February 7, 2014 RSS feed / Nation/World

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According to the Department of Defense, there were no U.S. military casualties reported between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.   More...

US employers add 113K jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring was surprisingly weak in January for the second straight month, likely renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year.  More...

Committee approves civil rights nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has narrowly approved the nomination of a longtime legal advocate for liberal causes to run the civil rights division at the Justice Department.  The vote Thursday in the Democratic-controll More...

Storm puts thousands in the dark

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dave Dixon and his wife are bunking with friends after losing power in a snow-andice storm that caused more than a million U.S. outages — the vast majority of them in a single state, Pennsylvania.  More...

Lone road to Alaska town finally reopens

VALDEZ, Alaska (AP) — Two weeks after cascades of snow prevented vehicles from getting into this city at the end of the trans-Alaska pipeline, the only road to Valdez has reopened.  Crews finished clearing away the remaining avalanche debr More...

Memories of the Beatles’ TV debut

It was 50 years ago today (almost) that this moptopped band began to play (in America).  The Beatles made their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” America’s must-see weekly variety show, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964. More...

Broadway mourns Hoffman as three face drug charges

NEW YORK (AP) — While three of four people arrested amid the investigation of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death were arraigned on drug charges, the New York theater community mourned the actor with a dimming of Broadway’s marquee light More...

U.S. warns of explosives inside toothpaste tubes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is warning airlines flying to Russia that terrorists may try to smuggle explosives on board hidden in toothpaste tubes.  More...

CVS to phase out tobacco

CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care.  More...

Exam-cheating scandal hits Navy

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a new twist to a widening tale of ethical lapses in the military, the Navy is investigating cheating allegations against about one-fifth of its trainers at a school for naval nuclear power reactor operators.  More...

‘Little House’ star Richard Bull dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Bull, who played shopkeeper and put-upon spouse Nels Oleson on TV’s “Little House on the Prairie,” has died. He was 89.  More...

Police: No additive in Hoffman’s heroin

NEW YORK (AP) — Heroin recovered at Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment after he was found there dead with a syringe in his arm has tested negative for the powerful additive fentanyl, a police official said Tuesday.&nbs More...

Feds to make decision on car-to-car communications

WASHINGTON   Federal officials are planning to announce Monday whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. More...

Guards, electric fences didn’t stop prison break

IONIA, MICH.   A convicted killer who authorities say managed to evade guards and peel through two electrically charged fences to escape a Michigan prison was tripped up by transportation issues once on the outside.  More...

Lawmakers seek in-state tuition rates for veterans

WASHINGTON   The House overwhelmingly passed legislation Monday that would require public universities around the country to charge veterans in-state tuition rates or face financial penalty.  Congress intended for veterans from the Iraq and More...

Report: US troop morale higher in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON   U.S. soldiers had higher morale and suffered fewer mental health problems in Afghanistan last year as they handed off more duties to Afghans and saw less combat themselves, according to a report released Monday.  More...

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment

NEW YORK   Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won the Oscar for his portrayal of writer Truman Capote and created a gallery of slackers, charlatans and other characters so vivid that he was regarded as one of the world’s finest actors, was found More...

Republicans blame Obama for stalling immigration overhaul

WASHINGTON   Republicans are starting to lay the blame on President Barack Obama if an overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system fails to become law.  More...

Bruno Mars and Chili Peppers deliver red hot Super Bowl set

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.   Anybody worried about how Bruno Mars would do on one of the world’s largest stages had obviously never seen the young star perform live. More...

Woody Allen’s allies doubt abuse claims

NEW YORK ( AP) — Some of Woody Allen’s close allies have come to his defense, casting doubt on renewed accusations by Dylan Farrow that she was sexually assaulted by her then adoptive father when she was 7.  More...