The Senate is expected Thursday to defeat a largely symbolic measure that would exempt employers such as Roman Catholic hospitals, universities and charities from a controversial White House rule requiring free birth control coverage. Debate on the Republican proposal began on Wednesday and both parties seized the opportunity to play to voting constituencies considered crucial in November's election. The Obama policy requires almost all employers who provide health insurance to provide coverage for women's contraceptives without copays or deductibles. ...
President Obama said his formal apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Qurans by U.S. troops last week has "calmed things down" after the incident sparked an outbreak of violence across the country.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Wednesday he opposed Senate Republicans' effort that critics say would limit insurance coverage of birth control, then reversed himself quickly in a second interview saying he misunderstood the question.
Egyptian officials said on Wednesday that a travel ban has been lifted on U.S. pro-democracy workers previously barred from leaving the country, the Associated Press reported. The United States has not yet received formal confirmation of the reported decision, State Department spokesman Mark Toner told Yahoo News Wednesday. But he said "we feel like we [...]
The teenager suspected in an Ohio school shooting struggled with a broken family and did poorly in school, then appeared to turn himself around once he was taken in by grandparents and began to attend an alternative school, longtime neighbors and friends said Wednesday
Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe's decision to retire from the Senate caused a scramble Wednesday among potential Democratic and Republican candidates just two weeks before a deadline to qualify for the June primary ballot.
U.S. readies food aid for North Korea, with conditions Wed,29 Feb 2012 05:16 PM PST Reuters - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As part of its delicate nuclear dance with Pyongyang, the United States on Wednesday unveiled what officials said would be a distinctly new food aid program that would be strictly monitored to ensure the food gets to the isolated country's neediest citizens. U.S. officials said the proposed aid package would total 240,000 metric tones per year, with monthly deliveries of corn-soy blend, vegetable oil and therapeutic foods such as nutritionally enhanced peanut paste intended primarily for young children and pregnant women. ... Full Story
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez broke his silence on Wednesday after surgery in Cuba for a suspected recurrence of cancer to insist he was recovering well and "soaring like the condor". "I send you all my supreme love. We will live and we will recover!" the 57-year-old socialist leader enthused via Twitter from Havana where he was operated on earlier in the week. "Here I go, soaring like the condor. ...
DETROIT -- Rick Santorum is a man who shoots from the hip, and he's proud of it. "I never have to worry about what I say," Santorum told supporters during a campaign stop in Traverse City, Mich., last weekend, "because I will say what's on my heart. I might not say it the most articulate [...]
Judge blocks part of Arizona immigration law Wed,29 Feb 2012 07:01 PM PST Reuters - PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal judge blocked Arizona on Wednesday from enforcing a part of its immigration law that prohibits occupants of vehicles from stopping traffic to pick up day laborers. In a preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled that plaintiffs seeking to overturn the law were "likely to succeed on the merits of their claim" that the rules violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. "Plaintiffs have also shown that they are likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of an injunction ... ... Full Story
Leader of 'Texas 7' prison-break gang put to death Wed,29 Feb 2012 06:43 PM PST Associated Press - The leader of the fugitive gang known as the "Texas 7" was executed Wednesday for killing a suburban Dallas police officer during a robbery 11 years ago after organizing and pulling off Texas' biggest prison break. Full Story
Grandfather convicted of child abuse over Grand Canyon hike Wed,29 Feb 2012 06:50 PM PST Reuters - PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Indiana man who forced his three young grandsons to take brutal marches through the Grand Canyon during scorching summer heat was convicted of child abuse in federal court on Wednesday, authorities said. Officials at the U.S. District Court in Phoenix said Christopher Alan Carlson, 45, was convicted on three of six felony child abuse charges in connection with one of two tortuous hikes he took last August with the boys, then ages 8, 9 and 12 years old. ... Full Story
A judge on Wednesday blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing U.S. tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages later this year to show the dangers of smoking ...
Colorado undertaker accused of stealing dental gold from corpses Wed,29 Feb 2012 05:08 PM PST Reuters - DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado undertaker is accused of stealing dental gold from corpses and cremated remains at funeral homes where he worked and then pawning the ill-gotten bits of precious metal for nearly $4,300, authorities said on Wednesday. Adrian David Kline, 43, who worked as a contract embalmer at several Denver-area mortuaries, is charged with providing false information to pawnbrokers, according to a 10-count indictment returned last week in Boulder County District Court and released on Wednesday. ... Full Story
Teensy micro-computer goes on sale for $35 Wed,29 Feb 2012 03:31 PM PST Technology News Blog - Sneaking by just in time to make its delayed end of February launch window, the $35 computing wonder known as the Raspberry Pi is on sale at long last. The teensy machines went up for an eBay pre-sale auction for charity in January, … Continue reading →Full Story
Autocorrect error causes school to lock down Wed,29 Feb 2012 03:23 PM PST Technology News Blog - Technological convenience and a safety-first mindset came together to create a strange scene at a Georgia high school on Wednesday, when a misspelled word led to a full lockdown and police investigation. West Hall high school was on full alert for … Continue reading →Full Story
NYC opens full-service LGBT senior center Wed,29 Feb 2012 04:33 PM PST Associated Press - New York is opening what the city's officials are billing as the nation's first full-service center for seniors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Full Story
The iceman gets his genome mapped Wed,29 Feb 2012 02:43 PM PST The Upshot - Talk about a cold case: the corpse of the world's oldest murder victim, "Oetzi the Iceman," has undergone the ultimate investigation: a mapping of his complete genome. The findings were published in the science journal Nature Communications. Here's what we now know: As reported by the BBC, the 5,300-year-old body, which was discovered frozen in [...] Full Story