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Vietnam War 40 years on, enemies now friends but still pain

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

This city once known as Saigon was blanketed in red banners on Thursday that read "Long Live the Glorious Communist Party of Vietnam," 40 years after northern forces seized control of the country and America walked away from a divisive and bloody war that remains a painful sore.

 

AP Poll: Americans approve of drone strikes on terrorists

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say it's acceptable for the U.S. to use an unmanned aerial drone to kill an American citizen abroad if that person has joined a terror organization, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

 

 

Flakka, synthetic drug behind increasingly bizarre crimes

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

 

 

FDA seeks more data on safety of hospital hand cleaners

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

To fight infections, hospital workers can hit the hand sanitizer a hundred times or more a day.

 

 

Medicare data show contrast in generic, brand prescribing

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

The most-used medicines in Medicare's prescription drug program are generics, but the program spends the most on brand-name drugs.

 

 

Records show worries over Baltimore officer's mental health

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

The top Baltimore city police officer suspended following Freddie Gray's death was hospitalized in April 2012 following concerns about his mental health, according to records from a sheriff's department and court obtained by The Associated Press.

 

 

Officials: Germany foils suspected Boston-style attack

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

German authorities foiled what they believe may have been an imminent Boston Marathon-style attack on a professional cycling race planned for today.

 

 

GOP divided as Supreme Court ruling on health care law nears

Posted 4/30/2015 in National

Congressional Republicans are divided over how to respond to an approaching Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama's health care law, even as growing numbers concede that their long-sought goal of repealing the statute will have to wait.

 

After historic arguments, court to rule on same-sex marriage

Posted 4/29/2015 in National

Pivotal Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose vote could decide the same-sex marriage issue for the nation, did not tip his hand Tuesday in historic arguments at the Supreme Court.

Baltimore streets once rocked by riots quiet after curfew

Posted 4/29/2015 in National

Baltimore streets previously rocked by riots were quiet this morning at the lifting of a nighttime curfew that was enforced by 3,000 police and National Guardsmen.

 

Obama criticizes black deaths by police, but also rioters

Posted 4/29/2015 in National

Urging Americans to "do some soul-searching," President Barack Obama expressed deep frustration Tuesday over recurring black deaths at the hands of police, rioters responding with senseless violence and a society that will only "feign concern" without addressing the root causes.

 

 

Look who's speaking Spanish: It's the 2016 Republicans

Posted 4/29/2015 in National

Republicans are bringing something unique to the 2016 presidential campaign: an ability to speak to Americans in both of their main mother tongues, Spanish as well as English. Democrats can't match it. Previous GOP candidates couldn't.

 

 

Japan PM to make historic address to Congress, talk trade

Posted 4/29/2015 in National

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek support for a trans-Pacific trade pact that has divided U.S. lawmakers as he makes the first address by a Japanese leader to a joint meeting of Congress.

 

Nepal quake toll tops 5,000 as aid reaches epicenter area

Posted 4/29/2015 in National

Aid reached a hilly district near the epicenter of Nepal's earthquake for the first time Wednesday, four days after the quake struck and as the death toll from the disaster passed the 5,000 mark.

Modern tragedy: Quake-ravaged Nepal tower a site for selfies

Posted 4/28/2015 in National

Social media is a chronicle of life, and sometimes death. So it should be no surprise that a site of great human and cultural loss in Nepal's devastating earthquake is now barraged with the clicking of smartphones.

American Civil War commemorated way, way down south of Dixie

Posted 4/28/2015 in National

It had all the trappings of a down-home country fair somewhere well below the Mason-Dixon line: Lynyrd Skynyrd medleys, mile-long lines for fried chicken, barbeque and draft beer, and a plethora of Confederate flags emblazoning everything from belt buckles to motorcycle vests to trucker caps.

Riots in Baltimore raise questions about police response

Posted 4/28/2015 in National

National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early today as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

 

US lowers fluoride in water; too much causing splotchy teeth

Posted 4/28/2015 in National

The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water because some kids are getting too much, causing white splotches on their teeth.

 

 

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