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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 …

Sheriff: School shooter asked victims to lunch

Monday, October 27, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A popular student responsible for a shooting at a Washington state high school invited his victims to lunch by text message, then shot them at their table, investigators said Monday. Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary …

Governors, Army go own way on Ebola quarantines

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEWARK, N.J. — The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday recommended new restrictions for people at highest risk for coming down with the Ebola virus and symptom monitoring for those at lower risk, but some …

US urges Arab allies to confront Islamic State’s militant ideology

Monday, October 27, 2014

KUWAIT CITY — The United States is pressing Arab nations and other allies to do more to counter the Islamic State group’s slick propaganda campaign, with a top American envoy on Monday describing efforts to combat the extremist …

Mediterranean yields Roman-era shipwreck

Monday, October 27, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The divers descended 410 feet into dark Mediterranean waters off Italy, their lights revealing the skeleton of a ship that sank thousands of years ago when Rome was a world power. A sea-crusted anchor rested …

Car bombings kill dozens in Iraq

Monday, October 27, 2014

BAGHDAD — Two car bombings in Iraq, including one where a suicide attacker drove a Humvee into a checkpoint manned by Iraqi troops and pro-government Shiite militiamen, killed at least 38 people Monday, authorities said. The deadliest attack …

S. Korea seeks death for ferry captain

Monday, October 27, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in …

Nations ramp up Ebola aid

Monday, October 27, 2014

ACCRA, Ghana — German Capt. Mattias Reichenbach has loaded protective gear, soap and other cargo onto his plane and is ready to take off from the United Nations’ main staging area in Ghana during a crisis that has …

Democrats go on attack in Senate campaign

Monday, October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Their majority in jeopardy, Senate Democrats unleashed a late-campaign round of attack ads Monday accusing Republicans in key races of harboring plans to cut Social Security and Medicare. The commercials in Iowa, New Hampshire, Louisiana and …

Family ties can be a candidate’s blessing or curse

Monday, October 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Ah, the family. They can be a candidate’s sounding board, worthy surrogates and an attractive image for a television ad. Or they can be a massive headache to rival any uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinner. In Arkansas, former …

Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque

Monday, October 27, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada’s Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he …