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'A Christmas Story' at 30: Now part of the family

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Even after three decades, the triple-dog dare doesn't get old. The film "A Christmas Story" opened 30 years ago to mixed reviews but has shown its staying power as a holiday family favorite.

Probe seeks cause of NYC train crash that killed 4

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Federal authorities today were beginning an exhaustive investigation into what caused a New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve to derail, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others.

 

Montana appeals teacher's rape sentence

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

The Montana attorney general's office on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to throw out a 30-day sentence given to a teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl, saying the punishment was illegally lenient.

 

Officials: Speed a factor in Walker's deadly crash

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Investigators sought to determine the cause of a fiery crash that killed "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker while the actor's fans erected a makeshift memorial Sunday near where the Porsche he was riding in smashed into a light pole and tree.

Did Comet ISON survive? Scientists hopeful

Posted 11/30/2013 in National

A comet that gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after grazing the sun. Now, there is a sliver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived.

 

China claims win in scrubbing Internet clean

Posted 11/30/2013 in National

The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party.

 

Dog found under rubble 9 days after Ill. tornado

Posted 11/30/2013 in National

A six-month-old pit bull that was buried under a pile of rubble for more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois city has been coaxed to freedom with hot dogs and reunited with his owner.

 

North Korea says detained American tourist apologizes for crimes

Posted 11/30/2013 in National

North Korea state media claimed Saturday that an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for "hostile acts" against the state during a recent trip.

 

 

Should you worry or is U.S. military at the ready?

Posted 11/30/2013 in National

Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation's military is being hobbled by budget cuts.

 

 

U.S.: Tough sanctions on Iran remain despite deal

Posted 11/30/2013 in National

The Obama administration said on Friday that it was maintaining tough oil-related sanctions against Iran even though the U.S. and five other world powers have signed an initial deal with Tehran to curb its nuclear program and prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.

 

 

U.S. advises carriers to comply with China air defense zone

Posted 11/30/2013 in National

The United States advised U.S. carriers to comply with China's demand that it be told of any flights passing through its new maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea, an area where Beijing said it launched two fighter planes to investigate a dozen American and Japanese reconnaissance and military flights.

 

 

Romney's son says he helped people in crash

Posted 11/30/2013 in National

Josh Romney says he was first on the scene after a vehicle crashed into a house Thanksgiving night in suburban Salt Lake, and he helped four people from the wreckage.

 

Scientists: Sun-grazing comet likely broke up

Posted 11/29/2013 in National

Once billed as the comet of the century, Comet ISON apparently was no match for the sun. Scientists said images from NASA spacecraft showed the comet approaching for a slingshot around the sun on Thursday, but just a trail of dust coming out on the other end.

Balloons steal show at NYC parade after wind fears

Posted 11/29/2013 in National

Revelers at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade gave thanks for the giant balloons that flew above the city streets Thursday after a blustery storm accompanied by high winds nearly grounded them for only the second time in the parade's 87-year history.

 

Park Service withdraws comments on fracking rule

Posted 11/29/2013 in National

The National Park Service has withdrawn "inappropriate" comments about a proposed rule regulating hydraulic fracturing operations on public lands.

 

 

Mexican drug cartels now make money exporting ore

Posted 11/29/2013 in National

Mexican drug cartels looking to diversify their businesses long ago moved into oil theft, pirated goods, extortion and kidnapping, consuming an ever larger swath of the country's economy.

 

 

Police review journal of Arizona teen held captive for clues

Posted 11/29/2013 in National

Police on Wednesday were poring over a journal they say a 17-year-old girl kept while she and her two younger sisters were imprisoned by their mother and stepfather for up to two years.

 

 

Pope ramps up charity office to be near poor, sick

Posted 11/29/2013 in National

When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was known to sneak out at night and break bread with the homeless, sit with them literally on the street and eat with them, as part of his aim to share the plight of the poor and let them know someone cared.

 

 

Killers of Israel soldier who shot Arabs sentenced

Posted 11/29/2013 in National

An Israeli court on Thursday sentenced seven Arabs citizens to prison terms of eight months to two years for their part in the lynching of a soldier who went on a deadly shooting spree in 2005.

 

 

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