Cloudy
61°
Cloudy
Hi 73° | Lo 49°

Nation / World

Judge Rules Against D.C. Ban on Guns

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington — A federal judge struck down the nation’s last complete prohibition on carrying guns outside the home, declaring the District of Columbia’s strict handgun ban unconstitutional. The ruling by a federal judge in New York, announced late Saturday, is the latest blow to the decades-long gun law in the nation’s capital, which is plagued by violent crime. In 2008, the Supreme Court struck down the city’s handgun ban, establishing …

Dollar Tree To Acquire Family Dollar

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New York — The fight for penny pinchers is intensifying. Dollar Tree said Monday it is buying rival discounter Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, significantly broadening its reach as it looks to fend off Wal-Mart, which has been increasingly targeting lower-income customers. The deal makes Dollar Tree the biggest player in the dollar store segment, with its more than 13,000 combined locations eclipsing …

‘What Is Coming Will Be Worse’

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gaza City, Gaza Strip — Israel’s prime minister warned Monday that the country faced a prolonged campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as the military urged residents in parts of the embattled territory to evacuate ahead of what appeared to be a broadening of the three-week war. “What is coming will be …

New Fears Rise Over Spread of Ebola

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dakar, Senegal — No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived …

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NYC Shootout Leaves Suspect Dead, 3 Officers Wounded New York (ap) — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a child was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a New York City smoke …

Negotiators Unveil Deal To Fix VA

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington — House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion compromise plan Monday to repair a Department of Veterans Affairs mired in controversy over delayed patient care and agency efforts to conceal the problem. The deal ends weeks …

Trustees: Medicare Finances Improve

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Washington — Improvements in health care costs have extended the life of Medicare’s main trust fund by four years, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees said Monday, a further sign of the positive effect of lower medical inflation. Medicare Part B premiums are expected …

House Votes to Boost Child Tax Credit for Some Families

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income …

Monday, July 28, 2014

Disability Claim System Faulty

Monday, July 28, 2014

Baltimore — The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million to develop a computer system to speed processing of disability claims, but the system still isn’t working after six years, according to a newly released report. An independent analysis commissioned by the agency found that the project …

Taiwan Air Crash Investigation Begins

Monday, July 28, 2014

Xixi, Taiwan — Investigators on Friday were examining wreckage and flight data recorders for clues into a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people. Stormy weather and low visibility are thought to have been factors …

Ukraine, Russia Trade Accusations

Monday, July 28, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine —Russia and Ukraine on Friday traded accusations of cross-border shelling amid rising tensions that threaten to escalate the conflict even further just as Ukrainian forces are making significant advances and forcing separatists to retreat. The situation at the border is growing increasingly volatile, with what U.S. …

Obama Meets With Central American Leaders

Monday, July 28, 2014

Washington — President Obama pushed the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador on Friday to find ways to keep their country’s children from fleeing here illegally and creating a crisis on the southern border. Obama invited the presidents of the three Central American nations to the White …