Category Archives: National News



POMEGRANATE ROASTED LEG OF LAMB  Servings: makes 12 servings Preparation time: fewer than 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes per pound; standing time: 10 minutes INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup pomegranate juice 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons coarse grated onion 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves 1 teaspoon… Continue Reading

Sweet shrimp in creamy alfredo sauce

Sweet shrimp in creamy alfredo sauce

CREAMY SHRIMP ALFREDO  Servings: makes 6 servings Preparation time: less than 15 minutes Cooking time: less than 5 minutes, plus pasta INGREDIENTS 12 ounces fettuccine or penne pasta 1 pound uncooked medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined Coarse salt, pepper and paprika to taste 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 tablespoons butter, divided 1 small… Continue Reading

A spooky treat for Halloween feasts

A spooky treat for Halloween feasts

GHOSTS IN THE GRAVEYARD CUPCAKES  Servings: makes 24 cupcakes Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: for the cupcakes INGREDIENTS 1 package (two-layer size) white cake mix 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 1/4 teaspoons black food color, divided 2 (16-ounce) containers vanilla frosting 24 oval-shaped cookies Chocolate sprinkles (for decoration) Miniature chocolate chips (for decoration)… Continue Reading

Claim home court advantage and bring a-game home

Claim home court advantage and bring a-game home

More homeowners are claiming the home court advantage. For some, getting court time for a soccer match or pickup basketball game is as easy as stepping into the backyard or basement. Americans have had a love-love affair playing tennis and other outdoor sports at home since the early 20th century, but today’s residential courts aren’t… Continue Reading

Cold weather staple: Best beef stroganoff

Cold weather staple: Best beef stroganoff

BEEF STROGANOFF  INGREDIENTS 1 pound top round steak 1 clove garlic, minced 4 teaspoon canola oil, divided 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 8 ounces whole crimini mushrooms, sliced 1/2-inch thick 1 (3/4-ounce) envelope less-sodium brown gravy mix 1 cup cold water 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream 4 cups no-yolk noodles (about 5 ounces),… Continue Reading

Take your chili south of the border

Take your chili south of the border

SOUTH OF THE BORDER CHICKEN CHILI  Servings: makes 6 servings Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: less than 20 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1/2 cup small chopped red or green bell pepper 1 (1.25- to 1.5-ounce) package white chicken chili seasoning mix (such… Continue Reading

Spice up your life with an Asian dry rub

Spice up your life with an Asian dry rub

Add a little spice to family day with pork tenderloin with Asian dry rub. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix together 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Rub 2 (1-pound) pork… Continue Reading

Need a side dish? Try these potatoes

Need a side dish? Try these potatoes

OVEN ROASTED RED POTATOES WITH PESTO AND TOMATOES  Servings: makes 6 servings Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 30 to 40 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered 1/2 cup unsalted chicken or vegetable stock 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup refrigerated pesto Grape tomato halves for… Continue Reading

Column: In case of Trump nomination, break glass

Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party’s history. These collaborationists will render themselves ineligible to participate in the party’s reconstruction. Ted Cruz’s announcement of his preferred running mate has enhanced the nomination process… Continue Reading

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

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