Nation / World

Parents: No Death For Bomber

Friday, April 17, 2015

Days before a jury is scheduled to begin deciding whether to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the parents of the youngest person to die in the Boston Marathon bombing urged federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table. In a front-page essay published Friday in the Boston Globe, Bill and Denise Richard called on prosecutors to drop the death penalty phase of Tsarnaev’s trial and bring the case to …

Republican Presidential Hopefuls Flood New Hampshire

Friday, April 17, 2015

Nashua, n.h. —Just days after Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the race — and days before she heads to New Hampshire herself — more than a dozen Republican presidential hopefuls descended on the first-in-the-nation primary state Friday to jockey for a coveted breakout moment in the battle to take her on. GOP rivals at a party gathering tested out new lines of attack on …

Highway Abuzz With Millions of Bees After Truck Tips

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lynwood, Wash. — A semitruck carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. The truck had just merged onto Interstate 5 around 3:30 a.m. when it tipped on its side, dumping its load of 448 hives, or about 13.7 million bees, Washington State …

Iran, Cuba Breakthroughs Face Scrutiny

Monday, April 13, 2015

Washington — After breakthroughs abroad, President Obama is finding stern challenges at home to his foreign policy, facing hard sells to skeptics over U.S. shifts, first on Iran and now Cuba. Obama returned to Washington early Sunday still basking in the attention from his historic meeting with Cuban …

Many States Consider Slapping Limits on Their Lotteries

Monday, April 13, 2015

Washington — For years, lotteries have been a lucrative enterprise for states, reliably bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars to fund everything from education to environmental preservation to homeless shelters. But now some lawmakers and anti-gambling advocates …

Authorities Probe Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Suspect

Monday, April 13, 2015

Tulsa, Okla — A white reserve deputy accidentally shot an unarmed black man with a gun instead of a stun gun, and Oklahoma law enforcement officials berated the man as he lay dying on the ground, according to body-camera footage released this weekend. “Oh, God. Oh, he shot …

Mother Left Disabled Son in Penn. Woods

Monday, April 13, 2015

Philadelphia — An arrest warrant has been issued for the mother of a severely disabled man left in the woods for several days near a Philadelphia park, authorities said. Nyia Parler left her 21-year-old son — who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy — lying in leaves and …

Ben Gibbard’s New Sound

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ben Gibbard never thought he’d find himself where he did at the end of 2012. The boyish frontman of Seattle’s Death Cab for Cutie had spent the previous decade and a half establishing a reputation as one of …

Clean Reader App Fails, Dirty Literature Prevails

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I was almost sorry to see the developers of the Clean Reader app — which would have allowed squeamish or morally didactic readers to remove profanity from books — take “immediate action to remove all books from our catalogue” in March, in response to authors outraged about their …

Miss Manners: Tearing Meat With Your Hands Is Not a Good Idea

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dear Miss Manners: My 19-year-old stepdaughter has been invited to a formal dinner dance and asked me to teach her etiquette, so I planned a family dinner using all my fine china, silver, crystal, etc. It was a good opportunity to give some pointers that the children weren’t …

To Your Good Health: The Causes of Vocal Changes Are Many and Varied

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Over the past year, my voice has become hoarse or raspy. I find that I often have to clear my throat while speaking. I’ve had a stomach endoscopy and a colonoscopy done, the results of which were noted as “normal.” Nothing has changed in my …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 12-18

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Don’t Miss Game of Thrones — The bloody power plays resume as George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy returns for what should be a raucous fifth season. In the opener, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) adjust to life without their father, while the new boy king, …

Smaller Banks Lending Again

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Washington — Smaller banks have sharply stepped up lending for commercial real estate development and business expansion, an important sign that the economy is shedding the last vestiges of the Great Recession. These loans underwritten by smaller banks — regional banks with assets below $50 billion and community …