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Even Obama dogs jump through hoops to enter Hawaii

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama -- first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation.

 

Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty -- once again -- for millions of individuals and businesses.

 

 

Medicaid growth creates gap of 5M without coverage

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

About 5 million people will be without health care next year that they would have gotten simply if they lived somewhere else in America.

 

In a selfie, a slain teen's last moments

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

It's a happy moment, a selfie taken by a group of teenagers on a sunny day in downtown Beirut. Mohammed Shaar sits among his friends in a red hoodie and his dark-framed glasses.

 

Democrats, GOP seek to define issue for 2014 elections

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

In a competitive district east of Denver, Democrat Andrew Romanoff is counting on voter anger at a divided and ineffectual Congress to help him unseat three-term Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.

 

Federal health care sign-ups pass 1 million

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.

 

Teachers find home visits help in the classroom

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

In days gone by, a knock on the door by a teacher or school official used to mean a child was in trouble. Not anymore, at least for parents and students at Clay Elementary School.

 

Legal pot sales begin amid doubt in Colo.

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary.

Grave marker project helps bury the blues

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre's royalty, from Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never know his musical legacy. Or his name.

 

GOP can count ways to Senate majority

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

Republicans count enough competitive races to challenge Democrats for control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, if only they can figure out what to do with the tea party.

 

 

Rescue of icebound Antarctic ship faces setback

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

A Chinese icebreaker that was en route to rescue a ship trapped in Antarctic ice was forced to turn back on Saturday after being unable to push its way through the heavy sea ice.

 

 

The race of Jesus: Unknown, yet powerful

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

For two thousand years, he has been worshipped and adored. Multitudes look to him each day. And yet nobody really knows the face of Jesus.

 

 

High stakes for families losing unemployment benefit

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

 

 

Police: Shooter embroiled in divorce

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

It might have appeared that Ben Freeman was trying to right some wrongs in his life in the months before police say he killed three people and himself.

 

 

Despite files, school shooter remains enigma

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

Adam Lanza was fascinated with chimpanzees because of their capacity for empathy, but could show little or none himself.

 

A&E reverses decision on 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

A&E landed in the middle of America's culture wars when "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson sounded off on gays and the Bible. The channel quickly found there was no safe ground.

 

Judge rules NSA phone surveillance legal

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The heated debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional.

 

 

Military sex assault reports jump 50 percent

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense officials say may suggest that victims are becoming more willing to come forward after a tumultuous year of scandals that shined a spotlight on the crimes and put pressure on the military to take aggressive action.

 

 

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications -- ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

 

 

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