President Obama on Thursday will outline for Congress his new jobs-creation plan amid the grimmest employment picture in decades, with private sector hiring at a virtual standstill and state and local governments cutting jobs by the thousands to plug budget shortfalls.
A federal appeals court in Virginia has dismissed two lawsuits that had claimed President Obama's health care overhaul was unconstitutional.
The unanimous decision was issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. It is the second appellate court ruling affirming the government's right to require individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. A federal appeals court in Cincinnati also upheld the law, but an appeals court in Atlanta struck down the insurance mandate.
August was the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan. Sixty-six U.S. service members were killed, including 30 Americans who were shot down in a Chinook transport helicopter by the Taliban on August 6.
Bonham – Felony charges have been dropped against the suspect in a 2008 dog attack on a woman and a little girl in Bonham.
John Hardy Taylor died from a heat stroke last month, leaving no case for the prosecution. Hardy was facing four counts of attack by a dog after his pit bulls attacked the 44-year-old woman and 11-year-old girl in the downtown area.
The office of Fannin County District Attorney Richard Glaser dropped the four charges on Wednesday.
Greenville – A Hunt County judge has issued a new arrest warrant for an Arlington woman charged in an area theft ring after she was a no show in court Tuesday.
Hillary Lynn Clark was scheduled to enter a guilty plea during the hearing. She is one of three people, all from Arlington, alleged to have been involved in an organized crime ring that targeted area Wal-Marts.
The initial investigation of all suspects stemmed from an incident at the Commerce Wal-Mart in 2009.
The road from Kabul to Jalalabad that NPR Morning Edition host Renee Montagne and I took earlier this week passes through some spectacular scenery — the road carves its way through the Kabul Gorge, between craggy, rock cliffs on one side and the Kabul River on the other –- often, a dizzying 1,000 feet below.
Something violent is going on the night sky, right now. And scientists studying the phenomenon said yesterday that with a pair good binoculars or a telescope you can see a star in its final throes causing a spectacular explosion called a supernova.
Even though the star is 21 million light years away from Earth, the explosion is the closest and brightest astronomers have found in decades. Today will be its brightest night.