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Commanders fired in nuke cheating scandal

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported.


Obama exchanges gifts with Pope

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

The exchange of gifts is a de rigueur part of every papal audience but Thursday's presentation had an unusually loud element to it.


Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama's heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets.


Missing plane 'black box' chirps gone by mid-April

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Equipment inside two nearly indestructible boxes aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane recorded critical information that would help investigators reconstruct what went wrong.


Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.


Judge Joe Brown challenging contempt charges

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Joe Brown gained fame by meting out justice as a TV judge. Now he's the one facing charges.


$270M chocolate plant proof of sweet tooth

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Americans aren't losing their taste for chocolate. Need proof? Look to Kansas, where candy giant Mars Inc. is opening its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of chocolate bars and other sweets every day.



Charlotte mayor resigns; accused of taking bribes

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, who has been in office less than six months, resigned Wednesday, just hours after he was arrested and accused of taking more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city.


Rare Tennessee Williams story published

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of "The Glass Menagerie," Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend -- if only in name -- to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret.


Three Secret Service agents benched before presidential trip

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.


Birth control rule seems to divide Court

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.


Navy: Shooting suspect didn't have own weapon

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

A civilian approaching a Navy destroyer at the world's largest naval base late at night took a weapon from a sailor who was standing watch and used it to shoot and kill another sailor who was trying to help his embattled colleague, Navy officials said Tuesday.



Investigators: Unsafe speed caused Walker crash

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

The Porsche carrying "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker was traveling up to 94 mph when it went out of control on a suburban street and crashed, killing the actor and his friend, according to an investigation by law enforcement agencies into the November accident.



Satellite clue ends wild theories, hope for MH370

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

Over an extraordinary 17 days and nights, until the moment Malaysia's prime minister stepped to a lectern to deliver investigators' sobering new findings, the fate of vanished Flight 370 hung on morbid conjecture and fragile hope.



Obama prods allies while downplaying Russian power

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

President Barack Obama is using Vladimir Putin's audacious annexation of Crimea to make the delicate argument that Russia is no world power but that its actions threaten Europe's order and demand a punishing international response.


'Miracle' no deaths in airport train crash

Posted 3/25/2014 in National

The crash of a Chicago commuter train that derailed and plowed up an escalator at one of the world's busiest airports would have been far worse, and likely fatal, had it not happened how and when it did, a transportation expert says.

Community copes with deadly mudslide

Posted 3/25/2014 in National

First there was a "whoosh." Elaine Young said she thought it might be a chimney fire, a rush of air that lasted about 45 seconds. But when she stepped outside there was ominous silence. Something felt very, very wrong.


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