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August 5, 2013 | By Marina Villeneuve
WASHINGTON - The Department of Transportation announced steps Monday to combat a recent rise in pedestrian deaths that it said was partially due to what Secretary Anthony Foxx called "distracted walking. " Walking while texting or listening to music, or while on drugs, may have contributed to the increase, Foxx said. "Distracted driving, distracted walking, if that can be a phrase. … Their behaviors as they are driving or walking can impact our ability to keep people safe," Foxx said.
August 1, 2013 | By Lauren Frayer
MADRID -- At a special session of parliament on Thursday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy denied accepting bribes, refused to resign or call early elections, and heaped blame for a corruption scandal on a former close colleague now behind bars. Rajoy struck a sometimes combative tone in the nearly six-hour debate, which he had hastily called during a vacation period amid threats by opposition leaders to introduce a censure motion against him. The ruling conservatives have a large enough majority to likely stay in power, but Rajoy was nevertheless under pressure to answer bribery allegations that have been dogging his party and distracting from efforts toward economic recovery.
July 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The allegations might have quickly chased a less combative politician from office: that he sexually harassed staff members and constituents, groping, grabbing, forcibly kissing, making lewd comments, making himself a "threat to all women. " But San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is no average politician, having started out as a Freedom Rider in the civil rights movement and then spending three decades as an officeholder, including 20 years in Congress. His reputation is that of a street fighter - one with a loyal following among voters but few close allies among politicians.
July 18, 2013
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Sidney Berry, a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam and Korean wars who led the U.S. Military Academy during a turbulent period in the 1970s when a cheating scandal rocked West Point months before he was forced to admit the first female cadets, has died. He was 87. Berry died July 1 of complications from Parkinson's disease at a retirement home in Kennett Square, Pa., said his daughter, Nan Berry Davenport. In 1974, Berry, at age 48, was named superintendent of West Point.
June 25, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to roll out the first U.S. regulations designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants by next June, making that the central element of a sweeping initiative to rein in emissions of gases that drive climate change. Obama plans to describe his proposals in a speech Tuesday afternoon at Georgetown Universityin Washington, D.C. He is expected to unveil a strategy that works across the federal government to pare greenhouse gases sharply by the end of the decade, senior White House officials said.
June 16, 2013 | Alan Zarembo
Nate Evans had three children depending on him and held down a good job running a hyperbaric chamber at a hospital. But what he really wanted was to go to war. In 2008, as the U.S. death toll in Iraq and Afghanistan approached 5,000, Evans became a medic in the Navy Reserve and was assigned to a Marine company. "He wanted in the trenches," said Catherine Evans, his wife at the time. To her relief, he never deployed to either war. But that did not save him. Evans, 28, committed suicide last November near his home outside Salt Lake City -- one of at least 524 U.S. service members who took their own lives in 2012.
June 12, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan and Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - Far beyond the electronic security gates and razor-wire topped fences, Col. Rod Cregier surveys a team of technicians busily readying a lithe F-35 fighter jet for its next test flight. As the F-35 program director at the base, Cregier and his team play a crucial role in a nationwide military effort to get the high-tech jet ready for battle. After a decade of administrative problems, cost overruns and technical glitches, the F-35 is still not ready for action.
June 7, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - From the time he stepped onto the national stage, Barack Obama presented himself as a civil libertarian who would take a different path from that of his predecessor, who authorized surveillance on Americans in the fight against terrorism. "It is time to write a new chapter in our response to 9/11," Obama said in a 2007 speech that outlined his vision for national security. But revelations this week of a massive phone and Internet data collection program illustrated that as president, Obama has allowed the government to sweep up vast amounts of information about its citizens while establishing some checks on executive power.
June 5, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Less than a week after expressing doubt whether he would ever pitch again, Josh Beckett said Wednesday that he was confident he would one day stand on a major league mound again. But Beckett acknowledged he didn't know if that day would come this season or next, as he said he could undergo a season-ending operation if rehabilitation doesn't rid him of numbness in his pitching hand. Beckett visited specialists in the Dallas area for the last three days, after which he and the Dodgers decided he wouldn't throw for the next four weeks as he underwent a rigorous rehabilitation program.
June 1, 2013 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
ZANGABAD, Afghanistan - The uprising began in early February with a Taliban commander's knock on the door of Hajji Abdul Wudood. The militant leader demanded that Wudood, a stout, weathered man of 60, surrender one of his eight sons, who was accused of spying on the Taliban for the Afghan government. What Wudood did next triggered a revolt against the Taliban that has spread to a dozen villages in a region that has been among the nation's most formidable Taliban strongholds. Fed up with beheadings and homemade bombs that killed 60 people in two villages the previous year, Wudood refused to hand over 25-year-old Abdul Hanan.
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