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Readers write: Reader appreciation for Ruth Walker, Cassini coverage

Yahoo World News Feed - October 14, 2017 - 4:00am

Reader appreciation for Ruth Walker

Maine's Susan Collins: Duty, bipartisan outlook drove decision to stay in Senate

Yahoo World News Feed - October 13, 2017 - 3:28pm

Republicans and Democrats – to give her a standing ovation, including a sharp whistle of approval. For many, Senator Collins is a voice of reason and civility in today’s highly charged political atmosphere. Indeed, she’s been ranked the most bipartisan member of the Senate four-years running.

Trump's move on Iran deal? At its core, a compromise with his cabinet

Yahoo World News Feed - October 13, 2017 - 2:06pm

Under President Abraham Lincoln, it meant bringing former political foes from his own party into the cabinet. Under President Franklin Roosevelt, it meant forming a diverse, bipartisan cabinet that would present conflicting points of view, allowing the president to draw his own informed conclusions on policy. For President Trump, it has meant – at least on international relations – cabinet and other top advisers at odds with the boss, pitting a more stay-the-course foreign policy against some of the president’s more dramatic, and often nationalist, impulses.

The big hope behind the Iranian nuclear pact

Yahoo World News Feed - October 13, 2017 - 1:29pm

In what Tehran’s leaders might call an act of heroic flexibility, President Trump has decided not to blow up a 2015 deal – as he once promised – that has so far curbed Iran’s nuclear program. Mr. Trump now seems persuaded of the strategic reasons to honor the international pact. Under the pact, Iran can resume processing uranium in 2031.

Trump's executive action on health care: Will it cut holes in Obamacare safety net?

Yahoo World News Feed - October 12, 2017 - 3:03pm

What if health insurance were less comprehensive, but also cheaper? The president can't remake America’s health-care system with the stroke of a pen, but his action Thursday could allow more Americans to buy coverage that’s outside the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rule book. Many conservatives say it’s a modest step to expand consumer choice and put some downward pressure on health costs.

In Utah, major forest fire fuels push for state, not federal control

Yahoo World News Feed - October 12, 2017 - 1:59pm

Joe Adams had seen his share of fire. As the flames came roaring down toward his community, Mr. Adams – a young captain in the local fire department – drew up an evacuation plan for every neighborhood. “Not from sadness or self-pity, just frustration,” says Adams.

After a steelmaker’s deception, steps to restore trust

Yahoo World News Feed - October 12, 2017 - 1:21pm

The head of Kobe Steel, a giant manufacturer of metal products in Japan, made a rare admission on Oct. 12. In an era of damaging deceptions by big businesses, his frankness was refreshing – and necessary to quickly figure out which vital metal products, such as airplane parts, need replacing. Employees will be grilled on why the company shipped more than 20,000 tons of aluminum and copper products with fabricated inspection data to about 200 customers.

In Catalan family’s debate, an intimate view of independence saga

Yahoo World News Feed - October 12, 2017 - 12:53pm

Alex Ros is a burly, born-and-bred Catalan, a dyed-in-the-wool supporter of Catalonian independence from Spain. Which sets him at odds with his wife, Cristina Garcia, a delicate woman in a black silk blouse, who was brought up in the Spanish heartland of Castile and says she “cannot imagine” backing secession.

Presidential supporters: We are OK with an immigration deal

Yahoo World News Feed - October 11, 2017 - 2:50pm

On Sunday, the president seemed to give in to the pressure, presenting Congress with a long list of immigration enforcement demands in return for any legislation that would allow these young people – about 800,000 of them – to stay legally in the US. The list includes a southern border wall, which was reportedly not part of the loose framework worked out over a presidential dinner with congressional Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer last month. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?

Latin America’s anti-graft earthquake

Yahoo World News Feed - October 11, 2017 - 1:28pm

When an earthquake rattled central Mexico in September and dozens of buildings collapsed, Mexicans rallied by the thousands to rescue trapped survivors. Now many Mexicans realize corruption in the enforcement of building codes may have added to the size of the death toll (at least 369). As a result, a physical tremor has led to a political tremor.

Old Kabul reborn: Art, culture, and a rare ray of light

Yahoo World News Feed - October 11, 2017 - 12:58pm

In her heart, Ramzia Sarwary-Khorami always wanted to make jewelry. Then on the radio a decade ago, she heard about a new urban reclamation project in Murad Khani, one of Kabul’s poorest historic neighborhoods, backed by a charity called Turquoise Mountain. Recommended: How well do you know Afghanistan?

Readers response: Is meaningful gun control an impossibility?

