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Report: Mother of Sandy Hook shooter rejected Yale advice

Friday, November 21, 2014

In February 2007, Yale clinicians identified in Adam Lanza what they believed were profound emotional disabilities and offered him treatment that could give him relief for the first time in his troubled life. But Adam was angry and anxious, and he didn’t want to go. His mother, Nancy Lanza, constantly placating her son, was inclined to pull away from the treatment, prompting a psychiatric nurse to reach out to his …

Marine who wears robotic leg braces receives his Bronze Star

Friday, November 21, 2014

SAN DIEGO — A Marine who was left paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet in Afghanistan fulfilled a promise to himself on Friday and walked using robotic leg braces in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. The crowd of 300 Marines was silent as Capt. Derek Herrera walked. All that was heard was the faint whirring of electric …

Missouri community tense as grand jury continues to meet

Friday, November 21, 2014

FERGUSON, Mo. — Activists, authorities and the family of Michael Brown called for calm Friday as a grand jury drew closer to an announcement in the Ferguson police shooting. But it was unclear whether the panel was still at work or when it would render a decision. Earlier in the day, a spokesman …

Nigerian army retakes town

Sunday, November 16, 2014

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian army has regained control of Chibok, the northeastern town where more than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists more than six months ago, said army officials. The army wrested back control …

Better strategies sought to curb domestic violence

Sunday, November 16, 2014

On a high school football field near Pittsburgh, an assistant coach tackled a topic unrelated to the upcoming game. “One of the biggest components of being a man is how you treat females,” Kevin Murray told his players …

Camera taken to space in ’60s sold for $275,000

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The camera that “would forever change our view of Earth” from space more than a half century ago has been sold at auction for $275,000, the auctioneer says. The Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens, …

Debate renewed over effect that falling world oil prices have on environmental matters

Friday, November 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren’t so bad …

Philae probe drills into comet, sends reams of data

Friday, November 14, 2014

BERLIN — The spacecraft that landed on a comet performed two tricky maneuvers Friday, by drilling into the rocky surface and rotating itself to catch more sunlight. Both operations carried considerable risks, because they could have toppled the …

Iraq’s forces drive Islamic State militants from key town

Friday, November 14, 2014

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces drove Islamic State militants out of a strategic oil refinery town north of Baghdad on Friday, scoring their biggest battlefield victory since they melted away in the face of the terror group’s stunning summer …

Earth Talk: Global warming threatens crop nurtients

Friday, November 14, 2014

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that global warming is causing our crops to be less nutritious? — William Persson, Glendale, Ohio It is difficult to say whether or not the climate change we are now experiencing is negatively …

Pentagon: US troops’ Iraq role may grow

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon warned Congress on Thursday that the long, drawn-out military campaign against Islamic State militants is just beginning and could expand to include modest numbers of U.S. forces fighting alongside Iraqi troops. Defense Secretary Chuck …

Hagel to order overhaul of nuclear force

Thursday, November 13, 2014

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded that problems in the nation’s nuclear forces are rooted in a lack of investment, inattention by high-level leaders and sagging morale, and is ordering top-to-bottom changes, vowing to invest billions …

Comet lander in cliff shadow

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BERLIN — A shadow was cast — literally — across Europe’s historic mission to land on and explore a comet. Scientists said Thursday the landing craft not only bounced twice, it also came to rest next to a …