Election risk pays off for leader of Japan

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan won a commanding majority for his party … Read more

U.S.-backed forces take Syrian oil field from IS

BEIRUT — U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, … Read more

Around the world

Bergdahl sentencing — The fate of Bowe Bergdahl — the Army sergeant who pleaded guilty … Read more

Colombians grow great coffee — now they’re drinking it, too

BOGOTA, Colombia — Not so long ago, Cesar Parra’s world changed with a cup of … Read more

Republicans consider 401(k) limits as they tinker with tax reform bill

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are considering a plan to sharply reduce the amount of income … Read more

Police pursue ring that stole masterpieces from churches

MONTERODUNI, Italy — The recent return to Monteroduni of a 16th century statue of the … Read more

How Spain is trying to take power away from Catalonia

BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy left the nation breathless when he announced … Read more

Scientists race to save coffee

Scientists work rapidly to create new plant hybrids that can withstand climate change — and save one of our favorite drinks from being wiped out

Centroamericano, a new variety of coffee plant, hasn’t sparked the buzz of, say, Starbucks’s latest … Read more

Fires put vineyard workers, owners on equal footing

SONOMA, Calif. — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for … Read more

Fertility business a loosely regulated frontier

When Julie Schlomer got the news that she was finally pregnant at the age of … Read more

Cracking down on fake service animals

WASHINGTON — Chris Slavin was in an elevator a couple of years ago with Earle, … Read more

Newly discovered moon tunnel could be perfect place for colony

At the close of the Apollo age, just months before the final moon walk in … Read more

Spacewalking astronaut navigates gear obstacles

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A spacewalking astronaut successfully replaced a blurry camera outside the International … Read more

Today in history, and birthdays

It’s Sunday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2017. There are 70 days left in the year.

Highlight: In 1962, in a nationally broadcast address, President John F. Kennedy revealed the presence … Read more

Around the world

Presidents gather for hurricane relief — The five living former presidents appeared together for the … Read more

Spain plans to take over Catalan government

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia’s separatist leaders, install … Read more

Trump says he will release the final set of documents on Kennedy assassination

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has decided to release a final batch of thousands of … Read more

Dr. Isabella Karle, chemist, made molecular discoveries

Isabella L. Karle, who was once told that chemistry was not a “proper field for … Read more

Cheaper health plans promoted by Trump have a history of fraud

WASHINGTON — In signing a recent executive order, President Donald Trump promised that millions of … Read more

The thin line between free speech and hate speech

SAN FRANCISCO — When the posters went up a third time, it happened in broad … Read more

Today in history, and birthdays

It’s Saturday, Oct. 21, the 294th day of 2017. There are 71 days left in the year.

Highlight: In 1917, members of the 1st Division of the U.S. Army training in Luneville, … Read more

Pentagon looks into conflicting accounts of Niger ambush

The Pentagon is trying to determine whether U.S. forces involved in a deadly ambush in … Read more

Kelly, congresswoman continue war of words

WASHINGTON — Video of a 2015 speech delivered by Rep. Frederica Wilson revealed Friday that … Read more

South Korea will resume reactor work

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea decided Friday to resume construction of two nuclear plants, … Read more

Backyard chicken trend causes spike in infections

DES MOINES, Iowa — Luke Gabriele was a healthy 14-year-old football player in Pennsylvania when … Read more

IRS says it will reject returns that lack disclosure

Despite President Donald Trump’s pronouncements, not only is Obamacare not dead, there are signs that … Read more

Study: Police cameras’ influence a wash

WASHINGTON — D.C. police officers wearing body cameras reported using force about as often as … Read more

Court blocks immigrant teen’s access to abortion — for now

WASHINGTON — A Washington appeals court is blocking for now an abortion sought by a … Read more

Actor Federico Luppi was known for dignified performances in del Toro films

Federico Luppi, a dignified Argentine actor well known for his complex performances in the dark … Read more

A month after Maria hit, Puerto Rico awaits power

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico — Luis Rodríguez looked at the concrete power pole in his front … Read more

Proteins cause obese animals to lose weight

As the U.S. obesity rate has galloped toward 40 percent, doctors, drug designers and dispirited … Read more

Lulu decided not to join the CIA

WASHINGTON — Let’s just get this out of the way: There are other matters of … Read more

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