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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 …

Officials at odds over Ebola quarantine

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NEW YORK — The gulf between politicians and scientists over Ebola widened on Sunday as the nation’s top infectious-disease expert warned that the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa is unnecessary and could discourage …

Brazilian president wins re-election narrowly

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SAO PAULO — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday won a second term as the leader of the world’s fourth-largest democracy in the nation’s closest presidential election in more than two decades. Her triumph came despite a sluggish …

Community seeks solace after school shooting

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — Tribal members played drums and sang songs in a gymnasium as students and parents gathered to support each other following a deadly shooting by a popular Washington state high school student. Young people hugged each …

Polls indicate GOP continues to lead in quest for Senate control

Sunday, October 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Republicans hold a narrow but steady lead in the contest for control of the Senate, according to polls released Sunday. Enough races remain extremely close that Democrats could still keep control of the chamber, but only if all the breaks go their way. So far, that’s …

Thirteen European banks flunk stress test

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank says 13 of Europe’s 130 biggest banks have flunked an in-depth review of their finances and need an extra 10 billion euros ($12.5 billion) to cushion themselves against any future crises. …

Pro-Western parties seen leading Ukraine vote

Sunday, October 26, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet republic’s drift away from Russia. Two exit polls released as voting closed indicated that President Petro Poroshenko’s …

Syria activists say death toll in Kobani passes 800

Sunday, October 26, 2014

MURSITPINAR, Turkey — A Syrian activist group said Sunday that the death toll in 40 days of fighting in and around the northern Syrian border town of Kobani has reached 815, as Kurdish fighters battled Muslim militants for …

UK ends operations in Helmand

Sunday, October 26, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Britain has ended combat operations in the Helmand province in Afghanistan, defense officials said Sunday. They said U.K. troops have witnessed the lowering of the Union flag for the last time at the Camp Bastion …

School gunman was Homecoming prince

Saturday, October 25, 2014

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, …

Google exec sets records with leap from near-space

Friday, October 24, 2014

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space. Eustace’s supersonic jump …