By Loveday Morris and Ahmed Ramadan, The Washington Post
December 7, 2013 3:15 p.m.
QSAR NABR, Lebanon — The wood-framed tents on this muddy field in the Bekaa Valley have burned to the ground, leaving only remnants of the lives of the Syrian refugees and migrant workers who occupied them: Shoes. Scattered tomatoes. A pink plastic comb. Metal latrines, provided by the U.N. High Commission on Refugees.
By Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy-Tribune
December 7, 2013 3:06 p.m.
Nelson Mandela's death Thursday at age 95 has stirred international sorrow, with many commentators — even those who've never visited South Africa or fully understood his decades-long struggle to end apartheid — describing him as the world's last great noble man. His words are quoted almost as if they were religious texts, even when he was calling for weapons for his cause and rejecting his country's government, a legacy that at one time made him one of the world's most controversial figures.
A heart-breaking story of a Vancouver woman live-tweeting her husband's death caught the world's attention and compassion this week. Also in the news was a waitress gets a $700 tip from a stranger, cuts in food stamps hurting local families and county frames panhandler policy. Finally, Camas High School football kicks off in the state championship game tonight.
Friday morning, Sgt. Jason Cuthbert responded to one traffic collision after the next and pushed cars that got stuck on snowy Clark County roadways. By night, he searched for drunken drivers as part of the annual Night of 1,000 Stars.
By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press
December 6, 2013 10:24 p.m.
DALLAS — Freezing rain and stinging winds slammed the Southwest on Friday and made a strangely blank landscape out of normally sun-drenched North Texas: mostly empty highways covered in a sometimes impassable frost, closed schools and businesses, and millions of residents hunkered down for icy conditions expected to last through the weekend.
By GENE JOHNSON and MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press
December 6, 2013 9:53 p.m.
SEATTLE — Crowds of people bundled in winter coats celebrated the anniversary of marijuana legalization in Washington state Friday by sparking up at a city-sanctioned party under Seattle's Space Needle.
By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press
December 6, 2013 9:51 p.m.
SEOUL, South Korea — Seeking to reassure wary allies, Vice President Joe Biden on Friday pushed back against those who question America's commitment to Asia, which has at times been obscured by an array of distractions at home and abroad.
By Anne Gearan and William Booth, The Washington Post
December 6, 2013 9:32 p.m.
TEL AVIV, Israel — Secretary of State John Kerry claimed Friday that the prospect of achieving a long-elusive accord between Israelis and Palestinians is mounting, despite widespread skepticism that the talks he fostered are making headway.
By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press
December 6, 2013 9:02 p.m.
LONDON — Hundreds of people in Britain mopped up flooded homes on Friday after a powerful storm, which scoured northern Europe with hurricane-force gusts, kicked up the biggest tidal surge in 60 years, swamping stretches of shoreline.