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Wildfire worsens in California

A huge wildfire in a forest region east of Sacramento expanded by 3,000 acres, fire officials reported.

Timetable, cost unknown for US plan to reopen nuclear waste dump

The Energy Department has identified 7,000 steps needed to reopen its badly damaged nuclear waste dump in New Mexico but cannot say how long it will take or how much it will cost.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Actress Polly Bergen, champion of women’s rights, dies at 84

Emmy-winning actress Polly Bergen—who passed away at 84 on Saturday—is likely best known for her role in the original “Cape Fear,” a 1962 J. Lee Thompson-directed thriller starring Robert Mitchum as a vengeful ex-convict terrorizing a lawyer and his wife (Gregory Peck and Bergen).

Posted: September 20, 2014
Rashi Fein, economist considered a father of Medicare, dies at 88

Rashi Fein, a Harvard economist considered one of the fathers of Medicare, who threw his intellectual and moral weight behind full, affordable health care for nearly seven decades, stretching from the Truman administration to the Obama presidency, died Sept. 8 in Boston. He was 88.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Maryland enters Big Ten play on a high note after 34-20 road win over Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Maryland football team’s banged-up defense had trouble stopping Syracuse’s offense, and its offense did not score after halftime, but the Terps did enough Saturday to beat the Orange, 34-20, at the Carrier Dome and move to 3-1 as it enters Big Ten Conference play.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Syria's heritage is casualty of war, study finds

PHILADELPHIA — One of the casualties of Syria’s civil war is history.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Michigan State romps over Eastern Michigan, 73-14

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The sad thing about Saturday’s light Michigan State workout passed off as a football game is that it’s on the higher end of college scheduling these days — the Mid-American Conference charges lofty rates to the Big Ten and often beats its teams.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Georgia jumps on Troy early, rolls to 66-0 victory

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia pretty much got what it paid for on Saturday at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs beat Troy 66-0 in what was effectively a practice game sandwiched between two SEC contests.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Tebow’s advice for Winston: Be a better leader

Tim Tebow is encouraging Jameis Winston to be a better leader.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Tense hunt in trooper ambush case hits 8 days

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The suspect in the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in a remote part of northeastern Pennsylvania remained at large for an eighth day Saturday as police appeared to have narrowed their search, largely shutting down the area where he lived with his parents but leaving neighbors with few answers about what's going on just outside their front doors.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Officers swarm Pennsylvania mountains, looking for cop killer

CANADENSIS, Pa. — Heavily armed officers dressed in camouflage swarmed through the Pocono Mountains in armored personnel carriers Saturday, combing the woods for alleged cop killer Eric Frein.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Pope chooses a moderate for Chicago archbishop

As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Spokane bishop named to lead Chicago Roman Catholic Archdiocese

CHICAGO — Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., was introduced Saturday as Chicago’s next archbishop, succeeding the cancer-stricken Cardinal Francis George.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Police taking precautions in ambush suspect search

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say they are taking "extreme precautionary measures" as they search a heavily wooded region of northeastern Pennsylvania for the suspect in last week's deadly ambush at a state police barracks.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Planned Parenthood ‘office visit’ via app gets you birth control

SEATTLE — “Isn’t there an app for that?”

Posted: September 20, 2014
Teams assess damage as California wildfire grows

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. (AP) — Officials say assessment teams will be checking to see how many structures have been destroyed or damaged from a massive wildfire that is threatening thousands of homes in Northern California.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Prosecutors look to new DNA testing in twin cases

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say they have a new tool to persuade jurors in cases involving twins: cutting-edge DNA testing that can identify genetic mutations to differentiate between identical siblings.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Armed officers comb ambush suspect's woods

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities who spent the night in the neighborhood where a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper lived with his parents donned bulletproof vests and gathered heavy rifles before fanning out Saturday morning.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Armed officers scatter in ambush suspect's woods

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities who spent the night in the neighborhood where a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper lived with his parents donned bulletproof vests and gathered heavy rifles before scattering Saturday morning.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Residents get home as Pa. shooter search goes on

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Authorities continue to search the area where the man suspected in last week's deadly ambush at a Pennsylvania State Police barracks lived with his parents.

Posted: September 20, 2014
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty’s next goal is the Norris Trophy

LOS ANGELES — Nourishing the hockey beast in Canada wasn’t easy in the days leading up to the start of NHL training camps. But the cable network TSN did its best and rolled out a single-elimination bracket style to answer one simple question.

Posted: September 20, 2014
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