Nation / World

Police officers leave candles at an impromptu memorial near the site where two New York City police officers were killed in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Police say Ismaaiyl Brinsley ambushed officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in their patrol car in broad daylight Saturday, fatally shooting them before killing himself inside a subway station. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Portrait of cops’ killer emerges

Sunday, December 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The gunman who fatally ambushed two police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, authorities said Sunday. Moments before opening fire, Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached people on the street and asked … 0

States trying to lure lawyers into rural practice

Sunday, December 21, 2014

CORSICA, S.D. — By landing a steady job in a hopping metropolis, Jake Fischer achieved the dream of many who finished law school during the Great Recession. Then, he left the big-city life and moved to a small South Dakota town, lured by a program that seeks to boost the number of rural … 0

Of Cuba and Catholicism

Sunday, December 21, 2014

MIAMI — The key role Pope Francis played encouraging talks between Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro left fractures among his flock in South Florida, where many older Roman Catholics equate the Castro brothers with the devil. Many Catholics worldwide have expressed pride in seeing Francis stirring hopes of progress in communist Cuba, … 0

Congress ends federal ban on medical marijuana

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Tucked deep inside the 1,603-page federal spending measure is a provision that effectively ends the federal government’s prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy. The bill’s passage over the weekend marks the first time Congress has approved nationally significant legislation backed … 0

Kingmaker or royal pain?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

By WILLIAM DOUGLAS McClatchy WASHINGTON — As a senator, Jim DeMint sometimes ran afoul of fellow Republicans by personally recruiting, nurturing and supporting his own stable of conservative candidates for Congress. Now, as president of the Heritage Foundation, … 0

Senate approves tough new auto safety chief

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed a new administrator to lead the government’s auto safety agency, which faces complaints that regulators bungled two high-profile recalls involving faulty ignition switches and exploding air bags. Mark Rosekind, 59, a leading expert on human fatigue, was approved by … 0

Obama on Hanukkah says small acts can make miracles

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle. Obama reflected on Hanukkah’s meaning Wednesday during a White House reception marking the second day of the eight-day Jewish holiday also … 0

Pope of diplomacy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

VATICAN CITY — The crucial role played by Pope Francis in bringing Cuba and the United States together signals that history’s first Latin American pope has no qualms about putting the Holy See on the front lines of … 0

Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — Don’t want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will … 0

NYC to try settling suit with Eric Garner’s family

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NEW YORK — New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer will attempt to negotiate a settlement of the $75 million civil rights claim brought forth by Eric Garner’s family. If an agreement is reached, it would avoid what could be a long trial in federal court. And if a … 0

Fla. parole commission gives ‘prison Houdini’ hope

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A man known as a “prison Houdini” might finally see freedom after more than 35 years — this time without an elaborate escape. Florida’s parole commission voted Wednesday to move Mark DeFriest’s potential release date from 2085 to March 2015 in a case his lawyer … 0

NY issues fracking moratorium after health department report

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New York state officials announced on Wednesday a moratorium on fracking, the controversial method of mining for gas and oil, after releasing the results of a yearlong study. The 173-page report, issued by the state Department of Health, found that previous studies on the topic have raised too … 0

Abused kids die as officials fail to protect

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BUTTE, Montana — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while … 0