Rep. Bill Shuster

Legislation tainted by Rep. Bill Shuster's relationship with airline lobbyist, critics say

By night, the House Transportation chairman wined and dined a top airline lobbyist whose employer was a big campaign donor.

about 23 hours ago

 The full space suit of American astronaut Kenneth Bowersox, who returned to Earth in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft after the 2003 space shuttle Columbia disaster grounded the other shuttles

Bonhams sale offers items that have been to the moon and back

The space-collectibles sale includes a strap with moon dust, a spacesuit and a Gemini 4 checklist for the first U.S. space walk.

about 23 hours ago

 Cardinal Francis George on Nov, 17, 2014, at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Obituary: Cardinal Francis George / Key voice in Catholic orthodoxy and former archbishop of Chicago

He played a key role in the church’s response to the clergy sex abuse scandal and led the U.S. bishops’ fight against Obamacare.

1 day ago

BMW recalling 91,800 Mini Coopers to fix air bag problem

The problem affects the 2005 to 2008 models of the Mini Cooper and Cooper S.

about 10 hours ago

 Monica Martinez of San Francisco’s La Cocina sorts meal worms prior to baking them.

Bugs start to crawl into Americans’ diet

An increasing number of “entopreneurs” are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.

about 23 hours ago

 In this photo from 2010, an oil-drenched bird struggles to climb onto a boom out of the waters of Barataria Bay, La., which are filled with oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

There’s more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it’s not as pretty a picture.

about 23 hours ago

 Meredith Barber poses with her daughter Gabrielle Schwager, 10, on Thursday at their home in Penn Valley, Pa.

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

The scattered but growing “opt-out” movement is defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.

about 23 hours ago

GOP hopefuls swarm New Hampshire for first candidate forum

GOP rivals at a party gathering tested out new lines of attack on the overwhelming favorite for the Dem nomination — and on each other.

about 23 hours ago

Constitutional or not? Court weighs Obama’s deportation deferrals

The president’s executive action on immigration seeks to shield up to 5 million people from deportation.

about 23 hours ago

National Briefs: U.S. pushes more oil train inspections

Plus: Boston Marathon bombing case; deputy says he had sufficient training; White House fence jumper; Bloomberg data terminals crash.

about 23 hours ago

 Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Blair, speaks Tuesday at the American Road and Transportation Builders Association's Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In event in Washington.

Rep. Bill Shuster admits to ‘personal relationship’ with lobbyist

The House Transportation chairman acknowledged dating the vice president of government affairs for Airlines for America.

1 day ago

 The Richard family helps Boston Mayor Marty Walsh reveal a banner at the site of one of the two 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, along Boylston Street in Boston Wednesday. The Richards, whose 8-year-old son, Martin, was killed in the attack, and daughter, Jane, was injured, have made a public plea to prosecutors to stop seeking the death penalty for the bomber.

Parents of boy killed in Boston bombing oppose death penalty for Tsarnaev

Martin Richard, who was 8, was with his family cheering on the runners before the bombs went off.

1 day ago

 Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's order, issued Wednesday, calls for a government response by Monday.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito gives Pittsburgh, Erie dioceses birth control opt-out win

The order follows an appeals court ruling that had ruled the government could enforce the mandates in the Roman Catholic dioceses.

about 23 hours ago

Tennessee teenager accused of threatening violence at Pittsburgh's Brashear High School

The teenager, whom the FBI did not identify, is also accused of making threats against schools in Massachusetts and Virginia.

1 day ago

 Beekeepers were called to the scene of a rollover in which a truck hauling hundreds of bee hives spilled honeybees onto a Seattle highway early this morning.

Truck overturns, spills thousands of honeybees onto Seattle highway

The company that owns the insects sent beekeepers to recover as many as possible.

1 day ago

Proposed EPA rule to slow climate change challenged

Federal judicial panel appeared skeptical of the initial challenge to the Obama administration’s effort to forestall climate change.

