Nation & World


Research finds many Internet trolls are ‘everyday sadists’

Researchers say there is a difference between cyberbullies and trolls, but they are linked by their penchant for cruelty

PBS special salutes the Dave Clark Five

Just two weeks after the Beatles’ landmark appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in February 1964, the British group the Dave Clark Five — the Beatles’ biggest rivals in the U.S. — had their own remarkable debut on the hugely popular Sunday night CBS show.

Israeli negotiator says peace talks are in crisis

JERUSALEM — Israel’s chief negotiator in peace talks with the Palestinians says the talks are in “crisis” but must continue.

China ship hears ‘signal’; unclear if jet-related

PERTH, Australia — The Australian-led joint agency coordinating the search for the missing Malaysian jetliner says electronic pulse signals reportedly detected by a Chinese ship in the southern Indian Ocean are consistent with those of an aircraft black box. However, Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said early today that the agency cannot verify any connection between the signals and Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. China’s Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday that a black box detector deployed by the ship, Haixun 01, picked up a signal at 37.5 cycles per second, the same frequency emitted by flight data recorders. Xinhua also said a Chinese search plane spotted numerous white floating objects about 56 miles away. Houston says the joint agency has no confirmation the floating objects are related to the missing aircraft.

Japan forces told to down North Korean missiles

TOKYO — The Japanese government on Thursday ordered the Self-Defense Forces to shoot down any North Korean ballistic missiles approaching Japan, several government sources said Saturday.

Ukraine arrests alleged eastern coup plotters

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s security service says it has detained a 15-strong armed gang planning to seize power in an eastern province on the border with Russia.

Quakes, tsunamis remembered

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center puts the total deaths resulting from the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 at 139. Fifteen of them are attributed to falling buildings or crumbling ground during the quake itself. The rest were killed by water.

Gunman kills 3, wounds 16 at Fort Hood Army base

FORT HOOD, TEXAS — An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said.

Column: Tax benefits offer assist to farming operations

There are many tax benefits for people in the farming business. Farms include plantations, ranches, ranges and orchards. Farmers may raise livestock, poultry or fish, or grow fruits or vegetables.

VA says disability claims backlog down 44%

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs has cut its backlog of pending disability benefit claims by 44 percent since saying in March 2013 that its caseload had reached a “tipping point,” but some veterans organizations are challenging the accuracy of the agency’s numbers.

Supreme Court strikes down overall campaign contribution limits

WASHINGTON —The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees.

Deadline brings high interest for health insurance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy initiative.

Hoax startup a reminder that on the Internet, every day is April Fool’s Day

Livr, the social network for drunk people, had all the trimmings of an ascendant tech start-up. A slick promotional video featuring two Eisenbergian CEOs. A hip website littered with buzzwords and trademarks. Press releases. Stickers. Posters. T-shirts. An auspicious, grassroots buzz that began in Reddit’s technology forums and bubbled into the mainstream press.

Search for missing plane complicated by ocean trash problem

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Sometimes the object spotted in the water is a snarled fishing line. Or a buoy. Or something that might once have been the lid to an ice box. Not once — not yet at least — has it been a clue.

Worries simmer that Russia will extend reach in Ukraine

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (AP) — Russia showered promises on Crimea on Monday, sending its prime minister on a surprise visit there to promise quick funds to improve power supplies, water lines and education. In Kiev, Ukraine’s acting president flatly rejected Russian pressure to turn Ukraine into a loose federation.