LANCASTER, Tex. — On Saturday, when Chris Kyle, a retired Navy SEAL sniper, parked his truck outside Eddie Ray Routh’s house in this Dallas suburb, the two men were virtual strangers. Their plan was to spend the afternoon at a remote shooting range, one of Mr. Kyle’s techniques for helping struggling veterans adjust to civilian life. But by the evening, the police had arrested Mr. Routh, charging him with the shooting deaths of Mr. Kyle and another man, Chad Littlefield. (Snip) he knew Mr. Routh’s mother, Jodi Routh, who had recently asked for help for her son, a former Marine
This is, to me, one of the most interesting news stories in quite a while: DNA testing has confirmed that a skeleton dug up under a parking lot in Leicester is that of Richard III, the last Plantagenet King of England and one of Shakespeare’s great villains. This is what the skeleton looked like when it was discovered amid the foundations of a Franciscan friary, the very place where historical sources said Richard’s body was taken after the Battle of Bosworth in 1485: The body’s hands appeared to have been tied, and Richard seems to have died
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Gasoline prices almost always rise early in the year. Just not this fast. Or this high. The national average for a gallon of regular jumped 17 cents in the last week, reaching $3.52. In Houston Monday, the average price was $3.357 a gallon, up from $3.175 a week ago. Californians suffered even more of a shock, with the statewide average climbing 23 cents in one week, to hit $3.91 on Monday, according to a daily price survey from the AAA auto club. Gas in California now costs more than it ever
AUSTIN - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is airing radio ads in California to convince companies there to relocate to the Lone Star state. A public-private marketing partnership called TexasOne is paying for the 30-second advertisement that touts the state´s low taxes and industry-friendly regulations along with strict limits on lawsuits. In the ad, Perry says that he hears "building a business in California is next to impossible." He calls on California businesses to "come check out Texas."
When Ted Nugent sat down with Piers Morgan in Texas tonight, he delivered the CNN host his most explosive interview since last month’s showdown with Alex Jones. Morgan began by asking Nugent to explain to him, “in the least inflammatory way possible” why Americans need the AR-15 assault rifle. When Nugent began talking about the millions of Americans who own guns and have “never caused a problem, never had an accident and will never commit a crime,” Morgan responded by listing off the number of gun murders and suicides each year in this country. “Do you care about murders?”
For Americans who came of age in an era marked by worries about scarce world oil supplies, dominant international oil cartels and unrest in the Middle East, the times are changing — quickly. Technologies bred in America are unlocking reserves of oil that for decades were considered out of reach. With oil production from shale rock, oil sands and deep-sea drilling booming in the U.S., Canada, Brazil and elsewhere, worries about Middle East-based oil cartels and vulnerable Persian Gulf supply lines are close to becoming things of the past.
Former president George W. Bush’s dog Barney has gone to that great kennel club in the sky. But I’ll bet Barney died smiling. He lived to see the day when humans finally acknowledged that cats are a menace. In fact, government-affiliated scientists have produced statistical proof of feline perfidy, in a new study showing that cats stalk and kill 2.4?billion birds and 12.3?billion mammals in the United States each year, give or take a few billion. This “kill rate” is two to four times higher than previously believed
The Obama administration’s latest revision of its contraceptive policy was welcomed by some religious people as a breakthrough, even a “miracle.” Upon reflection, it seems less like the parting of the Red Sea than a parlor trick. At issue is whether Obamacare’s broad mandate of insurance coverage for contraceptives, sterilization and abortifacients should apply to institutions with moral objections. For more than a year, the administration has struggled to clarify a set of regulations, while provoking 44 legal challenges.
For a change, people were laughing with John Kerry, not at him. Through much of his political career, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, his party’s 2004 presidential nominee, was easily lampooned for his awkward self-importance. But when he showed up in Foggy Bottom on Monday for his first day as secretary of state, Kerry delivered punch lines without strain or struggle. “So here’s the big question that’s before the country and the world and the State Department after the last eight years,” he told hundreds of diplomats who packed the State Department lobby
LONDON— British soldiers in Afghanistan have been issued with surveillance drones so small they can fit in the palm of a man´s hand. The Scandinavian-designed Black Hornet Nano weighs as little as 16 grams (roughly half an ounce) — the same as a finch. The 4-inch (10-centimeter) -long helicopter is fitted with a tiny camera which relays still images and video to a remote terminal. "We used it to look for insurgent firing points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing, which is a real asset," said Sgt. Christopher Petherbridge, with Britain´s Brigade Reconnaissance Force.
They’re at it again. The latest public rant against Michelle Obama’s effort to promote low-calorie school lunches was recently caught on tape in Alabama — the usual protest against the federal government meddling in local business. And then it quickly found its way around to the first lady’s posterior. “Fat butt Michelle Obama,” said Bob Grisham, a high school football coach who was surreptitiously recorded by one of his students. “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.” Grisham, who was suspended Monday
Signing up an estimated 30 million uninsured Americans for coverage under the health-care law is shaping up to be, if not a bureaucratic nightmare, at the very least a daunting task. While some people will find registering for health insurance as easy as booking a flight online, vast numbers who are confused by the myriad choices will need to sit down with someone who can walk them through the process. Enter the “navigators,” an enormous new workforce of helpers required under the law. In large measure, the success of the law and its overriding aim
Last night, as millions of viewers across America watched, Beyoncé Knowles wiggled, shook, thrusted, strutted, shrieked, and convulsed during the Super Bowl halftime show. Her outfit left little to the imagination, except perhaps to speculate on which Satanic cult lent her the risqué costume. The singer’s choice of moves and attire bars her from future complaints of being reduced to a sex object. But Michelle Obama is proud of Beyoncé, tweeting her approval of the “phenomenal” performance
Anderson Cooper´s 10pm show is set to be slashed by CNN chief Jeff Zucker to make room for a big new hire, network sources have revealed. The TV favourite, 45, hosts Anderson Cooper 360° at 8pm every weekday and the show is repeated at 10pm, with Brit Piers Morgan sandwiched in between. However, as part of a huge raft of changes at the network, Zucker plans to axe the 10pm segment, paving the way for a news star to anchor another show.
