Hispanics fastest growing segment of U.S. population

Hispanics fastest growing segment of U.S. population

In a surprising show of growth, Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade, exceeding estimates in most states. Pulled by migration to the Sun Belt, America’s population center edged westward on a historic path to leave the Midwest. The Census Bureau on Thursday will release its first […]

What happened in the control tower of Reagan Airport?

What happened in the control tower of Reagan Airport?

Air traffic safety is under increased scrutiny by federal authorities following an incident in which two passenger jets landed without controller assistance at Reagan National Airport because no one could be reached in the airport tower. An aviation official said that an air traffic supervisor — the lone controller on duty around midnight on Tuesday […]

Obama comes home to face political storms

Obama comes home to face political storms

Returning home to some messy politics, President Barack Obama must contend with a battery of challenges, from a spending standoff that threatens to shut down the government to congressional angst over the U.S.-led war against Libya. Foreign crises rage across Africa and the Middle East, and Americans still want a more quickly improving economy. The […]

Libya attack costs approaching a billion

Libya attack costs approaching a billion

Stretched thin by two wars, the U.S. military is spending upward of $1 billion in an international assault to destroy Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and save rebels from likely defeat, according to analysts and a rough calculation of the military operation so far. Missiles fired from submarines in the Mediterranean, bombs dropped by […]

GOP looked for ways to punish Wisconsin Democrats

GOP looked for ways to punish Wisconsin Democrats

Everything from taking away computers to denying a year of service in the state retirement system was considered to punish the 14 Wisconsin Democrats who fled to Illinois for three weeks to block passage of a bill taking away union bargaining rights, newly released emails show. Members of Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s staff […]

Obama’s peace trip turns into a war folly

Obama’s peace trip turns into a war folly

  In the heart of his mission to Latin America, President Barack Obama tried to get the world to see what he saw. “Latin America is at peace,” he said in Chile. The world, however, has been busy. His speech was not the story. War always tends to trump peace. In his first extended trip […]

Calculating the escalating cost of Obama’s war on Libya

Calculating the escalating cost of Obama’s war on Libya

Calculating the U.S. price tag for the no-fly zone in Libya is hardly simple math. Four nights of a U.S. and European assault easily tops hundreds of millions of dollars as the international coalition seeks to undermine Moammar Gadhafi’s air defenses and save the rebels from likely defeat. The cost could rise moderately if the […]

Warning couch potatos: Sex can kill you

Warning couch potatos: Sex can kill you

Sex and exercise can trigger heart attacks in older people who don’t get much of either, a new analysis finds. The risk is low, but it’s a good reminder that slackers should change their exercise habits gradually, especially in middle age. People who exercise regularly have a much smaller risk of having a heart attack […]

Obama’s road show shifts to issues closer to home

Obama’s road show shifts to issues closer to home

After days of promoting the international ties that bind, President Barack Obama shifts his Latin American tour to a closer neighbor and the more sensitive U.S. policy interests of immigration, narcotics wars and gun trafficking. The president pivots Tuesday from stops in Brazil and Chile for El Salvador, where he will meet with President Mauricio […]

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 […]