Ted Flicker, writer and director who co-created ‘Barney Miller,’ dies at 84

By David Colker, Los Angeles Times on Sept. 19, 2014, at 3:26 p.m.
Ted Flicker, who co-created the hit TV series “Barney Miller” and directed the cult-favorite political film satire “The President’s Analyst,” died Saturday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 84. The cause was coronary artery disease, said his wife, Barbara. In the 1950s he worked with Elaine …

37 percent of Americans think a free press is overrated

By Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post on Sept. 19, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Thirty-seven percent of Americans think the news media should be required to get government approval before reporting on national security issues. Let’s let that sink in for a minute. That finding is from an Annenberg Public Policy Center poll that found Americans generally know little about the structure …

Angry with Washington, 1 in 4 Americans open to secession

By Scott Malone, Reuters on Sept. 19, 2014, at 2:31 p.m.
BOSTON — The failed Scottish vote to pull out from the United Kingdom stirred secessionist hopes for some in the United States, where almost a quarter of people are open to their states leaving the union, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Some 23.9 percent of Americans polled from Aug. 23 …

US-China rifts put aside for climate work

By David J. Lynch, Bloomberg on Sept. 19, 2014, at 2:09 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The threat of climate change is driving China and the U.S. — frequent rivals and the world’s two largest greenhouse-gas emitters — to collaborate on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs. In research laboratories on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, more than 1,100 Chinese and American scientists are …
A closeup of an electronic payment station is shown at a Home Depot store in Daly City, California, in this February 21, 2012 file photo.

Home Depot: 56 million cards possibly at risk from data breach

By Andrea Peterson, Washington Post on Sept. 19, 2014, at 11:20 a.m.
Home Depot announced Thursday that a breach at its U.S. and Canadian stores over a six-month period this year may have put an estimated 56 million payment cards at risk. That would make it the largest compromise of debit and credit cards in the string of cyberattacks that have hit …
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King, Collins vote to approve arming Syrian rebels, funding government

By Patricia Zengerle and David Lawder, Reuters on Sept. 18, 2014, at 8:36 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama’s plan for training and arming moderate Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State militants on Thursday, a major part of his military campaign to “degrade and destroy” the radical group. The Senate voted 78-22, in a rare bipartisan show of support for …

US Senate approves bill to arm moderate Syrian rebels

By Reuters on Sept. 18, 2014, at 7:54 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Thursday easily approved controversial legislation requested by President Barack Obama to allow the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebels in their fight against Islamic State militants. Senate passage, by a vote of 73-22, came a day after approval by the House of Representatives. …

More states enforce food stamp work requirements

By Jake Grovum, on Sept. 18, 2014, at 2:27 p.m.
WASHINGTON — In the coming months, food stamp work requirements suspended during the Great Recession will be reinstated in at least 17 states, jeopardizing benefits for hundreds of thousands of Americans. In those states, work requirements will be back in place for able-bodied adults who are 18 to 50 years …

Microsoft lays off 2,100 employees

By Janet I. Tu, The Seattle Times on Sept. 18, 2014, at 2:12 p.m.
Microsoft is notifying approximately 2,100 employees Thursday that they’re being laid off in the second round of layoffs since the company announced in July that it would be cutting 18,000 jobs. The cuts are spread across multiple business units and countries, a Microsoft spokeswoman said. The company declined to provide …
"The best part of the day is when my son comes to visit," said Lindsey Lafferty of O'Fallon, Mo., whose son Oscar, 3, kisses his yet-to-be born sisters on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Doctors placed Lafferty on bed rest 8 weeks ago when she 22 weeks pregnant, due to a thinning cervix. To the right is Lafferty's mother Denise Tiemeyer.

Changing guidelines: Does bed rest help or hurt a pregnancy?

By Michele Munz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MCT) on Sept. 18, 2014, at 12:41 p.m.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — When Lindsey Lafferty was 22 weeks pregnant with triplets, her body showed signs that it was preparing for delivery, so her doctor prescribed one of the most common interventions used to prevent preterm birth: bed rest. For most of the past eight weeks, seven of which …

Federal judge faces pressure to resign over wife beating at Atlanta hotel in August

By Reuters on Sept. 17, 2014, at 9:38 p.m.
Three U.S. senators on Wednesday called for the resignation of a federal judge accused of beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room last month. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, both Republicans of Alabama, joined Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, in calling for the resignation of Alabama-based U.S. District Court …
A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. The offshoot of al Qaeda which has captured swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "Caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance, a statement posted on jihadist websites said on Sunday. The group, previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS, has renamed itself "Islamic State" and proclaimed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghadi as "Caliph" - the head of the state, the statement said.

