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Japan facing mounting toll in a triple catastrophe

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

TOKYO - As bodies washed ashore by the hundreds and an emergency deepened at a coastal nuclear plant, millions in Japan on Tuesday faced an unabating sense of apprehension, mourning and astonishment over the emerging scope of this nation-changing catastrophe.


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Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Turmoil in the Middle East l libya: When Secretary of State Clinton meets with the rebel leadership, she will hear from a movement of high ideals, under siege and desperate for recognition. A15



In Sendai, long lines of quiet desperation

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

IN SENDAI, JAPAN Outside the Rigoletto Tapas Lounge, an eatery that normally offers fine wines and Spanish delicacies, the bourgeoisie of this quake-crippled northern Japanese city lined up for hours Monday.



Japan's nuclear crisis deepens as third reactor loses cooling capacity

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Japan's nuclear emergency turned more dire on Tuesday after the third explosion in four days rocked the seaside Fukushima Daiichi complex and fire briefly raged in a storage facility for spent fuel rods at a fourth, previously unaffected reactor.
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Bahrain vows 'crackdown on lawbreakers'

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

MANAMA, Bahrain - Bahrain's king declared a state of emergency Tuesday, imposing a curfew, banning rallies and handing broad powers to a military bolstered by the fresh arrival of dozens of tanks sent by other Gulf monarchies.



Brown had six run-ins with law enforcement before landing D.C. job

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Former D.C. mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown had had six run-ins with law enforcement, including three charges in the District and an attempted-murder charge in Chicago, at the time he received a $110,000-a-year job in the administration of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, said city officials and sources...


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Obama administration prepares for possibility of new post-revolt Islamist regimes

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 16:05:01 EDT

The White House is acknowledging popular revolutions might bring a more religious cast to politics.



Inadequacy of crash test dummies leaves many child safety seats with no federal standards

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:48:01 EDT

A lack of suitable crash test dummies has left many car seats unregulated - and untested.
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Japan's race is on to contain meltdowns after blasts at 2 reactors, loss of cooling capacity at 3rd

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:46:01 EDT

After a second explosion rocked a Japanese nuclear complex, a third reactor lost its cooling capacity, complicating engineers' efforts to limit the damage of a partial meltdown.



White House seeks to reconnect with young voters

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Early last month, President Obama addressed 1,000 people at Penn State about his ideas for reviving the country's economy. A couple of weeks later, he delivered a similar address to about 100 small-business owners at Cleveland State University.






Japan earthquake, tsunami leave scenes of destruction in northeastern city of Sendai

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

SENDAI, JAPAN - In the center of this city, the economic hub of northern Japan , the traffic lights and vending machines are still working.
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Ultimate impact of damage to Japan nuclear reactors still unknown

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

The detection of the highly radioactive elements cesium-137 and iodine-131 outside the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant heralds the beginning of an ecological and human tragedy. The open question is whether it will be limited, serious or catastrophic.



Washingtonpost.com debuts redesigned Web site

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Washingtonpost.com A new look for our Web site Today we're excited to share some changes to our Web site, intended to provide you with a better news experience. We hope you'll find that washingtonpost.com now offers more ways for you to engage with and discuss our reporting and makes it easier to...



Japan earthquake and tsunami death toll expected to exceed 10,000; survivors worry about supplies

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

TOKYO - Overwhelmed by a still-growing catastrophe, Japanese authorities struggled Monday to reach buried survivors and the missing, faced roadblocks in delivering aid and raced to contain an expanding nuclear emergency.



Arab League's backing of no-fly zone over Libya ramps up pressure on West

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

CAIRO - The Arab League endorsed the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya on Saturday and recognized the fledgling rebel movement seeking to topple Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi as the country's legitimate government, increasing pressure on Western powers to intervene in what increasingly...
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Nuclear power industry watches warily as Japan's aging reactor is hit hard

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

It's one of the oldest nuclear reactors in Japan, a boiling-water unit made by General Electric, just a couple of weeks shy of 40 years old and close to retirement age. On Saturday, something went very wrong. The explosion at Fukushima Daiichi's unit 1 rattled an already shaken nation and renewed...



