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 John McCain

McCain's quest to change maritime law could impact Pennsylvania shipping industry

U.S. Sen. John McCain is advocating for changes to the 95-year-old Merchant Marine Act, calling it “an archaic law.”

about 6 hours ago


Obama budget proposal raises discretionary spending above caps

The plan is just the opening salvo in a battle that has become a symbol of congressional dysfunction.

about 6 hours ago


Senate passes Keystone XL in challenge to Obama

The five-year fight over the oil pipeline has become a proxy for far broader fights over climate change, energy and the economy.

about 7 hours ago


Tech advances lower chance that driver will die in car crash

Nine car models had zero deaths per million registered vehicles, according to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

about 6 hours ago


 Rod McKuen

Obituary: Rod McKuen / Critical acclaim eluded prolific poet and lyricist

His work was prized by readers for its gentle accessibility while being condemned by many critics as facile, tepid and aphoristic.

about 7 hours ago


Obituary: Charles H. Townes / Physicist helped develop the laser

Mr. Townes’ invention transformed  modern communications, medicine, astronomy, weapons systems and daily life in homes and workplaces.

about 7 hours ago


Nation briefs: AG nominee advances in Senate

PLUS: Dartmouth liquor ban; Iran sanctions bill; Boy Scouts settle lawsuit; Denver police shooting; another Republican presidential hopeful.

about 6 hours ago


 Loretta Lynch

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch holds her own at Senate hearing

Now serving as a U.S. attorney in New York, she pledged to retain her independence and restore some frayed relations on Capitol Hill.

1 day ago


U.S. Supreme Court delays executions of 3 on Oklahoma’s death row

The executions were stayed amid a challenge over the sedative used in the state’s lethal injection drug protocol.

1 day ago


 President Barack Obama making opening remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Philadelphia.

Obama rouses House Democrats in speech

Obama laid out his opening offer to Congress during remarks in Philadelphia, where House Democrats were gathered for their annual retreat.

about 7 hours ago


People trust science but disagree with scientists, Pew says

A new survey shows scientists and the public are divided over climate change, using animals in research and genetically modified foods

about 6 hours ago


Suits take aim at factory farm air pollution

Federal lawsuits aim to get the EPA to control noxious chemicals and odors produced by factory farms.

1 day ago


 In this November 1989 file photo, Tommy Thompson holds a $50 pioneer gold piece retrieved earlier in 1989 from the wreck of the gold ship Central America. According to the U.S. Marshals Service,  Mr. Thompson, a fugitive treasure hunter wanted for more than two years, was arrested in Florida.

Treasure hunter who found a fortune in gold is captured

A warrant had been issued for Tommy Thompson in 2012, after he failed to show up for a hearing on a lawsuit brought by some of his backers.

1 day ago


National Briefs: Democrats plan strategy for ’16 election cycle

PLUS: New England digs out; D.C. drone flights curbed.

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 Willie Thomas "W.T." Massey, one of the members of a group of black civil rights protesters nicknamed the "Friendship Nine," reacts during proceedings today in a Rock Hill, S.C., courthouse in which the nine had their convictions from a 1961 sit-in erased

Famed S. Carolina protesters cleared of 1961 civil rights sit-in crimes

The eight college students and one civil rights organizer were convicted 54 years ago of trespassing and protesting at a variety store.

1 day ago


 Placards promoting Philadelphia as the host city of the Democratic National Convention in 2016 are distributed while the Democratic National Committee was touring the city in August.

DNC visits Philadelphia as decision on 2016 convention nears

Columbus, Ohio, and New York City’s Brooklyn borough are also in the running to host the 2016 convention.

1 day ago


 Cory Batey

Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

The jury members rejected claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing, and that the college culture should be blamed.

2 days ago


Spy agency employee was flying drone that crashed at White House

President Barack Obama says the incident shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure that commercial and consumer drones are used safely.

2 days ago


 In this Nov. 12, 2014, file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, on a laptop screen is seen in Portland, Ore. Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.

Gov’t says 9.5 million already signed up for 2015 coverage under Obama’s health law

Federal officials’ nationwide health care coverage enrollment targets for 2015 are expected to be surpassed.

2 days ago


 President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd at Boise State University during a visit to Boise last week. He's set to address fellow Democrats this week at a House Democrats' policy retreat in Philadelphia.

Dems' retreat brings Obama, Biden to Philadelphia

The meetings come as House Democrats try to build a new message that can better connect with voters over the next two years.

1 day ago


Obituary / Darrell Winfield: Marlboro Man persona was real for cowboy

He was  one of the most recognizable Marlboro Men who roamed the  western United States in ads for the cigarette brand.

2 days ago


National Briefs: ’61 civil rights arrests in S.C. to be erased

PLUS: Mormon and gay ’fairness’; drug sentences reduced; Facebook service outage.

2 days ago


Obama calls for offshore oil and gas drilling on Atlantic coast

His administration’s politically fraught plan also imposed new restrictions on environmentally fragile waters off northern Alaska.

2 days ago


 Christian Urraca uses a snow blower Tuesday to clear a path outside his house on Burncoat Street as his son, Anthony, 5, follows with a shovel in Worcester, Mass.

Storm pummels New England, but spares New York and New Jersey

While the storm failed to live up to predictions in some areas, eastern Long Island north through Maine were expected to fare the worst.

