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In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

RIO DE JANEIRO — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present. U.N. officials also called on […]

Thousands more Syrians rush toward Turkey to flee fighting

BEIRUT — Thousands of Syrians rushed toward the Turkish border Friday, fleeing a fierce government offensive and intense Russian airstrikes near Syria’s largest city of Aleppo. Turkey, an ally of the Syrian opposition, promised humanitarian help for the displaced civilians, including food and shelter, but it did not say whether it would let them cross […]

Just speak in plain English

You’ll forgive me for the intensely boring introduction to my theme today, but that’s the point. I know, some of you will say that “intensely boring” describes everything I write, but this is even worse. So, what is it? It’s from a “scholarly” piece written by Sidonie Smith, the head of the Humanities Department at the […]

The nonsense surrounding ‘establishment’ moniker

The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of “establishment,” an epithet now descending into meaninglessness. Its most recent abuse is by Donald Trump supporters rationalizing his Iowa defeat with the following consolation: If you tally up Trump and Ted Cruz (and throw in Ben Carson), a whopping 60 percent […]

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Cruz’s Iowa win also exposes 2 weak spots

Journalists have an unfortunate tendency, when it comes to big political stories, to prove their savvy by going counterintuitive. A lot of them are saying that the “real winner” of the Iowa caucuses is Sen. Marco Rubio, even though he came in third. And Rubio did have a good night. But it’s worth dwelling on […]

Las Vegas fans scramble as cable fight threatens Super Bowl

LAS VEGAS — From the taco bar to the chicken wings, Me Ray Shook has long had the potluck planned for her annual Super Bowl party. It’s how to watch the big game that she hasn’t figured out. Like tens of thousands of other Las Vegas football fans, Shook and her husband are scrambling to […]

Survey: US employers added a solid 205K jobs in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. businesses added a solid 205,000 jobs last month, lifted by robust gains in services and construction and extending a streak of steady hiring, according to a private survey. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that financial services, retailers and professional services firms also hired at a steady pace. The figures suggest that companies […]

Scion brand taught Toyota what young buyers really want

DETROIT — Toyota is killing its youth-oriented Scion brand after learning an important lesson: Young buyers simply want Toyotas. Scion was formed in 2003 to court Generation X buyers, who didn’t like their parents’ brands and didn’t trust traditional marketing, says Bob Carter, Toyota Motor Corp.’s senior vice president of U.S. operations. It was known […]

Raise your spoons: Ben & Jerry’s now has nondairy ice cream

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Raise your spoons: Ben & Jerry’s now has nondairy ice cream. The Vermont ice cream maker has created four flavors using a certified vegan almond milk base. Available are the classic Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavors, plus a couple of new ones: Coffee Caramel Fudge and P.B. and Cookies. […]

Wells Fargo to pay $1.2 billion to settle home loan case

NEW YORK — Wells Fargo said it has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle a government lawsuit related to its Federal Housing Administration home mortgage program. The bank said Wednesday it reached the agreement earlier this week with the U.S. Department of Justice, two attorneys general and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. […]

Generals say women should have to register for draft

WASHINGTON — The top Army and Marine Corps generals told senators Tuesday that it will take up to three years to fully integrate women into all combat jobs, adding that women also should have to register for the draft. The military service leaders repeatedly vowed that they will not lower standards to bring women into […]

Dozens killed by bombs in Syria, clouding UN peace session

GENEVA — A triple bombing killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shiite suburb south of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday even as a U.N. mediator held his first meeting with members of the main opposition group that seeks progress on humanitarian issues before it will join formal talks on ending the five-year […]

Oxfam: $1.9B in Ebola aid not delivered by donors

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — International donors have failed to deliver $1.9 billion in promised funds to help West African countries recover from the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people and decimated already weak health care systems, the U.K.-based charity Oxfam said Sunday. The remaining $3.9 billion pledged has been difficult to track because […]

Boko Haram burns kids alive in Nigeria, 86 dead: officials

DALORI, Nigeria — A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremists. Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday […]

US pledges $97M to combat Ethiopia’s drought

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The U.S. has boosted its emergency food aid to Ethiopia by nearly $100 million to combat one of the worst droughts in decades, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced Sunday. The aid is urgently needed to head off a humanitarian disaster brought on by the El Nino climate phenomenon that […]

Question of the week: Would you support a state ballot initiative to free certain felons earlier?

