February 5, 2013 RSS feed / Nation

President signs bill averting gov’t default

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill raising the government’s borrowing limit, averting a default and delaying the next clash over the nation’s debt until later this year. More...

$24.4B founder-led deal to privatize Dell

ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Slumping personal computer maker Dell is selling itself for $24.4 billion to its founder and a group of investors that includes Microsoft. More...

Small Ala. town: Relief that child hostage is safe

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. For six anguished days, people in this small Alabama town asked just one question about the 5-year-old boy being held hostage in an underground bunker by a menacing, unpredictable neighbor: “Is he free yet?” More...

Guantanamo judge allows testimony

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Lawyers for the Guantanamo Bay prisoner accused of orchestrating the deadly attack on the USS Cole will present expert testimony today at a pretrial hearing on how to conduct a mental examination of a torture victim. More...

Beer to power Alaska brewery

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer. More...

Bill Clinton to speak at Ed Koch’s funeral

NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Koch is being remembered as the quintessential New Yorker — an admired but tough, colorful former mayor who will be honored at his funeral by former President Bill Clinton. More...

Ex-Navy SEAL died pursuing his passion

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — The former top Navy SEAL sniper who authorities say was killed at a Texas shooting range was devoted to maintaining camaraderie and helping his fellow veterans find their way after leaving active duty. More...

Woman pleads guilty to stealing $14,000

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling almost $14,000 from a youth gymnastics organization where she volunteered as treasurer of the boosters club. More...

Pilot loses consciousness during flight

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Alaska Airlines jetliner bound for Seattle made an emergency landing in Portland, Ore., Thursday night after the pilot lost consciousness, an airline spokesman said. More...

Governor meets with Democratic leaders

AUGUSTA (AP) — GOP Gov. Paul LePage on Monday ended a two-month stalemate by holding a sought-after face-to-face meeting with Democratic legislative leaders that was also attended by key Republicans. More...

Commuters’ time in traffic costs $121B

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An annual study of national driving patterns shows that Americans spent 5.5 billion additional hours sitting in traffic in 2011. More...

More diversity likely in next Obama picks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ready to put a diverse face on his administration in his new wave of Cabinet nominees — an image that was missing as he filled the first round of vacancies of his second term with a parade of wh More...

GOP mixed on Hagel filibuster possibility

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. More...

FDA allows generic version of cancer drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators say approval of the first generic version of cancer drug Doxil will help resolve a lingering shortage triggered by manufacturing deficiencies. More...

College to name center after Newtown principal

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York college plans to establish a new education center in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was a doctoral candidate in the college’s educational leadership program. More...

8 dead in tour bus crash

YUCAIPA, Calif. More...

Obama to campaign for gun plans in Minn.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of his gun proposals on Capitol Hill uncertain, President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and install universal background ch More...

Police talking to Ala. captor through pipe

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — Speaking into a 4-inchwide ventilation pipe, hostage negotiators tried Thursday to talk a man into releasing a kindergartener and ending a standoff in an underground bunker that stretched into its third day. More...

Ed Koch dies at age 88

NEW YORK (AP) — Ed Koch’s favorite moment as mayor of New York City, fittingly, involved yelling. More...