NCAA tournament: Will bigger field scare folks out of the pools?

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The NCAA men's basketball tournament field will be announced at 6 p.m. Sunday night, the official opening bell for the spring rite known as March Madness .



In Va. assault case, anxious parents recognize 'dark side of autism'

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

When a Stafford County jury this month found an autistic teenager guilty of assaulting a law enforcement officer and recommended that he spend 101/2 years in prison, a woman in the second row sobbed.



Japan begins grim relief mission with towns flooded, thousands reported missing

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

TOKYO - Rescue teams searched through matchstick rubble Saturday for thousands of people missing in flooded areas of northeastern Japan, beginning one of the most complex relief efforts in history.
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Japanese nuclear plants' operator scrambles to avert meltdowns

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Japanese authorities said Sunday that efforts to restart the cooling system at one of the reactors damaged by Friday's earthquake had failed, a major setback in the struggle to contain what has become the most serious nuclear power crisis in a quarter century.






Japan a leader in engineering earthquake-proof structures, helping to limit damage

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Huge shock absorbers, walls that slide and Teflon foundation pads that isolate buildings from the ground all help explain why medium- and high-rise structures in Japan remained standing in the wake of the country's largest earthquake on record , construction experts said Friday.
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Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

l SAUDI ARABIA: The "Day of Rage" planned by government critics proves to be a day of calm. A12



Japanese nuclear reactors in peril, radiation surges after earthquake, tsunami

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Japanese authorities declared a state of emergency Saturday for five nuclear reactors at two quake-stricken power plants as military and utility officials scrambled to tame rising pressure and radioactivity levels inside the units and stabilize the systems used to cool the plants' hot reactor cores.



Japan devastated by 8.9-magnitude quake, tsunami

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN - A bulldozing tsunami triggered by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake devastated the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, turning cars into driftwood, washing away neighborhoods and leaving this industrialized country bracing for an epic humanitarian disaster.



In Libya, Gaddafi forces recapture strategic western town

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

ZAWIYAH, LIBYA - In the battle-scarred center of this small town, evidence abounds that the popular uprising here has been brutally crushed, in a bitter blow to the fast-fading hopes of rebels that they can succeed in toppling Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.
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Maryland House derails bill that would legalize same-sex marriage

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The Maryland House of Delegates effectively killed a measure Friday that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state - halting momentum in a year in which proponents thought they would prevail.



NFL lockout is now in effect; pro football enters first work stoppage since 1987

Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

National Football League team owners locked out the league's players Saturday, shutting down professional football for the first time in 24 years and plunging the nation's most popular and prosperous sport into a time of uncertainty.



Rep. Peter King's Muslim hearing: Plenty of drama, less substance

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

One half of the Muslim contingent in Congress paused, his voice high and breaking. He tugged at his glasses. He held up a finger and gathered himself.


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U.S. to send aid team to eastern Libya; Clinton to meet rebel representatives

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The White House announced Thursday that it will send a government aid team into rebel-held parts of Libya and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she will meet next week with representatives of the transition council, moves that edged the Obama administration closer to the formal Libyan...
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Teenager suspended from Fairfax County school over acne drug

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Hayley Russell was 13 and worried about another acne flare-up when she brought an orange prescription bottle to Rachel Carson Middle School in Fairfax County. She placed the medication on the top shelf of her locker so she could retrieve an antibiotic pill to take at lunch.


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Mexico's drug war intrudes on Monterrey, a booming metropolis

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

IN MONTERREY, MEXICO When American baseball executives were looking for a place to move the struggling Montreal Expos franchise five years ago, Mexican investors brought them here, to this booming metropolis two hours south of the Texas border.