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest attempt to reduce the state prison population is a ballot initiative unveiled Wednesday that aims to free certain felons earlier and have fewer juveniles tried as adults. Do you support Brown’s proposal? Take part in our poll. Last week’s question of the week: Does allowing crude-by-rail shipments to Benicia through Fairfield […]

European Space Agency launches new laser communications hub

BERLIN — The European Space Agency says a new laser terminal has been launched into orbit as part of wider efforts to develop Europe’s first optical communications network, a system able to monitor natural disasters and other catastrophes. The European Data Relay System terminal, launched Friday from Kazakhstan, was released from its host satellite Saturday […]

Jimmy Carter to make rare address to British House of Lords

LONDON — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter will make a rare address to Britain’s House of Lords on Wednesday to discuss his work to eradicate Guinea worm disease. The 91-year-old ex-president has helped lead the successful campaign against the disease since 1986. His office says the eradication of the painful disease spread by contaminated water […]

UN chief: Child sexual abuse allegations deeply horrifying

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The U.N. secretary-general expressed shame Saturday over allegations that U.N. peacekeepers and foreign troops sexually abused children in Central African Republic. “We are all deeply ashamed and horrified over the damage that has been done when peacekeepers exploit and abuse vulnerable people,” Ban Ki-moon said at a summit for African leaders […]

Coalition airstrikes kill over 32 in Yemeni capital

SANAA, Yemen — Airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels killed over 32 people overnight including at least eight civilians in the capital, Sanaa, officials said on Saturday. The airstrikes appeared to target a rebel camp and factories producing food and plastic in northern and western Sanaa, the security and medical officials said. […]

Thousands march in Paris rain to protest state of emergency

PARIS — Thousands of people marched in the Paris rain on Saturday to denounce plans to renew France’s state of emergency and revoke the French citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism. Human rights groups, politicians and unions joined the march in the French capital, and in other demonstrations around France. The protests came just […]

At least 37 migrants drown trying to reach Greece

ANKARA, Turkey — A boat carrying Syrians attempting the short sea journey from Turkey to Greece struck rocks and capsized at dawn on Saturday, causing at least 37 people to drown, among them several babies and young children. Images of dead children on a beach on Saturday were another soul-searing reminder that Europe’s migrant crisis keeps […]

Iran flies unarmed military drone over US aircraft carrier

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran flew a surveillance drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier and published video of the encounter Friday, the latest in a series of edgy naval incidents between the two countries in the Persian Gulf after the recent nuclear deal. While the U.S. Navy stressed it knew the drone was unarmed and the […]

UN-hosted Syria peace talks get off to shaky start

GENEVA — Peace talks aimed at ending Syria’s five-year civil war got off to a shaky and chaotic start Friday, with the main opposition group at first boycotting the session, then later agreeing to meet with U.N. officials — while still insisting it would not negotiate. That small commitment by the group known as the […]

Trump, Sanders and the future of parties

Many scholars, myself included, have long argued that political parties control presidential nominations. The rise of insurgent candidacies in the 2016 race, however, has led some to conclude that this time is different, that the theory is wrong or that it may be days away from being proved wrong. Given the vigorous debate, let’s go […]

It’s a 3-cornered fight for GOP’s soul

It’s hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its intellectual demise. Indeed, the prospect of socialist Bernie Sanders, whatever his current momentum, winning the Democratic nomination remains […]

Veterans charity’s reputation wounded

I have to admit that I enjoy stories like this. First I get angry, and then I get that “I told you so” reaction. If you haven’t heard, the Wounded Warrior Project is in the spotlight, not for their alleged virtuous deeds, but for their incredible spending on – who would you guess? – themselves. Actually, […]

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