Category Archives: National News

Passengers call new TSA knives-on-planes policy ‘common sense’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Passengers reacted with shrugs but largely agreed with a new policy announced by the Transportation Security Administration that airline passengers will be able to carry small knives and previously forbidden sports equipment on planes. “It’s common sense,” said Pat O’Brien, who stood at Los Angeles International Airport after arriving from Durango,… Continue Reading

Philadelphia ethics complaint targets philanthropy in public education

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — School activists are using unusual tactics to fight a contested proposal to overhaul the nearly bankrupt Philadelphia school district: They’ve gone to the city ethics board.Their ethics complaint says the two private groups that helped fund and develop the plan should have registered as lobbyists, which would have compelled public disclosure of… Continue Reading

Venezuelans in U.S. hopeful of change

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Venezuelans in the U.S. cheered and expressed cautious optimism that new elections will bring change to their homeland after the death of President Hugo Chavez.“My hope is that Venezuela will become a free country once again,” said Elizabeth Gonazalez, 52, who wore a smiley face sticker on her sweater with the… Continue Reading

Power outages big fear as storm bears down on DC

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — After pummeling the nation’s midsection with heavy snow, a late-winter storm made its way Wednesday to the nation’s capital, where residents braced for the possibility of power outages. As the storm closed in, the federal government said its offices in the Washington, D.C., area would be closed Wednesday. Many major school… Continue Reading

Commander: Cuts could undermine Pacific strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Budget cuts are starting to affect U.S. military activities in the Asia-Pacific and threaten to undermine Washington’s strategy to rebalance its forces in the region, the U.S. Pacific commander said Tuesday. Adm. Samuel Locklear told a congressional panel that in the near-term, cuts will affect training, ship deployments and exercises with U.S.… Continue Reading

Bush clarifies view on immigration pathway

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he was open to immigration reform proposals that include a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, clarifying his approach amid questions from fellow Republicans. Bush, the author of a new book on immigration, said he could support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants as… Continue Reading

Obama nominates 3 to Cabinet-level posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama filled in more pieces of his second term leadership team Monday, nominating a trio of new advisers to lead the Energy Department, Environmental Protection Agency and budget office. The nominations signal the White House’s desire to get back to normal business after the president and Congress failed to avert… Continue Reading

Obama says his team managing cuts best they can

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama presided Monday over the first meeting of his new-look Cabinet in a sobering climate of forced fiscal belt-tightening, urging humane management of spending cuts for communities and families that are “going to be hurting.” Obama said he’s continuing to seek out Republican partners to reach a deal to end… Continue Reading

Dems urge court to overturn anti-gay marriage law

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 congressional Democrats are urging the Supreme Court to overturn a key provision of the federal law against gay marriage. The lawmakers are filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the justices Friday, asking them to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. The provision denies… Continue Reading

Odds against him, Obama still betting on big deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fiscal deadline all but blown, President Barack Obama says he once again wants to seek a big fiscal deal that would raise taxes and trim billions from expensive and ever growing entitlement programs. But with automatic federal spending cuts ready to start taking their toll, the path toward that grand bargain… Continue Reading

Calif. support of gay marriage at 61 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new poll shows that a record 61 percent of Californians now approve of allowing same-sex couples to marry. The Field Poll found 78 percent support among people 39 and younger and 56 percent of middle-aged residents now back gay marriage. Even among senior citizens there is 48 percent support. Continue Reading

Speedometer top speed often exceeds reality

DETROIT (AP) — The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour. In reality, the bulbous subcompact’s 106-horsepower engine and automatic transmission can’t push it any faster than 109. So why do the Yaris — and most other cars sold in the U.S. — have speedometers that show… Continue Reading

NTSB says pilot lost control in OSU plane crash

PERRYVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A National Transportation Safety Board report says investigators were unable to pinpoint the exact cause of the plane crash that killed Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and three others. The probable cause report, released Wednesday, says investigators could not determine why the pilot lost control of the aircraft during… Continue Reading

Obama nears deadline on gay marriage decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next phase of President Barack Obama’s evolving position on gay marriage may come Thursday, the deadline for his administration to weigh in on a landmark Supreme Court case that could determine whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed. Gay rights supporters are pressing the administration to file a friend-of-the-court… Continue Reading

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