February 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is moving toward a major policy shift on Syria that could provide the rebels with equipment such as body armor, armored vehicles, and possible military training and could send humanitarian assistance directly to Syria's opposition political coalition, according to U.S. and European officials. The administration has not provided direct aid to either the military or political side of the opposition throughout the two-year-old Syrian conflict, and U.S. officials remain opposed to providing weapons to the rebels.
January 8, 2013 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The officers struggled to hold back the tears as they recalled the Colorado theater shooting: discovering a 6-year-old girl without a pulse, trying to keep a wounded man from jumping out of a moving police car to go back for his 7-year-old daughter, screaming at a gunshot victim not to die. "After I saw what I saw in the theater - horrific - I didn't want anyone else to die," said Officer Justin Grizzle, who ferried the wounded to...
October 22, 2012
THE PRESIDENTIAL race is long and grueling, and a year's worth of stump speeches and debates is bound to produce a few gaffes. Still, when candidate Mitt Romney was asked if he'd support a ban on assault weapons during last week's town hall, his response was bizarre by any measure. He ended up making a speech about his belief in the importance of two-parent families, and if we may follow the long and winding road to the end of his tortuous reasoning, he implied that such households would produce a less-violent culture and fewer murderers, and that in this two-parent paradise, we wouldn't need to worry about banning assault weapons.
September 21, 2012 |
Karl Urban faced an acting challenge in Dredd 3D not unlike trying to juggle with an arm tied behind his back. As the futuristic lawman of comic-book renown, he spends the entire film, which opens Friday, in a helmet with an opaque visor covering most of his face. "It's a huge challenge," says the 40-year-old New Zealand actor who is emerging as one of cinema's top action stars. "The challenge was how to communicate to the audience without the use of my eyes. "The challenge was compounded by the fact that the character of Dredd operates with a particularly narrow bandwidth," Urban continues in a hotel suite during a promotional stop in Philadelphia.
September 13, 2012 |
A Philadelphia police officer accidentally shot by his partner during a car stop left the hospital Wednesday, authorities said, exhausted and sore, but with no serious injuries. SWAT officer Jose Roman was wearing his bulletproof vest when he was hit in the side by a shotgun blast from his partner that ricocheted off either the ground or a car. Roman's partner fired on a suspect Tuesday night in North Philadelphia, police said, after the two stopped a car with three men inside.
July 25, 2012 |
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - His hair dyed a shocking comic-book shade of orange-red, James Holmes showed up in court for the first time, but didn't seem to be there at all. The world's first look at the man accused of killing 12 moviegoers and injuring 58 in a shooting rampage at a packed midnight screening of the new Batman film was of a sleepy, seemingly inattentive suspect. Holmes, 24, shuffled into court Monday in a maroon jailhouse jumpsuit with his hands cuffed. Unshaven and appearing dazed, he sat virtually motionless, his eyes drooping as the judge advised him of the severity of the case.
October 1, 2011 |
The tools of the trade say it all about baseball's most demanding position. None of the other eight players on the field are required to wear body armor - a mask, shinguards, a heavily padded glove, a chest protector. Oh yes, and a cup which, as Carlos Ruiz was painfully reminded two months ago, is not always sufficient. Catchers are the game's engineers. They call the pitches and position their teammates. They are the line of communication between the dugout and the field.
September 28, 2011 |
Nasuil Martinez must have been really taken with Carlos Fernandez's watch and diamond stud earrings. On Tuesday, a photo of Martinez, 21, allegedly sporting Fernandez's missing baubles became the evidence that led a Municipal Court judge to order the Kensington man to stand trial in the shooting death of Fernandez. Fernandez's death on Dec. 21 - and two incidents in which Martinez shot at a total of six police officers, wounding one - are part of an alleged crime spree that enabled Martinez to acquire in two weeks the sort of criminal record that takes some people years.
May 1, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Throughout history, military gear has been made with the male physique in mind. But for women in today's combat or in jobs close to combat, that can mean body armor that fits so poorly firing a weapon is difficult, combat uniforms with knee pads that hit around mid-shin, and flight suits that make urinating while in a plane nearly impossible. With women taking on new roles, the issue is getting fresh attention from the military. Seven hundred female Army troops are testing a new combat uniform for women with shorter sleeves and knee pads in the right place for their generally shorter legs.
October 28, 2010 |
Shonna McNeil offered the jurors her best reason why they should spare the life of admitted murderer Rasheed Scrugs, her estranged husband and the father of her two boys, ages 5 and 6. "I think every child deserves to have a father and know who that father is," she told the eight women and four men. "The only ones who are really hurt in the end are the children. . . . I want my kids to know who their father is, that he is not a bad person and has a good heart. " For Kimmy Pawlowski, it must have seemed the final insult.