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Valley Bounty: Brussel sprouts

Friday, October 31, 2014

Brussel sprouts Brussel sprouts are the fun, mini-cabbage-like buds seen on stalks in your CSA share or at the store. For fear of turning them to mush — easy to do if you steam or boil — I prefer to roast or braise them, allowing the outer edges to brown and become crispy. They are an excellent source of Vitamin …

Spacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight

Friday, October 31, 2014

MOJAVE, Calif. — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth’s atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo blew apart after being released from a carrier …

Relief in Pa. after suspect caught

Friday, October 31, 2014

MILFORD, Pa. — For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. So on Friday, as state police paraded the gaunt and battered-looking former fugitive in front of a courthouse, residents were relieved to see …

Sweden is a global leader in green efforts

Friday, October 31, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank? — Raul Swain, New York, NY It’s true that …

Contract Bridge: The bidding points the way

Friday, October 31, 2014

The bidding by the opponents sometimes draws a road map that steers declarer directly to his destination. For example, suppose you wind up in three spades on this deal after the bidding shown and West leads the K-A-8 …

NASA’s plan to snag an asteroid? May be bad idea

Friday, October 31, 2014

NASA’s goal to snag an asteroid and bring a space rock close to Earth is a distraction from the effort to send humans to Mars, a top asteroid expert says. In a commentary in the journal Nature, planetary scientist Richard Binzel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calls …

State OKs rules for swimming across Walden Pond

Friday, October 31, 2014

CONCORD (AP) — Massachusetts has developed guidelines for people who have long ignored a rule that bars swimming across Walden Pond. The proposed rules were developed with the help of open-water swimmers with safety in mind, said Priscilla Geigis, director of state parks for the Department of Conservation …

Driver arrested after car crashes through front window of Jerry's Place in South Deerfield

Friday, October 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — Bent metal bar stools, skid marks on the floor and a gaping hole in the wall mark the spot where a car barreled through the front window of Jerry’s Place restaurant early Thursday morning after a …

Pa. survivalist, alleged cop killer, captured

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A survivalist accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured on Thursday by U.S. marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar, ending a seven-week manhunt for him, authorities said. State …

Guard to boost security around Hawaii lava flow

Friday, October 31, 2014

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road and threatens to further isolate the community that got its start during the …

Militants hunt Iraqi ex-police

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BAGHDAD — The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule. Back when the extremists took over the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June, police Col. Mohammed Hassan was …

Burkina Faso protesters torch parliament

Thursday, October 30, 2014

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Burkina Faso’s longtime leader refused to resign Thursday in the face of violent protests that posed the greatest threat to his nearly three-decade rule, saying instead he will lead a transitional government after parliament …

Kan. plane crash kills 4

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WICHITA, Kan. — A small plane lost power after takeoff and crashed into a flight-training building while trying to return to a Kansas airport Thursday, killing four people, injuring five others and igniting a fire that sent up …