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5 years after BP spill, drillers push into riskier depths

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Five years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought unreachable.

 

Waivers may give next president way out of health care feuds

Posted yesterday in National

Republican or Democrat, the next president will have the chance to remake the nation's health care overhaul without fighting Congress.

 

Empty chairs honor 168 victims of Oklahoma City bombing

Posted yesterday in National

Every day when Dr. Rosslyn Biggs goes to work as a federal government veterinarian she is reminded of her mother, one of 168 people killed in the Oklahoma City bombing and honored Sunday on the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil until Sept. 11, 2001.

 

Email: Affleck asked PBS to not reveal slave-owning ancestor

Posted yesterday in National

Ben Affleck requested that the PBS documentary series "Finding Your Roots" not reveal he had a slave-owning ancestor, according to emails published online by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, and the information never appeared on the program.

 

 

Gyrocopter pilot frustrated message isn't getting through

Posted yesterday in National

The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Sunday that his message wasn't getting through.

 

 

Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Posted 4/18/2015 in National

Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.

 

Driver who hit toddler starts events that leave 4 dead

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

Damani Terry just wanted to join a group of girls dancing in a park across the street. The 2-year-old stepped into the road -- right into the path of an oncoming van.

 

Homeland chief: Gyrocopter came in 'under the radar'

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace "literally flew under the radar" to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said as key lawmakers raised alarms about security risks.

 

Families make videos to reassure patients with dementia

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition.

 

Don't panic, college seniors: Jobs for grads likely to grow

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring.

 

 

Putin offers to mend ties with West

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

Russia has weathered the worst of its economic troubles and is on the road to recovery, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday during a marathon call-in TV show, offering to normalize ties with the West if it treats Moscow as an equal partner and not a "vassal."

 

 

Lawmaker seeks review of reserve deputy program

Posted 4/17/2015 in National

A state lawmaker called Thursday for an independent review of Tulsa's reserve deputy program as more questions arose about the training of a 73-year-old volunteer officer who says he accidentally shot a suspect to death while the man was being held down by others.

 

 

New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits

Posted 4/16/2015 in National

A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can't use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don'ts runs to several dozen items.

 

Church bells, kind acts mark 2 years since Boston bombings

Posted 4/16/2015 in National

With a moment of silence, the tolling of church bells and a call for kindness, Boston marked the second anniversary of the marathon bombings Wednesday.

Percy Sledge, who sang 'When A Man Loves a Woman,' dies

Posted 4/15/2015 in National

Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

 

Spokesman: Air Force planes expected to be back in air today

Posted 4/15/2015 in National

Most of the hundreds of training aircraft grounded last week by the U.S. Air Force because of a potential malfunction in the engines' oil line are expected to be back in the air today, according to a military spokesman.

 

 

Man kills armadillo; ricochet gunshot hits mother-in-law

Posted 4/15/2015 in National

Authorities say a south Georgia man shot an armadillo, but ended up accidentally wounding his mother-in-law when the bullet ricocheted off the mammal known for its hard shell.

 

 

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