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De Niro talks to Bates grads, gets honorary degree

May 28, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Bates College Interim President Nancy J. Cable, right, applauds Robert De Niro, left, as he is introduced prior to receiving his degree of Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts during Sunday morning’s commencement exercises at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Lewiston Sun-Journal, Russ Dillingham) LEWISTON, Maine (AP) —...

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AP Photos: Americans honor troops for Memorial Day

May 28, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

A Marine salutes as motorcycles drive past during the annual Rolling Thunder parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Boy Scouts carry a large American flag through the Memphis National Cemetery in...

USS Iowa on way to new home in Southern California

May 27, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

The USS Iowa passes under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Saturday, May 26, 2012, The 887-foot long, 58,000-ton battlewagon is being towed to the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, where it will be transformed into an interactive naval museum. (AP...

Shock over arrest in NYC boy’s ’79 disappearance

May 27, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Stan Patz, father of missing child Etan Patz, arrives at his home in SoHo, Friday, May 25, 2012, in New York. New life has been breathed into the case after Pedro Hernandez implicated himself in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz, whose disappearance 33 years...

Ind. man releases hostages, fatally shoots self

May 26, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Police enter the Prudential Executive Group Real Estate office Friday, May 25, 2012, in Valpariso, Ind., where a gunman was holding an unknown number of hostages before shooting himself twice in the head. Police say the gunman held employees hostage inside...

50 years on, fire still burns underneath Pa. town

May 26, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

In this May 24, 2012 photo, Route 61 is shown eroded and covered in graffiti in Centralia, Pa. Fifty years ago on Sunday, May 27, 2012, a fire at the town dump spread to a network of coal mines underneath hundreds of homes and business in the northeastern...

House experience a minus for some Senate hopefuls

May 26, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

In this photo taken May 22, 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to reporters at the Capitol following a political strategy meeting in Washington. Historically voters have valued experience, and half of the Senate’s members first...

NJ man charged with murdering NY boy Patz in 1979

May 26, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Stan Patz, father of missing child Etan Patz, arrives at his home in SoHo, Friday, May 25, 2012, in New York. New life has been breathed into the case after Pedro Hernandez implicated himself in the death of 6-year-old Etan Patz, whose disappearance 33 years...

US general: Afghanistan better vetting recruits

May 26, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

File-In this May 2007 file photo U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, is seen during a news conference in Baghdad. Gurangus, the commanding Marine general in one of Afghanistan’s hardest-fought regions said Friday he is seeing big improvements in...

FACT CHECK: Obama off on thrifty spending claim

May 26, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign grassroots event at the Iowa state fairgrounds, in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, May 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is aggressively pushing the idea that, contrary to widespread...