December 22, 2014

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Pakistan: 67 militants killed after school massacre

Pakistani student, Mohammad Baqair, who survived last Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school and was slightly injured, poses for a picture holding a photograph of his mother a victim of the attack, who was a teacher at the school, at his home, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre. Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to cancel the bail granted to Read More…

Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

BEIJING (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual because it included threats of violence if the Hollywood studio Read More…

Spy’s parents search for son after Cuba-US deal

Rolando Sarraff Trujillo

HAVANA (AP) — The parents of convicted spy Rolando Sarraff Trujillo feared the worst when their son failed to call home from prison and they were told he had been taken away at dawn. But officials assured the couple that their son was now better off. Sarraff was publicly identified by a former intelligence official in the United States on Read More…

FDA official warns of dangers of caffeine powder

Following a meeting last week between the parents of a LaGrange teen who died from ingesting caffeine powder and members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the FDA issued its second warning against the powder, which is easily available online. On Tuesday, Michael Landa, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Read More…

10 Things to Know, Thursday, Dec. 18

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. What drove Obama’s decision on normalizing with Cuba  The president was driven in part by realizing that the policy toward Cuba was isolating the U.S. from the rest of the world. 2. Jubilation in Havana, muted reaction Read More…

Gift Guide: Home products come with connectivity

This product image provided Withings shows the Withings Smart Body Analyzer health tracking scale. (AP Photo/Withings)

NEW YORK (AP) — Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what? To give you a feel for what that connectivity brings, here’s a closer look at Read More…

Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

In this June 12, 1962, file photo, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay is shown the day three prisoners escaped. Scientists say the three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land. (AP Photo/File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The three prisoners who escaped from Alcatraz in one of the most famous and elaborate prison breaks in U.S. history could have survived and made it to land, scientists concluded in a recent study. The three Dutch scientists, using the latest hydraulic software and information about tides on the night of the 1962 Read More…

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens, second from let, talks on hydraulic fracturing during a cabinet meeting at the Capitol on Wednesday in Albany, N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prohibit fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.Acting health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker is seated left. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has Read More…

Mitch McConnell wants to stop coal rules

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks about his agenda for a GOP-controlled Congress during an interview with The Associated Press at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. McConnell says approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged on Wednesday to do all he can to stop President Barack Obama’s coal plant regulations, saying a White House “crusade” has devastated his state’s economy. The Environmental Protection Agency “has created a depression in my state and it’s done a lot of damage to the Read More…

Marathon bombing suspect due in court Thursday

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has not been seen in public since he was arraigned on 30 federal charges in July 2013, when he still bore signs of the bloody standoff with police that led to his capture and the death of his older brother, Tamerlan. On Thursday, he’s due to show his face again Read More…