It’s go-for-broke time in Afghanistan

It’s go-for-broke time in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan enters its 10th year Thursday with key players hedging their bets, uncertain whether the Obama administration is prepared to stay for the long haul, move quickly to exit an increasingly unpopular conflict, or something in between. Fearing that his Western allies may in the end abandon him, Afghan President Hamid Karzai […]

Sentenced Times Square bomber warns of more attacks

Sentenced Times Square bomber warns of more attacks

The Pakistani immigrant who tried to detonate a car bomb on a busy Saturday night in Times Square accepted a life sentence with a smirk Tuesday and warned that Americans can expect more bloodshed at the hands of Muslims. “Brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has just begun,” 31-year-old Faisal Shahzad told a federal […]

Pot measure donations: Down to seeds and stems

Pot measure donations: Down to seeds and stems

In a state where contentious ballot measures can spawn multi-million-dollar throwdowns, no one for or against California’s high-profile marijuana legalization initiative has raised much cash. Most notably absent are big donations from the thriving medical marijuana industry, a seemingly natural base of support for a measure being sold as a way to raise tax revenue […]

Federal judge’s downfall: Strippers, sex and drugs

Federal judge’s downfall: Strippers, sex and drugs

The 67-year-old federal judge’s wild relationship with a stripper started with just a lap dance, prosecutors said, but quickly escalated into escapades of prostitution and gun-toting drug deals involving cocaine and prescription pills. Senior Judge Jack T. Camp, a veteran jurist who had achieved a status that allowed him a lighter caseload, now finds himself […]

In New Jersey, corruption is just another normal day

In New Jersey, corruption is just another normal day

In most places, three unrelated, high-profile political corruption trials on the same day would be pretty big news. New Jersey is not most places. As politicians from north to south sat in courtrooms Monday facing accusations of lining their own pockets, stealing or destroying ballots, and billing personal expenses to City Hall, there was barely […]

BP’s oil spill compensation program plagued with problems

BP’s oil spill compensation program plagued with problems

In the rush to get compensation from BP after its massive oil spill, the $20 billion fund that the company created has been inundated with questionable documentation, inflated claims and in some cases, outright fraud — all slowing down the process for legitimate claims, the administrator of the program says. Claims have been bogged down […]

Democrats closing gap in midterm election poll

Democrats closing gap in midterm election poll

Republicans maintain an edge among voters ahead of next month’s congressional elections, but Democrats are gaining ground, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Tuesday. Republicans are favored by 49 percent of likely voters compared to 43 percent for Democrats, said the poll, which was published by the Washington Post. A Washington Post-ABC […]

Scandal-ridden officials become outcasts in Bell, California

Scandal-ridden officials become outcasts in Bell, California

There was a time in this modest blue-collar community when Mayor Oscar Hernandez was all but hailed as a superhero, the big friendly guy who said hello to everybody when he wasn’t busy greeting them at his venerable corner grocery store. Those days ended abruptly last July after it was disclosed that Hernandez was presiding […]

Rahm must reintroduce himself to Chicago

Rahm must reintroduce himself to Chicago

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said he plans to hit Chicago’s grocery stores, train stops, “bowling alleys and hot dog stands” as he prepares to run for mayor of the nation’s third-largest city. Emanuel announced Sunday in a video posted on his website, ChicagoforRahm.com, that he’s preparing to run. He had been […]