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All of the food laid out on the grass in Cleveland's Public Square was saved from dumpsters by Rob Greenfield, left, an environmental activist bicycling across the U.S., eating only food he finds in dumpsters. He creates "food fiascos" in many cities to showcase the food he's found. (Alana Semuels/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Activist dives in dumpsters across US to highlight food waste

Monday, October 20, 2014

CLEVELAND — Rob Greenfield is standing barefoot and shirtless in a dumpster when he finds the strawberries. He’s ravenous after bicycling more than 60 miles, so he stops rummaging through bags and boxes to open the container of strawberries and pop one into his mouth. He seems not to notice the stench of rotten food wafting up into the Ohio …

More sea turtles come to Florida, but reasons mysterious

Monday, October 20, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — This year’s early count of sea turtles nesting on Florida beaches is encouraging, though there are many unknowns in the numbers. Welcome to the mysterious world of sea turtles, which spend much of their life far from Florida’s beaches encountering fishing boats, oil spills, plastic trash and any number of other perils. Nesting by loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles has …

Pope beatifies Paul VI at synod’s end

Sunday, October 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday beatified Pope Paul VI, concluding the remarkable meeting of bishops debating family issues that drew parallels to the tumultuous reforms of the Second Vatican Council which Paul oversaw and implemented. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI was on hand for the Mass, which took place just hours after …

Hong Kong protesters boost barricades after clash

Monday, October 13, 2014

HONG KONG — A mob of masked men opposed to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrators led an apparently coordinated assault on the protest zone in the heart of the city’s financial district Monday, tearing down barricades and clashing with …

Donors pledge $2.7B for rebuilding Gaza

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CAIRO — Donors at an international conference Sunday promised $2.7 billion to rebuild the war-ravaged Gaza Strip, but all of the key participants said their efforts would be futile without a permanent peace between Israel and the Palestinians. …

Ebola case contracted within US: Dallas health worker tests positive for virus

Sunday, October 12, 2014

DALLAS — A “breach of protocol” at the hospital where Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was treated before his death led to the infection of a health care worker with the deadly virus, and other caregivers could potentially …

Kurds tell of battle for Kobani

Sunday, October 12, 2014

SURUC, Turkey — The shells were already roaring down on the Kurdish fighters from the hill above Kobani when more than 30 Islamic State militants backed by snipers and pickups mounted with heavy machine guns began their assault …

India, Japan lashed by powerful storms

Sunday, October 12, 2014

HYDERABAD, India — A powerful cyclone was pounding a large swath of India’s eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday, killing at least six people and causing major damage to buildings and crops, in one …

Putin orders troops away from border with Ukraine

Sunday, October 12, 2014

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered thousands of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border to return to their usual bases, according to his spokesman. Dmitry Peskov told Russian news outlets late Saturday in Sochi that Putin …

Protests expose unease over Hong Kong’s identity

Sunday, October 12, 2014

HONG KONG — By road, the little apartments are nearly an hour from central Hong Kong and the protests that have swept through it. Twice that long if you take the subway, which is how most people commute …

Federal judge strikes down Alaska’s ban on gay marriage

Sunday, October 12, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal judge on Sunday struck down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages, the latest court decision in a busy week for the issue. It wasn’t immediately clear when marriage licenses would be issued to …

NYC poised to end school cellphone ban

Sunday, October 12, 2014

NEW YORK — New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar …

Falling leaves may shift advantage in hunt for Pa. ambush suspect

Sunday, October 12, 2014

CANADENSIS, Pa. — For the past month, ambush suspect Eric Frein has capitalized on relatively mild temperatures, dense tree cover and his own survival skills to successfully elude a manhunt in the woods of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Now …