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August 7, 2013 | Times Wire Reports
John Palmer, 77, a veteran reporter for NBC News who covered wars and Washington during a career that spanned 40 years, died Saturday at George Washington University Hospital of pulmonary fibrosis, according to his wife, Nancy. Palmer worked for NBC from 1962 to 1990, then returned to the network from 1994 until 2002. He became a familiar face to viewers of the "Today" show during much of the 1980s, delivering the news in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner at a time when the program often led in the ratings.
August 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
After the Civil Wars broke out with their 2011 debut, Joy Williams and John Paul White repeatedly insisted that the lovelorn lyrics on "Barton Hollow" weren't about them. Each was happily married to another person, they said; the intense romantic bond they conjured onstage was strictly an artistic creation, one that led to more than a half-million album sales, two Grammy Awards and superstar fans such as Adele and Taylor Swift, who recruited the folk-rock duo for a hit collaboration on the "Hunger Games" soundtrack.
July 22, 2013 | By David. S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's top officer said in a letter released Monday that U.S. intervention in the 2-year-old civil war in Syria would probably strengthen the rebels and put intense pressure on the government there, but he warned that even limited military involvement could backfire. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, outlined five options that he said the U.S. military could carry out if ordered by the White House: stepping up training and advising of the rebels, conducting limited airstrikes, establishing a no-fly zone, setting up a buffer zone inside Syria outside government control and securing Syria's chemical weapons stockpile.
July 18, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Paul Richter and Patrick J. McDonnell
WASHINGTON - The debate over U.S. intervention in Syria threatened to derail the confirmation of America's top military officer Thursday when a senior Republican senator vowed to block Army Gen. Martin Dempsey's second-term appointment as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will hold up the nomination "until he gets answers to the legitimate questions he asked of Gen. Dempsey on Syria," McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said after McCain and Dempsey clashed during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
July 18, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Scuba divers interested in immersing themselves in history as well as the deep blue sea will want to head to Bermuda this fall for an unusual adventure. As part of the four-day excursion Oct. 24-28, divers can search for a missing Civil War gunrunner, the Roanoke , which was abandoned and burned in 1864 off the coastal island town of St. George's.   Besides two Roanoke dives, participants will also explore the wrecks of Confederate gunrunners, the Mary-Celestia and the Montana/Nola.
July 17, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - A prominent Syrian political analyst known for his staunch support of the government of President Bashar Assad was shot and killed early Wednesday at his home in Lebanon, authorities said. The commentator, Mohammad Darrar Jammo, 44, fell amid a hail of bullets in what officials suspect was a well-planned political assassination. The killing appears to be the latest example of violence from the war in neighboring Syria spilling over into Lebanon. Assailants using automatic weapons shot Jammo at close range at 2:30 a.m. at his home in the coastal town of Sarafand, 35 miles south of Beirut, news reports said.
July 17, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- The United Nations has called on nations not to turn back Syrian civil war refugees, whose swelling ranks now constitute the world's fastest-growing refugee flow in almost 20 years. “I reiterate my call to all states in the region and further afield to keep their borders open and receive all Syrians who seek protection,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres told the Security Council in New York on Tuesday via video link from Geneva. In recent weeks, several of Syria's neighbors, along with Egypt, have made it more difficult for Syrians to enter their countries.
July 13, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
REHAB, Egypt - As fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo intensified last fall, Khalid Sabbagh decided it was time to move his business abroad. He and his family had already fled months earlier to the safety of this palm-tree-lined Cairo suburb. But as Aleppo, once Syria's commercial hub, descended further into the warfare that has ravaged much of his nation, Sabbagh finally decided to move his upholstery factory to Egypt and start anew. Since antigovernment activists began their struggle to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2011, more than 1.6 million Syrians have fled the fighting, many to neighboring countries where they wait to return to their homes.
July 7, 2013
True meaning of Gettysburg The words in the article on Gettysburg touched me deeply ["A Town That Never Forgets" by Catharine Hamm, June 30]. The heart-wrenching graphic details brought an important time in our country's history to life for me. And the closing words, "Nearly 54,000 days after Lincoln's death, this country is still alive," filled me with pride. Thank you for a wonderful tribute. Lora Crommett San Marcos Your story about what happened seven score and 10 years ago is timely, as we mark the Fourth of July and empower new leadership in Los Angeles.
July 1, 2013 | By Catherine Watson
When you're you're with Civil War reenactors, it's sometimes hard to remember what era you're in. I was invited to join the Confederate contingent as an observer to see the war play out. It is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, and we are in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania when I realize there are still moments when I've lost track of time. I forget about ice, water, the summer heat and how badly I need a shower. In the 1860s, those wouldn't have been such pressing concerns.
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