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Teen’s Body Discovered On U.S. Military Plane At Base In Germany

(MCT) — The body of a teen stowaway was found in the wheel well of a U.S. military plane in Germany on Sunday night, military officials said. The victim, described as an “adolescent black male, possibly of African origins,” was found during a routine inspection of a C-130J military aircraft at Ramstein Air Base, according […]

Mexican Mother Sues Border Patrol Over Son’s Shooting Death

TUCSON, Ariz. (MCT) — The mother of a 16-year-old Mexican boy fatally shot by Border Patrol agents firing from the U.S. side of the border into Nogales, Mexico, has sued the U.S. government, demanding that a jury hear evidence about what she alleges were the unlawful actions of agents, announced her attorneys and the American […]

Leading Sierra Leone Doctor Battling Outbreak Dies Of Ebola

(MCT) — A doctor from Sierra Leone who was leading the fight to battle the deadly Ebola virus outbreak there has died from the disease, officials in that country said. Dr. Sheik Umar Khan died at a Doctors Without Borders facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, said Dr. Brima Kargbo, chief medical officer of the country’s […]

Senate Unanimously Approves Robert McDonald As VA Chief

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the tarnished Department of Veterans Affairs, was unanimously confirmed Tuesday by the Senate. McDonald, former chief executive of Procter & Gamble and a West Point graduate, is the eighth VA secretary nominee to be unanimously approved by the Senate since the position was created […]

Senators Urge Obama To Deliver Consistent Message On Marijuana

WASHINGTON (MCT) — After nearly two years of sending conflicting signals on the legalization of marijuana, the Barack Obama Administration finds itself under increased pressure from all sides to deliver a consistent message on where it stands. Democratic Senators from Washington State and Colorado entered the fray Tuesday, releasing a letter that complained that Federal […]

TSA Offering Cash For Ideas To Speed Up Screening Lines

(MCT) — If you have a better idea for moving people through airport queues, the Transportation Security Administration wants to hear it. In fact, the TSA is offering rewards totaling up to $15,000 for the best ideas for a queuing system. The TSA has long relied on the age-old first-come, first-served system that uses retractable […]

Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional By U.S. Appeals Court

(MCT) — In a closely watched case, a Federal appeals court has ruled that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unConstitutional, the second appellate circuit to recently rule on an issue that is probably heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision, handed down on Monday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th […]

Obama’s Crackdown On Leakers Damages Constitutional Protections, Activists Say

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Recent revelations of the U.S. government’s pervasive surveillance program and its crackdown on leaks are making it increasingly difficult for American journalists and lawyers to do their jobs, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released Monday. It’s becoming impossible to ensure privacy […]

Medicare Finances Improve As Healthcare Inflation Slows, Trustees Say

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Improvements in healthcare costs have extended the life of Medicare’s main trust fund by four years, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees said Monday, a further sign of the positive effect of lower medical inflation. Medicare Part B premiums are expected to remain the same through 2015 because […]

Protest Delays FBI’s Huge Sole-Source Deal With Motorola

WASHINGTON (MCT) — A protest by a small two-way radio manufacturer has stalled an FBI plan to hand a sole-source contract worth up to $500 million to emergency communications giant Motorola Solutions Inc., mainly to upgrade the bureau’s 30-year-old network. FBI contracting officials contend that proprietary features embedded in their existing Motorola network preclude its […]


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