The Justice Department has charged an American citizen with acting as an agent for Pakistan, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports. Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai of Fairfax, Va., is specifically accused of lobbying members of Congress in a bid to influence U.S. policy in the dispute with India over Kashmir, without properly registering his activities.
Fai, 62, allegedly accepted more than $4 million over the past two decades from straw donors working on behalf of Pakistani intelligence services. He was arrested this morning, the Justice Department says.
The Vatican has appointed an outspoken archbishop to lead the troubled Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Charles Chapu of Denver will move to Philadelphia in September. He succeeds Cardinal Justin Rigali, who has been criticized for the way he's handled child sex abuse allegations.
More money is needed, but, Kentucky’s First Lady says at-risk students also need creativity. Jane Beshear, who was in Richmond today for a conference on at-risk students, says teachers need to think outside the box. Beshear called on educators to be more creative.
At the White House moments ago, President Obama threw his support behind the efforts of a bi-partisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Six" who are crafting their own budget-reduction plan that includes spending cuts and revenue increases.
It is "broadly consistent with the approach that I've urged," Obama said.
Speaking on the Senate floor, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged his colleagues to support the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan being proposed in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon. Backed by the Tea Party, the bill seeks to curb government spending by cutting spending by $111 billion and capping federal expenditures to 19.9% of the nation’s gross domestic output. The legislation also seeks to send a balanced-budget constitutional amendment to the states for ratification.
Kentucky Insurance Commissioner Sharon P. Clark has been named chairwoman of the Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The committee monitors all aspects of the insurance market’s regulatory practices and reviews how those efforts affect insurance consumers.
A petition is circulating at local gas stations that seeks to legalize alcohol sales in the Boyle County town of Junction City, taking advantage of the city’s recent upgrade in classification. If the petition is certified by the county clerk and judge-executive, residents would vote later this year on whether to become fully wet, allowing for licenses including retail beer and package liquor.
The attorney appealing the citation and fine against American Legion Post 23 for violating Bowling Green's smoking ban argues that the post should be exempt from the ordinance and cites a case in Lexington as being similar. But the city has maintained that, because members of the public are invited to charitable gaming events, the post is not exempt from the ordinance.
One final test stands between Mine Shields Inc., and certification that could create more than 100 new jobs in Garrard County. But it's a big one. The test, which will take place Thursday in New Mexico, is the last of five necessary to get the company's mine refuge chambers approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, Mine Shields CEO Connie Hendren said.