GOP’s big problem: Finding the perfect candidate

GOP’s big problem: Finding the perfect candidate

Mitt Romney is the godfather of what Republican critics call Obamacare. Newt Gingrich is an adulterer on his third marriage. Tim Pawlenty is too green — environmentally, that is. Jon Huntsman worked for President Barack Obama. And Haley Barbour has come off as dismissive of racial segregation. Is any potential Republican presidential nominee without vulnerabilities […]

Rabid religious right flexes political muscle

Rabid religious right flexes political muscle

Republican presidential candidates take note: the clout of social and religious conservatives is growing in politically crucial Iowa. And these activists are driving the debate here toward cultural issues — and away from the economy — just as the GOP sets out to find an opponent for President Barack Obama. “They’ve gotten more involved in […]

Disfigured construction worker gets face transplant

Disfigured construction worker gets face transplant

A Texas construction worker horribly disfigured in a power line accident has undergone the nation’s first full face transplant in hopes of smiling again and feeling kisses from his 3-year-old daughter. Dallas Wiens, 25, received a new nose, lips, skin, muscle and nerves from an unidentified dead person in an operation paid for by the […]

Japen nuke plant cooling pool reaches boiling point

Japen nuke plant cooling pool reaches boiling point

  Weariness and anxiety percolated Tuesday among people who left their homes near Japan’s radiation-shedding nuclear complex as workers tried urgently to cool an overheated storage pool and methodically to reconnect critical cooling systems. In another day of progress and setbacks, a pool holding spent nuclear fuel heated up to around the boiling point, a […]

Gas, food prices hit rural families hard

Gas, food prices hit rural families hard

Twice a week, Myriam Garcia puts snow chains on her 22-year-old gas guzzler and noses two miles down the hill from her trailer in rural western Montana. Then, instead of turning south and driving the 45 miles to Helena for grocery shopping like she used to, she parks on the side of the road and […]

Cruise missile hits Gadhafi’s compound

Cruise missile hits Gadhafi’s compound

A cruise missile blasted Moammar Gadhafi‘s residential compound in an attack that carried as much symbolism as military effect, and fighter jets destroyed a line of tanks moving on the rebel capital. The U.S. said the international assault would hit any government forces attacking the opposition. Oil prices jumped to nearly $103 a barrel Monday […]

Japan evacuates workers from nuke plan

Japan evacuates workers from nuke plan

Operators evacuated workers from Japan’s tsunami-damaged nuclear plant Monday after gray smoke rose from one of its reactor units, the latest of persistent troubles in stabilizing the radiation-leaking complex. The evacuation brought to a standstill some of the work on restoring the plant’s electrical lines and restarting the water pumping systems needed to keep nuclear […]

Obama endorses military action against Libya

Obama endorses military action against Libya

After weeks of hesitation and divisions among his advisers, President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed military action against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, saying U.S. values and credibility are at stake to stop “the potential for mass murder” of innocents. The U.S. military, which is already stretched thin by two wars and an expanding effort to assist […]

Judge blocks Scott Walker’s union busting law

Judge blocks Scott Walker’s union busting law

The monthlong saga over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to drastically curb collective bargaining rights for public workers in Wisconsin took a turn Friday that could force a dramatic rebooting of the entire legislative process. A judge temporarily blocked the law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again […]

‘Blood money’ used to free CIA contractor in Pakistan

‘Blood money’ used to free CIA contractor in Pakistan

Pakistan abruptly freed the CIA contractor who shot and killed two men in a gunfight in Lahore after a deal was sealed Wednesday to pay $2.34 million in “blood money” to the men’s families. The agreement, nearly seven weeks after the shootings, ended a tense showdown with a vital U.S. ally that had threatened to […]