A 61-year-old volunteer search and rescue worker fell to his death in Washington state after trying to save a hiker who had earlier plunged about 100 feet at a waterfall in mountains north of
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has chosen former Procter & Gamble Chief Executive Bob McDonald, an Army veteran, as his nominee to be the next secretary of veterans affairs, a senior Obama administration official said on Sunday. Obama’s announcement of McDonald, 61, will be made this week, possibly on Monday. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald would be tasked with repairing the Veterans Administration after widespread evidence of delays in military veterans getting healthcare at VA facilities.
A U.S. federal appeals court has reinstated a criminal charge of obstruction of Congress against a former BP Plc executive accused of downplaying the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Friday said a lower court judge misinterpreted the obstruction statute in dismissing the charge against David Rainey, a former BP exploration vice president.
WASHINGTON — The Libyan militia leader accused of being part of the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has been “compliant but not cooperative” with U.S. interrogators, Representative Mike Rogers said on Sunday.
A boiler room fire aboard a Holland America cruise ship carrying nearly 2,900 people prompted the vessel to return to port in Seattle but caused no significant damage or injuries, the
A 5.2-magnitude earthquake near the border of Arizona and New Mexico rattled a significant swath of the
MINNEAPOLIS — Regardless of whether Kevin Love remains with the Timberwolves after today’s draft, NBA TV analyst Steve Smith says it’s time for them to move on with the 13th pick. “Need an insurance policy of a big (man),” Smith said in an interview with the Pioneer Press. Smith looks at power forward Adreian Payne — a fellow Michigan State alum — as the safeguard to the Wolves’ perilous future with Love, who has given no indication that he wants to return to Minnesota when he can opt out of his contract next July. Many teams are reportedly angling for Love, with some offering draft picks.
DENVER — A Colorado county has agreed to pay $30,000 to a female victim of domestic violence who was jailed for three days at the request of U.S. immigration authorities even after a judge ordered her released, a civil rights group said on Thursday. The settlement with the woman came on the heels of recent court decisions that said local police who hold suspected illegal immigrants at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, officials could be liable for constitutional violations.
BOSTON — A 66-year-old Connecticut woman was found dead in the basement of her home after the first floor collapsed under the weight of a waist-deep pile of newspapers, bottles and other household detritus, local police said on Sunday. Police in the suburb of Cheshire, Connecticut, responded to the home of Beverly Mitchell on Thursday after a local mail carrier alerted them that her deliveries were piling up outside the single-story house.
Hundreds of firefighters on Sunday were battling a wildfire in southern California that prompted the evacuation of about 500 homes, local officials said. The Shirley Fire was only 5 percent contained and burning more than 800 acres, sending smoke plumes across the Kern River Valley, about 130 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Mandatory evacuations of about 500 homes in proximity to the blaze northeast of the city of Bakersfield started Saturday, according to a statement from the Kern County Sheriff’s office.