October 21, 2010 |
Mexican authorities Thursday announced the arrest of a gang leader who allegedly directed the fatal car bomb attack in Ciudad Juarez last summer that stoked fears of a dangerous escalation in the drug war. Fernando Contreras Meraz, identified as a regional boss of an armed gang known as La Linea, was arrested Wednesday in the northern city of Chihuahua with 13 other suspects, federal police officials said. Contreras is accused of overseeing the July 15 blast that killed four people, including a police officer, on a busy Juarez street.
September 23, 2008 |
A New York state Supreme Court judge Monday limited the scope of Dan Rather's $70-million lawsuit against CBS Corp., tossing out his claims that the network committed fraud and unlawfully interfered with his contract in his final months at the news division.
November 23, 2004 |
Heavy rain Monday in the San Antonio and Austin areas flooded streets, stranded cars and closed roads. Rising creeks and streams also threatened some homes, forcing residents to move to higher ground, authorities said. San Antonio police reported one death, after a vehicle was swept from a roadway. In New Braunfels, rescue crews evacuated 24 children from a day-care center. Flooding also shut down a large section of the city's downtown. Gov.
July 8, 2004
Re "Kerry's Own War Over Vietnam," July 5, on Sen. John Kerry and his combat record: First of all, he has one, unlike some others who denigrate his. As a veteran of World War II, I really don't care if Kerry spent his service time hiding in a corner of his river boat and got a Purple Heart for cutting his finger opening a can of C-rations. He served his country honorably in combat, and his record can testify to his daring and skill. Unlike some others, his service record has no mysterious gaps, and his commanders do remember him. Maybe he did use tactics "outside the book," but so did many other combat commanders, such as Gen. George S. Patton.
March 1, 2004 |
Janet Jackson did not attend the Oscars in body. But she was there in spirit, along with fellow absentees Mel Gibson, President Bush and other newsmakers who were the subjects of a safe brand of humor throughout the show. At this point, what more could be said about Jackson's Super Bowl halftime performance? Host Billy Crystal made a few good-natured attempts. In one segment, Crystal scolded Robin Williams, who kept tugging at the lapel of his tux to reveal his shirt.
January 13, 2010 |
Dan Rather's protracted legal fight with CBS ended Tuesday when New York state's highest court declined to hear the anchor's motion to reinstate his $70-million lawsuit against his longtime employer. Rather was hoping the court would breathe new life into his suit alleging breach of contract and fraud against CBS that a state appellate court had dismissed in September. But the Court of Appeals denied Rather's motion without comment. The decision came as muted denouement to what had been an expensive and at times ugly battle between the veteran newsman and the network that was his home for 44 years.
January 12, 2005
Re "Report Condemns CBS News; 4 Lose Jobs," Jan. 11: CBS News and the independent panel's report conclude that the documents referred to in the infamous broadcast cannot be authenticated because the originals are not available. CBS News should make public all documents, including e-mails, notes, memos. CBS News has stonewalled and sidestepped the path to complete disclosure since day one. In the Jayson Blair matter, the New York Times admitted its mistakes, sought out the truth, published it and fired executives.
August 24, 2004
Former Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas has transformed himself in recent years from the Republican Party's nastiest hatchet man to a cuddly, clever and beloved elder statesman. His terrible wounds from World War II have been an important part of this transformation, making him a visible symbol of the sacrifices of America's Greatest Generation. Why would Dole put that makeover in jeopardy -- and tarnish his own heroism and sacrifice -- by starting a grotesque game of wound one-upmanship on behalf of George W. Bush, who never suffered anything worse during his (intermittent)
February 9, 2004 |
With Democrats sharpening their questions about whether President Bush fulfilled his military obligations during the Vietnam War, the president insisted Sunday that he was given an "honorable discharge and I did show up in Alabama" for temporary duty in the National Guard.
June 17, 2011 |
The Obama administration has extended the deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops along the Southwest border for an additional three months. The troops sent to assist the Border Patrol last August were scheduled to withdraw at the end of June, but have been ordered to remain in place until Sept. 30, according to Matthew Chandler, a spokesman for the Homeland Security Department. The extension is intended to help prevent illegal border crossings and stop shipments of cash moving south from drug sales while the Homeland Security Department adds more patrols, fences and sensors in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.