Stocks sink amid concerns out of China and Europe, continued turmoil in Arab world

Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

New concerns about a widening U.S. trade gap and slowing Chinese growth combined Thursday with other signs of economic trouble to undercut some of the confidence about a recovery that has been building.




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Republican Wisconsin senators bypass Democrats in vote on collective bargaining

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Senate Republicans abruptly passed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's plan to sharply curtail collective-bargaining rights for public employees Wednesday night, using a legislative maneuver to approve the measure without 14 Democratic senators who fled the state in an effort to block it.


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David Broder, 81, dies; set 'gold standard' for political journalism

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

David S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and one of the most respected writers on national politics for four decades, died Wednesday at Capital Hospice in Arlington of complications from diabetes.


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Sectarian clashes in Egypt challenge revolutionary idealism

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

CAIRO - On the banks of the Nile, in the middle of a roiling protest Wednesday by hundreds of chanting Christians, a man raised a Koran in one hand and a wooden cross in the other. "I came here because we don't want sectarian strife," said Ahmed Moustafa, a 37-year-old Muslim. "Muslims and...


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Most schools could face 'failing' label under No Child Left Behind, Duncan says

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

More than three-quarters of the nation's public schools could soon be labeled "failing" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration said Wednesday as it increased efforts to revamp the signature education initiative of President George W. Bush.
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On Libya, Obama willing to let allies take the lead

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

President Obama is content to let other nations publicly lead the search for solutions to the Libyan conflict, his advisers say, a stance that reflects the more humble tone he has sought to bring to U.S. foreign policy but one that also opens him to criticism that he is a weak leader.



NPR executive Vivian Schiller resigns under pressure from board and CPB

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

NPR lost its chief executive Wednesday, a day after the news organization was embarrassed by a secretly recorded video that caught one of its top managers calling Republicans "anti-intellectual" and tea party members "racists."



Rep. Peter King's Muslim hearings: A key moment in an angry conversation

Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

It won't be on the official agenda. It might not even be asked out loud. But it may be the most important question during a congressional hearing Thursday on homegrown Islamic terrorists.


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In China, NBA's Stephon Marbury is a hit

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

IN FOSHAN, CHINA He doesn't like Chinese food much, has to fly economy instead of by private jet and makes a tiny fraction of the $20 million he earned each year playing basketball for the New York Knicks.
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Egypt's security forces are weakened after decades as Mubarak's enforcer

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

CAIRO - For years, Marwa Farouk lived in fear of Egypt's state security agents, who arrested and interrogated her several times for her work as an activist.



U.S., Europe considering naval operations to deliver humanitarian aid to Libya

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The United States and its European allies are considering the use of naval assets to deliver humanitarian aid to Libya and to block arms shipments to the government of Moammar Gaddafi, even as they weigh the legality of imposing a no-fly zone without United Nations authorization, according to U.S...



White House moving to repair troubled relationship with Cabinet

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

News this week of the first departure of a Cabinet secretary from the Obama administration comes amid a wide-ranging effort under the new chief of staff, William M. Daley, to repair badly frayed relations between the White House and the Cabinet.



In Utah, Sen. Hatch courts tea partyers one by one in quest for survival

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

LOGAN, UTAH - Here's how you run for reelection if you're a powerful Republican senator from a state where powerful Republican activists want somebody new:
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Pepco reliability plan 'cobbled together' without detailed study, report finds

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Pepco's multimillion-dollar plan to reduce power outages and improve reliability was "cobbled together" without detailed study and could fail to achieve its goals, a team of independent consultants has found.



D.C.'s pot pioneers: Seeking a piece of the medical marijuana action

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Montgomery Blair Sibley might be best known as the lawyer who defended the "D.C. madam ," the infamous escort service owner who claimed to attend to the needs of Washington's elite.


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Gaddafi forces attack rebels anew, even as regime appears to seek talks

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - Government and rebel forces engaged in a fierce battle Monday for control of this oil depot on the Mediterranean coast, as regime loyalists mounted assaults on several fronts to reclaim ground lost since the Feb. 17 uprising began.