1 day ago

Congress leaders agree on trade pact

Congressional committee leaders have agreed on a measure to give the president “fast-track” trade promotion authority.

1 day ago

More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week

Despite the increase, other data suggests that the number of laid-off workers applying for benefits is still quite low.

2 days ago

 In this Feb. 19, 2015, frame from a dash cam video provided by the Marana Police Department, a police vehicle nears Mario Valencia in Marana, Ariz.

Video: Arizona officer rams police cruiser into suspect

Dash-cam police video raises an obvious question: Is ramming an armed criminal suspect with a police cruiser an excessive use of force?

2 days ago

 Boston police officer Roy Broussard wipes his eye Wednesday during a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. ET near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street, commemorating the two-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston Marathon celebrated while victims’ memories are honored

Boston remembers its casualties on the second anniversary of a terror bombing.

2 days ago

Type 2 diabetes with depression boosts risk of dementia

A UPMC professor publishes commentary in JAMA Psychiatry study showing that type 2 diabetes and depression raise the risk of dementia.

2 days ago

Report critical of Philadelphia VA office for service delays

The Philadelphia VA manipulated data to conceal problems and caused veterans to wait 10 months to respond to pension inquiries.

2 days ago

 Caretaker Dallas Delgado interacts with a dog at the First Class Pet Lodge in Wausau, Wis. A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends.

Deadly canine flu strikes Ohio, three other Midwestern states

Some veterinarians worry it could easily spread to other areas of the country.

2 days ago

National briefs: FBI hones in on Times Square plot

PLUS: Warren chides banks; Congress eyes trade; Baby food recall.

2 days ago

 Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez stands up after he was sentenced to life in prison today at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass.

Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez found guilty of first-degree murder

Victim Odin Lloyd had been dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. He was shot six times in an industrial park near Hernandez’s home.

3 days ago

 Trudy Cohn, an AARP volunteer, works Tuesday with Carranza Knight of Penn Hills to complete his tax return at the Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill.

Feeling stressed on tax day? Experts say it's unavoidable for late filers

A recent study found that tax day saw a 6 percent increase in fatal car accidents, possibly linked to the stress of the impending deadline.

3 days ago

 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives Tuesday for a roundtable with educators and students at the Kirkwood Community College's Jones County Regional Center in Monticello, Iowa.

After 3rd-place finish in 2008 caucus, Clinton seeks redemption in Iowa

Hillary Rodham Clinton returned to the campaign trail Tuesday with a small-scale pitch to focus on the needs of the middle class.

3 days ago

Nine Atlanta educators in test-cheating case sentenced to prison

The case has drawn widespread attention as the nation debates the amount and importance of standardized testing.

3 days ago

 In this frame from video, workers walk with a Menzies Aviation cargo worker after the worker was removed from the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines passenger airplane on Monday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.

Expert: Tale of worker asleep in cargo hold is a warning

Safety experts say the crew should not have closed the cargo doors of Flight 448 until they had accounted for the missing worker.

3 days ago

Leaders push Medicare bill toward final congressional approval

It was a rare bipartisan push to erase an irritant that has dogged lawmakers for years.

3 days ago

National Briefs: Retirement savings rules unveiled

Plus: Deputy turns self in; SpaceX fails again; high winds wreak havoc; and more.

3 days ago

 Hillary Rodham Clinton

On the campaigning trail, Clinton makes an Ohio stop

Hillary Rodham Clinton stopped for lunch Monday in Toledo, Ohio, en route to Iowa.

4 days ago

 Grave markers for the unknown seamen killed on the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Government to allow disinterment of USS Oklahoma unknown sailors

The Pentagon will allow the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to exhume remains of USS Oklahoma sailors who died at Pearl Harbor.

