadly leak unknown

November 17, 2014 LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — DuPont officials said Sunday it’s still not clear what caused a toxic chemical to leak from a valve at a suburban Houston plant, killing four workers and injuring a fifth. more »»

Hagel: US speeding up training in Iraq

November 17, 2014 FORT IRWIN, Calif. — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that the U.S. military is accelerating its efforts to train and advise Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State militants. Hagel said U.S. more »»

Bay City Green Beret killed in Afghanistan

November 17, 2014 BAY CITY (AP) — A 31-year-old Green Beret from Bay City who served two tours of duty in Iraq has been killed fighting in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon. Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. more »»

State Dept. hacked, email is shut down

November 17, 2014 WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack. more »»

ISIL beheads US aid worker

November 17, 2014 By DIAA HADID Associated Press Writer BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has beheaded Peter Kassig, releasing a video Sunday showing a masked militant standing over the severed head of a man it said... more »»

Romania’s prime minister concedes

November 17, 2014 BUCHAREST, Romania — Thousands of people gathered in Bucharest to celebrate after Romania’s prime minister conceded defeat Sunday night in a presidential runoff against an ethnic German... more »»

Ambassadors of Gulf Arab states return to Qatar

November 17, 2014 By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI Associated Press Writer RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain said today they will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing... more »»

Swampers, choppers and chooks

November 15, 2014 With the early arrival of winter this week, I was going to reflect on how I got dressed for winter as a kid. I grew up in a small town smack dab in the middle of the U.P. in the 1960s. more »»

Aging with a sense of humor

November 15, 2014 Why is it that there's a tendency to look upon old-timers with pity, nervousness, dread or even sorrow? Sure, it's the omega that began a long time ago with alpha, but the longer it's taken to... more »»

Democracy delusions

November 15, 2014 When the Berlin Wall came down 25 years ago this week, people in the Soviet Bloc gained something even more valuable than a right to vote: a free market. more »»

The key to defeating Islamic State?

November 14, 2014 PARIS — While the U.. more »»

Educational fraud

November 14, 2014 It would be unreasonable to expect a student with the reading, writing and computing abilities of an eighth-grader to do well in college. more »»

What happened?

November 13, 2014 Just what happened last week on election day? And what is going to happen in the years ahead? The most important thing that happened last week was that the country dodged a bullet. more »»

‘Interstellar’ an awe-inspiring sci-fi epic

November 13, 2014 There are very few directors in Hollywood that can get a budget of over $150 million to tell a wholly original story. Christopher Nolan is one of them. more »»



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