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Danger and separation from families changing job of U.S. diplomats
18 May 2013 at 10:41pm
By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When the Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda placed a bounty on her husband's head, Mary Feierstein learned of it from a friend who called and said, "You must be a mess!" U.S. Ambassador Gerald Feierstein was thousands of miles (km) away at the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, without his wife and family on what is called an "unaccompanied" posting. He is one of more than a thousand U.S. diplomats on such tours of duty in danger spots around the world, part of a trend that is changing the definition of being a diplomat. ...
Today in History
18 May 2013 at 9:01pm
Today is Sunday, May 19, the 139th day of 2013. There are 226 days left in the year.
FBI searches apartment in ricin letter case
18 May 2013 at 6:29pm
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) ? Authorities in hazardous materials suits searched a downtown Spokane apartment Saturday, investigating the recent discovery of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin.
Ex-Pa. officer once hailed as hero faces charges
18 May 2013 at 6:27pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) ? A former Philadelphia police officer once hailed as a hero and given a seat next to the first lady at a speech by President Obama has been arrested and charged with rape and other crimes.
Victims: Marines failed to safeguard water supply
18 May 2013 at 5:25pm
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) ? A simple test could have alerted officials that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated, long before authorities determined that as many as a million Marines and their families were exposed to a witch's brew of cancer-causing chemicals.
Republican cites IRS scandal in close Virginia governor's race
18 May 2013 at 3:08pm
By Gary Robertson RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - Virginia Republicans on Saturday formally nominated Ken Cuccinelli for governor in the nation's marquee 2013 political race, and the conservative attorney general wasted no time reminding voters of the scandals facing President Barack Obama. "I am not a true conservative because I have not been investigated by the IRS," joked Cuccinelli, referring to the controversy that has engulfed the federal tax collection agency over its targeting of conservative Tea Party groups. ...
First lady to high school grads: Live your dreams
18 May 2013 at 2:08pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ? First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for some Tennessee high school graduates: Strike your own path in college and life and work to overcome inevitable failures with determination and grit.
Obama's Morehouse visit shines spotlight on HBCUs
18 May 2013 at 1:42pm
ATLANTA (AP) ? When President Barack Obama addresses graduates at Morehouse College on Sunday, he'll also be speaking to the broader community of historically black colleges and universities ? a proud corner of higher education that has struggled more than most during the last few years of economic distress.
Obama takes Cabinet secretaries out to play golf
18 May 2013 at 1:13pm
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama has taken two Cabinet secretaries out for a round of golf ? in the rain.
Dems' Senate campaigns marked by internal battles
18 May 2013 at 12:48pm
ATLANTA (AP) ? Republicans aren't the only ones roiled by internal jostling and recruiting hiccups ahead of next year's midterm elections.
Obama agenda marches on despite controversies
18 May 2013 at 12:47pm
Despite Democratic fears, predictions of the demise of President Barack Obama's agenda appear exaggerated after a week of cascading controversies, political triage by the administration and party leaders ...
The President's Umbrella Scandal Folded Before It Could Take Off
18 May 2013 at 11:40am
There was a brief moment where some conservative were trying to make a scandal out of the President's moment in the rain on Thursday. But unfortunately that scandal died before it could really take off. During his Thursday press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, a Marine officer held an umbrella over the President's head to protect him from the rain. There were many problems with this, according to a select group of people.
IRS probe ignored most influential groups
18 May 2013 at 11:15am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? There's an irony in the Internal Revenue Service's crackdown on conservative groups.
Wyo. student who threatened to rape self on Facebook was convicted of assault
18 May 2013 at 10:48am
The 28-year-old University of Wyoming student who allegedly threatened herself with rape in a Facebook hoax in April was convicted of aggravated assault in 2005 after she brandished a gun at an employer who fired her.
A look at why the Benghazi issue keeps coming back
18 May 2013 at 10:44am
WASHINGTON (AP) ? The night of smoke, chaos, gunfire and grenades that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, is well-documented. Eight months later, it is the decisions made back in Washington that remain murky and in perpetual dispute.