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Father chased son into desert before shooting

Father chased son into desert before shooting

Mysterious black bag in hand, Jared Loughner ran into the desert, his angry father stopping pursuit in his truck. Hours after Randy Loughner’s futile confrontation with his 22-year-old son Saturday morning, six people were shot dead and more than a dozen others wounded — and Jared Loughner was in custody. The sheriff’s deputies who swarmed […]

Death of a nation

Death of a nation

The tragic shootings in Arizona that left six people — including a child and a federal judge — dead and Congresswoman Gabriellle Giffords fighting for her life highlights on one one hand just how violence-pr0ne political debate and rhetoric has become in our nation. On the other, it showcases the fine line between passion and […]

GOP Capitol event comes under fire

GOP Capitol event comes under fire

Democrats and congressional watchdog groups accused Republicans on Friday of illegally holding a campaign fundraiser in the Capitol complex during this week’s swearing-in ceremonies for lawmakers. One group said it would ask House ethics officials to investigate, but there were no immediate indications that they would take formal action. A spokesman for the GOP congressman […]

Timing of firing of Navy captain over video raises questions

Timing of firing of Navy captain over video raises questions

The Navy brusquely fired the captain of the USS Enterprise on Tuesday, more than three years after he made lewd videos to boost morale for his crew, timing that put the military under pressure to explain why it acted only after the videos became public. Senior military officials said they were trying to determine who […]

Volcker ending term on Obama’s economic planel

Volcker ending term on Obama’s economic planel

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is ending his term as chairman of President Barack Obama‘s economic advisory panel next month, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. Volcker is a highly regarded voice on financial policy and has been an occasional outside counselor to the White House both as head of the recovery […]

Economists say shopping surge will continue

Economists say shopping surge will continue

Shoppers’ holiday-season splurge was likely a preview of what’s to come in 2011, and economists say it should embolden companies to expand and hire. Americans spent more in the 50 days before Christmas than analysts had expected — the sharpest annual increase since 2006. It’s the surest sign yet they’re becoming less frugal as the […]

Can’t beat your opponents? Beat your girlfriend

Can’t beat your opponents? Beat your girlfriend

New Pittsburgh coach Mike Haywood was jailed Friday on a domestic violence charge after an incident at his South Bend home. Assistant St. Joseph County Police Chief Bill Redman said Haywood was arrested about 3 p.m. Friday after a custody issue developed with a woman with whom Haywood has a child. The unidentified woman told […]

Warm-air fueled tornadoes kill six, injure dozens

Warm-air fueled tornadoes kill six, injure dozens

Tornadoes fueled by unusually warm air pummeled the South and Midwest on Friday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens more across Arkansas, Missouri and Illinois. Forecasters said storms could hit along a stretch from near Chicago to New Orleans later in the evening as New Year‘s Eve celebrations begin. Three people died in […]

No pardon for Billythe Kid

No pardon for Billythe Kid

The rehabilitation of Billy the Kid lies dead in the dust. In one of his last official acts — or non-acts — before leaving office, New Mexico‘s governor refused to pardon the Old West outlaw Friday for one of the many murders he committed before he was gunned down in 1881. Gov. Bill Richardson cited […]

What you paid for Medicare won’t cover costs

What you paid for Medicare won’t cover costs

You paid your Medicare taxes all those years and want your money’s worth: full benefits after you retire. Nearly three out of five people say in a recent Associated Press-GfK poll that they paid into the system so they deserve their full benefits — no cuts. But a newly updated financial analysis shows that what […]