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Palestinians say they don't want Kerry to fail

Posted 4/5/2014 in National

The Palestinians don't want to see U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's troubled Mideast peace mission fail, but will no longer feel bound by his ground rules if Israel fails to live up to its commitments, the chief Palestinian negotiator said Friday.

 

 

Lawsuit dismissed over drone strikes

Posted 4/5/2014 in National

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric.

 

Health law's success not guaranteed yet

Posted 4/5/2014 in National

Seven million people signed up, so there is an appetite for President Barack Obama's health care law, but that doesn't guarantee success for the country's newest social program.

 

U.S. finally regains the jobs lost in the recession

Posted 4/5/2014 in National

The U.S. economy has reached a milestone: It has finally regained all the private-sector jobs it lost during the Great Recession.

 

 

China ship hears 'signal'; unclear if jet-related

Posted 4/5/2014 in National

A Chinese ship involved in the hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner reported hearing a "pulse signal" Saturday in southern Indian Ocean waters with the same frequency emitted by the plane's data recorders, as Malaysia vowed not to give up the search for the aircraft.

 

Letterman's departure will reshape late-night

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

Jimmy Fallon's fast start replacing Jay Leno on the "Tonight" show the past two months had a secondary effect: David Letterman suddenly seemed old.

 

Reports: Paula Deen restaurant closes

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.

 

 

Senate panel votes to release CIA torture report

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11, and the White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully.

 

 

Fort Hood gunman had 'unstable' condition

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

Unstable mental health may be the "fundamental, underlying cause" of a soldier's shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left four people dead, though an argument with another service member likely preceded the attack, according to investigators.

 

 

Wife: Miss. man among victims

Posted 4/4/2014 in National

Renee Powell Westbrook had just returned home from her job at the state Department of Human Services when she heard the news from a friend: There had been a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, where her husband, Sgt. Jonathan Westbrook was stationed between tours in Afghanistan.

 

 

U.S. troubled by Iran's choice of UN ambassador

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

The U.S. objected Wednesday to Iran's anticipated selection of a former hostage-taker at the American Embassy in Tehran as its newest ambassador to the United Nations. But the Obama administration stopped short of saying it would refuse him a visa to enter the United States.

 

 

Poll: Three-fourths of Americans say marijuana will be legal

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Three-fourths of Americans say it's inevitable that marijuana will be legal for recreational use across the nation, whether they support such policies or not, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday that highlights shifting attitudes following the drug war era and tough-on-crime legislation.

 

Fort Hood gunman sought mental health treatment

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009, authorities said.

 

Republicans like campaign money ruling, Democrats don't

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a win for the wealthy.

 

 

Las Vegas leads in push for GOP convention

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Backed by one of the GOP's most powerful benefactors, Las Vegas has emerged as an early leader in the multi-city fight to host the next Republican National Convention.

 

 

U.S. secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" -- a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned.

 

New evacuations in Chile after major aftershock

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Coastal residents of Chile's far-north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes early Thursday after a major aftershock rattled an area hit a day earlier by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that caused some damage and six deaths. No new major damage or casualties were reported.

Dog escapes Texas backyard, somehow gets to Ohio

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.

 

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