Nation & World


Last member of Hiroshima bombing mission dies

Theodore Van Kirk, the last surviving crew member on the aircraft that dropped the atomic bomb dubbed “Little Boy” on Hiroshima in World War II, killing as many as 140,000 people, has died. He was 93.

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Pot-for-kids campaign seeks to reduce children’s seizures

April Sintz is fighting to loosen marijuana laws for her 7-year-old epileptic son.

Two US citizens contract Ebola in Liberia

LAGOS, Nigeria — Two U.S. citizens are being treated for Ebola in Liberia and the country shut some border crossings, as the worst outbreak of the disease on record spread to Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and largest economy.

Tentative agreement reached in VA program fix

The plan is expected to cost billions to lease new clinics and hire more doctors and nurses.

WASHINGTON — After more weeks of testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

US sending dirty coal overseas

Planned export terminals in Washington and Oregon could fuel further demand for the air-polluting coal.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.

Automatic health insurance renewals may backfire

Consumers could be in for an expensive surprise with a plan for automatic renewals of health insurance.

WASHINGTON — If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don’t give much thought to each year’s renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.

Raises in recovery go to those with specialized training

Historically, at this stage in the economy’s recovery, pay would be rising in most sectors. But five years after the recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.

Memorial to honor injured veterans underway in D.C.

WASHINGTON — Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.

What can faithful Fido teach humans about jealousy?

Jealousy is such a powerful emotion that at least one study has characterized it as the third leading cause of non-accidental homicide in all cultures. Is it possible that this universal green-eyed monster evolved as a survival mechanism?

Social networking’s new twist: Get paid for posts

Two services, Bubblews and Bonzo Me, are paying people who post on their social networks.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared — except the money those posts produce.

Profanity among top executives falling as economy improves

Profanity was more tolerated during the recession, but it is waning as the economy recovers.

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — The chief executive officer of Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is no stranger to profanity in his calls with analysts.

Scientists to reopen 'Trap Cave'

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

Dutch doctor killed on Flight 17 saved lives with advocacy

Friends and colleagues describe and intellectual and humanitarian.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Two months before veteran AIDS researcher Joep Lange perished in the Malaysia Airlines jetliner shot down over Ukraine, he was in Moscow, pressing for Russia to start programs to prevent HIV spread among drug users.

The boy who knew

A young victim of the MH17 tragedy had an eerie premonition of the crash.

In a bedroom in a town house near Amsterdam, Miguel Panduwinata reached out for his mother. “Mama, may I hug you?”I

States limit Medicaid users’ access to costly hepatitis drug

Months before Gilead Sciences’ breakthrough hepatitis C treatment hit the market, Oregon Medicaid official Tom Burns started worrying about how the state could afford to cover every enrollee infected with the disease. He figured the cost might even reach $36,000 per patient.