Nation / World

Report finds faults in US housing effort in Haiti

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — An effort by Washington to build housing for Haitians in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake has fallen short and exceeded costs, a U.S. government report said Tuesday. The audit by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Agency for International Development said the project to build 4,000 houses outside Haiti’s capital resulted in the construction of only 816. The U.S. plan also sought to … 0

New York police disband unit that spied on Muslims

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW YORK — A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terror threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been transferred to other duties within the … 0

Detroit makes deal with retired cops, firefighters

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DETROIT — The city of Detroit reached a deal with a group of retired police officers and firefighters that would protect pensions but trim annual cost-of-living payments — the first major agreement with retirees in the bankruptcy case, mediators announced Tuesday. The city retreated from an earlier proposed 6 percent cut in pensions … 0

Fees may be shrinking your 401(k)

Monday, April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON — It’s the silent enemy in our retirement accounts: High fees. And now a new study finds that the typical 401(k) fees — adding up to a modest-sounding 1 percent a year — would erase $70,000 from … 0

Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

Friday, April 11, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest. A state investigation of five small … 0

In rare rebuke, US blocks Iran’s envoy to UN

Friday, April 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a rare diplomatic rebuke, the United States has blocked Iran’s controversial pick for envoy to the United Nations, a move that could stir fresh animosity at a time when Washington and Tehran have been seeking … 0

Australia PM confident sounds are from Flight 370

Friday, April 11, 2014

PERTH, Australia — With the Malaysian jetliner mystery now five weeks old, officials have narrowed the search zone for the missing plane and are “very confident” the underwater signals they have heard are from its black box, Australia’s … 0

New quake shakes Nicaragua Friday

Friday, April 11, 2014

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — A magnitude-6.6 earthquake shook Nicaragua on Friday afternoon, sending people running frightened into the streets less than 24 hours after a magnitude-6.1 quake rattled the Central American country. There were no immediate reports of new … 0

Obama taps budget guru, technocrat for health job

Friday, April 11, 2014

WASHINGTON — Sylvia Mathews Burwell, nominated to run “Obamacare,” would bring a wealth of expertise in economics and government management to one of Washington’s toughest jobs, even though she has little direct experience in the health care industry. … 0

Obama: Right to vote under threat in the US

Friday, April 11, 2014

NEW YORK — In an unsparing critique of Republicans, President Barack Obama on Friday accused the GOP of using voting restrictions to keep voters from the polls and of jeopardizing 50 years of expanded ballot box access for … 0

Dreams dashed in fatal college tour bus crash

Friday, April 11, 2014

ORLAND, Calif. — It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to college, journeying from the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles to a remote redwood campus … 0

Pope takes responsibility for priest sex abuse

Friday, April 11, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Friday he took personal responsibility for the “evil” of priests who raped and molested children, asking forgiveness from victims and saying the church must be even bolder in its efforts to protect … 0

3 things you can do to protect from latest Internet security bug

Friday, April 11, 2014

The “Heartbleed” bug has caused anxiety for people and businesses. Now, it appears that the computer bug is affecting not just websites, but also networking equipment including routers, switches and firewalls. The extent of the damage caused by the Heartbleed is unknown. The security hole exists on a … 0