April 18, 2015

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Friend feared Capitol gyrocopter pilot would get shot down

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Florida postal worker who piloted a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol lawn to call attention to his belief that campaign finance laws are too weak is “a patriot” who first came up with the idea about a year ago, a friend said. Doug Hughes, 61, called his friend Mike Shanahan Read More…

Obama’s climate change plan facing legal challenge

WASHINGTON — The cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s plan to address climate change is still months away from being finished, but it’s already facing a high-stakes legal challenge from critics who want to halt the process in its tracks. A federal appeals court hears arguments Thursday in two cases challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s far-reaching Read More…

Angry relatives of ferry sinking victims unmoved by South Korean president

SEOUL, South Korea — Angry relatives of passengers who drowned in a ferry sinking snubbed South Korea’s president on the disaster’s anniversary Thursday, even as she pledged to salvage the ship. Tears and grief mixed with raw fury as black-clad relatives and their supporters mourned the 304 victims of the ferry Sewol, most of whom Read More…

Search efforts redoubled for missing Malaysia Airlines flight

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 23,000 square miles in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May, officials said Thursday, affirming their commitment to not give up until it is located. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai said Read More…

New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits

TOPEKA, Kan. — A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items. More than 20 other states have such lists. But, the one included by the Republican-dominated Kansas Read More…

End of an era: Gisele takes last trip down catwalk

SAO PAULO — Gisele Bundchen bid adieu to the catwalk Wednesday night, strutting her stuff at an emotionally charged show in Sao Paulo that she said will be her last stroll down a runway in a 20-year career that has made her a fashion legend. The 34-year-old Brazilian mother of two, who is married to Read More…

Ex-Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez found guilty of 1st-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him. Hernandez, 25, who had been considered one Read More…

Standoff continues between White House, Congress over Iran deal

WASHINGTON — Legislation empowering Congress to reject an emerging Iran nuclear pact is expected to sail through both houses of Congress, leaving President Barack Obama with the tough task of selling the deal to skeptical lawmakers. “I don’t know how you cut a deal with the devil and think the devil is going to keep Read More…

Patriots tight end Hernandez convicted of first-degree murder

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him. Hernandez, 25, looked to his right and pursed his lips after the Read More…

One positive benefit in euro drop: Cheaper vacations, particularly for Americans

LISBON, Portugal — Vacations in Europe have a new attraction: the euro’s steep drop in value is making the continent much cheaper for tourists from across the world, especially the United States and China. For American tourists, the dollar’s strength translates into a discount of around 25 percent compared with this time last year. China’s Read More…