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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 ** Seattle police Officer Jim Britt demonstrates an unmanned aerial vehicle during an informational meeting at which the police attempted answer questions about their drone program at the Garfield Community Center in Seattle on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. The mayor of Seattle ended the police department's drone program in February after residents protested. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Colin Diltz)

Seattle mayor orders police to back off drone use

Seattle's mayor, reacting to widespread complaints and concerns from residents, has ordered the city's police department to drop plans to use two drones it purchased via a federal grant. Published February 8, 2013

** FILE ** Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on on Sept. 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

Newark Mayor Cory Booker joins list of nanny politicos pushing weight loss

First, Michelle Obama launches a nationwide campaign to fire up youth to exercise and compel American adults to eat better. Then, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a crackdown on super-sized sodas, cigarettes and bottle-fed babies — going so far toward that latter as to ask hospitals to hide bottles from new mothers and instead pressure breast feeding. Now comes Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J. Published February 8, 2013

** FILE ** Briton Terry Pratchett said watching a 71-year-old man's assisted suicide, filmed for a BBC documentary, has reaffirmed his support for the right to die. Mr. Pratchett was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in 2007. (Associated Press)

Assisted suicide bills gain traction in 6 states

At least six states are considering bills to legalize physician-assisted suicide, a reflection of a growing national shift in attitude toward a procedure that was once regarded more in terms of killing, than compassion. Published February 8, 2013

**FILE** Gun dealer Mel Bernstein fires his AK-47 assault rifle on full automatic at his own Dragonman's shooting range and gun store, east of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Feb. 5, 2013. (Associated Press)

Colorado Democrats bring on the anti-gun bills

House Democrats in Colorado made good on vows to tighten gun laws in the state, and on Thursday introduced a package of bills that would do everything from banning high-capacity ammunition magazines to mandating background checks on all gun sales. Published February 8, 2013

** File ** A French soldier secures a perimeter on the outskirts of Diabaly, Mali. (Associated Press)

U.N. mulls peacekeeping mission to Mali

The United Nations is seriously considering sending peacekeepers to Mail, according to one official with the global body. Published February 7, 2013

** FILE ** Comedian and TV host Jon Stewart appears onstage at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars" event at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Oct. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Jon Stewart: Comedian mocks drone hypocrisy of Dems, Obama

Comedy commentator and Daily Show host Jon Stewart has come down hard on the White House's recent refusal to deal with questions from media and Congress regarding the administration's policy on killing Americans with drones. Published February 7, 2013

Afghan boys warm their hands over a brick-factory fire during a cold day on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, east of Kabul, on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. Kabul has been experiencing below-freezing weather and snow for several days. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghans spend $3.9 billion on bribes in 2012

The cost of doing business in Afghanistan soared in 2012, as fully half of all the nation's adult-aged residents were forced to bribe public officials in order to obtain services, according to the United Nations. Published February 7, 2013

Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah speaks at the opening session of the United Nations Climate Change conference in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

Qatar budget surplus soars under gas, oil sales

Gas and oil have been good to Qatar. In one year's time, the nation's budget surplus doubled to $26 billion from oil and gas imports, according to figures released Thursday by the Qatar Central Bank. Published February 7, 2013

** FILE ** New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (left) and late-night host David Letterman react with laughter during the governor's first visit to "Late Show With David Letterman" on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/CBS Broadcasting, Jeffrey Neira)

Christie dismisses doctor as 'hack' who lusts for media

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie responded angrily to a former White House physician who claimed on national television earlier this week that his health could not handle the rigors of being president. Published February 7, 2013

** FILE ** President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Monday, March 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

Carney clarifies: Obama won't broker peace deal in Israel

The White House took care on Wednesday to clarify that President Obama's upcoming trip to Israel — a first for the second-term president — is not intended as a stepping stone to broker peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Published February 7, 2013

** FILE ** In this photo released by the Israeli Government Press Office, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his wife Sara wave as they board a plane at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv early Sunday, May 17, 2009, on their way for the first visit to Washington since Netanyahu became Israeli Prime Minister.

Fashion police rip into Netanyahu's wife

Who would have thought? Fashion police live in Israel, too, it seems. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, has taken some serious hits from the political gossip crowd who hated her choice of dress for the 19th Knesset's swearing-in ceremony earlier this week. Published February 7, 2013

An Australian fighter jet is readied for a training mission at the Cope North military exercises at Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. island of Guam, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into Western Pacific skies Thursday in the combat phase of exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats. (AP Photo/Eric Talmadge)

U.S. kicks off allied fighter jet training over Pacific

Fighter jets from the United States, Australia and Japan are currently flying over western Pacific skies, as military drills — called Cope North — aimed at bolstering an allied force kicked off Thursday. Published February 7, 2013