News archive from 8 March 2015

Aboard Air Force One bound for the Selma celebration

Aboard Air Force One bound for the Selma celebration

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE – This flight carrying Barack Obama, the nation's first black president, was destined for the jubilee celebration in Selma, Ala., where a bloody civil rights demonstration a half century ago sparked passage of the Voting Rights...

 
Drugs, cash, Taco Bell and a taxi to freedom

Drugs, cash, Taco Bell and a taxi to freedom

INDIANAPOLIS — Drugs. Cash stuffed in the garbage. An early morning abduction. Detroit drug dealers. Threats to sever fingers. A Taco Bell in Dayton, Ohio. A cab ride to freedom. Jailhouse interviews. The story of the kidnapping and safe return of two...

 

Victory by Ross leads strong Alaska showing at Fat Tire Birkie

Will Ross led a pack of six Alaskans who registered top-10 finishes Saturday in the Birkie Fat Bike, a 47-kilometer fat-tire bike race in Hayward, Wisconsin. Ross, a 25-year-old from Anchorage, was the overall winner in 1 hour, 55 minutes, 30...

 
Kentucky GOP grants preliminary caucus OK to Paul

Kentucky GOP grants preliminary caucus OK to Paul

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The Kentucky Republican Party's Executive Committee gave preliminary approval Saturday to Sen. Rand Paul's request to hold a presidential caucus in 2016 rather than a primary election. The move would rescue Paul from the...

 
Go inside Selma 50 years later with unique 360-degree view

Go inside Selma 50 years later with unique 360-degree view

The energy and excitement of thousands of people packed into small, remote Selma, Alabama flowed throughout the city as generations celebrated a milestone. USA TODAY takes you inside the commemoration like never before, with a 360-degree view that...

 

New Medicaid bill could offer risk, opportunity for Walker's expansion plan

JUNEAU -- A bill that could open the way for Medicaid expansion in Alaska is expected to be introduced in the Alaska Legislature next week, but it will initially address only Medicaid reform, not expansion. And it will come from an influential...

 
No. 14 Louisville upsets No. 2 Virginia

No. 14 Louisville upsets No. 2 Virginia

This was exactly what the Louisville basketball team needed in its regular-season finale, a physical, emotional, efficient win against a really, really good opponent. On a day when Louisville honored senior Wayne Blackshear and junior Montrezl...

Usa Today, 21:23 in Sport
 
Woman cleared of murder after 30 years in prison

Woman cleared of murder after 30 years in prison

RENO, Nevada — Prosecutors in Nevada have dismissed charges against a woman who spent 30 years of her life in prison for a 1976 murder attorneys say she did not commit. Cathy Woods, now 64, had been convicted in separate murder trials in 1980 and 1985...

 
Yu Darvish injury more of same for Texas Rangers

Yu Darvish injury more of same for Texas Rangers

PHOENIX – After leading the major leagues last season with nearly 2,300 days lost to the disabled list, the Texas Rangers are already bracing themselves for a 2015 season without one of their most important players. Ace Yu Darvish suffered a sprain of...

Usa Today, 22:18 in Sport
 
Let's not confuse documentary 'Fair Chase' with hunting standard by the same name

Let's not confuse documentary 'Fair Chase' with hunting standard by the same name

As a marathon runner and a hunter, I was immediately drawn to Michael Carey’s March 1 commentary on the long-distance runners trying to chase down pronghorn antelope for a documentary film titled "Fair Chase." At first it wasn’t clear why...

 
Walker's wrong-way gas line plan hits wall of opposition

Walker's wrong-way gas line plan hits wall of opposition

Gov. Bill Walker now finds himself at loggerheads with lawmakers correctly cranky about his grandiose expansion plans for the $10 billion Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline. His idea is to have ASAP compete with the $65 billion Alaska LNG Project, even...

 

Legislator files bill to help coal company — his recent boss

JUNEAU -- Two months after retiring from a job at the state’s only active coal mine, an Alaska House member is sponsoring a bill to give the Legislature veto power over the state’s plan to comply with proposed federal rules aimed at cutting carbon...

 
Hometown U: The psychology of irrational choices

Hometown U: The psychology of irrational choices

Have you ever been at a party and made a simple statement you regretted? Maybe a remark you thought was a no-brainer, like “The Seattle Seahawks are a great team” or “Life should be longer." Then your conversation partner looked at you like you...

 
Family of man who died fleeing state patrol sues

Family of man who died fleeing state patrol sues

DES MOINES, Iowa — The family of a Newton man who died after jumping from a trooper's car and running into traffic is seeking $1.105 million in damages from the state, claiming Iowa State Patrol made mistakes during their son's arrest. The parents and...

 
VA doesn't release 140 vet health care probe findings

VA doesn't release 140 vet health care probe findings

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs' chief watchdog has not publicly released the findings of 140 health care investigations since 2006, potentially leaving dangerous problems to fester without proper oversight, a USA TODAY analysis of VA...

 
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