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Italian court throws out Knox conviction once and for all

Posted 3/28/2015 in National

Amanda Knox, who maintained that she and her former Italian boyfriend were innocent in her British roommate's murder through multiple trials and nearly four years in jail, was vindicated Friday when Italy's highest court threw out their convictions once and for all.

 

Prosecutors: Evidence Germanwings co-pilot hid illness

Posted 3/27/2015 in National

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday.

 

Mentally stable at 38,000 feet: Can you trust your pilot?

Posted 3/27/2015 in National

Airline pilots are supposed to be the ones we trust.

Cruz's fiery message has limited appeal to some in GOP

Posted 3/27/2015 in National

Ted Cruz gives a rousing speech. The former college debate champion can energize a crowd of 10,000 evangelicals at a basketball arena as easily as he can captivate a few dozen inside a New Hampshire cafeteria.

 

Pelosi irks some allies over bipartisan bill with Boehner

Posted 3/27/2015 in National

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi bruised some longtime liberal allies when she worked with Speaker John Boehner to craft a rare bipartisan accord on Medicare.

 

 

GOP, Democratic lawmakers unhappy with new fracking rules

Posted 3/27/2015 in National

Republican and Democratic lawmakers in the House have found something in common: Many have issues with the Obama administration's new regulations requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

 

 

Oil council: Shale won't last, Arctic drilling needed now

Posted 3/27/2015 in National

The U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future, an Energy Department advisory council says in a study to be released today.

 

Desertion charge intensifies debate over Bergdahl's release

Posted 3/26/2015 in National

Charges that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted and endangered his post in Afghanistan intensify the debate over his politically wrought release: Should he spend years in prison as punishment for endangering soldiers who risked their lives to find him?

 

U.S. crash victims: Government contractor, daughter

Posted 3/26/2015 in National

Three Americans were presumed dead in the plane crash in the southern French Alps, including a U.S. government contractor and her daughter, the State Department said Wednesday.

 

Cover design unveiled for new Harper Lee novel

Posted 3/26/2015 in National

The cover for Harper Lee's new novel will surely remind you of the cover for her old one.

 

FBI: Bomb components found in Tsarnaev's family home

Posted 3/26/2015 in National

FBI agents told jurors in the Boston Marathon trial that nails, BBs, pressure cooker parts and other items similar to those used in two pressure-cooker bombs that exploded near the marathon's finish line were found in Dzokhar Tsarnaev's family apartment in Cambridge.

 

 

Afghan president says his nation won't be 'lazy Uncle Joe'

Posted 3/26/2015 in National

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked Congress on Wednesday for billions of American tax dollars and vowed his war-wracked country will be self-reliant within this decade. "We're not going to be the lazy Uncle Joe," he said.

 

Officer charged with killing unarmed driver lying facedown

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

A Pennsylvania police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.

 

Abolish the IRS? Easy to say, but awfully hard to do

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

Promising to abolish the Internal Revenue Service is a good talking point for political candidates who are looking to fire up the Republicans' most conservative voters.

 

 

VA says it will relax 40-mile rule for private medical care

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

Responding to pressure from Congress and veterans groups, the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday it is relaxing a rule that makes it hard for some veterans in rural areas to prove they live at least 40 miles from a VA health site.

 

 

AP sources: Concerns over easing transgender ban in military

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces.

 

 

'Mad Men' star Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his spokeswoman said.

 

 

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