Nation / World

Supreme Court Challenges North Carolina’s Sex Offender Law

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Washington — A North Carolina program of monitoring sex offenders by GPS needs closer judicial scrutiny, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In an unsigned and unanimous decision that could rattle a number of states, the court rejected North Carolina’s arguments and concluded the ankle-bracelet monitoring program amounts to a search. The decision means convicted felons like Torrey Dale Grady can now challenge the lifelong monitoring. “That conclusion, however, does not …

Deadly Exits Kill Hundreds of Truckers in Highway Rollovers

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Atlanta — It was almost midnight when Walter Price eased his 18-wheeler into the right lane on Interstate 75 near Atlanta. As he began to bank onto the exit ramp he’d been taking for the past 10 years, Price had no idea he was entering America’s most dangerous hot zone for truck drivers. …

UnitedHealth Worried Over Drug Costs

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth, will muscle up for its fight against rising prescription drug costs by spending more than $12 billion to buy pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran Corp. Pharmacy benefits managers, or PBMs, help negotiate the prices that customers pay for prescription drugs. They are seen as a key component in the push to contain soaring costs from specialty drugs, complex …

Two Still Missing After NYC Building Collapse

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New York — Emergency workers continued searching Saturday for at least two people still missing after an apparent gas line explosion leveled three Manhattan apartment buildings while investigators piece together what exactly caused the blast that injured 22. …

Indiana Rally Protests Law

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Indianapolis — Hundreds of people gathered outside of the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, some carrying “no hate in our state” signs, to rally against a new law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law’s …

Roger Mayer, Key Player in Film Preservation, Dies at 88

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Los Angeles — Roger Mayer, a movie executive who became a forceful advocate for film preservation after inspecting storehouses packed with decaying negatives on an MGM lot, has died. He was 88. Mayer, who held top positions at MGM and at Turner Entertainment, had a heart attack Tuesday …

Clinton Deleted All Emails

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Washington — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised a House Select Committee on Friday that she permanently deleted all emails from the private server she used to conduct official business, apparently after she was first asked by the State Department to turn them over, the panel’s chairman …

Doctors’ Notes: Co-Pilot Was Too Sick to Fly

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Montabaur, Germany — One year before he made the cut for Lufthansa’s elite flying school, Andreas Lubitz worked at a Burger King behind a car wash, flipping Whoppers and frying fries and talking to co-workers about his dream. …

Saudis Up Strikes on Shiites

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sanaa, Yemen — Arab leaders vowed Saturday to back the embattled Yemeni president as a Saudi Arabia-led coalition intensified airstrikes on Shiite rebel targets across Yemen, escalating a conflict that many residents fear could lead to a land invasion. The rebels, known as Houthis, pressed on despite the …

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Abuja, Nigeria — Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation’s history. All the Boko Haram attacks took place in northeastern Nigeria, where …

Boko Haram Kills 41 in Nigeria

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Istanbul — In a major setback for Syrian President Bashar Assad, al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria and forces from four other Islamist groups captured the city of Idlib on Saturday. Videos posted on the Internet showed fighters carrying the Nusra Front’s black flag destroying statues and portraits of Assad …

Tempo Picks Up for Downbeat Pianos

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Chicago — After years of decline, the piano industry may be on the upswing. In August, Bob Frazier’s company made a move that many people called crazy: It opened a second piano store. The industry is dying, he …

Frat Learned Chant at National Event

Saturday, March 28, 2015

After investigating a racist chant sung by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers on their way to an SAE Founders Day event, University of Oklahoma officials have concluded that members of the fraternity learned the words at a leadership event hosted by SAE’s national headquarters four years earlier. The …