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News Archive - April 22, 2013

TSA Delays Plans To Allow Knives On Planes

The new regulations were criticized heavily by flight attendants' unions. The TSA said the delay would allow more time for feedback and training.

Reuters Fires Editor Charged In Anonymous Hacking

Matthew Keys said Reuters had fired him in part because he tweeted reports based on dispatch audio during the Boston bombing story.

EU Lifts Most Myanmar Sanctions

In a statement issued in Luxembourg by the bloc's Foreign Affairs Council, the EU said the arms embargo on the country will remain in place. Human Rights Watch criticized the decision to lift sanctions.

D.C. Education Advocates Seek More Funding For Adult Programs

The Office of the State Superintendent for Education wants the District to double its education budget to help the thousands of illiterate adults in the city.

Immigration Overhaul Seems On Track Despite Boston Tragedy

Did the Boston bombings slow or derail efforts to overhaul the nation's immigration system? Early indications are that it's on track.

Voting Open To Name Chesapeake Bay Heron

A nonprofit is asking the public to vote on the name of the heron on the 'Treasure the Chesapeake' license plates.

Half Of Guantanamo Detainees Now On Hunger Strike

The U.S. military announced Sunday that 84 of the 166 prisoners at the camp are on hunger strike; 16 of them are being force fed through tubes.

Former Teacher Charged For Child Porn Detained In Nicaragua

Eric Justin Toth, a former teacher in Washington, took Osama bin Laden's place on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.

Anthony Weiner Makes Twitter Comeback

The disgraced politician who resigned his congressional seat after sending sexual images to female followers on the social networking site — and then lying about it — rejoined Twitter on Monday. His first tweet was a link to a policy paper he authored.

Airport Delays Raise Questions About Controller Furloughs

Some travelers faced delays Monday as furloughs of air traffic controllers began taking effect. Thanks to mandated federal budget cuts, the furloughs can't be avoided, the Federal Aviation Administration says. But critics want the Obama administration to cut some other part of the budget instead.

Arraignment Of Boston Bombing Suspect Start Of Long Legal Path

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was charged today in his hospital room, is eligible for the death penalty.

Canada Charges Two In Plot To Attack Train Line With Al-Qaida's Help

Canadian authorities have disrupted an alleged plot to derail a passenger train line near Toronto, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced Monday. The two accused, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, are charged with "conspiring to murder" in an act linked to a terrorist group. The authorities say the suspects are not connected to last week's attack on the Boston Marathon.

FBI: No Ricin Found At Mississippi Suspect's Home, Car

The 45-year-old Paul Kevin Curtis is better known as an Elvis impersonator. His lawyers said he is being set up by an enemy.

First Brood II Cicadas Arrive In D.C. Region

Some of the first Brood II cicadas to hit the East Coast emerged from the ground this past weekend, says University of Maryland entomologist Michael Raupp.

The Warts That Bind Your Family And Friends

Children who got warts were more likely to have school classmates and relatives with warts. But going swimming, using public showers and going barefoot had little effect on whether a kid had warts or not.

Analysis: Sequester Cuts Bump Into Heightened Security Concerns

Sequester cuts are beginning to manifest all around the D.C. region. Roll Call's David Hawkings explains the concerns on both Capitol Hill and in area airports.

As Injuries Rise, More Calls to Refuse The 'Cinnamon Challenge'

The game, if you want to call it that, involves trying to quickly swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon without the benefit of anything to wash it down. It's practically impossible. Coughing, gagging and choking are typical reactions.

Texas Educator Confirmed As Fairfax Superintendent

Karen Garza, superintendent of a school district in west Texas, is officially the new school superintendent for Fairfax County.

Airline Customers Watch For Delays As Furloughs Hit FAA Workers

Airline passengers are watching for flight delays Monday, the first full day of furloughs for nearly 15,000 flight controllers and other Federal Aviation Administration workers. Before noon Monday, the longest delays were reported at New York-area airports.

A Rand Paul White House Path Complicated By Dad's Legacy

The Kentucky senator says he's "considering" a 2016 run for the White House. Backers tout the built-in support and money networks established during 2008 and 2012 presidential runs by his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul. But others view the dad's libertarian legacy as a decidedly mixed bag.

FAA Furloughs Begin, Delays Expected For Air Travelers

The 15,000 air traffic control employees who manage the skies above the United States are facing furloughs from sequestration, which is expected to impact a good portion of air passengers.

Rescuers Struggling To Reach Areas Of China Hit By Quake

More than 180 people are reported to have been killed by Saturday's strong temblor. Aftershocks and landslides are making difficult to get to the villages and other places in Sichuan province that were hit hard.

Sales Of Existing Homes Slip As Inventories Tighten

The housing sector has been one of the economy's bright spots, and economists expect that to continue. But they also say that until new home construction catches up, the supply of homes for sale will remain tight.

Reese Witherspoon Apologizes For Her Behavior

"Do you know my name?" the actress reportedly asked as an Atlanta police officer was testing her husband's sobriety beside a road. Police say that despite being warned to stay in her vehicle, Witherspoon emerged at least twice. She's charged with disorderly conduct.

Bodies Of First Responders Identified From Texas Explosion

The remains of four more first responders were identified, according to authorities. Eleven of the 14 dead were reportedly volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel.

Top Stories: Boston Bombings; Midwest Floods; Texas Explosion

Also: Five people killed in shooting south of Seattle; Taliban take hostages after helicopter crashes; rescue teams work to reach earthquake victims in China; fliers brace for flight delays due to FAA furloughs.

Midwest's Floods Aren't Over, But So Far, So Good

Sandbags have held back the cresting Mississippi River north of St. Louis. But from the Dakotas and Minnesota on south, there's growing concern about this spring's floods.

Book News: E.L. Konigsburg, 'Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler' Author, Dies

Also: A rare recording of Flannery O'Connor speaking on "The Grotesque in Southern Literature," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg writes a poem; and the best books coming out this week.

Boston Bombings: Monday's Developments

Boston and the rest of Massachusetts will observe a moment of silence Monday afternoon to remember those killed and wounded in the bombings one week ago. Meanwhile, the investigation continues. Surviving suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remains in serious condition at a Boston area hospital.