Gerhard Lueck, CEO of ViennaFlight, shows the door locking system of an Airbus A320 inside a flight simulator in Vienna.

Plane cockpit constantly vulnerable to threats, experts say

Investigators of the Germanwings crash that killed 150 believe a rogue co-pilot locked out his colleague.

about 4 hours ago

U.S. House okays bipartisan bill to fix Medicare doctor payments

The measure spares doctors a 21 percent pay cut if it passes a Senate vote. The bill requires high-income earners to pay higher premiums.

about 4 hours ago

VA exec who earned bonuses despite billions in cost overruns ‘steps down’ but still gets pension

Glenn Haggstrom was the principal executive director of the Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction.

about 4 hours ago

Indiana declares health emergency to fight HIV outbreak

The governor agreed to allow a needle exchange in an effort to curb the outbreak, which has resulted in at least 70 cases.

about 4 hours ago

Report: DEA agents had ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes hired by cartels

The report does not specify the country where the parties occurred, but an official familiar with the matter identified it as Colombia.

about 4 hours ago

Swarthmore group breaks from Hillel

Hillel has attempted to stop local chapters from hosting events that involve speakers or groups deemed to be anti-Israel.

about 4 hours ago

Government aims to protect low-income users of ‘payday’ loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules Thursday to protect Americans from stumbling into what it calls a “debt trap.”

about 4 hours ago

National Briefs: At least 19 injured in NYC explosion, fire

Plus: Conservative budget OK’d; Indiana religious freedom bill; Illinois guardsman charged; and more.

about 4 hours ago

U.S. House Republican budget plan crosses finish line, barely

Republicans narrowly approved a budget with $5.5 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years, increasing defense spending.

1 day ago

Supreme Court appears split on EPA toxic-emissions plan

The outcome to a challenge to President Obama’s mercury pollution abatement rule may hinge on when the EPA considered the costs.

1 day ago

Army regrets its treatment of troops exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq

A top Army official on Wednesday announced new medical support to those exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq and apologized for prior

1 day ago

 Smoke rises from a burning building after an explosion on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City.  The seven alarm fire drew firefighters from across the city. A number of injuries have been reported.

New York fire, building collapse injure 12; gas blast blamed

The residential apartment building is on Second Avenue and East 7th Street.

about 7 hours ago

 FILE- In this June 22, 2013 file photo, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's parents Jani Bergdahl, center left, and her husband, Bob, walk during a "Bring Bowe Back" celebration held to honor Sgt. Bergdahl in Hailey, Idaho. A U.S. official says Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years, will be court martialed on charges of desertion and avoiding military service. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Taliban captive Bergdahl charged with deserting post

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and faces a possible life term.

1 day ago

Pope Francis to visit Obama at White House Sept 23

The White House said Obama and the Pope plan to discuss “caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity for all.”

about 15 hours ago

National Briefs: Civil rights-era kin mark milestone

Plus: FBI intel criticized; Obamacare anniversary; North Dakota oil slump; homeopathic labeling.

1 day ago

Report calls for improvements at FBI to combat terror

'The threats are not just knocking on the door. They’re in the room,” said former Rep. Timothy Roemer.

1 day ago

Homeland Security No. 2 accused of improper influence

The Homeland Security Department’s top deputy is accused of helping foreign investors get U.S. visas in cases involving prominent Democrats.

2 days ago

Fraternities lobby against campus rape investigations

College Greek-life organizations are pushing Congress to make it harder for universities to investigate rape allegations.

2 days ago

Congress considers privatizing U.S. air traffic control system

But just how long the 6,000 people who get the jobs can expect to work for the federal government is unclear.

2 days ago

 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California looks over her prepared remarks before speaking at an event to commemorate the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama signing into law the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

In rare deal, Boehner, Pelosi tout wins for seniors, doctors

An extraordinary bipartisan accord is letting both parties move toward ending permanently the annual threat of Medicare cuts to physicians.

2 days ago

National Briefs: California anti-gay initiative proposed

Plus: Secret Service scolded; message strategist; bodies found in freezer; and more.

2 days ago

 Barry Himes and Jacqueline McCann

Investigation into fatal S.C. crash that killed Johnstown couple underway

Barry Himes, 52, and Jacqueline McCann, 51, both of Johnstown, were killed in multi-vehicle accident.

2 days ago

 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, greets a supporter as he stands on stage Friday inside the Vine Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., with one of his daughters after delivering remarks announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination to run for president.

Cruz seeks to enlist Christians for 2016 bid

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday at Liberty University.

3 days ago

Oil drillers in U.S. get smarter as prices fall

U.S. drillers are employing new and high-tech gear to cut costs and stay competitive with global oil producers.

3 days ago

Feds’ report raps trigger-happy cops in Philadelphia

The U.S. Justice Department has faulted Philadelphia’s police for inadequate training and a secret shooting-review process,

3 days ago

National Briefs: Justices let Wis. voter ID law stand

Plus: Confederate flag case; no bail for Durst; scaffolding fall kills 3; SeaWorld faces critics; Obamacare, diabetes.

