News archive from 20 March 2015

Fed forecasts point to slow pace for rate hikes

Fed forecasts point to slow pace for rate hikes

The Federal Reserve is finally raising its starting pistol, but it's likely to jog, not sprint, around the track. The Fed signaled Wednesday that it's poised to increase its near-zero benchmark interest rate within months, dropping a pledge to...

 
Test Drive: Acura MDX agile but a tight fit

Test Drive: Acura MDX agile but a tight fit

Honda's Acura premium brand has brought admirable improvements to its respected MDX three-row SUV, the brand's best-selling model. . A new nine-speed automatic transmission shifts in dandy fashion, Acura apparently having avoided the not-quite-right...

 
Charges: Retired Anchorage teacher abused at least 2 minors

Charges: Retired Anchorage teacher abused at least 2 minors

Court records filed earlier this month say that retired teacher David Schwantes abused two minors while employed by the Anchorage School District. The 73-year-old was originally charged with seven felonies, but that criminal complaint has been...

 
Andrew Halcro: A bold voice

Andrew Halcro: A bold voice

Fourth in a series of stories on the candidates for Anchorage mayor Nine months into his tenure as president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Andrew Halcro was hearing about problems in Town Square Park downtown. Concerns about crime and drug...

 
VA watchdog stands by decision not to release report

VA watchdog stands by decision not to release report

WASHINGTON — The interim inspector general at the Veterans Affairs Department said Thursday he does not regret his staff's initial decision not to release a report on "unusually high" opiate prescription rates at a VA facility in Tomah,...

 
Georgia State's Ron Hunter has a shining moment he'd love to share

Georgia State's Ron Hunter has a shining moment he'd love to share

Yes, your bracket's busted. But so is everyone else's, says USA TODAY Sports' Tess Quinlan. JACKSONVILLE — The Indiana kid and the basketball coach dad used to go in the backyard; the kid pretending that he was Reggie Miller and the dad providing the...

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Scott McMurren: Euro's pain will benefit U.S. travelers this summer

A precipitous drop in the value of the euro means that the price of going to Europe just went down. Way down. Last year, the exchange rate between dollars and euros was close to $1.40 per euro. Earlier this week, the rate was $1.05. It’s bounced up a...

 
'Insurgent': A half-baked dystopian sequel

'Insurgent': A half-baked dystopian sequel

Now on the run from Jeanine and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites, Tris and Four search for allies and answers in the ruins of Chicago. "I know this doesn't make any sense,'' insists Shailene Woodley's Tris at a key moment in The Divergent...

 

Friday's forecast: Snowy Northeast, soggy in the South

The national weather forecast for Friday, March 20 calls for snow from DC to Philidelphia to New York City, rain showers in the South and showers and thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast. The first day of spring will feature more rain for the southern...

 
VA watchdog stands by decision not to release report

VA watchdog stands by decision not to release report

WASHINGTON — The interim inspector general at the Veterans Affairs Department said Thursday he does not regret his staff's initial decision not to release a report on "unusually high" opiate prescription rates at a VA facility in Tomah,...

 
Louisville braces for royal visit

Louisville braces for royal visit

LOUISVILLE — Louisville is buzzing about Friday's visit by Prince Charles and Camilla. The British Embassy is being tight-lipped about the exact timing of the Prince of Wales' and Duchess of Cornwall's stops while in Louisville. But the couple is...

 
K-9 recovering after suffering snake bite during search

K-9 recovering after suffering snake bite during search

St. Pete police dog recovering from snake bite ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A St. Petersburg police dog was recuperating Thursday at a veterinarian's office after being bitten by a rattlesnake while pursuing a burglary suspect. Ajax, a 2-year-old German...

 
Sydney cafe reopens 3 months after deadly siege

Sydney cafe reopens 3 months after deadly siege

SYDNEY (AP) — A Sydney cafe that was the site of a deadly siege reopened on Friday, with a staffer who was held captive for 16 hours returning to work in a bid to heal. The Lindt Cafe's reopening comes three months after gunman Man Monis, an...

 
'Heidi Chronicles' still fresh, funny

'Heidi Chronicles' still fresh, funny

NEW YORK -- Late in Act One of The Heidi Chronicles, the heroine gets a sobering tip from the ambitious narcissist she has been sleeping with, on and off, for nearly 10 years. Hers will be "a generation of disappointed women," he tells her....

 
Gov. Bill Walker: Medicaid expansion is the right thing to do

Gov. Bill Walker: Medicaid expansion is the right thing to do

This week, I introduced legislation to provide health care to more Alaskans using less state money. My bill calls for using all available federal resources and reforming the state’s Medicaid program to improve the lives of Alaskans. One of the perks...

 
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