February 7, 2016

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With election campaign in full swing, shadow money returns

WASHINGTON — Campaign money from shadowy sources is back this election. More than $4 million of it channeled to outside groups helping presidential candidates has come from unknown or masked donors. Super political action committees, or super PACs, helping White House hopefuls like Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton received big checks recently from obscure corporations Read More…

‘It was my first bomb; I hope it will be the last': Pilot describes explosion at 11,000 feet over Somalia

MOGADISHU, Somalia — The pilot of a passenger plane that was damaged in an explosion and fire over Somalia described on Wednesday how the crew jumped into action to fly the plane back to Mogadishu airport and keep the passengers calm even as smoke enveloped the passenger cabin and wind rushed through a hole blown Read More…

Sexually-transmitted case of Zika confirmed in Texas

DALLAS — Health officials on Tuesday reported that a person in Texas has become infected with the Zika virus through sex in the first case of the illness being transmitted within the United States amid the current outbreak in Latin America. The unidentified person had not traveled but had sex with a person who had Read More…

Donors face record request of $9 billion for Syrian aid

AMMAN, Jordan — International aid to the victims of Syria’s five-year war, including millions forced to flee their homes, has persistently fallen short, but organizers of Thursday’s annual Syria pledging conference hope for greater generosity this time around, despite a record request of close to $9 billion for 2016. The expectations are partly based on Read More…

Virginia Tech student now accused of greater role in teen’s fatal stabbing

BLACKSBURG, Va. — A Virginia Tech student who was initially accused of helping dispose of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell’s body is now believed by authorities to have played a bigger role in the girl’s stabbing death. Just exactly what Natalie Keepers is accused of doing still hasn’t been explained. She faces a bail hearing Wednesday, a Read More…

Judge could rule on Cosby’s bid to dismiss sexual assault case; comedian claims he was promised immunity

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A suburban Philadelphia judge hopes to decide whether to dismiss a sexual assault case against actor Bill Cosby over an unwritten promise of immunity a former prosecutor says he gave Cosby’s now-deceased lawyer a decade ago. Judge Steven T. O’Neill puzzled over the testimony of former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor Read More…

Big freight railroads to miss safety technology deadline

WASHINGTON — Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told the government they won’t meet a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last May. Canadian National Railway, CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern say they won’t be Read More…

‘Serial’ podcast subject seeks new trial

BALTIMORE — A convicted murderer who was the focus of a popular podcast is returning to court to argue he deserves another trial and a new chance at freedom. The podcast “Serial” revolved around the story of Adnan Syed, now 35 and serving a life sentence. At 19, he was convicted of strangling his high Read More…

‘What if’ moments define Super Bowl legacies

Imagine a world where the name Scott Norwood evokes awe in Buffalo, not “aww, dude.” A world where David Tyree is just another former NFL player with a two-sentence Wikipedia entry, not the guy who seemingly magnetized a ball to his helmet and helped spoil New England’s shot at perfection. A world where Marshawn Lynch Read More…

Rand Paul announces he’s quitting bid for GOP presidential nomination

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, speaks to supporters with his wife Kelley by his side, during a caucus night victory party at the Scottish Rite Consistory in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday. AP PHOTO

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican Sen. Rand Paul dropped his 2016 campaign for president Wednesday, eclipsed by other candidates who kept his base of support from growing into a viable force in the crowded 2016 field. Campaign spokeswoman Eleanor May confirmed the move to The Associated Press, saying a statement would be forthcoming. He is now expected Read More…