Obama creates indefinite detention system for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

President Obama signed an executive order Monday that will create a formal system of indefinite detention for those held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who continue to pose a significant threat to national security. The administration also said it will start new military...
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'Gang of 6' senators launch public campaign to support deficit reduction

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

RICHMOND - While Washington bickers noisily over cutting a small slice of the federal budget, Sens. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, and Saxby Chambliss, a Georgia Republican, launched a campaign Monday to convince the public that merely cutting spending will do little to tame the $14 trillion ...






Gaddafi intensifies campaign

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

RAS LANUF, LIBYA - Moammar Gaddafi's loyalists escalated a lethal counterattack on Sunday, heightening assaults on rebel-held cities near his western stronghold of Tripoli and pushing back opposition forces attempting to advance toward the capital.


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For first time in decades, Arlington National Cemetery must bury multiple 'unknowns'

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

When the remains of a Vietnam War soldier buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were identified in 1998 using DNA, Pentagon officials proudly said that the days of interring service members as "unknown" could well be over.
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Gray acknowledges 'missteps,' calls for investigation

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

District Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Sunday acknowledged "missteps" and said he wants the city attorney general and the D.C. Council to investigate allegations that aides to his campaign paid mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown last summer to continue his attacks on then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in exchange...



In states, parties clash over voting laws that would affect college students, others

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

New Hampshire's new Republican state House speaker is pretty clear about what he thinks of college kids and how they vote. They're "foolish," Speaker William O'Brien said in a recent speech to a tea party group.



Congressional leaders push Obama administration for more aggressive Libya response

Mon, 07 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Congressional leaders prodded the Obama administration on Sunday for a more aggressive U.S. response to Libya's increasingly brutal attacks on opposition groups - calling for a no-fly zone and other military measures - but White House officials cautioned against being drawn into a potentially pro...



In Afghanistan, U.S. shifts strategy on women's rights as it eyes wider priorities

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

When the U.S. Agency for International Development sought bids last March for a $140 million land reform program in Afghanistan , it insisted that the winning contractor meet specific goals to promote women's rights: The number of deeds granting women title had to increase by 50 percent; there would...
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Mayor Gray: No 'quid pro quo'

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown told The Washington Post that he struck a deal last summer with the campaign of Mayor Vincent C. Gray to continue his attacks on incumbent Adrian M. Fenty in exchange for a city job if Gray won.



Stalemate in Libyan siege

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

BENGHAZI, LIBYA - Government forces carried out a bloody siege of Zawiyah on Saturday, bombarding the rebel-held western city with mortar fire and deploying tanks in the streets and snipers on rooftops.



As telecom industry evolves, success of Netflix is its biggest threat

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

By any measure, Netflix is having a marquee year. It has 20 million subscribers, way up from 12 million just a year ago. Its stock has tripled in that time. During periods of peak Internet use, a full fifth of all American bandwidth consumption is people watching movies on Netflix.com .



Harriet Tubman vs. John Hanson: Statuary Hall smackdown

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Harriet Tubman has history on her side. But does she have the votes?
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Walkout at Washington Hospital Center

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Almost a year of rancorous contract talks came to a head Friday when several hundred nurses at Washington Hospital Center, the region's largest hospital, walked off the job for a 24-hour strike.


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Man vs. machine in juvenile justice?

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Joseph Mitchell monitors youngsters on behalf of the District's juvenile justice system, conducting daily checks that supplement the work of probation officers and social workers. He makes sure the youngsters make it to class. He stops by their homes to make sure they're in by curfew. He sits in...


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Man wounded by Pr. George's officer

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

A Prince George's County police officer shot and wounded a man Friday during an investigation in the Clinton area of the county.


