February 15, 2013 RSS feed / Nation

Senate Republicans stall Hagel vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — By delaying a confirmation vote on Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, Senate Republicans have forced Leon Panetta to remain on the job he is eager to give up. More...

Military Update

Chiefs detail readiness crisis; Hill offers no relief

Defense Department civilian and military leaders gave full details this week of the readiness crisis unfolding across America’s armed forces — and got back not a whit of reassurance from Congress that relief is on the way.  More...

American, US Airways reveal $11B merger

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to merge in an $11 billion deal that would create the world’s biggest airline.  The combined carrier will be called American Airlines and be based in Fort Worth, but US Airwa More...

Ex-LAPD officer believed dead

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. More...

Mom charged with helping kid in brawl

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati’s police chief has strong words for a mother accused of bursting into a high school classroom and helping her daughter beat up another student.  Chief James Craig said Monday that 31-year-old Precious All More...

Panel looks at why Bounty sank in Sandy

PORTSMOUTH, Va. More...

President to stress jobs; audience’s message is guns

STATE OF THE UNION

WASHINGTON   The American public will get a competing mix of rhetoric and imagery in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address today, a speech that offers a heavy dose on the economy even as it plays out against a visual backdrop More...

1,000s honor ex-Navy SEAL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Surrounded by her husband’s military friends, one who offered a glove to wipe away her tears, Taya Kyle stood in front of the flag-draped coffin, her voice trembling as she described to a crowd of thousands what ex More...

Camping gear found in ex-cop’s truck

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. More...

Varied winners at Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES   The Grammys spread the love.  Fun., whose anthemic and semi-dark jam “We Are Young” dominated the charts in 2012, won song of the year. More...

Passengers cheer as disabled ship docks

MOBILE, Ala. More...

MILITARY NOTES

Air Force Airman Breah L. Erdmann graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of Karen Erdmann of Topsham, and granddaughter of Judy Larrabee of Brunswick. She is a 2012 graduate of Mt. More...

U.S. factory output falls on weak auto production

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories slowed production in January after two solid months of cranking out goods. More...

GOP senators may delay Hagel vote over Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have questioned Chuck Hagel’s truthfulness and they’ve challenged his patriotism.  More...

GE gets out of the TV business

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric is saying goodbye to 30 Rock — the building and the TV business born there.  It’s another step in GE’s efforts to focus on less glamorous — but theoretically more profitable — More...

Police ID victims of courthouse shooting

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Authorities have identified the victims of a courthouse shooting in Delaware in which three people died, including the gunman.  Delaware State Police Sgt. More...

Senate panel to vote on Defense nominee Hagel

WASHINGTON   Chuck Hagel — Republican, twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran and former Nebraska senator — faces his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation’s defense secretary as a bitterly divided Senate Armed Servi More...

Cheney calls drone strikes ’a good policy’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Dick Cheney says the Obama administration’s policy of targeting terrorists abroad with unmanned drone strikes is “a good policy,” even though he disagrees with most of President Barack O More...

Obama to address State of the Union

WASHINGTON   The White House and outside supporters of President Barack Obama are launching simultaneous social media, public outreach and fundraising campaigns tied to Tuesday’s State of the Union address.  More...

Miss. tornado injures dozen, wrecks homes

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Residents shaken by a tornado that mangled homes in Mississippi were waking up today to a day of removing trees, patching roofs and giving thanks for their survival. More than a dozen in the state were injured.  More...