Category Archives: National News

Same-sex marriage: It’s the law of the land

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already could marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing… Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton headlines NY women’s conference

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a rousing speech Friday about improving the future of women across the globe, gave no hint of plans for her own future. But that didn’t mean everyone in the audience wasn’t thinking about it. “Of course, the big question now about Hillary is what’s next,” quipped Tina… Continue Reading

Salazar: Cape Wind could break ground this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday he is optimistic that the nation’s first offshore wind farm will break ground this year after more than a decade of delays. “I think there’s a good chance it will happen before the end of the year,” Salazar said in an interview with The Associated Press… Continue Reading

Obama seeks deal, proposes cuts to Social Security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking an elusive middle ground, President Barack Obama is proposing a 2014 budget that embraces tax increases abhorred by Republicans as well as reductions, loathed by liberals, in the growth of Social Security and other benefit programs. The plan, if ever enacted, could touch almost all Americans. The rich would see tax… Continue Reading

New ‘broad spectrum’ best when choosing sunscreen

Help is on the way to consumers confused by the jumble of sun protection numbers, symbols and other claims on sunscreens. Starting this summer, consumers can start looking for SPF 15 bottles with the label “broad spectrum” and feel confident they’re being protected from an increased risk of cancer. Currently, standards of protection apply only… Continue Reading

FAA delays closing of airport control towers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The closings of control towers at 149 small airports, due to begin this weekend because of government-wide spending cuts, are being delayed until June 15, federal regulators announced Friday. The Federal Aviation Administration said it needs more time to deal with legal challenges to the closures.Also, about 50 airport authorities and other… Continue Reading

University says Holmes papers back its statement

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — New questions confronted the University of Colorado, Denver on Friday amid disclosures that a psychiatrist who treated theater shooting suspect James Holmes had warned campus police a month before the deadly assault that Holmes was dangerous and had homicidal thoughts. Court documents made public Thursday revealed Dr. Lynne Fenton also told… Continue Reading

Singapore PM draws laughs in U.S. speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Singapore is well-known for its efficiency and order, but during a visit to Washington the city-state’s prime minister displayed a less advertised attribute — humor. In an after-dinner speech Tuesday to U.S. businessmen, Lee Hsien Loong made a couple of jokes that could pass for stand-up comedy. Continue Reading

Expanding hallowed ground at West Point

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The West Point Cemetery has taken in graduates of the Long Gray Line from the age of the cavalry charge to the dawn of drone strikes. Headstones etched with names like Custer and Westmoreland stand near plots with freshly turned earth. And after almost two centuries, the 12-acre cemetery is… Continue Reading

Hawaii is the spot for sun, surf and spies

HONOLULU (AP) — Clandestine agents. Foreign spies. Intelligence. Hawaii is better known for sunbathing on the beach or surfing than high-stakes sleuthing. But the case of a 59-year-old civilian defense contractor accused of giving military secrets to his much younger Chinese girlfriend is a reminder of the state’s little-known identity as a prime target for… Continue Reading

As Facebook matures, is it losing its edge?

NEW YORK (AP) — To see what Facebook has become, look no further than the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer.Sometime last year, people began sharing tongue-in-cheek online reviews of the banana-shaped piece of yellow plastic with their Facebook friends. Then those friends shared with their friends. Soon, after Amazon paid to promote it, posts featuring the… Continue Reading

City council in Georgia town votes to require gun ownership

NELSON, Ga. (AP) — Backers of a newly adopted ordinance requiring gun ownership in a small north Georgia town acknowledge they were largely seeking to make a point about gun rights. The ordinance in the city of Nelson — population 1,300 — was approved Monday night and goes into effect in 10 days. However, it… Continue Reading

Obama proposes $100M for brain-mapping project

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress to spend $100 million next year on a new project to map the human brain in hopes of eventually finding cures for disorders like Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and traumatic injuries. Obama said the so-called BRAIN Initiative could create jobs and eventually lead to answers to ailments… Continue Reading

Coney Island hopes for rebound after Sandy

NEW YORK (AP) — At the beginning of each tourist season, the entrepreneurs who pitch the thrill rides, hot dogs, sideshows and souvenirs at gritty Coney Island gather along its famous boardwalk to pray for two things: good weather and large crowds. Never have they prayed harder than now. Five months after Superstorm Sandy’s surge… Continue Reading

Obama hears Easter service with political theme

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama attended Easter services at an Episcopal church near the White House and heard a sermon that criticized “captains of the religious right” for holding some people back.The sermon by Rev. Dr. Luis Leon at St. John’s Church was based on the Gospel of John and the resurrection of Jesus.… Continue Reading

Prosecutors seeking death penalty for theater shooter

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday said they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in last year’s movie theater attack that killed 12, wounded 70 and spurred new gun control laws in Colorado. The much-anticipated disclosure came in a court hearing held four days after prosecutors publicly rejected an offer by… Continue Reading

Alaska lawmaker apologizes for racial slur

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Don Young, the gruff Republican veteran who represents the entire state of Alaska, apologized Friday for referring to Hispanic migrant workers as “wetbacks” in a radio interview.“I apologize for the insensitive term I used during an interview in Ketchikan, Alaska,” Young said in a statement after lawmakers from both political parties… Continue Reading

Business, labor close on deal for immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big business and major labor unions appeared ready Friday to end a fight over a new low-skilled worker program that had threatened to upend negotiations on a sweeping immigration bill in the Senate providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants already in the U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who’s been… Continue Reading

Obama: Immigration bill could pass by summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama pressed for swift action on a sweeping immigration bill Wednesday, saying last-minute obstacles are “resolvable” and predicting Congress could pass historic legislation by the end of the summer. In back-to-back interviews with Spanish-language television networks, Obama repeatedly voiced confidence in a bipartisan Senate group that appears to be on… Continue Reading

Ind. blast suspect charged in plot to kill witness

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis man facing trial in a house explosion that killed two people and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes was charged Thursday with plotting to have a witness in the case killed. Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced Mark Leonard had been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder… Continue Reading

Court might sidestep major ruling on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court dove into a historic debate on gay rights Tuesday that could soon lead to resumption of same-sex marriage in California, but the justices signaled they may not be ready for a major national ruling on whether America’s gays and lesbians have a right to marry. The court’s first major… Continue Reading

Carnivore presentation at Sheridan College April 3

SHERIDAN — Brian DeBolt, Wyoming Game and Fish’s large carnivore conflict coordinator from Lander, will present information on staying safe in bear, lion and wolf country.The presentation will be April 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Sheridan College CTEL presentation hall.This is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested.Call 672-7418 for more… Continue Reading

Taxpayers shell out nearly $3.7 million for ex-presidents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton’s 8,300-square-foot Harlem office near the Apollo Theater costs taxpayers nearly $450,000. George W. Bush spends $85,000 on telephone fees, and another $60,000 on travel. Jimmy Carter sends $15,000 worth of postage — all on the government’s dime. The most exclusive club in the world has a similarly exclusive… Continue Reading

Supreme Court hears arguments on Calif. gay marriage ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer seeking an end to California’s ban on same-sex marriage is comparing it to bans on interracial marriages, a prohibition the Supreme Court declared illegal decades ago. In charged back-and-forth exchanges with justices, lawyer Theodore Olson said that the court should look to its 1967 Loving case, when the court invalidated… Continue Reading

NJ moves to take over schools in troubled Camden

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The state of New Jersey moved Monday to take over the school district in the impoverished city of Camden, where Gov. Chris Christie said “the system is broken,” allowing thousands of students to fail year after year. With support from the mayor and at least some city and school officials, the… Continue Reading

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