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When the emergency bell sounds at Fire Station 1 here, firefighters pull on boots and backpacks, swing into Engine 1 and hurtle out the door in almost a single motion, a blast of red lights and caterwauling sirens. More often than not, there is no fire.SARAH MASLIN NIR
Without U.S. ground troops in Iraq and Syria, commanders rely on airborne surveillance more than ever before. At any given moment, an old U-2 -- often two -- is in the air, zeroing in on militant bomb-making facilities in dense cities or snooping on fighters' communications to pinpoint command hubs.W.J. Hennigan
Amid a significant downsizing of the money-strapped U.S. Postal Service, the number of letters arriving late has jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year.Lisa Rein
When rescue workers finally spotted Miyuki Harwood on Saturday, she was clinging to life at the bottom of a rocky ravine. It had been nine days since the 62-year-old hiker had gone missing, and it seemed like a miracle that she was still alive.Michael E. Miller / The Washington Post
He was a retired construction worker who turned his fishing hobby into a low-pressure business, taking a delight in almost anything he brought backBENJAMIN MUELLER
An Indian scholar whose criticism of idol worship had angered religious groups was fatally shot Sunday, the police said.SWATI GUPTA
Wes Craven, a master of horror cinema and a proponent of the slasher genre best known for creating the Freddy Krueger and “Scream” franchises, died on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 76.KENNETH ROSEN and ERIK PIEPENBURG
A week after reports of destruction by Islamic State militants in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, fighters severely damaged the Temple of Baal there, one of the oldest and most culturally significant in the region.KENNETH ROSEN
The Islamic State extremist group has demolished parts of the temple of Bel, the largest monumental complex in the ancient city of Palmyra, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday. Pol O Gradaigh
Federal officials have made a lot of unfulfilled promises in the past in the past about paying attention to the issues and needs of the far north, so Alaskans have a right to be skeptical about new promises, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.Yereth Rosen
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