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Desertion charge intensifies debate over Bergdahl's release

Posted 3/26/2015 in National

Charges that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted and endangered his post in Afghanistan intensify the debate over his politically wrought release: Should he spend years in prison as punishment for endangering soldiers who risked their lives to find him?

 

U.S. crash victims: Government contractor, daughter

Posted 3/26/2015 in National

Three Americans were presumed dead in the plane crash in the southern French Alps, including a U.S. government contractor and her daughter, the State Department said Wednesday.

 

Cover design unveiled for new Harper Lee novel

Posted 3/26/2015 in National

The cover for Harper Lee's new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one.

 

FBI: Bomb components found in Tsarnaev's family home

Posted 3/26/2015 in National

FBI agents told jurors in the Boston Marathon trial that nails, BBs, pressure cooker parts and other items similar to those used in two pressure-cooker bombs that exploded near the marathon's finish line were found in Dzokhar Tsarnaev's family apartment in Cambridge.

 

 

Afghan president says his nation won't be 'lazy Uncle Joe'

Posted 3/26/2015 in National

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Congress on Wednesday for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his war-wracked country will be self-reliant within this decade. "We're not going to be the lazy Uncle Joe," he said.

 

Officer charged with killing unarmed driver lying facedown

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.

 

Abolish the IRS? Easy to say, but awfully hard to do

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

Promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service is a good talking point for political candidates who are looking to fire up the Republicans' most conservative voters.

 

 

VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.

 

 

AP sources: Concerns over easing transgender ban in military

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces.

 

 

'Mad Men' star Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his spokeswoman said.

 

 

Jet crashes in Alps with 150 aboard; no survivors expected

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

A passenger jet carrying at 150 people crashed today in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said.

 

 

Carter: Troop data in online kill list was not stolen

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

The names, photos and addresses of 100 U.S. military members posted online by a group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division were not stolen from confidential government files, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.

 

 

CDC: Uninsured drop by 11M since passage of ACA

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

For business, more women in charge means bigger profits

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

LONDON -- When Rohini Anand took over diversity programs at multinational catering company Sodexo in 2002, she had one goal: To prove that it pays for a company to have equal numbers of male and female managers.

 

Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically.

 

 

Rare Tennessee Williams story published for first time

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

As she takes in the despair of her in-laws' one-room apartment in "A Streetcar Named Desire," Blanche Dubois exclaims: "Only Poe! Only Mr. Edgar Allan Poe could do it justice!" Years earlier, Tennessee Williams channeled Poe for an entire story.

 

 

Sheriff: New Orleans airport attacker had explosives

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

Authorities say the machete-wielding man who was shot at New Orleans' international airport after trying to attack passengers and security agents was carrying explosives at the time.

 

 

State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

State legislators around the country are pushing to make it much harder for the public to obtain police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable.

 

 

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