Peering into massive semi-truck engines, ducking beneath wheel wells and examining tail lights, students at Boone County Truck Driving School slowly worked through their first pre-trip inspection, huddling together in small groups against the chilly mountain air.
Peering into massive semi-truck engines, ducking beneath wheel wells and examining tail lights, students at Boone County Truck Driving School slowly worked through their first pre-trip inspection, huddling together in small groups against the chilly mountain air.
Ian Heaton was a black belt Tae Kwon Do instructor who played baseball, soccer and lacrosse as a sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Md. “I did not appreciate what a great life I was living,” Heaton, now 18, said in March testimony before Congress. “It was over in a split second.”
Fast forward 238 years since the founding of U.S. democracy, and it continues to survive through the efforts of presidents past. But the office has evolved from what George Washington had in mind.
 
 
 
Caitlin Turner Apr 2, 2014

 

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Austrian pilot and skydiver Felix Baumgartner's suit from his 24 mile high jump is on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum until the end of May when it moves to the museum’s building in Virginia. SHFWire photo by Caitlin TurnerClick on photo to enlarge or download: Austrian pilot and skydiver Felix Baumgartner's suit from his 24 mile high jump is on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum until the end of May when it moves to the museum’s building in Virginia. SHFWire photo by Caitlin TurnerWASHINGTON – Breaking the sound barrier as he free fell 24 miles to Earth, Austrian pilot and skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke space travel records and reached speeds up to 843.6 mph during his 2012 descent.

Griffin Moores Mar 31, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath County, answers questions about Virginia's mental-health care reform Monday at the National Press Club in Washington. The scars on his face are the result of the knife attack by his son, who killed himself after attacking his father. SHFWire photo by Griffin MooresClick on photo to enlarge or download: Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath County, answers questions about Virginia's mental-health care reform Monday at the National Press Club in Washington. The scars on his face are the result of the knife attack by his son, who killed himself after attacking his father. SHFWire photo by Griffin MooresWASHINGTON - Enthusiastic smiles alternated with pained expressions Monday as Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath County, shared the life story of his son, Gus Deeds, with a  luncheon audience at the National Press Club.

Cathryn Walker Mar 31, 2014

 

Click on photo to enlarge or download: The sun shines on azaleas that have yet to bloom a day after snowfall at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington. Less than an hour after this picture was taken snow flurries began again. SHFWire photo by Cathryn WalkerClick on photo to enlarge or download: The sun shines on azaleas that have yet to bloom a day after snowfall at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington. Less than an hour after this picture was taken snow flurries began again. SHFWire photo by Cathryn WalkerWASHINGTON – Plants and people are both shivering in the late winter cold as Washington experiences a record-breaking frigid winter.

Kritika Gadhvi Mar 31, 2014

 

WASHINGTON – In 1950 young men marched out from the U.S. to fight in the Korean War. Sixty-four years later, 462 veterans from Nebraska were honored for their services.

Alejandro Alba Mar 27, 2014

 

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Ann Weeby, an Iraq veteran with the Michigan Army National Guard and senior business developer for Goodwill in San Francisco, plants a U.S. flags across the National Mall to represent veterans who committed suicide over the last year. SHFWire photo by Alejandro AlbaClick on photo to enlarge or download: Ann Weeby, an Iraq veteran with the Michigan Army National Guard and senior business developer for Goodwill in San Francisco, plants a U.S. flags across the National Mall to represent veterans who committed suicide over the last year. SHFWire photo by Alejandro AlbaWASHINGTON – As he helped plant some of the 1,892 U.S. flags across the National Mall, David Curry remembered his fellow Marine and friend, Jonathan Schulze.

Melhor Leonor Mar 24, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: The Washington National Cathedral is one of two D.C. structures with the most damage from the 2011 earthquake. Repairs will begin at the end of the month and will last between 12 to 14 months. SHFWire photo by Alejandro AlbaClick on photo to enlarge or download: The Washington National Cathedral is one of two D.C. structures with the most damage from the 2011 earthquake. Repairs will begin at the end of the month and will last between 12 to 14 months. SHFWire photo by Alejandro AlbaWASHINGTON – Pinnacles, spires and pieces of stone came crashing down as the walls rattled. Now, 2½ years after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake left iconic landmarks in Washington with significant damage, one is about to reopen while the other is still raising money for repairs.

