February 15, 2013 RSS feed / Nation

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...

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. 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. 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. Paul Shavak said today the victims were 39-year-old Christine 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 Services Co 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...

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...

Passengers cheer as disabled ship docks

MOBILE, Ala. 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. The weakness reflected a big drop in output at auto factories that is likely temporary. 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...

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. More...

Panel looks at why Bounty sank in Sandy

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — Surviving crew members will testify as a federal safety panel meets in Virginia to examine what led to the sinking of a replica 18th-century sailing ship during Hurricane Sandy. 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 domin 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...