Editorial: Venezuela’s neighbors have to work to stem the chaos

ANYONE WATCHING Venezuela’s descent into economic and social chaos in recent months could predict what would come next: street demonstrations by students and average citizens fed up with soaring inflation, shortages of basic goods, one of the world’s highest murder...

Editorial: D.C. Council weighs ‘banning the box’ asking for criminal history

SOME 60,000 D.C. residents, about 10 percent of the population, have a criminal history. Many of them are unemployed, and standing between them and any shot at a job is one little box. “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” is a question that often appears on employment...

US Border Patrol agent kills man near San Diego

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man Tuesday after the agent was struck in the head with a rock, authorities said, fueling debate over whether the agency overreacts to rock assaults by suspected smugglers and migrants. The agent was trying to...

RHP Justin Masterson, Indians Agree At $9,762,500

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year contract worth $9,762,500 and avoided a salary arbitration hearing. The agreement Tuesday was $162,500 below midpoint of the $11.8 million he had asked for and the $8.05 million...

Utah mom buys all of store’s ‘indecent’ T-shirts

Judy Cox stands for a photograph holding a stack of T-shirts with what she believes are pornographic designs Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Orem, Utah. Cox purchased the entire stock of T-shirts for $567 from the PacSun store in Orem believing their display broke Orem’s decency...

Toxins leaking from 2nd pipe at NC coal ash dump

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill. The state...

Yori Plans To Coach Neb’s Next Game After Fainting

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two days after collapsing during a game, Nebraska women’s basketball coach Connie Yori says her health is fine and she will be with the team at Ohio State on Thursday. Yori said Tuesday she has been fighting a bacterial infection for a couple weeks and...

EU’s Stance Forces US Executioners To Improvise

BRUSSELS (AP) — There’s one big reason the United States has a dearth of execution drugs so acute that some states are considering solutions such as firing squads and gas chambers: Europe won’t allow the drugs to be exported because of its fierce hostility to capital...

Kessel New Managing Editor At Canton’s Repository

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The former managing editor of The News-Herald in Willoughby has been named to that role at another northeast Ohio newspaper, The Repository in Canton. The Repository ( ) says 47-year-old Laura Kessel began her new job on Monday. The Kent State University...

Devo Guitarist Bob Casale Dies At Age 61

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Casale, the guitarist for Devo, best known for the 1980 hit “Whip It,” died of heart failure, his brother and band member Gerald Casale said Tuesday. He was 61. Devo founding member Casale said in a statement that his younger brother’s death...