Category Archives: National News

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

Obama calls for April debate on immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama challenged Congress Monday to “finish the job” of finalizing legislation aimed at overhauling the nation’s immigration system. With members of the House and Senate away on spring break, Obama made his most substantive remarks on the difficult issue in more than a month, saying he expects lawmakers to take… Continue Reading

Winning Powerball ticket sold in New Jersey

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) — The lottery fantasies of mansions, luxury boats and unlimited travel are over for most people. But for the owner — or owners — of the lone winning ticket sold in New Jersey for Powerball’s $338.3 million drawing they’re just beginning. New Jersey lottery officials announced Monday the ticket was sold at… Continue Reading

Deal requires ferry to stop ash dumping in 2 years

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The nation’s last operating coal-fired ferryboat would stop dumping waste ash into Lake Michigan within two years under a deal with federal regulators announced Friday. The agreement between Lake Michigan Carferry, which operates the S.S. Badger, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would require the ship to retain its coal… Continue Reading

Storm could dump up to 8 inches in Midwest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A major weekend storm could give new meaning to March Madness for the thousands of fans in Kansas City for the men’s college basketball tournament, blanketing northern areas of the nation’s heartland in up to a foot of snow and bringing downpours and possibly, tornadoes, to parts of the South.… Continue Reading

Man investigated in Colo. prison chief death dies

DECATUR, Texas (AP) — A former Colorado inmate and white supremacist at the center of a two-state mystery is dead after a high-speed chase and shootout with Texas deputies. Now investigators are trying to piece together whether he killed the chief of Colorado prisons and a pizza delivery man, and where he was headed when… Continue Reading

Punxsutawney Phil ‘indicted’

CINCINNATI (AP) — Famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil might want to go back into hibernation. Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an “indictment” of the furry rodent, who predicted an early spring when he didn’t see his shadow after emerging from his western Pennsylvania lair on Feb. 2. Continue Reading

Study finds nearly 2 in 3 hate crimes unreported

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite growing awareness of hate crimes, the share of those crimes reported to police has fallen in recent years as more victims of violent attacks express doubt that police can or will help. Nearly 2 of 3 hate crimes go unreported to police, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reported Thursday.… Continue Reading

House passes GOP budget plan, promising deep cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a tea party-flavored budget plan Thursday that promises sharp cuts in safety-net programs for the poor and a clampdown on domestic agencies, in sharp contrast to less austere plans favored by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies. The measure, similar to previous plans offered by Budget Committee… Continue Reading

Nevada town mourns Marines who died in explosion

HAWTHORNE, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of residents in a rural community steeped in military history turned out to mourn the loss of at least seven Marines as investigators arrived at an ammunition depot to try to determine how a mortar shell exploded at the Nevada base and sent shrapnel flying into troops during a training… Continue Reading

Costs of US wars linger for more than 100 years

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars forthe next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat. An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives… Continue Reading

Family wants new Ike memorial design

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of President Dwight D. Eisenhower is supporting new legislation in Congress to scrap the design and block funding for a planned memorial honoring the former president and World War II hero in Washington. The future of the memorial was up for debate Tuesday as lawmakers questioned the project’s design by… Continue Reading

Late winter storm sends snow, sleet to New England

BOSTON (AP) — Winter went out with a blast in the Northeast on Tuesday, snow and sleet delaying the start of school in some areas and making the morning commute an icy, slippery mess a day before spring starts. The nasty weather led some schools in upstate New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut to close, adding… Continue Reading

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