June 11, 2013 RSS feed / Nation/World

U.S.: No plans to end broad surveillance program

WASHINGTON   The Obama administration is weighing whether to charge a government contractor with leaking classified government secrets while it defends a much-criticized National Security Agency surveillance program as an indispensable tool for More...

Boehner: Congress can do immigration this year

WASHINGTON   With the Senate ready to cast the first floor votes on a landmark immigration bill, House Speaker John Boehner said today he thinks there’s a good chance the legislation can be signed into law “by the end of the year.&rd More...

Transplant vote seeks medical, legal balance

PITTSBURGH   Faced with a federal judge’s order in the heart-wrenching cases of two terminally ill children seeking lung transplants, a national review board sought a balance that will keep such decisions in the hands of doctors, not lawye More...

2 Obama cabinet nominees advance

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee has voted unanimously to approve President Barack Obama’s nominees to head the Commerce and Transportation departments.  More...

10 women, many in 90s, escape limo fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A passenger in a limousine that began smoking with 10 women — some of them in their 90s — inside before catching fire says the doors of the idling limousine were open.  Sixty-three-year-old Mary Chapman sai More...

In heel stabbing, woman claims self-defense

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials say a Houston woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death with a stiletto high heel told police she was trying to protect herself.  Houston police say 44-yearold Ana Lilia Trujillo told investigators the man More...

Feds now backing morning-after pills

NEW YORK (AP) — After setting off a storm of criticism from abortion rights groups, upset that a Democratic president had sided with social conservatives, the Obama administration says it will comply with a judge’s order to allow girls of More...

Victim recalls facing gunman in Calif. rampage

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Feel-good ‘Kinky Boots’ wins at feel-good Tonys

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No charges expected in fatal shooting by Ariz. boy

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Police aren’t expected to seek charges in the death of an Arizona man who was accidentally shot by his 4- year-old son, authorities said.  More...

Jury selection to start for Zimmerman trial

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WikiLeaks trial shifts to Afghan war video

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The court-martial of a U.S. Army private who gave troves of classified material to the website WikiLeaks is shifting in its second week to specific items he sent.  The trial of Pfc. More...

Newtown students to receive scholarships

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Four graduating seniors from Newtown High School will receive college scholarships to help them pursue careers in education.  More...

Gun control advocates mark 6 months since shooting

WASHINGTON   Six months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, some of the victims’ families are heading to Capitol Hill to remind lawmakers they are painfully waiting for action, while some of the president’s allies are as More...

U.S. declassifies phone program details

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation’s top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts More...

Andrea zips up the East Coast

MIAMI (AP) — After bringing rains, heavy winds and even tornadoes to parts of Florida, Tropical Storm Andrea moved quickly across south Georgia and was speeding through the Carolinas early today, promising sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacati More...

Lawmakers press forward on sex assault legislation

WASHINGTON   Lawmakers are pressing forward with legislation aimed at stemming an epidemic of sexual assaults in the military.  More...

We remember

The Department of Defense announced the following casualties between May 30 and June 6.  More...

Vouchers available for homeless vets

WASHINGTON — Approximately 20 homeless veterans living on the streets and in shelters in Maine will soon find a permanent place to call home.  More...

MILITARY NOTE

Navy Lt. Robert J. Gensheimer, son of Kathleen F. and Gregory G. Gensheimer of Bath, recently participated in a change of command on board the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99), Naval Station Mayport, Fla.  More...