Yahoo World News Feed - October 11, 2017 - 11:11am

Is meaningful gun control essentially an impossibility in Washington? This time, there may be bipartisan support for a narrow ban on bump-stocks, a device used by the shooter that essentially can turn semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons. No gun should be sold that can be modified into a fully automatic weapon.” Suzy Sharpe, of Sacramento, Calif., agrees: “I am relieved (although do not own any guns myself) that my single-mom daughter owns a handgun and a shotgun in the neighborhood where she lives,” Ms. Sharpe writes.

Could smaller, local measures offer a way forward on gun control?

Yahoo World News Feed - October 10, 2017 - 3:23pm

Maybe the American experience with gun violence doesn’t have to follow a dispiriting, predictable cycle after all. The cycle itself runs like this: a terrible mass shooting shocks the nation. Then, due to the political power of the gun lobby and the cohesiveness of gun owners, nothing happens.

Catalonia secession bid: Will a pause change the prospects?

Yahoo World News Feed - October 10, 2017 - 2:56pm

The separatist leader of Catalonia stepped back from the brink Tuesday evening, postponing a much heralded unilateral declaration of independence and offering to open talks with the central government of Madrid. “Today we are making a gesture of responsibility in favor of dialogue,” Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia told the regional parliament. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has repeatedly refused to negotiate with Catalan leaders unless they abandon their plans to declare independence.

Letter from Liberia: Protecting a hard-won peace

Yahoo World News Feed - October 10, 2017 - 2:54pm

It was two days before Liberia’s Oct. 10 presidential election, and I’d spent the morning following a group of women’s activists on a protest march through Monrovia. For three weeks before the election, a group of women dressed in white shirts that read “PEACE YES!! NEVER AGAIN” and “SUSTAIN THE PEACE” prayed and fasted from dawn to dusk every day under a marquee near the president’s house.

Amid Evangelical decline, growing split between young Christians and church elders

Yahoo World News Feed - October 10, 2017 - 2:05pm

For Andrew Walker, the current “post-Christian” state of American culture has posed a serious challenge to the faithful. For a variety of reasons, fewer and fewer Americans now have a grasp of the fundamentals of orthodox, biblical teachings, says Mr. Walker, director of policy studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Like many who keep attuned to the country’s religious landscape, he notes, too, the dramatic rise of the so-called “nones,” especially among the young, who may believe in God, but have begun to refuse to identify with a particular religious group.

Liberia's election closes chapter of history – but for voters, past is present

Yahoo World News Feed - October 9, 2017 - 1:49pm

On a recent afternoon in the run-up to Liberia’s Oct. 10 presidential election, supporters of the country’s ruling Unity Party spilled out onto the streets outside its low-slung green headquarters, their fists full of party handouts. Somewhere deep in the crowd, someone had strapped a giant speaker to the back of a pickup truck, and cranked the volume up to full. The “Taylor” in question was Charles Taylor, the one-time warlord and president of Liberia now serving 50 years in a British prison for crimes against humanity. A decade after the end of a brutal civil war, one democratically elected president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, is about to willingly step aside for another – something that has never before happened in the lifetime of most of the population.

A Nobel that awards a deeper view of human behavior

Yahoo World News Feed - October 9, 2017 - 1:36pm

For more than two centuries, many people have tried to shake that peculiar branch of the tree of knowledge called economics. Perhaps no one has done it better in recent decades than Richard Thaler, a University of Chicago professor who has challenged the traditional idea that free markets reflect the self-interests of rational individuals. On Oct. 9 he was awarded the 2017 Nobel Economics Prize for recognizing, as the Nobel committee put it, that “human behavior is very complex.” Economic models cannot be easily simplified and must be “more human” by admitting that theories based on self-interest are not always correct.

Palestinian reconciliation? What's driving Hamas and Fatah this time.

Yahoo World News Feed - October 9, 2017 - 1:13pm

The political and ideological tensions between Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah exploded into civil war a decade ago. The internecine fighting that claimed some 600 lives by the spring of 2007 was replaced by a cold war and a division of power, with militant Islamist Hamas seizing power in the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, the dominant secular party of the Palestine Liberation Organization, ruling Palestinian areas in the West Bank. Recommended: How much do you know about the Palestinians?

America's split-screen economy

Yahoo World News Feed - October 9, 2017 - 12:44pm

The revival of the great American job machine has very tangible implications for Osvaldo De Los Santos. “I think I’ve found the right fit for now,” says Mr. De Los Santos, who works for a commercial maintenance business near Raleigh, N.C. Michelle Bulla, a Coast Guard veteran who fell on hard times, now has a job in Winston-Salem coaching other military vets on how to find work.