This week, the world became less funny. Robin Williams succumbed to the mental illness that had lurked in the shadows of his entire adult life. He took a pocketknife and a belt, and he stopped the pain he had tried so hard to hide. Like so many tortured creative geniuses before him, Williams left this […]
Regina Dugan, the former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has been scolded in a U.S. Inspector General’s report for improperly granting her blessing to agency contracts that were awarded to a company she had previously founded — and in which she continues to hold a financial share.
An ophthalmologist with a medical degree from Duke University, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is joining a medical mission to do eye surgeries in Guatemala as Congress continues its August break. The trip comes as Paul tries to differentiate himself from other Republican presidential contenders.
A proposal for a book that would share the views of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s former platoon mates has found tough sledding with at least one publisher, who worries that such a work would give conservatives another tool with which to criticize President Barack Obama.
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While U.S. airstrikes have had some effect – it’s not known how great – on the Islamic State’s jabs into mountainous territory where fleeing Iraqi civilians have stranded themselves in flight before a murderous land grab, many outside observers have been surprised at the relative ineffectiveness of Kurdish forces in the region at beating back […]
Win or lose — and there’s no question he’s running — Rand Paul has firmly established himself as the most intriguing Republican eying the White House in 2016. Thursday brought fresh evidence as the Kentucky senator leaped headlong into the racial cauldron that is Ferguson, Mo., with a bluntly stated Time magazine essay on the […]
(MCT) — The mean season has arrived. During the 10-week stretch from mid-August through October, the most powerful storms tend to form in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. It’s also when South Florida is most likely to be struck. “Almost all South Florida hurricanes and the vast majority of tropical storms […]
(MCT) — Initial applications for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but still hovered at pre-recession levels. Claims for jobless benefits increased 21,000 from the prior week to 311,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists had expected an increase to 295,000 during the week ended Aug. 9. Last week’s applications jumped to a […]
(MCT) — The Eurozone’s feeble recovery came to an outright halt in the second quarter, the latest in a batch of disappointing global economic indicators that have clouded the prospects for American growth. Economic output in the 18-nation euro area stalled in the April-June period, after four quarters of tiny gains, Eurostat, the European Union’s […]