February 20, 2015 RSS feed / Nation/World

Los Angeles hospital ‘superbug’ takes its toll on those infected

LOS ANGELES   Among the seven people infected by a “superbug” outbreak tied to medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital is an 18-year-old student who has spent nearly three months in the hospital and is in grave condition, his a More...

Snowden leak: NSA helped British steal cellphone codes

WASHINGTON   Britain’s electronic spying agency, in cooperation with the U.S. More...

To fight extremism, Obama calls on U.S. to embrace its Muslims

WASHINGTON   In the fight against violent extremism, President Barack Obama has argued the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn’t: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants, including Muslims.  More...

More than 100 may have encountered ‘superbug’

LOS ANGELES   UCLA says seven people were infected and nearly 200 exposed to a potentially deadly, drug-resistant “superbug” on contaminated medical instruments — and the bacteria may have contributed to two deaths.  More...

Poll: Most Americans favor a higher minimum wage

WASHINGTON   Most Americans support increasing the minimum wage, as well as requiring employers to provide paid sick leave and parental leave, according to a new Associated Press poll.  More...

Nearly 40% of Wal-Mart’s workers to get pay raises

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains U.S. hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs.  More...

Key issues in states’ immigration lawsuit

WASHINGTON   President Barack Obama’s plan to shield more than 4 million immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation is on hold after a judge temporarily blocked the effort.  More...

Trial set for rabbi accused of running divorce kidnap team

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More police departments choosing restraint over quick interference

DENVER   Denver’s police chief told officers not to intervene, but to stand by and watch, as protesters threw red paint on a memorial for fallen officers during a weekend march against police brutality.  The stand-down order upset som More...

Teens mob Florida mall

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Holder to make case for success of policies for drug sentencing

WASHINGTON   The share of federal drug offenders subject to mandatory minimum sentences that critics call unduly harsh has plunged in the last year, according to figures Attorney General Eric Holder plans to release today in arguing for the succ More...

Many sex offenders killed in Calif. prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif.   Shortly after 2 a.m. on April 6, 2010, a guard at Salinas Valley State Prison noticed Alan Ager's cellmate trying to stuff something under a mattress. More...

Justice department will appeal ruling blocking immigration plan

WASHINGTON   The Justice Department will appeal a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the White House said today.  More...

For show dogs, complex names are all just a part of the game

NEW YORK   His name says it all: Sumluv Robert Deniro Johnson was bred to be a star.  His drama-queen mother is Susan Lucci. His highjumping dad: Magic Johnson. More...

Community turns away teen with troubled past

HARRISON, Mont.   After Spencer Ore was banned from a Montana high school in 2013 for bringing two pistols to campus and was accused of making threats, his parents sought help with the hope that one day he would reintegrate into society.  More...

Kayla Mueller’s boyfriend describes attempt to free her

PHOENIX   Kayla Mueller was in a detention cell in Syria, face to face with her boyfriend who was posing as her husband. More...

‘SNL’ celebrates its big 4-0 with an anniversary special

NEW YORK   With a measure of anniversary hoopla perhaps exceeded only by the nation's bicentennial, "Saturday Night Live" celebrated its 40th season on Sunday with a 3?-hour gala of stars, laughs and memories.  More...

Obama to focus on cybersecurity in the heart of Silicon Valley

SAN FRANCISCO   Responding to unprecedented data breaches and cyberattacks, President Barack Obama is trying to spark alliances between policymakers who want to regulate the online world and tech innovators who traditionally shun Beltway bureauc More...

Police: Actor Emile Hirsch put woman in chokehold at Sundance

SALT LAKE CITY   Actor Emile Hirsch was charged Thursday with assault after police said he put a studio executive in a chokehold and dragged her across a nightclub table while he was in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival.  More...

Death of IS recruiter complicates effort to close Guantanamo

WASHINGTON   During six years behind bars at Guantanamo Bay, Abdul Rauf insisted he was a lowly Taliban foot soldier who delivered bread and tea to combatants, even though he was really a corps commander. More...