3 days ago

Biden lays out differences in partisan tax policies

The vice president is positioning himself at the center of tax policy negotiations as he ponders a run for the White House,

4 days ago

 Kenneth Morgan Stancil III is seen in a booking photo taken at the Volusia County, Fla., Department of Corrections. Stancil, 20, is charged with the shooting death of the print shop director at Wayne County Community College in North Carolina Monday.

Suspect arrested in North Carolina college shooting death

Kenneth Morgan Stencil III is accused of shooting and killing Ron Lane in a building at Wayne County Community College Monday morning.

4 days ago

 Eric Harris

Oklahoma deputy charged in suspect’s shooting death

Officials accused the volunteer of negligence in the death of an unarmed suspect who had been shot with a gun instead of a Taser.

4 days ago

 Family members, friends and supporters of four former Blackwater security guards follow Steptoe & Johnson attorney Brian Heberlig, center, representing Paul Slough of Keller, Texas, as they depart the Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

Ex-Blackwater guards sentenced to prison in 2007 killings of Iraqi civilians

The shooting in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square left 17 people dead and was a gruesome nadir in the war in Iraq.

4 days ago

New regulation aims to prevent explosions at offshore rigs

The announcement comes as the Obama administration is taking steps to open up new areas of U.S. waters off the Atlantic Coast to drilling.

4 days ago

National Briefs: Jodi Arias sentenced to life in prison

Plus: Manhunt underway; tot shoots dead 1-year-old; executions suspended; ex-egg execs sentenced; and more.

4 days ago

 U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., today launches his presidential campaign. Mr. Rubio, 43, told his most generous backers that he feels “uniquely qualified” to pitch his Republican Party as one that will defend the American Dream.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio says he's running for president in 2016

The first-term Republican from Florida told his biggest backers today that he sees the campaign as a choice between the past and the future.

4 days ago

 Mayor Keith Summey of North Charleston, S.C., right, speaks Sunday with attendees from a memorial service for Walter Scott while visiting the site where Mr. Scott was killed by a North Charleston police officer. Mr. Scott was shot and killed on April 4 by then-Officer Michael Slager, who now faces murder charges.

Few prosecutions among thousands of fatal shootings by on-duty police

In an overwhelming majority of the cases where an officer was charged, the person killed was unarmed. But it usually took more than that.

5 days ago

Students suspended after charges in beach sex assault

Authorities discovered a cell phone video that allegedly shows a sex assault while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches.

6 days ago

 Paul Slough

Emails show discord between FBI and Justice Dept. over Blackwater case

The FBI agents leading the probe became convinced political appointees in the Justice Department were intentionally undermining the case.

6 days ago

Striking refinery workers to vote on last, best, final offer

More than 400 workers represented by the United Steelworkers union are scheduled to vote on their employer’s offer today and Tuesday.

5 days ago

National briefs: Rapper Nelly arrested on drug charges

PLUS: New ’Face the Nation’ host; Woman abandoned son; U.S. airlines get low marks; Website hacked

5 days ago

 Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks at a hearing on net neutrality Feb. 26 in Washington.

Broadband trade group files challenge to FCC net neutrality

The rules, officially published today, take effect 60 days after their publication in the Federal Register.

5 days ago

Official: One dead in shooting at N.C. community college

The Goldsboro, N.C., campus was on lockdown as authorities searched for the shooter.

5 days ago

Ohio zoo: Mom who dangled toddler over cheetah pit may face charges

The toddler's parents jumped in and pulled him to safety Saturday afternoon.

5 days ago

 The March 7, 2014, photo shows an Airbus A320 of German airline Germanwings as it lands at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany. A Germanwings passenger jet carrying 148 people crashed in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Airline pilots today: less glamour, but returning stability

Post-9/11 changes to the industry have cut into salaries and advancement chances.

6 days ago

Calif. looks to Pacific to create drinking water

A $1 billion desalination plant to supply booming San Diego County is under construction here and due to open as early as November.

1 week ago


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