3 days ago

Official: Three dead in scaffolding collapse in Raleigh, N.C.

Emergency officials said movable scaffolding peeled away from an 11-story glass and steel building into a parking lot below.

3 days ago

 Barbara Walsh, center, is comforted by family members Sunday morning during a ceremony commemorating the one-year mark since the landslide in Oso, Wash. Ms. Walsh’s husband, William, was among the 43 victims of the slide.

Scars remain a year after deadly mudslide in Washington state

Even as the land recovers from the Oso mudslide that killed 43, many of those affected say their nerves continue to be jangled.

4 days ago

NYC mourns for 7 children killed in fire

The fire tore through the Orthodox Jewish family’s home just after midnight Saturday when a hot plate left on overnight malfunctioned.

4 days ago

 FILE - This March 22, 2013, file photo, shows exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington. New data show that cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances and prepaid cards when getting tax preparation help. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Americans turn more to refund advances on taxes

New federal data are raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

4 days ago

 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, marks the start of his presidential campaign by giving the convocation address at Liberty University.

Ted Cruz kicks off presidential campaign at Liberty University

Mr. Cruz, a divisive figure in his own party, is not expected to be the sole GOP contender for long.

3 days ago

 Ken Mitchell, the retired superintendent of South Orangetown Central School District in Blauvelt, N.Y., is working to examine the district’s contracts to protect student information.

House bill would limit use of student data

The bill would ban companies that operate school services from using or disclosing students’ personal information to tailor ads to them.

3 days ago

 Barry A. Himes and Jacqueline McCann

Obituary: Barry Himes / Award-winning videographer ‘always had the right shot’

Barry Himes won several national awards in producing and directing long format programs, including a documentary on Haiti.

3 days ago

 The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house is seen on the University of Virginia campus in December.

Police find no evidence of UVA gang rape, culture of sexual violence

A police inquiry into an alleged University of Virginia fraternity house gang rape turned up no evidence of such an attack.

3 days ago

National briefs: Starbucks stops cup campaign

PLUS: Pentagon bill drafted, Interstate crash kills 5, Menendez may be charged.

4 days ago

Cruz first to make formal 2016 bid

The Texas senator, 44, has built a reputation as an unyielding advocate for conservative principles in his two years in the Senate.

4 days ago

Are license plate slogans protected free speech?

The U.S. Supreme Court will tackle the question of whether the driver or the government speaks with a license plate.

5 days ago

 An unidentified detainee stands on a box with a bag on his head and wires attached to him in late 2003 at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad.

Judge orders U.S. to release military detainee abuse photos

The government has long argued that releasing the photographs could incite attacks against U.S. forces and government personnel abroad.

5 days ago

 New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro pauses Saturday while describing the blaze in Brooklyn.

7 siblings in observant Jewish family die in NYC blaze

The fire was the city’s deadliest since March 2007, when a woman and nine children from two families were killed.

5 days ago

National briefs: New Orleans airport attacker dies in custody

Plus: Car-seat recall penalty; execution moratorium; mom held in killing 2 kids.

5 days ago

Congress working to preserve doctors fees under Medicare

The agreement, negotiated by House Republican and Democratic leaders, would repeal a Medicare formula that threatens to cut doctors fees.

5 days ago

Florida town tries to set limits on spring break

Panama City Beach, like previous Florida spring break hot spots Fort Lauderdale and Daytona Beach, is facing a crisis of conscience.

6 days ago

 Otis Byrd

Autopsy of black man found hanging from Mississippi tree may yield clues

FBI Special Agent Don Alway appealed for patience Friday saying 30 federal, state and local agents were working intensively.

6 days ago

Philadelphia chief leads dialogue after shootings

Police here and elsewhere are trying to grapple with years of accumulated mistrust and anger in many poor, minority neighborhoods.

6 days ago

Biogen reports its Alzheimer’s drug sharply slowed cognitive decline

The research revived hopes for an approach to therapy that until now has experienced repeated failures.

6 days ago

National Briefs: House panel seeks Clinton email server

Plus: Ill. congressman investigated; Secret Service gets new deputy director; AFT head to resigns; wrongful conviction; Aaron Schock probe.

6 days ago

 Matthew Yarnell graduated in 1997 from Carnegie Mellon.

Remains of CMU grad, 9/11 victim at World Trade Center, identified

Matthew Yarnell worked on the 97th floor of the south tower as vice president and programmer analyst in technology for Fiduciary Trust Co.

6 days ago

U.Va. arrest raises questions about agency’s powers

A University of Virginia student’s arrest provoked allegations of overreaction and racism.

1 week ago

Head of Cyber Command says U.S. may need to boost offensive cyber powers

The head of the U.S. Cyber Command told Congress he wants to strengthen military cyber-offensive capabilities.

1 week ago

Obama order focuses on cutting federal greenhouse gas emissions

An Obama executive order signed Thursday sets new goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by federal agencies.

1 week ago


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