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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is among the women mentioned as potential candidates for U.N. secretary-general. (AP Photo)

Next U.N. secretary-general should be a woman, campaign says

In a race that handicappers say is among the most unpredictable in the organization's history, the United Nations next year will pick a successor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and women are expressing a sense of being represented in leadership roles. Published March 22, 2015

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Lee Kuan Yew, 91, left giant legacy in tiny Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore who combined a personal charisma and strong will to transform his sleepy city-state into an unlikely trading powerhouse and a model for other emerging economies around the globe, died Monday at the age of 91. He had been suffering from a severe case of pneumonia, officials said. Published March 22, 2015

Chadian troops participate in the closing ceremony of operation Flintlock in an army base in N'djamena, Chad, Monday March 9, 2015. The U.S. military and its Western partners conduct this training annually and set up plans long before Boko Haram began attacking its neighbors Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Chadian Brig. Gen. Zakaria Ngobongue said Monday that his soldiers alongside troops from Niger had entered Nigeria but he declined to give further details about the ongoing operation. Ngobongue described Boko Haram fighters as “bandits and criminals who have nothing to do with religion.” (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Nigeria seeks better intel on Boko Haram from West

Top Nigerian military officials complained Wednesday that the Obama administration and the West are not doing enough to help in the struggle against the brutal Boko Haram group, praising Chad and other poor countries in the region for doing more to halt the advances of the Islamist terror organization. Published March 11, 2015

Now out of the ranks, vets get help finding work

When Carl Vickers left the Air Force in 2005, he prepared his resume detailing his skills learned as an aerospace ground equipment technician to present to prospective employers. Published March 9, 2015

The Georgetown University campus, Washington, D.C.  (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Georgetown among most oppressive colleges for free speech

College campuses are supposed to be welcoming academic arenas where young people can discuss and argue ideas in a spirit of free and open inquiry. But after a recent incident, in which Georgetown University safety personnel removed pro-choice protesters from a sidewalk adjoining the campus, student groups there are wondering how free they really are to express ideas. Published March 4, 2015

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Federal Communications Commission is setting out to unravel the mystery behind the Internet traffic jams bogging down the delivery of Netflix videos and other online content. The inquiry announced Friday, June 13, 2014, by Wheeler will dissect the routes that video and other data travel to reach Internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Republicans vow to fight 'net neutrality'

On the eve of an intensely anticipated Federal Communications Commission's vote Thursday on federal regulation of the Internet, congressional Republicans said they were not giving up the fight if the agency gives a strong endorsement of "net neutrality." Published February 25, 2015

Sen. Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts Democrat and strong net neutrality advocate, said Thursday should be declared "Internet Innovation Freedom Day." (Associated Press)

Net neutrality supporters optimistic about FCC vote

Supporters of "net neutrality" expressed growing confidence Tuesday that federal regulators will hand them a big win this week when they meet to vote on a proposal to set the rules of the road for traffic on the Internet. Published February 24, 2015

Cars fill up at the pumps at a Shell station near downtown Detroit, where the sign shows the price at $1.899 a gallon on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. AAA Michigan said that the average cost of self-serve unleaded gasoline in the state was $1.97 a gallon, the first time the price has fallen below $2 a gallon since March 2009 and down 9 cents since the beginning of the week. (AP Photo/David N. Goodman)

Wary consumers not dumping fuel-efficient vehicles

Despite steadily decreasing gas prices, potential car buyers say they will still factor in fuel economy and gas mileage for their next vehicle purchase, according to a new survey released Thursday by the Consumer Federation of America. Published February 19, 2015

Washington National Cathedral Director of Preservation and Facilities Jim Shepherd talks about repairs and cleaning of the stonework in the ceiling at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday.

Milestone in National Cathedral's long road to recovery

More than three years after an earthquake rocked the East Coast, the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday marked a milestone on its long road back to structural and architectural health. Published February 18, 2015

New York Herald's incredible feat covering death of President Lincoln

President Lincoln was shot in his booth at Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth shortly after 10 p.m. on April 14, 1865. Just hours later, in an age before radio or television, let alone instant messaging and Twitter, The New York Herald was on the streets with its first dispatch that the president had been shot. Published February 15, 2015

Workers prepare flowers for distribution to local merchants in preparation for Valentine's Day, at the South Florida Logistics Center in Miami, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) **FILE**

Washington, D.C., comes up short as Valentine's Day draw

When it comes to love, the capital of the free world barely ranks above the biggest city in Alaska, while San Francisco leads a host of West Coast cities that rank high as the most attractive and cost-effective places to woo one's sweetheart with a last-minute romantic surprise. Published February 10, 2015

Latvians says that Russian aggression and tension between Vladimir Putin and the West make them "nervous and concerned."  (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

Latvia on edge as tensions between Russia, West increase

More than two decades following their liberation with the collapse of the Soviet Union, citizens of Latvia remain "nervous and concerned" about the rising tensions between Russia and the West, Latvian Ambassador Andris Razans said Thursday. Published February 5, 2015

Office supply market leader Staples confirmed Wednesday that it would acquire No. 2-ranked rival Office Depot in a cash and stock deal to create a combined company with more than 4,000 locations and annual sales of nearly $39 billion. (Associated Press)

Staples, Office Depot plan merger to compete in changing market

Faced with rising competition from rivals such as Amazon.com and falling demand for staplers, desk calendars and personal computers in the age of smartphones, the nation's two biggest office supply chains announced Wednesday a $6.3 billion merger in a bid to make themselves more competitive. Published February 4, 2015