Rob Torte

Officials ponder national ID card

Posted 11:03 a.m. Feb. 4 By Rob Torte U-WIRE (DC BUREAU) (U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – State officials have asked Congress for more than $100 million to link all 50 state driver’s license databases together for the purpose of creating a national identification card. According to the American Association of Motor Vehicles, licenses have already “become a […]

U.S. deploys troops to Philippines

Posted 11:41 a.m. Jan. 28 By Rob Torte U-WIRE (DC BUREAU) (U-WIRE) WASHINGTON – Continuing a global fight against terrorism, the United States deployed 850 Special Forces troops to the Philippines in the past few weeks, according to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Rumsfeld and Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo have claimed that U.S. forces are […]

Cell phone ban hits N.Y. drivers

Posted 1:00 p.m. Nov. 15 By Rob Torte U-WIRE Washington Bureau Starting Nov. 1, drivers in New York state will begin the long commute to work minus one of their usual companions: the cell phone. Driving while talking on a cell phone will earn drivers a $100 fine for violating a new cell phone ban. […]

BRIEF: Web site offers look at campus crime

Posted 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 By Rob Torte U-WIRE Washington Bureau A new campus crime Web site by the Department of Education details how many crimes are occurring on the nation’s college campuses. The site located at gives campus-specific information. U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige said students would be able to search for […]