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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

Eight-year-old Gabriel Omans of Anniston, Ala., stands on a scale on Monday, July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/The Anniston Star, Trent Penny )

Scientists say they've found new 'hungry gene' that causes obesity

It's almost too good to be true — a free pass on obesity, based on a scientific finding. But those who've tried to lose weight and trim down, only to find their efforts thwarted time and again, may have a new excuse: It's due to the "hungry gene," new science suggests. Published October 24, 2013

Chicago lawmaker says bicyclists should buy $25 license

A Chicago alderwoman said bicycle owners should start paying $25 for the privilege of riding their bikes through the city, and to help cover the costs of construction and upkeep for protected bike lanes. Published October 24, 2013

** FILE ** Fort Hood, near Killeen, Texas. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

Fort Hood soldiers say Army warned them off tea party, Christian groups

Don't donate to the tea party or to evangelical Christian groups — that was the message soldiers at a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood said they received from a counter-intelligence agent who headed up the meeting. If you do, you could face punishment — that was the other half of the message, as reported by Fox News. Published October 24, 2013

Pirates kidnap 2 Americans on craft off Nigeria coast

Pirates have kidnapped the captain and chief engineer — both Americans — from an oil supply ship as it passed through a point off Nigeria's coastline, a defense spokesman said on Thursday. Published October 24, 2013

** FILE ** President Barack Obama meets with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. In the rocky relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan, the mere fact that Obama and Sharif sit down is seen as a sign of progress. Few breakthroughs are expected on the numerous hot-button issues on their agenda Wednesday, including American drone strikes and Pakistan's alleged support of the Taliban. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

CIA memo: Pakistan endorsed U.S. drone strikes

Secret documents from the CIA show that senior government authorities in Pakistan not only knew about the U.S. military’s drone strike missions in the nation – but actually endorsed them. Published October 24, 2013

This undated image image provided by Johns Hopkins Medicine shows Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins' Children's Center in Baltimore. The new report, published online Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013, by the New England Journal of Medicine, makes clear that a girl, now 3, was infected in the womb. She was treated unusually aggressively and shows no active infection despite stopping AIDS medicines 18 months ago. Persaud helped investigate the case. (AP Photo/Johns Hopkins Medicine)

HIV-infected girl in remission sends whisper of AIDS cure

Doctors are touting a medical breakthrough after a girl born with HIV has gone into extended remission, saying that they’ve never seen such a recovery and opening the doors to the question: Have scientists and researchers finally discovered a cure for AIDS? Published October 24, 2013

** FILE ** George Zimmerman (right) is escorted to a home by a Lake Mary police officer on Sept. 9, 2013, in Lake Mary, Fla., after a domestic incident in the neighborhood where Zimmerman and his wife Shellie had lived during his murder trial. Zimmerman was recently found not guilty for the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Associated Press)

George Zimmerman beats criminal charges in row with wife

Florida police said Wednesday that George Zimmerman won't be brought up on criminal charges after all, stemming from a public row he had with his wife in the wake of her filing for divorce. Published October 24, 2013

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to those attending the distinguished speaker event at the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Robert Kirkham)

Hillary Clinton heckled on Benghazi: 'You let them die’

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was interrupted during a Wednesday night speech at a university in New York by an angry heckler who blamed her for the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012. Published October 24, 2013

Washington student, 11, arrested at school with gun, 400 rounds

Washington police arrested an 11-year-old boy at school after they found him in possession of a gun, 400 rounds of ammunition and several knives — and parents weren't even informed of the incident until administrators sent a letter home. Published October 24, 2013

** FILE ** The Jan. 20, 2011, file photo shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel using her mobile phone at the German Federal Parliament Bundestag in Berlin. The German Foreign Ministry said Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, it has summoned the U.S. ambassador in the wake of allegations that American intelligence may have targeted Merkel's cellphone. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Germany summons U.S. ambassador for spy claims

An angry Germany demanded that the U.S. ambassador appear in Berlin on Thursday to address allegations that America's government had tapped into the phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Published October 24, 2013

Michigan veteran cleared by court for 'infidel' license plate

A military veteran who wanted to sport a license plate that played on the word “infidel” but was turned down by worried Michigan officials is now cleared for all the politically incorrect driving he wants to do. Published October 22, 2013