Stories for April 17, 2013
Several people were injured after an explosion late Wednesday at a fertilizer plant near Waco, Texas.
In the face of horrific living conditions, starvation and the threat of deportation to Auschwitz, the Jewish inmates of Terezin concentration camp — artists, musicians, poets and writers — fought back … with art and music. Led by conductor Raphael Schächter, they re-imagined a Catholic liturgical work, Verdi’s "Requiem," as a condemnation of the Nazis. Ultimately, they performed for Nazi brass, singing what they dared not say. Six decades later, conductor Murry Sidlin and a new choir take Verdi’s "Requiem" back to Terezin and bring the story of Schächter’s artistic uprising back to life.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police must generally obtain a warrant before subjecting a drunken-driving suspect to a blood test. The vote was 8-to-1, with Justice Clarence Thomas the lone dissenter.
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to human-rights advocates Wednesday, in a case that was closely watched globally by human-rights groups and foreign governments.
The U.S. military says the number of prisoners on hunger strike at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay has risen to 52 -- up from 45 a day earlier. The news comes just days after guards raided a section of the facility to move prisoners to single cells from their communal holding area because the detainees had covered security cameras and engaged in other actions.
Immigration reform is temporarily sidelined due to the Boston Marathon tragedy. But it's on deck to be the next big political debate.
While an immigration overhaul has drawn support from church groups, business, labor and even former opponents, there's still deep opposition -- mostly centered in the Republican Party.
This is the second in a three-part series aboutthe intersection of education and the arts.
A bipartisan compromise that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases has been rejected by the Senate.
Nothing comforts like a bowl of homemade soup; once you master a few basic techniques, you can make a host of variations. Watch as Martha makes a nourishing chicken soup that’s as easy as poaching a chicken. Then learn the “flavor-boosting” techniques that go into making minestrone. Finally, discover how to make velouté, a classic “mother sauce” that here becomes the basis for a creamy spinach soup.
As gun legislation is debated by lawmakers in Washington, local activists rally outside a North County congressional office. We take a look at their meeting with Congressman Darrell Issa's staff and look at how the gun culture in San Diego has evolved.
In his cover story for the April 29 issue of The New Republic, "The Hell of American Day Care," Jonathan Cohn writes that "trusting your child with someone else is one of the hardest things a parent has to do -- and in the U.S., it's harder still, because American day care is a mess. And about 40 percent of children under 5 spend at least part of their week in the care of somebody other than a parent."
They are cheap, easy to build and inconspicuous. And as the explosions this week at the Boston Marathon show, pressure cooker bombs can be devastatingly effective weapons.
As a city, Boston is at the crux of this country's past, present and future.
A team of 15 National Guard soldiers wearing 40-pound packs on their backs marched in the Boston Marathon to honor service members who lost their lives to suicide or combat. When two bombs went off after they finished their race, "Tough Ruck" team members used their military training to aid the injured.
There's breaking news in the nation's capital, where a letter containing a "suspicious substance" was intercepted before being delivered to the White House and where police on Wednesday were investigating other reports of suspicious packages delivered to Senate offices. We're following the news. Scroll down to see our updates. (See this note about how we cover events such as this.)
From the first explosion in Boston on Monday to the second, just 15 seconds elapsed. And in those 15 seconds, three people were mortally wounded, including an 8-year-old boy. The number of injured topped 100, and for those of us watching, it was a profound reminder of a reality we'd prefer to ignore.
CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - Loud booms were likely to be heard around Camp Pendleton today as airborne Marines conduct live-fire training and drop high explosives near the center of base.
American Airlines has promised passengers that Wednesday's flight schedule will be nothing like the day before, when thousands were stranded due to a glitch in the reservations system that forced hundreds of flights to be canceled or delayed.
Throughout the day, we'll be updating with the latest news about the two explosions Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The blasts killed at least three people -- one of them an 8-year-old boy -- and injured about 180. We'll also be publishing related posts as the day continues. (See this note about how we cover events such as this.)
A gluttonous predator is power-eating its way through reefs from New York to Venezuela. It's the lionfish.