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Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She's also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Cheryl K. Chumley

**FILE** One of the new Amtrak Cities Sprinter Locomotive makes a demonstration run during unveiling ceremonies at the Siemens Rails Systems factory in Sacramento, Calif., on May 13, 2013. (Associated Press)

Amtrak derails in S.C., sending several to hospital

A passenger train that left New Orleans early Monday morning for New York jumped the tracks in a rural region outside Spartanburg, S.C., delaying travel for an estimated 200 riders. Published November 25, 2013

An unmarked New York State Police SUV is seen in Mount Pleasant, N.Y., on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, after a trooper pulled over another driver for distracted driving. Troopers are using a fleet of the tall SUVs as part of a crackdown on texting while driving. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)

N.Y. gives cops massive SUVs to peer through motorists’ windows

It’s not exactly high-tech, but New York troopers are getting a new crime-fighting tool to root out texting drivers: Tall, unmarked SUVs that seat high enough so that police can peer into other motorists’ windows and see what they’re doing. Published November 25, 2013

** FILE ** Israeli soldier picks up parts of a tent previously set up by Palestinian activists in Yatta, south of the West Bank city of Hebron, Saturday, Feb. 9. Palestinian activists set up a tent village to protest the settlement building in the area. (Associated Press)

Israel pushes forward with disputed settlements

Israel said Monday it’s going forward with plans to build 800 new homes in disputed West Bank territories, over the objections of Palestinians who claim the land as their own. Published November 25, 2013

FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, African lion cubs, Fajer, right, and his sister, Sejeel, left, rest after feeding at Besan Zoo in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. Authorities said a pair of newborn lion cubs unveiled by Hamas as prized additions to the zoo in the Gaza Strip have died. Mohammad Abdel-Rahman, the acting manager of the Beit Lahiya zoo in northern Gaza, said Thursday the cubs died of an unspecified illness. He said the zoo’s staff was unable to save them because they lacked experience in caring for newborn cubs. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

Lion cubs in Hamas-run zoo die in two days

Two newborn lions at a Hamas-operated zoo in the Gaza Strip heralded as prized additions and a victory for Palestinians have died after just two days. Published November 22, 2013

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves the hotel,  after  talks on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva Switzerland, Friday, Nov.22, 2013. Differences on whether Iran has the right to enrich uranium that could be used to make nuclear weapons appeared to be a key sticking point Friday between two top negotiators trying to agree on terms that would start curbing Tehran's atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Catherine Ashton, the European Union's top diplomat, have met repeatedly since Wednesday to hammer out language on a nuclear deal acceptable to both Tehran and six world powers trying to limit Iran's nuclear program.  (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini)

Iran, world powers hit snag on nuclear talks — again

Iran and the heads of state for six different nations nearly threw in the towel Friday after two days of nuclear discussions, admitting to several stumbling blocks similar to issues that have cropped up in the past. Published November 22, 2013

Shoppers wait in line outside of a Best Buy store in Colma, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. While stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Black Friday shoppers in Ohio already camping outside stores

Talk about getting a jump on things. Hopeful Black Friday deal-diggers in Ohio are already marking their store line territories with campsites, setting up tents to lay claim to deals at Best Buy — which haven't even been announced yet. Published November 22, 2013

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. The president said he supports the move by Senate Democrats to make it harder for Republicans to block his nominees. Obama spoke shortly after the Senate voted 52-48 to weaken the power of the filibuster. The rule change will make it harder for minority Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Democratic aide says Obamacare price hikes ‘shock to the system’

Aides to certain House Democrats who have worked for years on Capitol Hill say the price hikes they’re seeing in certain insurance plans due directly to Obamacare are both shock and awe, and some may leave their jobs to find more affordable options. Published November 22, 2013

**FILE** The Internet homepage of WikiLeaks is shown in this photo taken in New York on Dec. 1, 2010. (Associated Press)

Web creator warns of Big Brother tide on Internet

Tim Berners-Lee, the scientist who’s largely credited with creating the World Wide Web, issued a stark warning on Friday about the trend of surveillance that’s been springing in the Internet. Published November 22, 2013

** FILE ** In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, file photo, cars move along an assembly line at the General Motors Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan.  The U.S. government expects to sell the last of its stake in General Motors by the end of 2013, bringing an end to a sad chapter in the 105-year-old auto giant's history. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Taxpayers still waiting for GM to pay back $10B bailout

A just-released report from the U.S. Treasury Department shows that the auto bailout continues to be a win-lose for General Motors versus taxpayers: While GM won billions, taxpayers have still lost big time. Published November 22, 2013

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, right, talks with navigator Frantcia Thenor, left, and Carmen Celeiro, center, about health care options available under the Affordable Care Act, at the North Shore Medical Center, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Miami. Sebelius visited Miami and Orlando Tuesday to talk up the Affordable Care Act as fallout from the new law grows. The computer screen, which is on the healthcare.gov website, reads " Sorry, our system is temporarily down." (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Obama stages private meet with press for Obamacare damage control

President Obama invited several members of the media — notably, the more liberal members — for an off-the-record, behind-the-scenes chance to chat about Obamacare, in what some are describing as a Hail Mary attempt to do some much-needed damage control. Published November 22, 2013

** FILE ** Mike Steenhout, comptroller of Washington state's Liquor Control Board, takes photos as he tours a marijuana growing facility in Seattle on Thursday, April 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington permit offices flooded with marijuana applications

Hundreds of hopeful marijuana business operators have flocked to local permitting authorities and filed applications to open pot shops — and that's in just the first week of the enactment of a state law that lets recreational sales and production commence. Published November 22, 2013

A Santa Claus figurine is part of a holiday window display at Macy's, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

S.C. charter school bans Christmas carols with religious tone

A music director at one charter school in Rock Hill, S.C., reportedly said students are more than welcome to sing their celebrations of Christmas at upcoming performances – just not those songs that refer to Jesus Christ, or that have overtly religious overtones. Published November 22, 2013