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Decision to kill ‘aggressive’ black bear draws deluge of protests

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

By Gregory B. Hladky The Hartford Courant (TNS) HARTFORD, Conn. — Despite a wave of protests, state wildlife experts Monday were still hunting a “bold and aggressive” black bear they plan to kill in response to a potentially dangerous encounter the animal had with a hiker in Burlington. The decision to euthanize the 150-pound male bear has angered many animal lovers, but state officials said they have no other option …

A LOOK BACK

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

50 Years Ago  Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and their four children, two boys and two girls, went to see ‘Shenandoah’ last night at the Academy of Music. Upon leaving at the end of the movie, the Burtons commented that the theater was "delightfully comfortable and charming."  For the first time in more than half a century, the name Rahar’s was …

In Alaska, Obama urges climate action

Monday, August 31, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Submerged countries, abandoned cities and floods of refugees await the world barring urgent action on climate change, President Barack Obama warned Monday, painting a doomsday scenario as he opened a historic visit to Alaska. In a bid to further his environmental legacy, Obama brought the power of the presidential pulpit …

New Orleans, Gulf Coast communities mark Katrina milestone

Sunday, August 30, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — The Gulf Coast and New Orleans observed the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest storms in American history, in ways both devout and festive. Church bells rang and brass bands played as …

Another temple hit by militants

Sunday, August 30, 2015

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants in Syria severely damaged the Bel Temple, considered one of the greatest sites of the ancient world, in a massive explosion Sunday, activists said. The 2,000-year-old temple was part of the remains of the ancient caravan city of Palmyra in central Syria, seized …

Police probe ambush of Houston-area deputy

Sunday, August 30, 2015

HOUSTON — The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy had a lengthy criminal record going back a decade, but never spent more than short stints in jail. Shannon …

Nations press for EU action on migrants

Monday, August 31, 2015

BERLIN — Germany, France and Britain pressed Sunday for better processing of migrants arriving in southern Europe and for a European Union-wide list of countries considered safe, and a special meeting of EU interior and justice ministers was …

Europe’s migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea

Saturday, August 29, 2015

VIENNA — Death and desperation mounted in Europe’s migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya …

Gunman in TV killings remembered as ‘professional victim’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. — Vester Flanagan constantly saw himself as the target in his conflicts with WDBJ-TV colleagues, leading his former boss to describe him as a “professional victim.” When the station tried to persuade Flanagan to get along …

Obama expects better US-Israel ties after Iran deal in place

Saturday, August 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday compared tensions between the U.S. and Israel over the Iranian nuclear deal to a family feud and said he expects quick improvements in ties between the longtime allies once the accord …

Tuning in to crickets and katydids calling out on an August night

Friday, August 28, 2015

Caution: Reading this article will change your life. I love the August night sounds. Those still, hot and humid nights can be oppressive, but there’s a way to escape into a different world, the soundscape of crickets and …

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Bush returns to New Orleans for 10th anniversary of Katrina

Friday, August 28, 2015

NEW ORLEANS — Former President George W. Bush returned Friday to New Orleans — the scene of one of his presidency’s lowest points — to tout the region’s recovery from the nation’s costliest natural disaster on the 10th …