Category Archives: National News

Obama nominates Justice official to top Labor slot

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama nominated assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Perez to be the next secretary of labor, choosing a Hispanic lawyer with experience in civil rights and workplace issues to his second-term Cabinet. Obama called Perez a “consensus builder” whose “story reminds us of this country’s promise.” “Tom’s made protecting that promise for… Continue Reading

Pa. college awaits answers as it mourns coach

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A moving church service for a popular college lacrosse coach who died over the weekend left many people wiping away tears, but also waiting for more answers about the bus crash that killed her and her unborn child. Amid an ongoing police investigation, students and teachers at Seton Hill University outside… Continue Reading

Crews recover teen’s body from icy S. Dakota river

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Crews have recovered the body of a 16-year-old girl who drowned after a fast-moving, icy river in South Dakota dragged her and another man away as they tried to save her 6-year-old brother, authorities said Friday. The search for the man is ongoing. Madison Leigh Wallace jumped into the Big… Continue Reading

Gay marriage: Senator’s shift, GOP soul-searching

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator’s embrace of gay marriage is the latest sign of soul-searching in a party struggling to adapt in a society whose demographics — and views on emotional issues — are changing fast. Gay marriage still divides the party, with the conservative wing strongly opposed. But an increasing number of Republicans,… Continue Reading

Journalist charged in hacking conspiracy suspended

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — News agency Reuters has suspended with pay a deputy social media editor after he was indicted on federal charges of conspiring with the hacking group Anonymous to deface an online story of the Los Angeles Times. Reuters spokesman David Girardin told The Associated Press Friday in an email that Matthew Keys… Continue Reading

FBI says fed agent killing justified

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An immigration agent was justified in fatally shooting a colleague who opened fire on their boss in a federal office building last year, the FBI has determined. The wild double-shooting at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Long Beach office occurred after Kevin Kozak, the second-in-command for the agency’s Los Angeles region,… Continue Reading

Tenn. university proposes fracking on its own land

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee wants to allow hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas on a state-owned tract of rolling woodland, raising the hackles of environmentalists who question its stated goal of raising funds to research the environmental impact of such drilling. With debate over “fracking” continuing, the unique proposal is being… Continue Reading

More US than Europeans drivers are on the phone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Distracted driving is more widespread in the U.S. than in Europe, according to a study released Thursday that surveyed drivers about their cellphone and texting habits. More U.S. drivers reported talking on their cellphones behind the wheel than their counterparts in seven European countries, the study by the Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

Senate panel to approve budget sparing safety net

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting on the Senate’s first budget since President Barack Obama took office, a Democratic-led panel is moving toward party-line approval of a fiscal blueprint that would only modestly trim the budget deficit while protecting safety net programs from slashing cuts proposed by Republicans.The expected vote Thursday in the Senate Budget Committee comes… Continue Reading

Pursuit of hackers who took credit reports expands

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pursuit of hackers who audaciously stole and published credit reports for Michelle Obama, the attorney general, FBI director and other U.S. politicians and celebrities crisscrossed continents and included a San Francisco-based Internet company, Cloudflare, The Associated Press has learned. The sensational crime caught the attention of Congress and President Barack Obama,… Continue Reading

Villanova Vatican interns get a view of history

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Talk about a baptism by fire: On the first day of Lauren Colegrove’s journalism internship at Catholic News Service in Rome, the pope announced his resignation. The Villanova University junior thought she’d spend her first day filling out paperwork and undergoing orientation. Instead, she ran over to the Vatican Press Office to… Continue Reading

GOP stakes out budget differences with Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are staking out stark differences with Democrats as they prepare to meet with President Barack Obama for talks over the budget impasse, while Obama is conceding that a political accommodation may be impossible. On the one hand, many Republicans who long have chided Obama for failing to engage their party… Continue Reading

Conde Nast to launch original Web series

NEW YORK (AP) — Conde Nast is launching a slate of original Web series, continuing the publisher’s push to expand its stable of magazines into multimedia programming. Conde Nast will debut on Tuesday online channels on YouTube and other video destinations for Glamour and GQ. The digital programming is just the start of plans for… Continue Reading

California animal park reopens after fatal lion attack

DUNLAP, Calif. (AP) — A California animal sanctuary where an African lion killed a 24-year-old intern reopened to the public Sunday with the support of the victim’s family. Cat Haven, a private zoo run by the nonprofit Project Survival, observed a moment of silence at noon for Dianna Hanson, who was fatally attacked by the… Continue Reading

Obama cracks wise at annual Gridiron dinner

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama blamed the budget battle if his jokes fell flat at Saturday night’s Gridiron dinner: “My joke writers have been placed on furlough.” Always a target for digs, the president tossed out a few of his own during the Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner, an annual event where political leaders,… Continue Reading

Recordings: Nixon wanted total handgun ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as Richard Nixon, of all people. He proposed ridding the market of Saturday night specials, contemplated banning handguns altogether and refused to pander to gun owners by feigning interest in their weapons. Several previously unreported Oval Office recordings and White… Continue Reading

Congress wants role as Obama pushes trade agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has embarked on an aggressive trade agenda that could lower barriers and increase U.S. exports to many of the economic giants of Asia and Europe. To make that a reality, though, it may first have to negotiate future trade policy a little closer to home — with Congress. The… Continue Reading

Nuclear chief: US plants safer after Japan crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two years after the nuclear crisis in Japan, the top U.S. regulator says American nuclear power plants are safer than ever, though not trouble-free. A watchdog group calls that assessment overly rosy. “The performance is quite good,” Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Allison Macfarlane said in an interview with The Associated Press. Continue Reading

Lawmakers: Obama wooing might break budget logjam

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers said Sunday they welcome President Barack Obama’s courtship and suggested the fresh engagement between the White House and Congress might help yield solutions to the stubborn budget battle that puts Americans’ jobs at risk. Yet the lawmakers cautioned that years of hurt feelings were unlikely to heal simply because Obama… Continue Reading

Feds release confidential report on Cal nuke plant

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The company that runs the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant sparred with environmental activists Friday over the details of a once-confidential report that shows industry engineers were aware of problems with steam quality inside equipment that later malfunctioned. San Onofre, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, was shut down… Continue Reading

Famous restaurant damaged by blaze

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Chef and food activist Alice Waters inspected damage to the facade of her famed Chez Panisse on Friday after a fire blazed through a landmark dining section of the Berkeley restaurant. A small eating area with signature woodwork within the restaurant’s front porch burned, but firefighters were able to extinguish the… Continue Reading

Snowstorm spares Washington, D.C., heads toward New England

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — A late-winter storm inflicted new damage Thursday to parts of the Jersey shore still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy, as New Englanders braced for potential evacuations and coastal flooding. The storm buried parts of the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions with snow but barely laid a glove on Washington, D.C. Continue Reading

Weekly U.S. unemployment claims fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell to a seasonally adjusted 340,000 last week, driving down the four-week average to its lowest level in five years. The drop is a positive sign ahead of Friday’s report on February job growth. Continue Reading

Ohio executes man who fatally shot security guard

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A man who fatally shot an adult bookstore security guard in 1994 at the end of a multistate crime spree was executed on Wednesday.>   Frederick Treesh received a single powerful dose of pentobarbital and was pronounced dead at 10:37 by Donald Morgan, warden of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in… Continue Reading

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