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'Mary Poppins' among 25 films to be preserved

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Just in time for a new movie about the making of "Mary Poppins," the 1964 Disney classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress so future generations of Americans can see it.

 

 

U.S. sending $25M in new typhoon aid to Philippines

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The United States is providing nearly $25 million in additional humanitarian aid to help the Philippines deal with the enormous devastation and deaths wrought by Typhoon Haiyan last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday after touring the worst-hit region.

 

 

As food labels get closer inspection, ingredients vanish

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Take another look at that food label. An ingredient or two may have vanished.

 

 

Poll: Obama international ratings top domestic ones

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's approval ratings for handling foreign policy issues generally top his ratings for most domestic issues, including the economy and health care, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

 

AP survey: Income gap holding back economy

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals. It's hurting the U.S. economy.

 

Jury 'at a standstill' in ex-BP engineer's trial

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

A deadlocked jury will return for a third day of deliberations in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct a probe of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

India diplomat says she faced cavity search in New York

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

An Indian diplomat says she underwent repeated cavity and strip searches following her arrest in New York City on visa fraud charges.

 

 

Figure skating to air live from Sochi Games

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The first full day of February's Sochi Olympics, American television viewers can watch a marquee event live from Russia -- in the morning.

 

Survey: Teens using synthetic drugs less often

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use.

Blind man, guide dog safe after subway track fall

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Gallant guide dog Orlando was just doing his duty. The black Lab bravely leapt onto the tracks at a Manhattan subway platform Tuesday after his blind owner lost consciousness and tumbled in front of an oncoming train.

Astronaut may get Christmas wish for spacewalk

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

Space station astronaut Rick Mastracchio may get his Christmas wish for a spacewalk or two because of a broken cooling system.

U.S. fundraising mittens made in China

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

The outside of the mittens say "Go USA." The insides say "Made in China." Less than two years after being criticized for having the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms made in China, the U.S. Olympic Committee has another wardrobe malfunction on its hands.

 

Fake signer accused in mob attack

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

Just when it seemed the scandal over the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial had run its course, a cousin and three friends say he was part of a mob that accosted two men found with a stolen television and burned them to death by setting fire to tires placed around their necks.

 

 

Do vitamins block disease? Some disappointing news

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

There's more disappointing news about multivitamins: Two major studies found popping the pills didn't protect aging men's brains or help heart attack survivors.

 

 

FDA: Anti-bacterial soaps may not curb bacteria

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.

 

 

Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

It's the ultimate fantasy: Walk into a store, plunk down a dollar, and with nothing but luck -- really extraordinary luck -- you win a giant lottery. Suddenly, you're rich as a sultan with enough money to buy an NBA team or your own island.

 

 

No suspicious devices found at Harvard after email

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

Four buildings on Harvard University's campus were evacuated Monday after police received an email claiming that explosive devices may have been hidden inside, but after hours of searches and disruptions to final exams, no suspicious devices were found.

 

 

Family: Make Iran talks hinge on Levinson aid

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

The Obama administration should make any diplomatic agreement with Iran contingent on Tehran's help finding missing CIA contractor Robert Levinson, a lawyer for his family said Monday. "He's your guy and you put him there," attorney David McGee said. "Raise the ante."

 

FBI disrupts shootings through interventions

Posted 12/16/2013 in National

The FBI has helped to disrupt or prevent nearly 150 shootings and violent attacks this year, in part by steering potential gunmen toward mental health professionals.

 

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