Debate joined on Medicare; Romney, Obama go at it
WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama in person and in TV advertising Tuesday of cutting Medicare “to pay for Obamacare,” launching a strong counterattack to Democratic charges that he and running mate Paul Ryan would radically remake the popular health care program that serves tens of millions of seniors. The charge drew a blistering response from Obama’s campaign, which labeled the ad dishonest and hypocritical. Obama “has ...
F-bomb makes it into mainstream dictionary
NEW YORK — It’s about freakin’ time. The term “F-bomb” surfaced in newspapers more than 20 years ago but will land Tuesday for the first time in the mainstream Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, along with sexting, flexitarian, obesogenic, energy drink and life coach. In all, the company picks about 100 additions for the 114-year-old dictionary’s annual update, gathering evidence of usage over several years in everything from media to th...
Military Exhibit opens Friday at Sparks Museum and Cultural ...
A new exhibit, “A Salute to the Military,” opens at 1 p.m. Friday at the Sparks Museum and Cultural Center. Sparks Mayor Geno Martini and the Board of Trustees of the Museum invite the public to join them at the opening of this special exhibit, commemorating the nation’s battles from the Civil War to the Global War on Terrorism. The exhibit is full of interesting facts and includes photos, weapons, artifacts, models and uniforms donated by ov...
Senators to sound budget alarm in North Las Vegas
Associated Press LAS VEGAS — A trio of Republican senators is sounding the alarm about billions in looming military budget cuts on tap for January, stopping their tour Monday at a Nevada Air Force base and the city of North Las Vegas. Arizona Sen. John McCain, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte are visiting Nellis Air Force Base before taking their “Preserving America’s Strength” town hall to a nearby community co...
Officer, gunman among 3 killed in Texas shootings
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A Texas law enforcement officer attacked as he brought an eviction notice to a house Monday was among three people, including a shooter inside the home, killed Monday near the Texas A&M University campus. A 65-year-old man also died, while three other law enforcement officers and a 55-year-old woman were wounded, in the shootings at an off-campus home not far from the university’s football stadium, College Station Assi...
Obama, Biden link GOP rivals to Congress
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — President Barack Obama and Joe Biden moved quickly Monday to link GOP rivals Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to House Republicans who Democrats blame for causing gridlock in Washington and pressing policies to protect the wealthy. Campaigning in Iowa, Obama accused Ryan of blocking a congressional farm bill, seeking to link Romney by extension to a Washington stalemate that is denying Midwestern farmers the resources they need...
Proud car owners revel in Sparks HAN events
SPARKS — Sparks resident Rich Pelton turned to an admirer of his 1969 Z 28 Chevrolet Camaro and kindly asked him if he ever had a car he wished he would not have sold. With a sharp look to the ground and a depressed sigh, the man looked up with a half-hearted smile and spouted the make and model of the one that got away.
Election signs not going anywhere
SPARKS – Some political signs in the area have been posted for such a long time, with candidates’ faces smiling at passers-by, it’s easy to begin to believe they are just part of the landscape.
Researchers find surprises in Lake Tahoe data
CARSON CITY — An annual report released Thursday detailing the status of Lake Tahoe’s health and clarity has researchers rethinking some long-held assumptions and focusing on trends that may be linked to climate change.