April 27, 2015

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Even after NFL concussion settlement, concerns abound

It’s been four years since lawsuits connected to concussions were first filed against the NFL, and even now that a settlement agreement finally has been approved by a federal judge, none of the hundreds of millions of dollars available to thousands of former players will be paid until any appeals are heard — and, after Read More…

10 things to know, Wednesday, April 22

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Italian premier presses EU on migrant reform Matteo Renzi says the European Union must devise a policy to stop the flood of migrants setting out from Libya, including establishing refugee camps in Niger and Sudan. 2. Yemen’s Read More…

Steelers, Patriots to open NFL slate as schedules released

NEW YORK — Among the Patriots’ rewards for winning the Super Bowl is hosting the season opener. The opposition this year is another team with championship pedigree: the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England and Pittsburgh will begin the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 10 with a game matching quarterbacks with six Super Bowl rings and Read More…

HBO Now streaming service offers many options — just not enough time

NEW YORK — HBO Now, the cable channel’s new stand-alone streaming service, is both a blessing and a curse. Like HBO Go, the app that cable and satellite TV subscribers have, HBO Now gives you instant access to new TV episodes and movies, along with programs from months and years ago. People who don’t subscribe Read More…

USDA pursuing bird flu vaccine in response to outbreak

MINNEAPOLIS — As losses to poultry producers continue to climb from a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working on a potential vaccine in response to the current outbreak. A pure “seed strain” would target the H5N2 virus — which has already cost Midwest turkey and chicken producers more than Read More…

Jurors see photo of defiant Tsarnaev as prosecutors argue for death

BOSTON — As jurors looked at a photograph of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev giving the finger to a security camera in his jail cell, a federal prosecutor described it as a defiant act by an unrepentant man who didn’t care that he had killed four people, including an 8-year-old boy and a police officer. Read More…

Hillary Clinton keeps campaign all in the family, but where’s Bill?

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s granddaughter, Charlotte, is a symbol of the future. Clinton’s late parents offer lessons about hard work and resiliency. Her own daughter, Chelsea, gives voters a window into her mother’s life long before she was one of the world’s most famous women. In campaign kickoff events in Iowa and New Hampshire, Clinton Read More…

Washington police officer that shot farmworker had rescued him previously from fire

SEATTLE — One of the officers who killed an immigrant farmworker in Washington state in a shooting that helped fuel the nationwide debate over police use of force had dragged the man away from his burning rental home just weeks earlier. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who in another case had pleaded with police to kill him, was Read More…

Protestors mourn death of man in Baltimore police custody

BALTIMORE — Amid tears and cries for justice, demonstrators poured into the streets of Baltimore carrying signs emblazoned with the name of a man who died from a spinal injury he suffered while in police custody. Tuesday’s demonstration marked the beginning of a week of protests and rallies planned across the city. The Justice Department Read More…

Sunni tribe fights its own after breaking with Islamic State

MAKHMOUR, Iraq — When Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq last summer, the Sunni al-Lehib tribe welcomed them as revolutionaries fighting the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. But less than a year later, the tribe is bitterly split between those who joined the extremist group and those resisting its brutal rule. The tribe hails from Read More…