Allison G. Mccormick

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Beer up: Ancient Egyptian brewery found in Tel Aviv

Pieces of ancient Egyptian beer-brewing pottery dating back 5,000 years have been found during archeological excavations in Tev Aviv among ruins of …

Missing university student's father was trying to interfere with probe, prosecutor says

A Virginia prosecutor told a judge Friday the stepfather of a university student missing since March 2 was “seeking to impede” the police investigation into the woman's disappearance.<p>Police have accused Wesley Hadsell, 36, a convicted felon, of breaking into the home of a person Norfolk police …

'This is not right': Former SeaWorld trainer recalls killer whale treatment

Blackfish, SeaWorld and the backlash against killer whale theme park shows<p>Read more<p>John Hargrove can clearly recall the moment in 1980 when, as a wide-eyed six-year-old sitting with his family in the audience at a SeaWorld show in Orlando, he fell in love with killer whales. Harder to pinpoint is …

Raffaele Sollecito reveals 'tears of joy' after Meredith Kercher murder acquittal

Raffaele Sollecito said that he burst into “tears of joy” on being acquitted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher on Friday, and that he now wants to build his future after more than seven years “living in fear”.<p>Sollecito was waiting at home late on Friday night when his sister phoned …

Egyptian court rules Hamas a terrorist organization

Widening a 20-month-old campaign against Islamist groups, an Egyptian court on Saturday declared<p>Hamasa terrorist organization.<p>Hamas denounced the ruling, which appeared a death knell to Egypt's already-stalled efforts to mediate a long-term truce between Israel and the militant group in the wake of …

Amid mourning, Putin vows justice for the killers of his political foe

World leaders on Saturday joined allies of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Y. Nemtsov in mourning the loss of a tireless advocate for democracy in a country increasingly dominated by an autocratic ruler.<p>Hundreds brought flowers to a bridge near the Kremlin where Nemtsov, an outspoken critic …

'Nobody cares any more': the relatives looking for flight MH370

It’s nearly a year since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished – and despite an international rescue operation, no trace of it has emerged. Could relatives of the missing passengers solve modern aviation’s biggest mystery for themselves?<p>A year ago, on 8 March 2014, an American schoolteacher named …

Shake it off? Not so easy for people with depression, new brain research suggests

Rejected by a person you like? Just “shake it off” and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says.<p>But while that might work for many people, it may not …

The Brain

Color Controversies Started With Mars, Not With #TheDress

It may seem like a trivial pursuit to argue over whether a dress is blue and black, or white and gold, but the question of color balance can apply to weightier matters as well — such as whether there’s life on Mars.<p>That was the debate in 1976 when NASA's Viking 1 lander became the first spacecraft …

Benjamin Netanyahu addressing Congress: His willingness to play politics with U.S.-Israeli relations is revolting and dangerous.

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is coming to the United States. On Tuesday, he’ll address a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu wants …

Foreign Policy

Gun-rights advocates fight Obama over ban on 'military-grade' AR-15 bullets

Administration wants to ban armor-piercing bullets but gun lobby says ATF’s plans are unworkable and have not been properly explained<p>Gun-rights advocates are up in arms over a new proposal by Barack Obama’s administration that aims to ban a popular “armor-piercing” bullet used in AR-15 …

ISIS Smashes Priceless, Ancient Statues in Iraq

Shattered treasures include winged bulls that guarded entrance to ancient Nineveh.<p>Islamic State militants released a video on Thursday showing the destruction of priceless antiquities in northern Iraq.<p>Running for more than five minutes, the video records men toppling statues in a museum and …

LAFD failed to inspect hundreds of hazardous sites, state says

The Los Angeles Fire Department has failed to properly inspect hundreds of hazardous sites scattered across the city, exposing the public to increased risks from potential spills and mishandling of toxic substances, according to a state report released Friday.<p>The 24-page California Environmental …

