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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

** FILE ** Armed Nigerian civil defense corps officials secure the area following an explosion at a gasoline pipeline at Arepo, in Ogun, Nigeria, on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The gasoline pipeline runs through southwest Nigeria, and the attack is being seen as a worrying expansion to the unchecked thefts which have become an incredibly lucrative business for criminal gangs hitting the country's petroleum-based economy. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Missing French oil tanker likely seized by pirates

A French oil tanker that's fallen off radar is believed to have been hijacked by pirates off the Ivory Coast. The 17 sailors on board have been likely kidnapped, according to officials with the International Maritime Bureau, a piracy watchdog organization. Published February 4, 2013

Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, said he traveled on a plane owned by Dr. Melgen but denied that he engaged with prostitutes. (Associated Press)

Scope of Sen. Menendez probe widens

The investigation into New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez and his ties to political donor Salomon Melgen ratcheted Friday, as media reports dissected financial transactions between the two that could be seen as crossing congressional ethics lines. Published February 1, 2013

**File** Harvard President Drew Faust (left) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Susan Hockfield speak at a news conference in Cambridge, Mass, May, 2012. (Associated Press)

Harvard wraps cheating probe; fate of cheaters unclear

Harvard University wrapped its investigation into a cheating scandal involving an estimated 125 students, explaining in a campus email Friday that half the students were pushed to withdraw, while the other half were handed probation or cleared. Published February 1, 2013

Illustration: Air Force biofuel by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EPA ignores court ruling; raises biofuels standards

Never mind that a federal appeals court just ruled that the Obama administration is setting impossibly high production goals for cellulosic biofuels production. The Environmental Protection Agency just ramped up the standards even higher, from 8.7 million gallon mandates for 2012 to 14 million gallons by the end of this year. Published February 1, 2013

**FILE** Connecticut State Police are on scene following the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 60 miles northeast of New York, on Dec. 14, 2012. (Associated Press)

Newtown education board: More police, please

The Board of Education in Newtown, Conn., asked the town for funding in its upcoming budget for more armed police patrols to the community's four elementary schools. Published February 1, 2013

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, center, waves after attending Friday prayers in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 1, 2013. Thousands of Egyptians marched across the country, chanting against the rule of Morsi. (AP Photo/Jihan Nasr, Shorouk Newspaper)

Hot spots speckle Middle East map

All eyes are on the Middle East, as Friday opened with a bed of hot-spot activity: The U.S. Embassy is Turkey was targeted by suicide bomb. Israel just wrapped reported sorties to root out chemical weapons shipments to Hezbollah. Syria has threatened retaliation for Israeli fighter jet attacks on its facilities and equipment. And Egypt is still roiling from a week's worth of violence and unrest that has left, so far, more than 50 dead. Published February 1, 2013

**FILE** British Prime Minister David Cameron pauses during a press conference at Stormont Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Nov. 20, 2012. (Associated Press)

Political turmoil rocks British parliament

Turmoil has rocked Britain's parliament as anti-Tory party politicos demanded Prime Minister David Cameron oust Chancellor George Osborne. Published February 1, 2013

**FILE** President Obama (Associated Press)

Latest Obamacare casualty: 100 workers at Smith & Nephew

Global medical technology firm Smith & Nephew announced Thursday the layoff of almost 100 workers at its Tennessee and Massachusetts plants — and placed blame for the drawdown firmly at the feet of Obamacare. Published February 1, 2013

**FILE** President Obama (right) and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Oct. 16, 2012. (Associated Press)

FEC: 2012 elections cost $7 billion

Candidates in the 2012 presidential election spent a record $7 billion during the race — a record-setting figure that surpassed all expectations, according to the Federal Election Commission. Published February 1, 2013