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Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 51

Posted 2/3/2015 in National

The families of 51 people who died in crashes caused by faulty ignition switches in small General Motors cars will get payments from a company fund.

 

Cuba publishes first photos of Fidel Castro in 5 months

Posted 2/3/2015 in National

Cuba has published the first photos of Fidel Castro in more than five months, showing the 88-year-old former leader engaged in what appears to be a lively conversation with a university student.

 

The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again

Posted 2/2/2015 in National

The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

 

 

Japan's leader defends handling of crisis

Posted 2/2/2015 in National

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his policy toward terrorism, as the flag at his official residence flew at half-staff Monday in a mark of mourning for two hostages killed by the Islamic State group.

 

 

Toddler wounds both parents with 1 shot from handgun

Posted 2/2/2015 in National

A 3-year-old boy found a handgun in his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, police said.

 

 

Obama proposing $478B public works program in budget

Posted 2/2/2015 in National

The $4 trillion budget that President Barack Obama sends Congress today proposes higher taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations, and an ambitious $478 billion public works program for highway, bridge and transit upgrades.

 

Romney's exit unleashes race for donors among 2016 hopefuls

Posted 1/31/2015 in National

Mitt Romney's exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee.

 

Drivers: Return to your dealers for a 2nd air bag recall fix

Posted 1/31/2015 in National

Drivers, bring your vehicles back to the shop for more work on faulty air bags.

 

 

What red ink? As deficits dip, all sides seek more spending

Posted 1/31/2015 in National

The deficit is dead. Long live the deficit.

 

Meet Ida May Fuller, recipient of 1st Social Security check

Posted 1/31/2015 in National

Seventy-five years ago, the government cut 65-year-old Ida May Fuller a check. It was numbered 00-000-001 -- the first Social Security payout.

 

French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists

Posted 1/31/2015 in National

It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation's deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students.

 

 

Islamic State group beheads Japanese journalist

Posted 1/31/2015 in National

An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man.

 

 

Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app

Posted 1/30/2015 in National

Not only does a feature of a popular Google Inc. mobile app put police officers' lives in danger, it also interferes with law enforcement's ability to carry out its speeding ticket mission, a leading group of sheriffs said Wednesday.

 

Feds: Treasure hunter eluded police with cash, tradecraft

Posted 1/30/2015 in National

A deep-sea treasure hunter who vanished during a court fight over his $50 million haul of gold bars and coins eluded capture by hiding in a two-room hotel suite under a fake name, paying for everything in cash and keeping a low-profile, authorities said Thursday.

 

Obama to seek to bust limits on domestic, defense spending

Posted 1/29/2015 in National

President Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said today.

 

 

Panel recommending changes to military health care, benefits

Posted 1/29/2015 in National

U.S. officials say an independent commission is recommending broad changes to the military's retirement and health care systems that could save more than $20 billion over the next four years.

 

 

Treasure hunter who found a fortune in gold is captured

Posted 1/29/2015 in National

A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in U.S. history was captured at an upscale Florida hotel after more than two years on the lam.

 

Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave

Posted 1/29/2015 in National

Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead.

 

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