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 […]

Congress sends Obama three-week spending bill

Congress sends Obama three-week spending bill

  Congress approved an additional $6 billion in spending cuts Thursday, passing legislation to keep the government running through April 8 and allow time for talks on a larger package of reductions demanded by Republicans. “The president is optimistic that Congress can get this done,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. […]

No real radiation concerns on West Coast

No real radiation concerns on West Coast

Government experts are keeping a close eye on any radioactive particles that could travel from Japan to the West Coast, but insist there’s no threat to public health. “Radiation is one of those words that get everybody scared, like `plague,’” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County. “But we’re 5,000 […]

Gender-neutral Bible pisses off the rabid right

Gender-neutral Bible pisses off the rabid right

  In the old translation of the world’s most popular Bible, John the Evangelist declares: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar.” Make that “brother or sister” in a new translation that includes more gender-neutral language and is drawing criticism from some conservatives who argue the changes can […]

She’s back: Sharron Angle running for House seat

She’s back: Sharron Angle running for House seat

Nearly five months after her strong bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Harry Reid ended in defeat, Sharron Angle said Wednesday she’ll run for Congress again in an effort to “stop the liberal agenda.” Angle told supporters via YouTube, Twitter and an e-mail that she will pursue one of Nevada’s four U.S. House seats in 2012. […]

Stopgap spending bill to Obama by Friday

A divided Congress is about to send President Barack Obama a stopgap funding bill to keep the government open for three more weeks in hopes that budget talks between the White House and Republicans in charge of the House start to bear fruit. Thursday’s measure includes $6 billion in cuts to domestic spending and would […]

Vet: ‘Hurt Locker’ movie damaged my reputation’

Vet: ‘Hurt Locker’ movie damaged my reputation’

An Iraq war veteran who claims he is the basis for “The Hurt Locker” wrote in a court filing signed in Afghanistan that the movie has placed his life at risk and subjected him to ridicule about his bomb disposal prowess. “Defendants have essentially placed a bulls-eye on the back of my army uniform/bomb suit […]