Despite misgivings, US House vote to arm Syrian rebels achieves bi-partisan support

By Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan, Reuters on Sept. 17, 2014, at 9:04 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama’s plan on Wednesday to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, but questions remain over whether it will give them the advanced weapons they say they need to defeat Islamic State militants. The House voted 273-to-156 to authorize the …

Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Tony Auth dies at 72

By Matt Schudel, The Washington Post on Sept. 17, 2014, at 8:31 p.m.
Tony Auth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist at the Philadelphia Inquirer who turned his pen on politicians, ideologues, religious leaders and authority in all its forms, died Sept. 14 at a hospital in Philadelphia. He was 72. His death was confirmed by a daughter, Katie Auth. The cause was brain …
A billboard from the Marijuana Policy Project urging adults to "consume responsibly" in states where marijuana is legal is seen in a handout picture taken in Denver, Colorado and released to Reuters Sept. 17, 2014. The Washington, D.C.-based MPP unveiled a billboard which shows a distressed woman sitting in a gloomy hotel room, alongside the slogan: "Don't let a candy bar ruin your vacation. With edibles, start low and go slow."

‘Start low, go slow’: Pro-pot activists launch ‘Consume Responsibly’ campaign

By Daniel Wallis, Reuters on Sept. 17, 2014, at 6:41 p.m.
DENVER — Taking a cheeky jab at a New York Times columnist who had a bad experience with marijuana-infused candy on a visit to Colorado, pro-pot activists launched a campaign urging adults to “consume responsibly” in states where the drug is legal. The Marijuana Policy Project, the largest U.S. pot …

NFL, players’ union agree on revised drug policy and Human Growth Hormone testing

By Reuters on Sept. 17, 2014, at 6:38 p.m.
The NFL and the union representing its players have agreed to a revised drug policy that includes Human Growth Hormone testing starting this season, the two sides said on Wednesday. The formal agreement, which should see Human Growth Hormone testing begin by the end of the month, comes nearly a …
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leaves the field after a season-ending loss to the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in this file photo taken Jan. 5, 2013.

Chagrined NFL teams bow to pressure on domestic abuse cases

By Eric Kelsey and Mary Milliken, Reuters on Sept. 17, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
Two NFL teams succumbed to public pressure and suspended two players enmeshed in domestic abuse cases on Wednesday in the midst of intensifying criticism by corporate sponsors and politicians of America’s top sports league. Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were both …

CBS pulls Rihanna song from NFL show after singer complains

By Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg on Sept. 17, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
CBS yanked the song “Run This Town” from its “Thursday Night Football” telecast for the rest of the season after Rihanna, who is featured on the track, expressed anger with the network on Twitter. CBS first pulled the song last week, saying it wouldn’t set the right tone given the …
President Barack Obama speaks after a military briefing on Wednesday at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

Obama vows US will not fight another ground war in Iraq

By Jeff Mason, Reuters on Sept. 17, 2014, at 2:22 p.m.
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida — President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq, seeking to reassure Americans about the level of U.S. involvement after a top general suggested combat troops could be deployed against Islamic State forces. Obama, who has …

U.S. considering options if oil export ban challenged

By Timothy Gardner and Valerie Volcovici, Reuters on Sept. 17, 2014, at 7:56 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials are concerned about the legality of a ban on oil exports and have begun discussing how to deal with potential challenges from nations that want to buy U.S. crude, two sources said. Officials in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the National Security …

Texas executes woman convicted of starving 9-year-old

By Brendan O'Brien, Reuters on Sept. 17, 2014, at 7:37 a.m.
A woman convicted of the 2004 starving death of a 9-year-old boy was executed on Wednesday by lethal injection at a Texas state prison, authorities said. Lisa Ann Coleman, 38, was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville, said Robert Hurst, spokesman for the …
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