Cathryn Walker Mar 21, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Stacy Ferguson, better known as Fergie, a singer and former member of the Black Eyed Peas, says the biggest barrier to protecting women from violence is that common laws are not understood or enforced. She said she believes the new program is a holistic approach to addressing gender-based violence. SHFWire photo by Cathryn WalkerClick on photo to enlarge or download: Stacy Ferguson, better known as Fergie, a singer and former member of the Black Eyed Peas, says the biggest barrier to protecting women from violence is that common laws are not understood or enforced. She said she believes the new program is a holistic approach to addressing gender-based violence. SHFWire photo by Cathryn WalkerWASHINGTON – A new program will allow women around the world to receive emergency care by simply pushing “send.”

Kritika Gadhvi Mar 21, 2014

 

WASHINGTON – Two large inflated elephants with chains around their feet and bandages around their knees helped members of PETA make their point that circuses should not have elephants or other animals as part of their shows.

Melhor Leonor Mar 20, 2014

 

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Experts at NOAA predict moderate flooding risk in the Great Lakes region, another effect of the well-below average winter temperatures. NOAA imageClick on photo to enlarge or download: Experts at NOAA predict moderate flooding risk in the Great Lakes region, another effect of the well-below average winter temperatures. NOAA imageWASHINGTON – The arrival of spring won’t ease Southern California’s drought, which is expected to continue and intensify this season, according to a report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Alejandro Alba Mar 18, 2014

 

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris, left, Master Sgt. Jose Rodela and Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia all Army soldiers during the Vietnam War, stand as President Barack Obama and a crowd applaud after they received the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor on Tuesday at the White House. Of 24 soldiers who received the award, they were the only three still alive. SHFWire photo by Alejandro AlbaClick on photo to enlarge or download: Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris, left, Master Sgt. Jose Rodela and Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia all Army soldiers during the Vietnam War, stand as President Barack Obama and a crowd applaud after they received the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor on Tuesday at the White House. Of 24 soldiers who received the award, they were the only three still alive. SHFWire photo by Alejandro AlbaWASHINGTON – Just like other American soldiers, they fought for their country and risked their own lives regardless of their racial or ethnic backgrounds.

Caitlin Turner Mar 18, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan are seen as successful for their spirit in office and the circumstances under which they served. Library of Congress photosClick on photo to enlarge or download: Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan are seen as successful for their spirit in office and the circumstances under which they served. Library of Congress photosThis is the first in a series of stories that will examine presidential success.

WASHINGTON – That presidents FDR, JFK and Reagan are immortalized involves more than their magnetic personalities.

Cathryn Walker Mar 10, 2014

 

Click on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama congratulates 19 NCAA champion teams for their accomplishments and sacrifices at a White House ceremony Monday. He said these athletes have paved the way for his daughters, Malia and Sasha. SHFWire photo by Cathryn WalkerClick on photo to enlarge or download: President Barack Obama congratulates 19 NCAA champion teams for their accomplishments and sacrifices at a White House ceremony Monday. He said these athletes have paved the way for his daughters, Malia and Sasha. SHFWire photo by Cathryn WalkerWASHINGTON – The Colorado Buffalo’s men’s cross country team celebrated its 2013 national championship with a trip to the White House and words of praise from the president.

Melhor Leonor Mar 6, 2014

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks before a conservative crowd Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Convention. SHFWire photo by Melhor M. LeonorClick on photo to enlarge or download: Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks before a conservative crowd Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Convention. SHFWire photo by Melhor M. LeonorNATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Sen. Ted Cruz preached the conservative agenda, Sen. Mitch McConnell brought a gun to the stage, and the conservative crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference was electric.

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