National News

March 28, 2013

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. WHY WALL STREET ISN’T TURNING CARTWHEELS

The S&P 500 hits a new high, but U.S. economic growth remains anemic and the European debt crisis is far from resolved.

2. POPE SIDESTEPS A CHURCH RULE

By washing and kissing the feet of two young women at a juvenile jail, Francis departs from a requirement restricting the Holy Thursday ritual to men.

3. OBAMA FIGHTS FLAGGING MOMENTUM ON GUN CONTROL

“Shame on us if we’ve forgotten,” he says of the Newtown elementary school massacre during an event at the White House.

4. WHAT’S CHANGED IN THE 40 YEARS SINCE U.S. TROOPS LEFT VIETNAM

While the public “might condemn war today, they don’t condemn the warriors,” says former Air Force Sgt. Howard Kern of Ohio.

5. IN CYPRUS, UNEXPECTED CALM

As banks re-open, fears that up to 10 percent of the country’s deposits could be siphoned off appear to have been unjustified.

6. HOW A MESSAGE WAS SENT TO NORTH KOREA

The U.S. dispatched two nuclear-capable B-2 bombers to take part in military drills with the South.

7. THE SCOOP ON POWER SCOOTERS

Many people who use them don’t really need to, leading to hundreds of millions of dollars of unnecessary Medicare spending, the government says.

8. FILL ‘ER UP — WITH SUNSHINE

A solar-powered plane that has wowed crowds in Europe is set to fly across the U.S.

9. BARBARA WALTERS CALLING IT A CAREER

The trailblazer in news and daytime TV is planning to retire next May.

10. WHO WILL EARN MORE THAN ALL THE HOUSTON ASTROS COMBINED

The Yanks’ Alex Rodriguez — who’s out with an injury — will take home $29 million this season.

 

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  • Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

    Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead.

    April 20, 2014

  • In West Bank, teen offenders face different fates

    The boys were both 15, with the crackly voices and awkward peach fuzz of adolescence. They lived just a few minutes away from one another in the West Bank. And both were accused of throwing stones at vehicles, one day after the other.

    April 20, 2014

  • Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

    April 20, 2014

  • Fracking foes cringe as unions back drilling boom

    After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom.

    April 20, 2014

  • In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

    Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

    April 20, 2014

  • ‘Capt. America’ tops box office for third week

    Captain America continues to vanquish box office foes, triumphing in ticket sales for the third consecutive week and dominating over megastar Johnny Depp’s new movie.

    April 20, 2014

  • Probe could complicate Rick Perry’s prospects

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    April 20, 2014

  • NASA’s space station Robonaut finally getting legs

    Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs.

    April 19, 2014

  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    Government documents show that General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and warranty repair claims.

    April 19, 2014

  • Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

    The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.

    April 19, 2014