L. Carol Ritchie

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AirAsia Plane Missing After Takeoff From Indonesia

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Updated at 1:00 p.m. ET

Search operations have been suspended for the night for an AirAsia plane with 162 aboard that lost contact with air traffic control after takeoff from Indonesia on a flight to Singapore, the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority reports.

The plane, en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, lost ...


Geminid Meteor Showers Light Up Both Hemispheres

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The annual Geminid meteor shower dazzled Earthlings around the world late Saturday and early Sunday.

Pieces of gravel and dust from a "rock comet" called 3200 Phaethon shot across the sky and lit up discussion boards from NASA.gov to Twitter — for those who could tear ...


In The Philippines, More Than 1 Million Flee Typhoon Hagupit

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET

More than 1 million people have fled to shelters before the power of Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines today, which has killed at least three people.

The raging winds toppled trees, tore away roofs and knocked out power in a region hit by a killer ...


American Hostage In Yemen Killed In Failed Rescue Attempt

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

American journalist Luke Somers, held captive by militants from al-Qaida's branch in Yemen for more than a year, has been killed by his captors during a failed U.S. rescue attempt.

A South African held along with Somers was also killed.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ...


Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Marion Barry, the fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling health issues. He was 78.

The four-term mayor, who was still serving his third term on the D.C. Council, was famous for fighting for the ...


ISIS Issues Video Showing Beheading Of American Aid Worker

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

The White House has confirmed that a video released by the self-declared Islamic State that shows the beheading of hostage Peter Kassig, an American aid worker in Syria who was kidnapped in 2013, is authentic.

The radical jihadist group posted the video on social media ...

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Giants Pound Royals 11-4 To Tie World Series

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The San Francisco Giants came roaring back Saturday, pounding the Kansas City Royals 11-4 before a thundering crowd at AT&T Park in Game 4 of the World Series.

The Giants Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval led the team and charged up the crowd to tie the series at two apiece. ...


Who's Catching Your Cellphone Conversations?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone, listen to your calls and read your texts, alarming privacy rights advocates and tech experts alike.

We know the eavesdropping is happening, but we don't know much about who's doing the listening. The police and other law enforcement agencies do it, ...

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CDC Cites 'Breach' In Ebola Protocol As Second Texas Case Emerges

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A health care worker in Texas who cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has been confirmed to have the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The head of the CDC says the infection stems from a breach in protocol that officials are working to identify.

The ...


Landon Donovan Makes An Emotional, If Slightly Awkward Farewell

Saturday, October 11, 2014

He didn't want to play Friday, but in the end, U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan was glad he did.

The setting was a farewell game to honor the retiring 32-year-old forward, a friendly game between the U.S. team and Ecuador. Donovan played only 40 minutes and didn't score — although ...


Judge Orders Release Of Guantanamo Force-Feeding Videos

Saturday, October 04, 2014

A federal judge ordered the Obama administration to release 28 video recordings of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner being force fed.

The prisoner, Abu Wa'el Dhiab, a Syrian citizen who has been at Guantanamo since 2002, began his hunger strike 18 months ago. The government started force-feeding him through the nose ...


Police Officer Shot In Ferguson, Mo., As Protests Continue

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Ferguson, Mo., police officer was shot while on patrol Saturday evening, according to St. Louis police amid continuing protests over the August police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

The officer was shot in the arm at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and was taken to an area hospital. Police ...


In A Test Of The Cease-Fire, Ukraine Checkpoint Reportedly Destroyed

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The cease-fire in Ukraine is barely two days old, but the relative peace was ruptured by steady overnight shelling near the port city of Mariupol.

The BBC says the city is now quiet, but artillery fire by pro-Russian forces destroyed a major government checkpoint. Mariupol is on a major ...


Blue Jeans Losing Their Grip On American Hips

Saturday, September 06, 2014

The AP says that the nation's devotion to denim is wearing thin. Sales fell a significant 6 percent over the last year after decades of steady growth, according to the market research firm NPD Group.

Seems the nation is leisurizing its pants, bypassing the dungarees and choosing elastic waistbands and ...


NATO To Create New 'Spearhead' Force For Eastern Europe

Monday, September 01, 2014

NATO leaders are expected to set up a rapid-response force to deploy quickly to eastern Europe to defend against potential Russian aggression at their meeting in Wales later this week.

The force of about 4,000 troops will be ready to move on 48 hours notice from a station in a ...


U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Near Besieged Iraqi Town

Saturday, August 30, 2014

American forces have carried out airstrikes near the Iraqi town of Amerli, which has been under siege by Islamic militants for more than two months.

U.S., British, French and Australian aircraft also made aid drops to the area, where residents have been desperately short on food and without clean water ...


The 'Times' Of London Reverts To Type To Motivate Reporters

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

In a striking display of confidence in the sensory impact of old-school technology, the Times of London has set up speakers in its newsroom to broadcast the sound of typewriters clicketing and clacking to inspire reporters to buckle down for deadline, according to The Independent newspaper.

The sound starts ...


3 White House Aides To Attend Michael Brown's Funeral Service

Sunday, August 24, 2014

President Obama is sending three White House officials to Ferguson, Mo., on Monday for the funeral service for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man killed by a white police officer two weeks ago.

The shooting set off days of unrest in the St. Louis suburb, but the demonstrations this weekend ...


Torrential Rain Swamps Phoenix, Strands Drivers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monsoonal rainfall caused massive flash flooding in Phoenix on Tuesday, turning roads into raging torrents and stranding residents and drivers.

More than 5 inches of rain has fallen — 2 inches in one hour in some locations. Weather Underground recorded 1 inch in less than 15 minutes.

Rescuers ...


U.S. Says Syria's Chemical Weapons Stockpile Is Destroyed

Monday, August 18, 2014

The U.S. said Monday that all of Syria's declared chemical weapon stockpile has been destroyed.

The weapons were destroyed aboard the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray in international waters, The Associated Press reported.

President Obama said it was an important step in preventing the spread of weapons of mass ...