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Shrinking California snowpack a harbinger?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES — State workers performed a California winter ritual last week, poking hollow aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to measure the snowpack. In what scientists see as a harbinger, they didn’t find much. “We will conceivably see more years like this in the future,” said geologist Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. As the climate warms in coming decades, scientists say, the …

Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

Saturday, January 31, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning. The Two Eagles pilots surpassed the distance and duration records that have held since the 1970s …

Wisconsin governor Walker ramping up a national political operation

Saturday, January 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Shifting his focus to Washington, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expanding his political operation as he fights for early momentum in the increasingly crowded field of GOP White House prospects. The two-term Republican governor will address a Washington audience for the first time this year on Friday afternoon, his only speaking …

Jordan offers prisoner swap for 2 IS hostages

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group released a message late Wednesday purportedly by Japanese hostage Kenji Goto, extending the deadline for Jordan’s release of an Iraqi would-be hotel bomber linked to al-Qaida. Earlier in the day, Jordan had …

Litvinenko post-mortem most dangerous ever — UK inquiry

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

LONDON (AP) — The body of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko was so radioactive that his post-mortem was “one of the most dangerous” ever undertaken and the isotope that killed him so rare it would not have been …

Hezbollah missile salvo leaves 2 Israeli soldiers dead

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SHEAR YASHUV, Israel — The Lebanese militant Hezbollah group fired a salvo of missiles at an Israeli military convoy in a disputed border area Wednesday, killing two soldiers and triggering deadly clashes that marked the most serious escalation …

Dallas woman bitten by shark to leave hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The Dallas woman who lost a good part of her left side to a hungry shark in the Bahamas is close to leaving a Hollywood hospital to go home. Lacy Webb, 34, who was flown to Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment after the attack, described …

Gunmen storm Libya hotel, kill 10

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TRIPOLI, Libya — In the latest sign of Libya’s descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital on Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three …

Twin traffickers get shorter time for cooperation

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CHICAGO — Identical twin brothers who ran a drug-trafficking ring that spanned much of North America were sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in prison after a judge agreed to sharply reduce their penalty as a reward for becoming …

At Auschwitz, speaker warns Jews again targets

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BRZEZINKA, Poland — A Jewish leader stood before 300 survivors of the Nazis’ most notorious death camp on Tuesday and asked world leaders to prevent another Auschwitz, warning of a rise of anti-Semitism that has made many Jews …

Japanese in secret talks over hostages

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BEIRUT — Japanese officials were tightlipped Wednesday as secret talks in Jordan sought to secure the freedom of a Japanese journalist and a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State extremists and purportedly threatened with death within 24 hours. …

Ga. couple shot in head; suspect denied bond

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ATLANTA — A magistrate judge in Telfair County on Tuesday denied bond for Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns, who has been charged with malice murder and armed robbery in the deaths of Bud and June Runion. The Cobb County couple was shot in the head with a small caliber …

Vignettes: On sleds and skis, braving blizzard

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

BOSTON — Bostonians are a hardy breed, and many weren’t about to let a mere blizzard cramp their style. Some voices from those who ventured out into the teeth of the storm: Sliding to town On most days, …