November 13, 2014 RSS feed / Nation/World

Drones patrol half of Mexico border

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Immigration, Keystone top first day of lame duck

WASHINGTON   A political gambit by an endangered Senate Democrat broke loose long-stalled legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline as the lame-duck Congress returned to a Capitol where results of last week’s GOP blowout ar More...

How health care law affected 4 Americans

CHICAGO   More than 7 million people have signed up for private health insurance under the system introduced last year for those who were uninsured or had policies considered substandard.  What happened to them since has varied greatly.&nbs More...

Startup working to turn hoverboards into reality

LOS GATOS, Calif.   The more your knees quiver, the more the 90 pound board you’re perched on, floating above a pillow of air, seems about to shoot out from under your feet. More...

Hearing on new trial to begin in Chandra Levy case

WASHINGTON   Lawyers for a man convicted of killing Washington intern Chandra Levy are making their pitch to a judge that he deserves a new trial because of what they call problems with a key witness.  More...

Drone sightings near airports up dramatically

WASHINGTON   The government is getting near-daily reports — and sometimes two or three a day — of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associate More...

Ebola workers ask Congress for help

WASHINGTON   Health workers on the front line of the Ebola crisis say the need for urgent help isn’t letting up, as Congress begins considering President Barack Obama’s $6.2 billion emergency aid request to fight the disease.  More...

Nurse healthy as 21-day incubation period ends

FORT KENT   A nurse who said she defied quarantines on behalf of all health care workers returning from battling Ebola in West Africa is free and clear to begin the next chapter of her life.  With the 21-day Ebola incubation period now behi More...

Obama calls for tougher Internet regulation

WASHINGTON   President Barack Obama on Monday embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and th More...

Obama, GOP lawmakers break bread but not ice

WASHINGTON   Disagreement wasn’t supposed to be on the menu at the White House luncheon designed to bring together President Barack Obama and Republicans who will soon control the next Congress. More...

NYC adult home residents asked to repay FEMA aid

NEW YORK   The residents of Belle Harbor Manor spent four miserable months in emergency shelters after Superstorm Sandy’s floodwaters surged through their assisted-living center on New York City’s Rockaway peninsula.  More...

Feds struggle to combat cyberattacks

A $10 billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and cont More...

Americans held in North Korea back home

WASHINGTON   Two Americans held by North Korea were on their way home Saturday after their release was secured through a secret mission by the top U.S. intelligence official to the reclusive Communist country.  More...

Liberia village becomes new Ebola epicenter

JENE-WONDE, Liberia   The community of Jene- Wonde in Grand Cape Mount County near the border with Sierra Leone has become a new epicenter for the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia, which is also hitting Sierra Leone and Guinea.  More...

Leaders of China, Japan briefly meet to thaw ties

BEIJING   Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took a tentative step toward easing more than two years of high tensions over contested islands and wartime history today with an unsmiling handshake and a short meeti More...

Joy, dismay as 2 sides assess gay-marriage ruling

One side was euphoric, the other dismayed, but both foes and supporters of samesex marriage swiftly turned their attention to the U.S. More...

Obama, GOP leaders test their will for compromise

WASHINGTON   It’s Washington’s billiondollar question: whether President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans can really make nice and forestall ever-greater dysfunction in a new era of divided government. More...

FBI: Agent impersonated AP reporter during investigation

SEATTLE   FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility.  More...

Taking credit for killing bin Laden sparks debate

WASHINGTON   Some special operations service members and veterans are unhappy that one of their own has taken credit publicly for killing Osama bin Laden. More...

Intense storm headed to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska   An explosive storm surpassing the intensity of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy is expected to reach Alaska’s western Aleutian Islands over the weekend and bring unseasonably frigid temperatures to much of the U.S. More...