Spelling Bee Arvind Mahankali

‘German curse’ no more for NYC Spelling Bee champ

As red and yellow confetti floated into his hair, the champ just stood there and cracked his knuckles, hardly the type of celebration expected from a 13-year-old. His smiles had come earlier, when he conquered "the German curse" on his way to spelling's top prize.…

The nation’s weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, May 31, 2013. Severe storms will persist across the center of the nation on Friday as a strong low pressure system continues slowly moving eastward from the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, into…

Rape victim: Retaliation prevalent in military

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Stacey Thompson had just been stationed at Marine base in Japan when she said her sergeant laced her drinks with drugs, raped her in his barracks and then dumped her onto a street outside…

‘German curse’ no more for NYC Spelling Bee champ

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — As red and yellow confetti floated into his hair, the champ just stood there and cracked his knuckles, hardly the type of celebration expected from a 13-year-old. His smiles had come earlier, when…

FBI: Ricin letter to Obama sent from Wash.

SEATTLE (AP) — Three poison-tainted, hand-addressed letters postmarked on the same day in Spokane, Wash., were mailed to President Barack Obama, a federal judge in Spokane and a post office in that city, the FBI says. A fourth…

Court: Calif. erred in new lethal injection regs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Executions in California will remain suspended after a state appeals court ruled that corrections officials made several “substantial” procedural errors when they adopted new lethal injection rules. The 1st District Court of Appeals said…

Quotations of the day

“She lived through a nightmare.” — Jose Francisco Benitez Paz, attorney for Yanira Maldonado, after the Arizona woman facing drug smuggling charges in Mexico was freed after security footage found no evidence she attempted to do so. ___…
Legalizing Marijuana K-9 Dusty

Some Wash. police dogs not smelling pot anymore

When Dusty, a 19-month-old black Labrador, walked past a pipe full of marijuana during a recent police search of a house, he was doing exactly what his handler hoped -- ignoring it.…

Some Wash. police dogs not smelling pot anymore

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — When Dusty, a 19-month-old black Labrador, walked past a pipe full of marijuana during a recent police search of a house, he was doing exactly what his handler hoped. The newest drug-sniffing dog on…

Group fails in bid to recall Ariz. sheriff

PHOENIX (AP) — A campaign to force a recall election against the polarizing sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix has failed. Recall organizers said Thursday that they couldn’t collect enough voter signatures to bring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to…

APNewsBreak: Ore. Muslim sues FBI, claims torture

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An American Muslim who says he was beaten with batons by prison interrogators while held in solitary confinement overseas for more than three months has sued the FBI and State Department, claiming the torture…

Social Security, Medicare still face big challenge

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. recovery slowly gathers steam, federal deficits are finally coming down from their nosebleed $1 trillion-plus heights. That will postpone until fall a new budget showdown between Congress and the White House —…

Social Security and Medicare trustees report due

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trustees for Social Security and Medicare will release their annual report Friday on the state of finances for the government’s two biggest benefit programs. The report will give the latest assessment of when the trust…

Commander says the Army is back in the Pacific

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. Army is back in the Pacific region after more than a decade of deploying soldiers to Afghanistan and Iraq, the outgoing top Army commander in the region says. All four brigades…

Obama: Rising college costs hold back middle class

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday urged Congress to prevent an increase in student loan rates, saying rising college costs hold back the entire middle class and unfairly saddle young people with more debt just as…