2 days ago


Travel bans lifted in New York, New Jersey; subways to restart

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey lifted the orders in separate announcements.

2 days ago


Federal debt will explode over next 10 years, CBO says

The budget deficit is projected to reach its lowest level of the Obama presidency, but the improving deficit numbers are temporary.

3 days ago


 Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling leaves the Alexandria Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Monday with his wife, Holly, after being convicted on all nine counts he faced of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter.

Ex-CIA officer found guilty of espionage in news leak

The case revolved around a CIA operation in which a former Russian scientist provided Iran with flawed nuclear component schematics.

3 days ago


Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid

It would tie Medicare fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity.

3 days ago


National Briefs: Christie signals intent with PAC

Plus: Russian spy ring case; Kochs eye $900 million; Surveillance on cars?

3 days ago


 This handout photo provided by the US Secret Service shows the drone that crashed onto the White House grounds   )

Secret Service: Small drone crashes on White House lawn

The crash prompted an immediate lockdown of the White House grounds until officials could examine the drone.

3 days ago


 Crawford Village public housing complex.

Budget cuts put a big hole in housing authority security

Second of two parts. Housing authorities nationally maintain police forces, guard contracts and pacts with police despite budget cuts.

4 days ago


 In this March 4, 2014 file photo, copies of President Barack Obama’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget are set out for distribution on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency, CBO says

CBO says the deficit will be $468 billion for the budget year that ends in September.

3 days ago


 Francisco Mathurine clears snow from the steps in Father Duffy Square in New York today. Officials cautioned Northeast residents to not be misled by a relatively smooth Monday morning commute, and pressed their cautions to prepare for a "crippling and potentially historic" storm.

Monster snowstorm swirling into Northeast

Boston is expected to get 2 to 3 feet of snow, New York 1½ to 2 feet, and Philadelphia more than a foot.

3 days ago


Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

The state’s elected officials oppose the proposal.

4 days ago


Reid’s eye surgery is a crucial moment in a long career

How he responds to the procedure could determine the future of his personal and professional lives.

4 days ago


Koch event draws 2016 hopefuls Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Walker

Some potential presidential candidates were on hand for a panel discussion organized by the powerful conservative donors.

4 days ago


 A man de-ices a plane during a light snow at a gate at LaGuardia Airport in New York today. Airlines canceled thousands of flights into and out of East Coast airports as a major snowstorm packing up to 3 feet of snow barrels down on the region.

Airlines cancel thousands of flights ahead of Northeast snow

JetBlue, whose flights are largely in the Northeast, has already cancelled about a third of its entire schedule.

3 days ago


California Supreme Court’s decision on Scout affiliation renews debate

Impartiality of the state’s judiciary comes under scrutiny.

4 days ago


 John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic, stands in front of the company's Griffin Lander at their headquarters in the Strip District.

CMU-Astrobotic team awarded $1 million in race to the moon

“We’re super excited about that,” Astrobotic CEO John Thornton said. “We were confident going into it. I expected that outcome.”

3 days ago


National briefs: Northeast snowstorm looms

Plus: Boehner sets focuses; Two dead in store shooting; Gas prices due to rise.

4 days ago


 A 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter crashed while conducting training aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. A Marine Corps pilot and Indiana, Pa. native Capt. Elizabeth Kealey died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Marine pilot from Indiana, Pa., dies in helicopter crash

Capt. Elizabeth Kealey was deployed twice with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

4 days ago


As Vatican revisits divorce, faithful long for acceptance

Pope Francis, who will make his first trip to the U.S. as pontiff in September, has acknowledged the concerns of divorced Catholics.

5 days ago


 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Freedom Summit on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at a conservative forum

Former governors Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush were notably absent from the Iowa gathering.

5 days ago


Vanderbilt gang-rape defense points to campus culture

The trial hints at challenge facing colleges as they try to establish campuses where students are safe and everyone understands the rules.

5 days ago


Atlanta airport reopens after no bombs found on threatened planes

The planes were operated by Delta Airlines and Southwest Airlines. The military briefly scrambled war planes into the skies over Georgia.

5 days ago


The Next Page: Price of cyberattacks against America is like paying for 9/11 every year

Cybersecurity expert Christopher Mellon says that unless we do much better at prevention, the worst is yet to come.

5 days ago


National Briefs: Alabama seeks a stay on gay unions

Plus: “American Sniper” threats; militant teen sentenced; e-cigarette air warning.

5 days ago


 Bishop Dorsey McConnell

Episcopal bishop urges action on racial inequality

Bishop McConnell issued “A Pastoral Letter on Race,” decrying racial oppression and suggesting ways to move toward reconciliation.

6 days ago


Supreme Court to hear case on execution drugs

The challenge focuses on Oklahoma, even though the justices declined last week to stop an execution there that used the contested chemicals.

6 days ago


 In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is seen on a laptop screen, shown in Portland, Ore.  The Obama administration is reversing itself after an outcry over consumer privacy on HealthCare.gov, the government’s health insurance website. The Associated Press confirms that the administration made changes to the website to scale back release of consumers’ personal information to private companies that analyze Internet performance and sell ads.

Obama administration scales back release of consumer data from health insurance website

The personal details included age, income, ZIP code, tobacco use and whether a woman is pregnant.

6 days ago



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