One was a fitness enthusiast who helped the wounded after the Boston Marathon bombings and planned to run the race himself this year. The other was a father of three young children who had firefighting in his blood.
James Schlesinger, who served three U.S. presidents, Republican and Democrat alike, in the top posts at the Central Intelligence Agency, Pentagon and Energy Department in the 1970s, died on Thursday at age 85. A serious thinker on national security and an executive determined to get things done, Schlesinger headed the CIA and the Defense Department under Republicans at a time of major change and then, as its first chief, established the Energy Department from scratch under Democrat Jimmy Carter. As defense secretary under Republican Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford from 1973 to 1975, Schlesinger led a buildup in defense to assure the U.S. military's Cold War balance with the Soviet Union and make it "increasingly competitive with potential adversaries." His bluntness, which some said bordered on arrogance, made him some enemies.
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Military judge sentences Ga. soldier to life without parole in 2011 slaying of pregnant wife.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A tiny Renoir painting has returned home to a gallery in the Baltimore Museum of Art nearly 63 years after it was stolen and then kept mysteriously hidden for decades until it resurfaced in 2012.
By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Thursday declared a public health emergency over rising heroin and opioid addiction in the state, and announced measures to make overdose reversal medication more widely available. The move comes as states across America report sharp increases in heroin use, a trend the Obama administration this month called an "urgent public health crisis." "We have an epidemic of opiate abuse in Massachusetts, so we will treat it like the public health crisis it is," Patrick said in a statement. Patrick said his administration would permit first responders to carry and administer overdose reversal medication naloxone, also known as narcan, and will make the drug available in pharmacies for those "who fear a loved one might overdose." He said he would also temporarily prohibit hydrocodone-only formulation pain killers in the state, which he said pose "a significant risk to individuals already addicted to opiates and to the public at large." U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said this month that heroin overdoses had become "an urgent public health crisis," and reiterated the Obama administration's call for more law enforcement to train and equip personnel with naxolone.
DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) — In a story March 19 about mudslides in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously the location of the mudslide. It was northeast of Seattle, not southeast.
A Los Angeles couple was sentenced to three years in jail in Qatar on Thursday for causing the death of their adopted African-born daughter, who was found to have died of starvation, in a case that has raised concern in Washington. Matthew and Grace Huang were arrested in January last year after their 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, died unexpectedly. "We have just been wrongfully convicted and we feel as if we are being kidnapped by the Qatar judicial system," Matthew Huang said. "This verdict is wrong and appears to be nothing more than an effort to save face." A website created to publicize the case ( http://freemattandgrace.com ) said Matthew, a Stanford-trained engineer, had moved to Qatar with his wife and their three young children in 2012 to help oversee a big infrastructure project related to the 2022 soccer World Cup.
An 18-year-old man has become the fourth person to die as a result of a motorist who plowed a car into crowds of people outside the popular South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, two weeks ago, police said on Thursday. DeAndre Tatum "passed away as a result of his injuries," Austin police said on their Twitter feed. Tatum, a Fort Worth, Texas, resident, had been in critical condition at an Austin hospital since the March 13 incident. Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, from Killeen, Texas, has been charged with capital murder for allegedly plowing his car into crowds of people over several hundred yards.
A White House-backed bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans cleared a Republican procedural hurdle on Thursday in the Democratic-led Senate. On a 65-34 vote, the bipartisan measure advanced toward anticipated Senate passage, yet it will likely die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the measure "unworkable," citing concerns by state administrators.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama's heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets.
The first Malaysian artist to win over the US market
By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators seeking to curb frivolous patent litigation plan to add a "loser pays" amendment into a bill that many believe has a good chance of becoming law, a leading lawmaker said on Thursday. The change would require parties that lose lawsuits to cover winners' legal bills, and is expected to deter prolonged, frivolous and vexatious litigation. Such measures have been pushed by big technology companies such as Google Inc and Apple Inc. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a committee meeting on Thursday that he and other senators planned to amend a bill introduced in November to "send a strong signal that patent trolls who pursue lawsuits with no reasonable basis should pay reasonable attorneys fees." Companies that buy up large numbers of patents to extract licensing fees or damages for infringement are often called patent trolls or patent assertion entities by critics. The bill also would require patent holders to disclose ownership and allow manufacturers to step into lawsuits to protect customers accused of using an infringing device.
By David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Federal authorities charged 21 people with running a New Jersey heroin trafficking ring after investigators intercepted phone conversations that used coded language and were made on disposable cellphones. Most of those charged in the drug bust on the Jersey Shore were arrested on Thursday, said U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman, who added that the operation was conducted by the FBI and other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. "This case highlights what has become all too clear: heroin is a serious problem that affects communities across New Jersey," Fishman said in a statement. The ringleaders, based in Asbury Park, New Jersey, were identified as Rufus "E-Money" Young, 41, and Robert "True" Britt, 44.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Responding to an immigrant's cries for help, Border Patrol agents pulled the man from a 40-foot-deep dry water well that he had been forced into by smugglers in the southern Arizona desert near the U.S.-Mexico border.
I figured it might be worth reviewing where Seattle will pick in the 2014 NFL Draft after the revealing this week of the compensatory picks, which changes things just a bit, moving the Seahawks down in a few rounds (the added third round picks means all of the fourth round picks slide down a few, et
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania woman who protested at the White House will get an apology and a family trip to Washington from the U.S. Secret Service to settle a lawsuit that accused the officers of effectively turning her away. Under the settlement approved by a judge on Thursday, two Secret Service officers agreed to write letters of apology to the woman, former police officer Debra Hartley. The Secret Service agreed to provide Hartley, her lawyer, her daughter and two grandchildren a 45-minute meeting with its director, according to the U.S. District Court settlement. Hartley complained the officers kept her from exercising her right to free speech, and the settlement also requires both the officers and Secret Service lawyers to attend an hour-long legal workshop with the American Civil Liberties Union.
The US Air Force sacks nine mid-level nuclear commanders and will discipline dozens in a widening test cheating scandal, officials say.
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