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Gaddafi forces mount fierce counterattack

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

BENGHAZI, LIBYA - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi on Friday unleashed their fiercest counterattack yet, assaulting rebel-held positions by ground and air and firing on demonstrators in the government stronghold of Tripoli.
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U.S. adds 192,000 new jobs in February; unemployment rate dips to 8.9 percent

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The missing piece of the U.S. economic recovery - job creation - is finally falling into place.



Tip yields arrest in East Coast Rapist case

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The long search for the elusive East Coast Rapist yielded an arrest Friday after a tip came in from someone who knew the suspect. Detectives secretly picked up one of his discarded cigarette butts, had it tested and learned the DNA was a match, law enforcement officials said.



Peter King, IRA supporter and enthusiastic counter-terrorism advocate

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

In 1985, the Irish government boycotted the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York City, the biggest celebration in the Irish American calendar. The cause of its umbrage was Peter T. King , that year's grand marshal and someone the Irish government said was an "avowed" supporter of a terrorist...



In the House, compostable utensils replaced with old-fashioned plastic

Sat, 05 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

What do Congress's spoons say about its soul? Right now, nothing flattering. A debate over the utensils in the House cafeterias has evolved into a parable of Capitol Hill's dysfunction - and each party's willingness to live up to its own stereotype.
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Protesters say Maliki is using special security forces to shut down demonstrations in Iraq

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

BAGHDAD - Among the revolts sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, Iraq's has been an exception: Here, protesters are seeking to reform a democratically elected government, not to topple an autocrat.


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A sweeping survey of Americans' sexual behavior

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Among the findings of a sweeping federal government survey of American sexual behavior is one that may surprise those bewailing a permissive and eros-soaked popular culture: More than one-quarter of people interviewed in their late teens and early 20s had never had sex.



Democratic legislators embracing tactic to gain leverage: Fleeing

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Lawmaking can be a frustrating business, especially when you're outnumbered. But some Democratic state legislators have recently embraced a simple tool to gain leverage: the empty chair.
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Ex-Va. teacher Ricks pleads guilty to child porn, gets 25 years

Fri, 04 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Kevin Ricks , the former teacher who molested a Manassas high school student, pleaded guilty Thursday to seven new federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography, ensuring that one of the region's most notorious sex offenders will spend significant time in prison.



Libyan rebels push back assault by Gaddafi forces in port city of Brega

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

BREGA, LIBYA - Rebels fought off a coordinated assault by military jets and armored ground forces near a key oil port Wednesday, thwarting Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's most significant attempt yet to retake eastern territory that he lost last week amid a nationwide uprising.


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Midwest union battles highlight debate over improving schools

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

INDIANAPOLIS - The Republican faceoff with labor unions in the Midwest and elsewhere marks not just a fight over money and collective bargaining, but also a test of wills over how to improve the nation's schools.
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Children of diplomats displaced by strife often caught between two worlds

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 11:29:00 EDT

American diplomats, aid workers and their families - evacuated from countries in turmoil - seek shelter in a nondescript apartment building in Falls Church, Va.



NFL labor dispute has prosperous league on the brink of shutting down

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

A month ago this Sunday, the National Football League capped another season as master of the professional sports universe by hosting the most-watched program in U.S. television history: Super Bowl XLV, seen by an average of 111 million viewers. A $9 billion industry, the league has brought unprec...



Supreme Court rules First Amendment protects church's right to picket funerals

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The First Amendment protects a fringe church's anti-gay protests at military funerals, a nearly unanimous Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a powerful opinion that spoke to the nation's tolerance for even hateful public speech.



Government shutdown avoided for now, with a two-week funding extension

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

House and Senate leaders on Tuesday bought themselves a little more time in their efforts to avoid a government shutdown, agreeing to a two-week funding extension that also includes $4 billion in spending cuts.
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U-Va. Rotunda waits in line for repairs

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE - Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda, the historic heart of the University of Virginia, is among the most iconic structures in higher education. Yet a close inspection reveals that the proud Corinthian capitals above its entrance are crumbling. The elevator jams at inopportune moments. The...


