Soul Surfer: An inspiring story

Soul Surfer: An inspiring story

For Bethany Hamilton, it’s all about God and surfing. That’s how it was when a shark ripped off her arm as she lolled on a surfboard off the shores of Kauai in 2003, and that’s how it is now as the cinematic version of her story, “Soul Surfer,” opens in theaters nationwide. “He continues to […]

Senate Dems kill GOP climate change ban

Senate Dems kill GOP climate change ban

Senate Democrats on Wednesday defeated a Republican effort to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from controlling the gases blamed for global warming, as House Republicans prepared to pass a bill to block the agency from reducing climate-altering pollution. In a 50-50 vote, the Senate rejected a measure by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and […]

Obama buddy busted for soliciting whore

Obama buddy busted for soliciting whore

One of President Barack Obama’s close friends has been arrested in Honolulu on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute. Robert “Bobby” Titcomb was one of four men arrested in an undercover sting operation late Monday and later released on $500 bail, according to Honolulu police. Titcomb, 49, attended Punahou School in Honolulu with Obama in the […]

End of the road for Glenn Beck’s show

End of the road for Glenn Beck’s show

Glenn Beck later this year will end his Fox News Channel talk show, which has sunk in the ratings and has suffered from an advertiser boycott. Fox and Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts, said Wednesday they will stay in business creating other projects for Fox television and digital, starting with some documentaries Beck is preparing. […]

Obama says shutdown will delay pay to troops

Obama says shutdown will delay pay to troops

The Obama administration warned Wednesday that a federal shutdown would undermine the economic recovery, delay pay to U.S. troops fighting in three wars, slow the processing of tax returns and limit small business loans and government-backed mortgages during peak home buying season. The dire message, delivered two days before the federal government’s spending authority expires, […]

Are there any adults in Washington?

Are there any adults in Washington?

Suddenly everyone in Washington wants to be an adult. President Barack Obama says he wants to have an adult dialogue on the budget. Republican lawmakers contend they’re the ones trying to have a grown-up talk. Both sides are pointing fingers yet both have agreed to repeated delays in completing a budget to keep the government […]

Are federal workers overpaid? Checking the facts

Are federal workers overpaid? Checking the facts

Are federal employees overpaid? Republican leaders in Congress think so, and they are calling for an overhaul of the entire federal pay system to help slash government spending. Democrats and other defenders of the government work force say federal workers are actually underpaid compared with their private counterparts. A closer look at the data shows […]

GOP looking at one-week budget extension

GOP looking at one-week budget extension

Republicans battling with President Barack Obama over budget cuts are moving one-week legislation Thursday to avoid a government shutdown, despite opposition from the White House and Senate Democrats pressing for a longer-term solution. The move by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to advance the interim budget measure angered his Democratic negotiating counterparts and came after […]

Government shutdown: A big risk for both parties

Government shutdown: A big risk for both parties

Democrats and Republicans say the last thing they want to do is to shut down the government. But with budget talks showing little signs of a breakthrough, there are growing worries that a stalemate could hurt the economy’s fragile recovery. Many economists and budget analysts suggest that a government shutdown, if it’s lengthy, or even […]

GOP budget will raise health care costs for seniors

GOP budget will raise health care costs for seniors

Congressional budget experts say future retirees would pay more for health care under a new House Republican budget proposal. The fiscal blueprint would put people now 54 and younger in a different kind of health care program when they retire. Unlike parents and grandparents in traditional Medicare, they’d get a federal payment to buy private […]