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Obama, in rare Oval Office address, vows to defeat terror threat that has entered ‘new phase’

WASHINGTON In a rare Oval Office address, President Barack Obama vowed Sunday night the United States would overcome a new terror threat that seeks to “poison the minds” of people here and around the world, as he sought to reassure Americans shaken by recent attacks in Paris and California.

Ear ye, ear ye: Maine town honours native son who thought up earmuffs while ice skating

FARMINGTON, Maine Earmuffs have come a long way in 142 years.

Chester Greenwood was a 15-year-old bestowed with generous ears when he decided he had had enough of the biting cold while ice skating in 1873. The first earmuffs were then born, fashioned from farm wire with fur sewn on them by his grandmother.

In a place where “all we’ve got is coal,” residents search for another way to survive

WELCH, W.Va. The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury’s mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don’t stand up all day.

Thousands of children crossed US-Mexico border in October

SAN ANTONIO Nearly 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were caught illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico in October, almost double the number from October 2014, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.

Also, in the figures released Tuesday, the number of family members crossing together nearly tripled from October 2014 — from 2,162 to 6,029.

Rhodes Trust names 32 US students to receive full scholarships to study at Oxford University

WASHINGTON The 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes scholars include a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team, an Alzheimer’s disease social activist and a Harvard University student who holds a Guinness World Record for balancing on an exercise ball.