December 20, 2013 RSS feed / Nation/World

Darden looks to spin off or sell Red Lobster

NEW YORK (AP) — Darden Restaurants wants to set Red Lobster adrift.   The company said Thursday that it is looking to either spin off or sell Red Lobster as part of its plan to boost value for its shareholders. More...

Yes or no? Save island’s wolves

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — For visitors to Isle Royale National Park, nothing beats the spine-tingling thrill of a wolf ’s howl piercing an otherwise silent night — or a glimpse of the wily beast slipping across a forest path. More...

‘Duck Dynasty’ patriarch ousted after gay remarks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson — suspended from the series indefinitely after making disparaging remarks about gays — is getting some support from key followers.   More...

King: Restore cut military benefits by closing tax loopholes

WASHINGTON   U.S. Sen. Angus King, IMaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, this week announced his support for legislation authored by U.S. Sen. More...

Coast Guard readies icebreaking efforts

BOSTON   The U.S. Coast Guard said its winter icebreaking season has officially kicked off in the Northeast, starting Dec. More...

IN MEMORIAM

James L. Smith — It was determined on Tuesday, Dec. 17, that Petty Officer 1st Class James L. Smith of Huffman, Texas, died Dec. 11, in Landstuhl, Germany. More...

Helicopter crash kills 6 American solidiers

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Six American soldiers died Tuesday when their helicopter crashed in a remote area of southern Afghanistan, in the single largest loss of life for foreign troops in nearly six months, international coalition officials s More...

Congress sends defense bill to Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The women of the Senate who led the fight to change how the military deals with sexual assault in its ranks are hailing the passage of a comprehensive defense bill that includes some of those changes.   More...

Spy panel wants board replaced

WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, two review panels given nearly similar assignments by President Barack Obama have been studying how the White House should change or limit the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. More...

White House greets budget deal with caution, hope

WASHINGTON   There were no champagne corks popping at the White House after Congress passed a two-year budget deal, no declarations of a new era of cooperation in President Barack Obama’s second term.  More...

Target: 40M card accounts may have been breached

MINNEAPOLIS   Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear.  The chain said that customers who made purchas More...

Employer groups oppose pension fees in new budget deal

WASHINGTON   Employers that still offer workers traditional pension plans are in line for hefty insurance premium increases under the budget agreement struck in Congress, the second time in two years that lawmakers have turned to them to help fi More...

President, first lady meet with moms on health care

WASHINGTON   President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are meeting with mothers in the Oval Office to promote the president’s health care law.  More...

N.H. man to be sentenced for fatally shooting wife

NEWPORT, N.H.   A New Hampshire man who shot his wife to death in a jealous rage as their young son slept nearby will argue for less than the maximum life sentence prosecutors want.  James Perriello is scheduled to be sentenced today. More...

2 winners in $636M Mega Millions drawing

DES MOINES, IOWA   The two winning Mega Millions tickets were sold in California and Georgia, lottery officials said today.  The $636 million jackpot was the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.  More...

Survey finds teens using synthetic drugs less often

WASHINGTON   Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government’s annual survey on drug use.  More...

Gunman kills himself, 1 other at Reno hospital

RENO   Some fled in panic as gunshots echoed through a sprawling Reno hospital complex while others locked themselves in medical offices as dozens of police cars and SWAT teams sealed off a three-block area and heavily armed officers began a ner More...

Budget deal splits Republican leaders in House, Senate

WASHINGTON   Senate Republican leaders are criticizing a bipartisan budget deal, parting ways with their House counterparts who shepherded the measure through that chamber last week.  More...

Colorado gov. visits victim of school shooting

CENTENNIAL, COLO.   Colorado’s governor has asked the nation for prayers for the 17-year-old girl who was critically wounded by a classmate at her suburban Denver high school.  More...

CIA ‘misled Congress’ on missing American

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. More...