April 18, 2013 |
The regular signing period for a number of NCAA sports begins Wednesday, and Jessie Graham will become the first tennis player in Academy of Notre Dame history to complete a letter of intent with a Division I school. It's a neat distinction. It's a distinction that Graham doesn't think she deserves. It's a distinction that needs an asterisk. About 22 years ago, a terrific young tennis player walked the halls of Notre Dame and signed a letter of intent with the University of Florida.
April 17, 2013 |
BOSTON - Carlos Arredondo ran across Boylston Street, jumped the security fence and landed in the middle of fallen bodies. Two women lay motionless. Another woman was standing, frozen, looking down at the wounded and repeating, "Oh my God. " Arredondo had come to the Boston Marathon to watch National Guardsmen run the race in honor of fallen soldiers, including the son Arredondo lost in Iraq. He carried a camera and a small American flag. On the other side of the fence now, he dropped the flag.
March 31, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian rebels on Friday captured a strategic town near the border with Jordan after a day of fierce clashes that killed at least 38 people, activists said, as opposition fighters expand their presence in the south, considered a gateway to Damascus. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 16 rebels were among the dead in the fighting in and around Dael. The town lies less than 10 miles from the Jordanian border in Daraa province, where the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's regime began two years ago. The rebel gains have coincided with what regional officials and military experts say is a sharp increase in weapons shipments to opposition fighters by Arab governments in coordination with the United States in the hopes of readying a push into Assad's stronghold in the capital, Damascus.
March 31, 2013
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March 29, 2013 |
SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's leader said Friday that his rocket forces were ready "to settle accounts with the U.S.," an escalation of the country's bellicose rhetoric and a direct response to the unprecedented announcement that U.S. nuclear-capable B-2 bombers had joined military drills with South Korea. Kim Jong Un's comments in a meeting with his senior generals are part of a rising tide of threats meant to highlight anger over the military drills and recent U.N. sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear test.
March 27, 2013 |
He could have been president of the United States. He had big dreams, big ideas - and a likability factor that was almost preternatural. Instead, Jim McGreevey became the butt of jokes on late-night TV when he stepped down as New Jersey's governor in 2004, admitting he is a homosexual and accused by a male adviser, Golan Cipel, of sexual harassment. Fascinated by his public meltdown, journalist and filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi went in search of McGreevey in 2009 and found a newly revitalized man who has reinvented himself - he'd say he finally has found himself - as an openly gay prison counselor and would-be priest.
March 10, 2013 |
VATICAN CITY - The conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI will begin Tuesday after a morning Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. The precise times haven't been set, but the cardinals will likely be inside the Sistine Chapel by late morning Philadelphia time. They will enter the conclave just 12 days after Pope Benedict abdicated, taking advantage of his last-minute rule change that gave them the option of starting earlier than the previously required 15 days after the papacy was vacated.
March 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The Dow pushed further into record territory Thursday, having surpassed its previous all-time high two days ago. The reason was the latest evidence that hiring is picking up. Stocks started higher after the Labor Department reported that the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell by 7,000 last week, driving the four-week average to its lowest level in five years - a positive sign ahead of Friday's employment report. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 33.25 points, or 0.2 percent, to 14,329.49.
March 7, 2013 |
NEW YORK - After barreling through a record the day before, the Dow Jones industrial average meandered higher Wednesday, edging up 42.47 points, or 0.3 percent, to close at 14,296.24. An encouraging job-market report helped nudge the market and pushed bond prices lower. On Tuesday, the Dow blew past the previous all-time high, which it hit more than five years ago. The index of 30 big corporations has more than doubled since plunging during the financial crisis in March 2009. In the past, stock indexes have often drifted lower in the months after breaking through previous records.