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Sky clearing for Obama’s second-term pursuit of peace

WASHINGTON - In a world scarred by war and threats of still more of it, Barack Obama clings in the final quarter of his presidency to the hope that his lasting legacy will be as a peacemaker.Despite having already received a surprise Nobel Peace Prize, given essentially on the hope that he ...

Pretend your next breath is your last

Three summers ago, just days after my 55th birthday, my 4-year-old grandson stood next to me at the bathroom sink and stared into the mirror as I dabbed a few drops of liquid makeup around my face and started spreading it around.He was trying to be patient, as he knew I had to finish whatever ...

No one is entitled to sanctuary from the law

According to the Wall Street Journal, the last serious attempt to count the number of federal criminal laws appears to have been made in 1982 by a retired Justice Department official named Ronald Gainer. He failed, but the estimate then was "...50 titles and 23,000 pages of federal law." Many ...

Abortion reality refutes justice theory

I wonder what John Rawls would think of the market for fetal livers.The great liberal philosopher isn't quite a household name, but his influence on contemporary American liberalism and political philosophy is hard to overstate.Before his death in 2002, Rawls was arguably the foremost proponent ...

Is Obama witting or witless on Iraq nuclear deal?

"I was elected to end wars, not start them." - Barack Obama"The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it." - George OrwellA question has hung in the air since Barack Obama first moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and began his "fundamental transformation" of this country: Did he intend harm, ...

South Carolina heals by applying unity

In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name.The 21-year-old man-boy, who allegedly murdered nine people and incited unity instead of the race war he hoped for, has been condemned to an eternal slog not toward fame but to ignominy.He is no one."We don't say his name," Gov. Nikki Haley ...

Graham dares to work across partisan aisle

In the matter of selecting a 2016 presidential nominee, the Republican Party could go a lot farther and do a lot worse - and almost certainly will - than to choose U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.What sets Lindsey Graham conspicuously apart from so many of the merchants of venom ...

Colorado theater shooter guilty

Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was convicted Thursday of killing 12 people and wounding scores of others in a methodical attack on a midnight movie premier. Here's a look at the key elements of the case:---THE CRIMEAbout 420 people were watching a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight ...

Victims, public officials react to shooting verdict

How some survivors and public officials reacted to Thursday's conviction of 27-year-old James Holmes:"It's unreal. Someone attempted to murder me, in a movie theater, when I was just doing nothing. ... Finally, this is coming to a close." - Jansen Young, who was wounded in the attack. She went ...

Somali militant leader, others killed in US drone strike

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - A senior commander and other members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab have been killed in a U.S. drone strike in southwestern Somalia, Somali and U.S. officials and a militant commander said Thursday.The attack Wednesday night near the rebel-held town of ...

10 things to know today: Friday, July 17

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT CHATTANOOGA SHOOTERFederal officials say they have no evidence yet that anyone but the 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was involved in the rampage that killed ...

Train derails, leaking crude

CULBERTSON, Mont. (AP) - More than 20 cars on an oil train derailed in rural northeastern Montana and at least two of them were leaking crude, authorities said. Some area homes were evacuated.There were no immediate reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained ...

Coal pit collapse kills 5 miners

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - A wall in a vast coal pit collapsed in the central Philippines early Friday, killing five workers and leaving at least four others missing at a site where a similar deadly accident occurred two years ago, a governor said Friday.Antique provincial Gov. Rhodora Cadiao ...

Court: man can’t recover cash

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - The state appeals court says Calhoun County can keep $11,400, a gun and a camera seized from a car, although the owner wasn't charged with a drug crime.The court says there's a preponderance of evidence that the cash was tied to illegal activity. In a seizure case, ...

Ford temprorily halts Edge sales

DETROIT (AP) - Ford is temporarily halting sales of some Edge SUVs because water can leak inside and cause damage.Ford began producing the new Edge in February. The issue involves Edges built before April 28.Ford Motor Co. says around 19,000 SUVs potentially affected by the issue have already ...

Oldest vet to meet Obama

DETROIT (AP) - A 110-year-old woman believed to be the nation's oldest veteran will soon be making a trip to Washington that includes a scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama.Longtime Detroit resident Emma Didlake, a veteran of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II, is ...

Race hustlers want Civil War to continue

In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer's hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect. Blacks and whites in South Carolina came together to condemn his act and the race hate behind it.Some saw in the decision to remove the Confederate flag from in ...

Bill Cosby, public moralist, silenced

You might have missed the irony.If so, it would be easy to understand. Last week's bulletin about accused serial rapist Bill Cosby was sensational enough that one might be forgiven for failing to notice one of its more subtle facets.As you no doubt already know, a federal judge sided with the ...

Trump, Sanders shake up expected party narratives

WASHINGTON - A 2016 presidential longshot in each party contest - Donald Trump in the Republican and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic - is currently applying pressures on the other candidates, but in distinctly different ways.Trump is swinging a sledgehammer on the GOP field with his racist ...

Dear Texas: What are you afraid of now?

Well, there you go again, Texas, making me wish we still had your Molly Ivins around to make sense of you.As the late, great columnist once so wisely explained, "Many a time freedom has been rolled back - and always for the same reason: fear."I took that to heart while reading a boatload of ...