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Food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbors that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs.

 

Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.

 

 

Obama to pay tribute to Mandela in South Africa

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

President Barack Obama will pay tribute this week to Nelson Mandela, making the long trip from Washington to South Africa Monday to attend a national memorial service for the anti-apartheid icon.

 

 

Internet giants weigh in on defamation lawsuit

Posted 12/9/2013 in National

From Twitter and Facebook to Amazon and Google, the biggest names of the Internet are blasting a federal judge's decision allowing an Arizona-based gossip website to be sued for defamation by a former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader convicted of having sex with a teenager.

 

Massive crowds, world leaders to honor Mandela

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

South Africa expects overwhelming crowds and a host of world leaders to attend services honoring late President Nelson Mandela, though with the ceremonies only days away officials acknowledged Saturday they couldn't offer any specifics yet.

 

Hagel outlines new weapons sale plan for Gulf nations

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel opened the door for the U.S. to sell missile defense and other weapons systems to U.S.-friendly Gulf nations, with an eye toward boosting their abilities to counter Iran's ballistic missiles, even as global powers ink a nuclear deal with Tehran.

 

 

U.S. vet, 85, free from North Korea

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

Merrill Newman was tired and looking forward to reuniting with his family, but he was all smiles Saturday after arriving at the San Francisco airport after being detained for several weeks in North Korea.

 

 

New consumer tips for Obama's fixer-upper website

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

 

 

Police: Newlyweds killed man for thrills

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

A couple married for just three weeks lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together, police said.

 

Dylan's electric guitar sells for nearly $1M

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

Like Elvis' no-hips-allowed appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," or the Beatles' arrival in America, or Woodstock, it is considered one of the milestone moments in rock history: Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.

Pearl Harbor ceremony marks bombing anniversary

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

About 2,500 gathered at Pearl Harbor on Saturday to remember those killed in the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S. into World War II.

 

Couple accidentally gets bag of cash at drive-thru

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

A suburban Nashville couple got more than they expected in their to-go order in a McDonald's drive-thru: A bag of cold cash.

 

 

President Obama lights National Christmas Tree

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

President Barack Obama threw the switch, bathing the National Christmas Tree in lights and giving an otherwise dreary day in the nation's capital a festive and seasonal spirit.

 

 

Celebrating Mandela: South African sports go on

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

South Africa's multiracial rugby sevens team huddled in the middle of the stadium named after Nelson Mandela. The players raised their hands together to the sky. Then they went out and won the game.

 

 

Top general to teenagers: Watch what you post online!

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

If they don't believe their parents, maybe America's teens will listen to the Pentagon's top general. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey worried aloud Wednesday that the next generation of possible military recruits is ignorant about the damage that can come from showing bad or illegal behavior online.

 

Public art project elicits the profound, profane

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

It is public art made of private wishes. In a phenomenon spreading across the globe, oversized blackboards, painted on buildings and freestanding displays, invite passers-by to complete the sentence: "Before I die I want to ..."

 

Milk prices could rise if farm bill looms

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

A New Year's deadline that could send the price of milk skyward looms over congressional negotiators as they try to reach agreement on a five-year farm bill. They've been tripped up by differences over the nation's food stamp program and how to restructure farm subsidies.

 

 

Democrats, GOP craft backup for stalled defense bill

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress' military panels are working on a backup plan to ensure that they complete a far-reaching defense policy bill before year's end.

 

 

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