News Archive - September 25, 2012

Analysis: Renewing The Push To Release Maryland Resident Allen Gross From Cuban Prison

Maryland resident Allen Gross remains in a Cuban jail for allegedly bringing restricted communications equipment into the country. Senator Ben Cardin is leading a renewed push to see him freed.

Virginia Senate Candidates Clash On Sequestration

George Allen and Tim Kaine debate.

Sequestration could have disastrous consequences for Virginia's economy, so naturally, George Allen and Tim Kaine oppose it. Where the Senate candidates differ is on how to approach a budget deal.

PreCheck Program Speeds Up Security At Dulles

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Frequent fliers can now submit to screenings well in advance of their flights, allowing them to use new dedicated security lines at airports like Dulles, skipping length waits altogether.

Mayor Gray Says Inauguration A Platform For D.C. Autonomy

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said Tuesday that city leaders plan to use next year's inauguration ceremony as an opportunity to spread the call for autonomy in the District to a nationwide audience.

AP Test Participation, Passing Rate Up In DCPS

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The number of students in D.C. Public Schools taking and passing Advanced Placement courses for college credit is on the rise, due in part to a push to require schools to offer more of the classes.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Intercede In Texas Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court will not halt the execution of Texas death row inmate Cleve Foster, something it has previously done. Foster, 48, has insisted that he is innocent in the 2002 shooting death of Nyaneur Pal, 30.

Obama Talks Of Slavery, Romney Of Freedom At Clinton Global Initiative

President Obama and Mitt Romney took very different approaches in their speeches at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York. Obama focused on the scourge of human trafficking, while Romney proposed tying U.S. foreign aid to job creation and economic reforms in recipient nations.

Drinking (Coffee) On The Job: Restaurant Workers, Women Lead The Way

Cooks and servers, scientists and sales reps — those are some of the workers who say they perform better after drinking coffee. People who work as nurses, journalists, and teachers also say they're more effective if they have coffee, in a survey from Dunkin Donuts and CareerBuilder.

Prince George's Delegate Has Law License Suspended

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A Prince George's County delegate has had her law license suspended indefinitely after allegedly violating a professional code of conduct and being found guilty of misconduct in her office as a lawmaker.

Mini-Counseling Sessions Can Curb Problem Drinking

Patients who had multiple counseling sessions lasting 10 to 15 minutes were 12 percent more likely to quit binge drinking a year later, says a federal task force. Those benefits are enough to justify primary care doctors screening all adult patients for signs of problem drinking and providing counseling, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says.

Meadmaker Bottles A Taste Of Maine With Roots In South Africa

A new generation of meadmakers are producing a drier, more drinkable product than old-style meads. Companies like Maine Mead Works are also tapping mead's potential to make creative use of local ingredients, like berries and lavender.

Korean Eunuchs Lived Long And Prospered

Korean researchers have found that eunuchs who worked for kings in ancient royal courts lived longer, on average, than other males who were in the inner circle. The provocative findings fit with other work that has shown an inverse link between longevity and reproduction: the greater the fertility, the shorter the life span.

Sorry Ma'am: BBC Apologizes To Queen Over Terrorism Disclosure

The BBC has issued an apology for revealing details of a private conversation one of its reporters had with Queen Elizabeth II in which she expressed concern over why it was so difficult to arrest Abu Hamza al-Masri. The British radical Muslim cleric just lost his fight against extradition to the U.S., where he faces terrorism charges.

Who Killed Messy Mya? High-Profile New Orleans Murder Trial Halted

The victim, killed in 2012, was a local celebrity of sorts in New Orleans. But the trial of his accused killer was stopped after a court employee spoke up to say there was a video of the murder. But where is that video? No one knows yet.

Two Plans For Fixing The Economy, But Few Details

Neither President Obama nor Republican challenger Mitt Romney has offered many specifics on how to fix the economy. But economists say that, based on what we do know, the candidates offer very different visions for spurring growth.

Council Of Governments Hosts Conference On Gangs

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Police officers, gang experts and othes from around the D.C. area meet this week in Silver Spring to discuss how to tackle gang violence in the region, which does not obey state boundaries.

Obama Focuses On 'Outrage Of Human Trafficking'

It must be called by its true name, Obama says: "modern slavery." He's announcing several new initiatives aimed at battling it.

Court Rules For D.C. In Online Travel Sites Case

A court has ruled in favor of the District in its fight with online travel companies over hotel room taxes. The companies are required to pay the 14.5 percent hospitality tax on the full retail price of the room, a court ruled. 

Ballot Finalized For General Election In Virginia

Virginia has finalized its ballot entries for the general election, and there will be three other candidates for president challenging President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Cartoonists Weigh In On The Cartoon Controversy

They support the right of a French magazine to publish cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. But they say cartoonists must consider the possible consequences in a highly charged climate.

Peanut Butter Recall Widens To Other Nut Butters After Salmonella Outbreak

Twenty-nine people in about 18 states have reported becoming sick from a rare strain of Salmonella associated with the peanut butter so far. Peanut butter supplier Sunland, Inc.'s expanded recall is a reminder that our food system depends on just a handful of companies.

Insurance Picks At Work Will Cost You More

Health premiums are going up for 2013, though not quite as much as in 2012. Even so, the tab will likely be bigger for most people who get health coverage at work. Employers are asking workers to shoulder a bigger portion of the costs.

Montgomery Voters Will Decide On Police Bargaining Initiative

Among the many statewide initiatives Mongtomery County voters will have on their ballots in November, there will also be one county referendum dealing with how Montgomery County negotiates with the local police union.

Obama: Those Like Slain U.S. Ambassador Must Determine World's Future

President Obama this morning addressed the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly. His message: slain Ambassador Chris Stevens and others who build bridges, "not his killers," are the hope for the future.

Romney Touts 'Prosperity Pacts' To Help Middle East, Developing Nations

Helping people in the Middle East and elsewhere to find work "transforms minds from fantasy and fanaticism to reality and grounding," the GOP presidential nominee said.

More Positive News On Housing: Prices Rose For Third Straight Month

"We are more optimistic about housing," says economist David Blitzer, who directs the S&P/Case-Shiller survey.

Top Stories: Suffering In Syria; Foxconn Factory Back On Line

Also: Obama to warn Iran; China launches first aircraft carrier; controversial call adds to outrage over NFL's replacement referees.

Syria's Children Are Victims Of 'Appalling' Violence, Report Says

Thousands have been killed and many more have been tortured, traumatized and forced to flee their homes, Save the Children says.

A Political Litmus Test, In 6 Jokes

Could humor be the key to bridging a divided nation? Read these relatively nonpolitical jokes told by six very politically outspoken comedians, and tell us which ones you think are funny. We'll try to determine if that says something about your political leanings.

Obama To Tell Iran That U.S. Will 'Do What We Must' On Nukes

The president addresses the U.N. General Assembly today. He and Republican opponent Mitt Romney will also be speaking to the Clinton Global Initiative.

Obama At The U.N., In Shadow Of Campaign Politics

Campaign politics shadowing every word, President Barack Obama will step before the world and declare that anti-American rage and riots among Muslims abroad will never force the United States to backtrack on diplomacy.