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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

Articles by Cheryl K. Chumley

Drone technology turns South, targets feral pigs to kill

Louisiana Hog Control, an extermination company that launched in 2011, says it has killed more than 300 pigs in the past six months using radio-controlled aircraft that transmit messages to hunters on the ground — the latest inventive use for drones. Published December 4, 2013

Israel mulls gift of West Bank land to Palestinians

Israel soon may give 7.7 square miles of land in the West Bank that it has controlled since the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords to the Palestinian Authority for farming. Published December 4, 2013

Vials of blood await testing for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. (AP Photo/Adam Nadel)

Doctors say ‘profound’ new HIV treatment may prove the cure

Forget the anti-viral drugs. Doctors say they may very well have discovered a new and more successful treatment for HIV-positive patients – flooding the body with powerful bursts of radiation that weaken and kill infected white blood cells. Published December 4, 2013

Ray Kelly retirement perk: $1.5M taxpayer-backed NYPD security detail

Raymond W. Kelly, the commissioner of the New York Police Department, will receive a 10-member team of around-the-clock security officers when he retires next year, a task force that's going to cost taxpayers an estimated $1.5 million a year. Published December 4, 2013

Hiller Goodspeed walks by rows of books as he uses an iPod application called "shake it" to find reading suggestions at the Orlando Public Library. People mistakenly think of libraries as old-fashioned, he says. (Associated Press)

Libraries to feds: Stop spying on us

Libraries around the nation have joined together to pressure lawmakers to clamp down on the federal government's ability to demand data on the books that borrowers' read and the Internet sites that visitors search. Published December 4, 2013

Cars from a Metro-North commuter train are scattered after the train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx borough of New York on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Edwin Valero)

Angry NTSB ousts railroad union from N.Y. train crash site

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have sent union members packing from the site of the train derailment that killed four and injured dozens Sunday in the New York borough of the Bronx, saying railroad workers violated an agreement and released sensitive information to the press. Published December 4, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 6, 2012. (Associated Press)

Sen. Bernie Sanders hints at White House run

Sen. Bernard Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a democratic socialist, said to his Vermont constituency in a local newspaper article that the time might be right for him to make a run for the White House. Published December 4, 2013

Paul Walker (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Westboro Baptists slam actor Paul Walker: He's 'in Hell'

Westboro Baptist Church members have announced plans to protest and picket at the funeral of Hollywood actor Paul Walker, who, along with another man, died Saturday in a fiery car crash in California. Published December 4, 2013

A member of the Afghan national consultative council known as the Loya Jirga leaves after the last day of the assembly in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

United States ranks 19 of 177 on global corruption survey

As far as corruption goes, you can’t get any worse than Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia, a just-released survey of 177 nations from the group Transparency International revealed. But America could stand to do a lot better, ranking only 19 out of 177 for transparent and honest governance in this latest survey. Published December 4, 2013

** FILE ** This Oct. 18, 2012, file photo, shows the iPhone5. (Associated Press)

Apple wins facial recognition patent for iPhone 6

First Apple introduced a fingerprint sensor to unlock its latest iPhone 5 device. Now, the company says it’s been awarded the rights for another security patent — for facial technology. Published December 4, 2013

** FILE ** This image released by LightWorkers Media shows Diogo Morgado who plays Jesus in the film "The Bible." (AP Photo/LightWorkers Media, Joe Alblas)

‘Tipsforjesus’ mystery diner leaves huge tips across America

A generous tipper, or group of tippers, have been leaving massive tips for service staff at restaurants around the nation – in the thousand-dollar range – and following up with receipt posts to an Instagram account that reveals the motive behind the kindness: “Tipsforjesus.” Published December 4, 2013

In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, photo, Dennis Rodman gestures during an interview after a promotional event to pitch a vodka brand in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Dennis Rodman heads back to North Korea — again

Dennis Rodman just can’t keep out of North Korea. The former basketball star is heading back to the tightly ruled nation on Dec. 18, his third visit in recent months. Published December 4, 2013

** FILE ** The Golden Dome on the campus of the University of Notre Dame outside South Bend, Ind., is pictured on Dec. 26, 2012. (Associated Press)

Notre Dame sues over Obamacare birth control — again

For the second time, the University of Notre Dame has filed a legal challenge to Obamacare, claiming the federal government has no constitutional right to compel the school to provide free birth control. Published December 3, 2013

USPS sued over stamp image of Statue of Liberty

It's bad enough that the U.S. Postal Service released a so-called "Forever" stamp it claimed contained the image of the Statue of Liberty — the one that stands in New York Harbor — when it was actually, and mistakenly, the image of the version that stands outside New York-New York Casino Hotel in Las Vegas. Published December 3, 2013

Amr Moussa (center), the chairman of Egypt's 50-member panel tasked with amending the nation's Islamist-drafted constitution, arranges the members for a group picture after finishing the final draft of a series of constitutional amendments at the Shoura Council in Cairo on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Adoption of the new charter will be a giant step in the implementation of the road map announced by the nation's military chief when he toppled President Mohammed Morsi in a July 3 coup. The next steps will be parliamentary and presidential elections in the spring and summer of 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Egypt’s draft constitution lets military choose key minister

The latest edition of the Egyptian Constitution guarantees the military the right to choose its own defense minister, at least for the next eight years, and that provision has some legal minds worried that the stage could be set for the creation of a tightly controlled military state. Published December 3, 2013

** FILE ** MSNBC host Martin Bashir (Nick Wass/Invision/AP)

Martin Bashir 'on vacation' after anti-Sarah Palin rant

MSNBC's Martin Bashir, who recently rocked national headlines with a broadcast suggestion of defecating in the mouth of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has been noticeably missing from his Monday-night shows — but he's only on vacation, his network insisted. Published December 3, 2013