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As Gaddafi holds on, some Libyans seek foreign intervention

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

BENGHAZI, LIBYA - Rebel leaders in eastern Libya called Tuesday for international military intervention to help topple Moammar Gaddafi, as the realization dawned that people power alone may not be enough to dislodge their nation's autocratic leader from his last remaining strongholds.



Lt. Gen. John Kelly, who lost son to war, says U.S. largely unaware of sacrifice

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Before he addressed the crowd that had assembled in the St. Louis Hyatt Regency ballroom last November, Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly had one request. "Please don't mention my son," he asked the Marine Corps officer introducing him.


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Crisis building on Libyan border

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

TUNIS - The violence in Libya was threatening to turn into a humanitarian crisis Tuesday as thousands of people fleeing into Tunisia overwhelmed relief efforts, creating a bottleneck of evacuees stranded on the Libyan side of the border.
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U.S., Europe tighten noose around Libya's government

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

The United States and its European allies tightened their noose around Libya's besieged government Monday, positioning military assets for possible action in the Mediterranean as they launched humanitarian efforts to assist refugees and rebel forces that have seized the eastern part of the country.


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Outside Yemen's capital, anger and grievances run deep

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

TAIZ, YEMEN - It's 10 p.m. on a Thursday, and Freedom Square is electric. Ten thousand protesters, perhaps more, are waving flags and banners clamoring for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign. On a makeshift stage, 12-year-old Ons Al-Ahdel, dressed in a head-to-toe black abaya and clutching a...



Frank Buckles, last known World War I veteran, dies at 110

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Frank W. Buckles died Sunday, sadly yet not unexpectedly at age 110, having achieved a singular feat of longevity that left him proud and a bit bemused.


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With government shutdown looming, freshmen are the wild cards

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

In just two months, a freshman class of Republicans has found a way to run the House.
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Obama offers states more flexibility in health-care law

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

President Obama sought to defuse criticism of the new health-care overhaul Monday by saying he is willing to give states an earlier opportunity to opt out of certain key requirements - but only if they can find their own ways to accomplish the law's goals.



'King's Speech' as film wins Best Picture Oscar

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

IN LOS ANGELES "The King's Speech," a stirring British costume drama about King George VI's struggle with a speech impediment and the challenges of leadership at the dawn of mass media, won Best Picture and three other prizes Sunday night at the Academy Awards.


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Pressure for change builds across Arab world

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

TUNIS - Tunisia, whose revolution convulsed the Arab world, ousted its second leader in less than two months Sunday, as the euphoria triggered by the uprising in January began to give way to the realization that achieving meaningful reforms may prove tougher than toppling dictators.


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Synthetic marijuana widely used at Naval Academy, some midshipmen say

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

A synthetic form of marijuana is widely used at the U.S. Naval Academy because it cannot be detected in routine drug tests, according to several former midshipmen who have been removed from campus for using or possessing the substance.
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Ohio, Wisconsin shine spotlight on new union battle: Government workers vs. taxpayers

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Across Ohio last week, the legislative push to restrict the union rights of government workers was greeted again and again by noisy protests.



In Cairo, schools reopen as uncertainty remains

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

CAIRO - Fatema Salah said her students had never sung the Egyptian national anthem quite the way they did Sunday, the first day back to school for most Cairo pupils. Before, they shuffled through the morning ritual, heads down and sleepy. This time, standing in the school's shady courtyard for the...



Rebel army may be formed as Tripoli fails to oust Gaddafi

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

BENGHAZI, LIBYA - Army leaders in eastern Libya who have turned against Col. Moammar Gaddafi's regime are preparing to dispatch a rebel force to Tripoli to support the beleaguered uprising there, a top military official said Saturday in Benghazi.


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White House caution in response to Gaddafi's actions was guided by fears for the safety of Americans in Libya

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

As President Obama and his advisers measured their response to the mass killing in Libya over the past week , they were mindful of one particular scene unfolding thousands of miles away.
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