EPA

The Islamic State Is Losing Iraq: A Dispatch From the War-Torn Nation

Twelve years have passed since the terrible decision to invade Iraq in 2003. When I add up all my visits to Baghdad during that time, I find I have …

Islam

Mexico captures most wanted drug kingpin, former teacher 'La Tuta'

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico captured its most wanted drug lord on Friday, former primary school teacher Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, delivering a boost to a government battered by gang violence.<p>The 49-year-old gang boss was the prime target of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s effort to regain control …

Mexico

7 Sustainability Secrets That Will Save the World

In preparing to deliver the closing lecture to Hofstra University's Model United Nations Conference, I realized that I knew seven sustainability secrets that could save the world that I wanted to share with attendees. I came up with these secrets after reading almost every national sustainability …

Hatred as an Article of Faith | Middle East Forum

<b>On February 14, the Islamic State ritually beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian laborers in Libya.</b><p>The Islamic State sent me a letter this week, in …

Under attack, unions show new creativity and militancy

One consequence of the steady decline of unions in America is that we've forgotten what little we used to know about what organized labor even means.<p>Union members are often depicted as lazy and overpaid, and job actions as a threat to the livelihoods of average Americans.<p>These points would be a lot …

Middle-class

U.S. and Cuban diplomats make progress, but still at odds

U.S. and Cuban diplomats said Friday that they had made progress in talks on normalizing diplomatic relations after a five decade break, but were still at odds over Havana's demand to be taken off a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.<p>U.S. officials had hoped to move quickly on reopening …

Cuba

Supermassive Black Holes at the Edge of Space and Time

Astronomers have known about these objects for decades, but in the depths of cosmic time, it's hard to understand how they can grow so quickly -- or maybe not!<p>Thanks to the painstaking research conducted by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope in the 1990s, the consensus is that virtually …

Congress passes one-week Homeland Security funding bill, Obama signs it

Congress approved a stopgap measure late Friday to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded for another week -- averting a crisis just before money was set to run out at midnight, but setting up a new standoff as conservatives press their fight over President Obama's immigration plan.<p>The …

Vanilla Ice is back in police custody over theft from neighbor's vacant house

Rapper and 90s icon Vanilla Ice was arrested in south Florida for burgling a vacant home, police said on Wednesday.<p>The singer of Ice Ice Baby, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, allegedly stole a pool heater, bicycles, furniture and miscellaneous objects over the course of three months from a …

California cities recovering from recession but unevenly, report says

(Reuters) - Cities in California as a whole are largely recovering from the recession but not all with the same vigor.<p>People walk on the Venice boardwalk, a popular tourist destination in Venice, California November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn<p>Urban coastal regions have enjoyed job and economic …

Court-appointed panel to monitor Los Angeles county jails

(Reuters) - A court-appointed panel will begin to oversee the Los Angeles County jail system, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Tuesday, as part of a settlement to a 2012 class-action lawsuit that alleged sheriff’s deputies beat inmates.<p>Inmates attend a life skills class at Men's Central …

L.A. County's jail population at lowest number in three years

Los Angeles County probation officials reported Thursday that Los Angeles County's jail population is at its lowest level since realignment sent it …

California

How 200,000 jobs were saved, attracted in Los Angeles County

Nothing has been more crucial to Southern California’s economic recovery than jobs, and the LAEDC has delivered them in spades.<p>The Los Angeles County …

U.S. Army to Provide Equipment, Intelligence to Fight Boko Haram

N'DJAMENA — The United States military will share communications equipment and intelligence with African allies to assist them in the fight against Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, the commander of U.S. Special Forces operations in Africa said.<p>West African military commanders have long …

8-foot alligator found in yard didn't eat cats, family says

Jaxson is cold-blooded. But the 8-foot alligator who lived in Van Nuys was not munching on neighborhood cats, the female crocodilian's human family said Thursday.<p>Officers with the Los Angeles Animal Services Department on Monday removed Jaxson from her home and took her to the Los Angeles Zoo, …