So many storylines that went into the NFL championship game last night: from two brothers coaching against each other to a first year starting quarterback versus one who has been dogged by skeptics of his ability to win ´the big one,´ to the ´gay bowl´ (a Ravens player wanting to use his platform to advance gay marriage versus a 49ers player who doesn´t think homosexual practicing men would be very welcome in an NFL locker room). But even though the game turned out to be a good one, it´s hard to say that anything should
Last week while MSNBC was busy deceptively editing a video of Neil Heslin, the father of a child murdered in the Newtown, Connecticut mass shooting, the "Lean Forward" network and the rest of the liberal media failed to notice the pro-gun rights testimony of another Newtown father, Bill Stevens. While he was fortunate enough to not have lost a child that day, Mr. Stevens has a daughter in 5th grade and her classmate´s little sister was among those killed. "Charlton Heston made the phrase ´From my cold dead hands´ famous and I am here to tell you today,
President Obama passed through Minneapolis today to push his gun control agenda. He met with local law enforcement officers, and delivered a photo-op speech in front of a backdrop of uniformed law enforcement personnel. The speech, while brief, was marked by Obama’s trademark incoherence. Everything is “reasonable,” and “common sense,” and favored by pretty much everyone. And yet, if you actually listen to what he says, it makes no sense at all. You can watch the speech here. After introducing various dignitaries, Obama set the stage by declaring
The forensic scientist for the Bridgeport, Conn. Police Department sharply criticized proposed assault weapon and high-capacity magazine bans and pointed out the small number of crimes committed by high-capacity weapons in public hearing testimony last week. Marshall K. Robinson, who said his area of expertise is “firearm and tool mark identification,” testified at the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group, which was convened at the Connecticut State Capitol in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. There he opposed statements from many of the other 1,300 speakers in attendance advocating for banning high-capacity AR-15 and AK-47 firearms.
No, there will not be a Senator Romney anytime soon. Looking to quiet chatter that he´s considering running in the special election to fill newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry´s Massachusetts Senate seat, Mitt Romney´s eldest son Tagg issued a statement today breaking the news to supporters: "The timing is not right." "I have been humbled by the outreach I received this weekend encouraging me to become a candidate for the U.S. Senate," he said. "I love my home state and admit it would be an honor to represent the citizens
With President Obama heading out on the road today for another campaign stop to promote his gun control package, thanks go, as they often have in the past, to Vice President Biden for helping to put the issue in perspective with some unscripted candor. The tenor of the discussion about the proposals has, since the president first unveiled them last month, been largely emotional as it seeks to tap into the universal horror felt by Americans about the Newtown shooting. But Biden made it clear that any thought that the White House’s advocacy on guns was geared to prevent
I never realized that the conservative media were so eye-poppingly powerful. So mighty, in fact, that liberal politicians can´t seem to stop talking about how they are running roughshod over the country. My response: Can we please stop the whining? The latest to rant about the right is Al Gore. The former vice president told Charlie Rose that President Barack Obama had been cautious, and when the CBS anchor asked whether there was "a very hostile environment for progressive ideas," Gore had his culprit ready: "Fox News and right-wing talk radio. In Tennessee
Couches throughout the nation have become notorious for containing flame-retardant chemicals that may do more harm than good. Now, it turns out, those chemicals may also be leaching from the walls that surround you. Because of laws passed in the 1970s, many homes and workplaces built in the United States since then contain foam insulation doused with flame retardants. Not only are these substances potentially hazardous, but they also often do not make a structure any safer from fire, say researchers from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and other institutions, in a study published in November.
A recently discovered new form of Android malware called DroidCleaner can not only infect your smartphone, but also targets your PC to spy on you. Researchers at the security firm Kaspersky Labs have uncovered new malware which poses as a "cleaner" app -- or an app used to free memory on Google´s OS -- in the Google (GOOG) Play app store. Once an Android user downloads the app, the malware infects the user´s smartphone and can also be uploaded to the user´s PC if they plug the device into their Windows computer in the USB drive mode.
I know, I know. It is way too early to be talking about 2016, and believe me when I say I´m still recovering from 2012. But...The Washington Post´s She the People blog asserts that current Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has suggested she´s interested in running for the top job in four years, joining a list that includes Martin O´Malley, Deval Patrick, Hillary Clinton, and of course, Joe Biden. If, as she has maintained, Hillary really isn´t interested in the job, says STP´s Karen Tumulty, then Napolitano is a viable female candidate,
MIDLAND CITY, Ala. — A six-day standoff between an angry and violent survivalist who held a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker and a legion of local, state and federal law enforcement officials ended on Monday with the death of the kidnapper and the freeing of the boy.(Snip)sensing that Mr. Dykes was becoming rattled and that the threat to the boy was growing more severe, the authorities dropped two devices into the bunker that created loud explosions, heard by people across the highway. The explosions disoriented Mr. Dykes, and immediately afterward two or three men moved into the bunker
Tomorrow at the White House, President Barack Obama will bring in "progressive and labor leaders" for an immigration discussion. He´ll also be meeting with "business leaders" to discuss the same topic. "In the afternoon, the President will continue his dialogue with outside leaders on a number of issues – including immigration reform and how it fits into his broader economic agenda, and his efforts to achieve balanced deficit reduction. The President will host two separate meetings at the White House, one with progressive and labor leaders and the other with business leaders.