L. Carol Ritchie

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Presidential Election Underway In Ukraine, But Blocked In East

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ukrainians began voting Sunday in a presidential election marred by violence and all but cancelled in eastern cities, where pro-Russian separatists have shut polling places and threatened election officials.

The election is being called the most important for Ukraine since the nation won independence from Moscow 23 years ...


Pope Francis Arrives In West Bank Town Of Bethlehem

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pope Francis gave symbolic approval to Palestinian hopes for an independent state as he arrived in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Sunday. The pope is on the second day of his Mideast trip, which began Saturday with a stop in Jordan.

Previous popes always visited the West Bank ...


Police Say Calif. Shooting Suspect Was 22-Year-Old Seen In Threatening Videos

Saturday, May 24, 2014

(This post was last updated at 9:04 p.m. ET.)

Police have identified 22-year-old Elliot Rodger as the suspect who opened fire Friday night in a busy commercial strip just outside the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus.

During a Saturday news conference, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the ...


A Giant Among Dinosaurs, Discovered In Argentina

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Paleontologists in Argentina say they have unearthed the fossils of the biggest dinosaur ever to walk the planet.

The bones are believed to be from a new species of the aptly named titanosaur, a massive herbivore from the late Cretaceous period, officials from the Museo Paleontologico Egidio Feruglio ...


Oprah Winfrey's Channel Calls Off Michael Sam Series

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Oprah Winfrey's television network was set to follow Michael Sam through rookie camp as he tried to earn a spot on the St. Louis Rams. The docuseries was to follow Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, with a camera team at training camp as well as his personal life ...


Judge Strikes Down Idaho's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A federal judge has struck down Idaho's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled Tuesday that the state's law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Idaho must allow gay couples to marry as soon as 9 a.m. Friday

"Idaho's Marriage Laws withhold from them a ...


Voting Begins On Independence For Eastern Ukraine

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Residents of two fractious regions of eastern Ukraine began voting Sunday in a controversial referendum over independence from the central government in Kiev.

Separatists opened polls at 8 a.m. local time (1 a.m. EDT) in Donetsk and Luhansk, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's call last week to postpone ...


'Senior Black Correspondent' Larry Wilmore Takes Colbert Slot

Saturday, May 10, 2014

But will he pronounce the T in "Report?"

Larry Wilmore, The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent," will take over the 11:30 p.m. slot on Comedy Central after Stephen Colbert leaves for CBS at the end of the year.

The 52-year-old writer and actor will begin his new show, The Minority ...


Obama Cracks Wise At White House Correspondents Dinner

Sunday, May 04, 2014

President Obama made fun of himself at the White House Correspondents Association dinner on Saturday, the annual nerd-ball schmooze fest where Washington's media stars get comfy with a mix of political bigwigs and Hollywood beautiful people to celebrate a year of journalism.

Obama, known for his comic timing and delivery, ...


Crowds Jam St. Peter's For Historic Day Of Four Popes

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square and the streets of Rome on Sunday to witness the extraordinary sight of two popes — one reigning and one retired — declaring two of their predecessors as saints.

The ceremony was the first time two pontiffs — John XXIII and ...


S. Korea Prime Minister Offers Resignation Over Ferry Sinking

Saturday, April 26, 2014

South Korea's prime minister says he will resign over the ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing — and left the victims' families in anguish for days, as fruitless rescue attempts were made.

Chung Hong-won also apologized to a country increasingly angry over the handling of ...


Obama Tours Mudslide Devastation, Pledges Solidarity With Families

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

President Obama, aboard Marine One, took an aerial tour of devastation caused by a massive mudslide a month ago that left at least 41 people dead near the town of Oso, Wash.

The president, who made a stop in the state on his way to Japan for the start of ...


Relatives Grieve As Divers Pull Bodies From S. Korean Ferry

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The recovery operation at the site of a sunken ferry off the South Korean coast continues Sunday, as police boats brought bodies ashore to the deafening cries and screams of family members, said CNN.

The grim work is just beginning: About 250 people are still missing. The death ...


In Jordan Spieth, Golf World Looks For Its Next Tiger — Again

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The golf world loves discovering a player who might be the Next Big Thing, someone who could take Tiger Woods' place someday as world's best golfer.

This weekend's Masters at Augusta National could be on the verge of serving up the newest candidate.

Jordan Spieth, who was tied for the ...


Kentucky To Play UConn In NCAA Final

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Eighth-seeded Kentucky will face seventh-seeded UConn in an unlikely NCAA title matchup Monday with the highest combined rankings in tournament history. Neither team was even in the tournament last year.

UConn roared past Florida, the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, and Kentucky pulled off a one-point thriller in the final ...


Defying Taliban Threats, Afghans Vote For Next Leader

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Millions of Afghans lined up to vote for a new president Saturday, despite warnings of violence from the Taliban.

Saturday's historic vote begins what would be the first democratic transfer of power for Afghanistan; President Hamid Karzai has served for two terms and is not allowed to run for a ...


More Satellite Images, But Still No Sure Sign Of Missing Jet

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Update at 11:15 a.m. ET. "The Object Was Not Sighted" Today Australian Authorities Say:

Aircraft searching the Indian Ocean on Saturday for any sign of a Malaysia Airlines jet that's been missing for two weeks did not spot the large object seen in a newly analyzed satellite image,


Prime Minister: 'Deliberate Action' Disabled Missing Jet's Systems

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Malaysia's prime minister says he is now certain that someone disabled the communication systems on the passenger jet that disappeared last week with 239 people aboard.

The missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flew more than six and a half hours after its last communication with air traffic control, Malaysia's Prime ...


Modern Mardi Gras Is Fun For The Whole(some) Family

Monday, March 03, 2014

It's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and I'm going with my kids.

"What?" you may ask. "That festival of drunken debauchery?"

That's where you're wrong. For the fourth year in a row, we were at the family-oriented, kid-friendly celebration that's joyous, musical, raucous — and entirely legal.

The kids mingle ...