February 20, 2014 |
The Maersk Alabama, featured in the movie “Captain Phillips,” has left the Seychelles after authorities completed the investigation into the deaths of two Americans, one of whom was a former Navy SEAL. On Tuesday, two Americans were found dead in a cabin on the ship, berthed in Port of Victoria in the island nation of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Neither officials nor the company have said what happened. “Maersk Alabama was cleared to leave the Seychelles when the authorities completed their onboard investigation,” company spokesman Kevin N. Speers said in an e-mailed statement.
August 9, 1995 |
President Clinton Tuesday lashed out at Republican attempts to reduce environmental regulation and issued an order to partly offset GOP-sponsored legislation that would cut disclosure requirements by polluting industries. In an appearance at Baltimore Harbor, Clinton said he had ordered federal contractors to begin preparing special reports on the presence of toxic chemical emissions in their neighborhoods.
November 8, 1988 |
A third of the probable voters who responded to an opinion survey believe election of Dukakis would weaken national security, while 7% believe that Bush's election would damage the nation's security, results of the poll showed Monday. The survey also indicated that 31% of the sampling believes Bush, as President, would improve national security, while 17% of the group believe Dukakis would do so.
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August 5, 1993 |
This landmark law ensures that people will no longer have to choose between their jobs and their loved ones. It gives workers in firms employing at least 50 persons up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to deal with a serious illness or to care for a new child in the family, without risking their jobs or health insurance coverage. Now, the working woman having a baby can choose to stay home for almost three months to get her newborn off to a sound start in life.
May 3, 2013 |
Cuba's communist leadership was quick to send condolences to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and to reiterate to Washington that it “rejects and condemns unequivocally all acts of terrorism.” Once a key supplier of arms and training to leftist rebels in Latin America, the Castro regime long ago disentangled itself from the Cold War-era confrontations. Havana now hosts peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that it once supported and the U.S.-allied government the insurgents battled for years.
August 7, 2010 |
President Obama reached out Saturday to retired Americans, an important group of voters, touting a report that showed the healthcare overhaul had brightened prospects for the Medicare hospital trust fund. Medicare is the government-administered program that funds healthcare for people aged 65 or older. A government report released Thursday showed the program's trust fund was not projected to exhaust its funds until 2029, 12 years later than forecast last year, as a result of cost cuts stemming from Obama's healthcare reform law. "The steps we took this year to reform the healthcare system have put Medicare on a sounder financial footing," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address.
May 13, 2003
Re "Door Opened for New Era of Nuclear Arms," May 10: A U.S. Senate panel, under Republican control, has approved the development of "a new generation of nuclear weapons." Why do I now feel less secure, especially when these weapons are supposed to buy Americans greater security? Perhaps it is the knowledge that civilizations rise and fall. That over-investment in the military is a sign of a civilization's collapse. And when the American empire falls, what a horrible crash it will make.
March 25, 2008 |
U.S. authorities recovered the remains of two kidnapped American contractors missing for more than a year in Iraq, the FBI said Monday. The dead were identified as Ronald J. Withrow, 40, of Roaring Springs, Texas, and John Roy Young, 45, of Kansas City, Mo. Withrow, a computer specialist employed by JPI Worldwide, a Las Vegas-based technology services firm, was abducted in January 2007 near the southern city of Basra.
November 21, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A House bill to authorize spending on intelligence contains a provision designed to help stem further leaks of classified information by Americans with security clearances. The provision, by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), would require the director of national intelligence to undertake, “on an urgent basis, a study to determine whether our insider threat and security clearance processes are sufficient to detect both those looking to engage in traditional espionage and those seeking to make sensitive information public,” said Meg Fraser, his spokeswoman.
June 2, 2004 |
The main challenge facing Iraq's new leadership was evident here Tuesday. As guests gathered in the heavily fortified American compound to celebrate the newly formed government, a bomb exploded in central Baghdad, killing at least three people and injuring 25. An explosion killed 11 others near Bayji, about 150 miles north of the capital. The interim government faces an array of troubles, but for most Iraqis, security tops the list of problems the new leaders need to fix.