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Flu shot doing poor job of protecting elderly

Posted 2/22/2013 in National

It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group. The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

 

 

Cyberspying promises rich payoff

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

For state-backed cyberspies such as a Chinese military unit implicated by a U.S. security firm in a computer crime wave, hacking foreign companies can produce high-value secrets ranging from details on oil fields to advanced manufacturing technology.

 

Chicago district disappointed in Jackson Jr.

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

Residents in this swath of sprawling Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs have brimmed with loyalty to Jesse Jackson Jr. over the past 17 years, giving him an enthusiastic majority each election -- even after questionable links to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, reports of an extramarital affair and a bizarre five-month medical leave.

Water tested after body found in Los Angeles hotel cistern

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

British tourist Michael Baugh and his wife said water had only trickled for days as they brushed their teeth, showered and drank from the taps at the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, but they could not have imagined the disturbing reason.

 

Woman, 104, forced to lie about age on Facebook

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

Facebook is apologizing for a problem that makes a 104-year-old Michigan woman lie about her age on the social media website.

 

 

Obama weighs stepping in on gay marriage Supreme Court case

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on gay marriage -- a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country.

 

 

Pentagon notifies Congress of likely furloughs

Posted 2/21/2013 in National

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1 he may have to shorten the workweek for the "vast majority" of the Defense Department's 800,000 civilian workers.

 

U.S. developing penalties for cybertheft

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Evidence of an unrelenting campaign of cyberstealing linked to the Chinese government is prompting the Obama administration to develop more aggressive responses to the theft of U.S. government data and corporate trade secrets.

Allen retirement opens Europe command slot

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is looking for a new candidate to lead American and allied forces in Europe after his first choice, Marine Gen. John Allen, bowed out Tuesday and announced his intention to retire for what he called personal reasons.

Cadaver dogs search after Kansas City gas blast

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Firefighters with cadaver dogs were searching early today through the rubble of a popular restaurant flattened by a natural gas explosion and massive fire that sent black smoke high over Kansas City's upscale Country Club Plaza shopping and dining district.

 

Biden says a shotgun will scare off intruders

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Americans don't need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders.

 

Future science: Using 3D worlds to visualize data

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Take a walk through a human brain? Fly over the surface of Mars? Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago are pushing science fiction closer to reality with a wraparound virtual world where a researcher wearing 3D glasses can do all that and more.

 

Renewed fervor for Google lifts stock above $800

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Google's stock price topped $800 for the first time Tuesday amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the growing mobile market.

 

 

Bottle fraud in Mich. may face harsher penalties

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Attention smugglers of empty soda cans: Stay out of Michigan, or you could face jail time.

 

 

Shooting rampage kills three in Calif.

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

The early morning commute was just getting under way on suburban Orange County's network of freeways when Melvin Lee Edwards pulled up to a stop sign near a busy off-ramp. It was just after 5 a.m. and Edwards, 69, was on his way to work when, police say, a fleeing murder suspect forced him out of his BMW at gunpoint, marched him across the street and shot him three times from behind as horrified commuters watched.

 

Younger vets still struggle as jobs scene improves

Posted 2/19/2013 in National

Two months after completing his five-plus years as an Army medic, Dan Huber is still looking for a job. And while he's had some promising interviews, he has no assurances the search will end soon.

 

Microsoft's Outlook takes aim at Google's Gmail

Posted 2/19/2013 in National

Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S.

 

 

Multimillion-dollar diamond heist in Brussels

Posted 2/19/2013 in National

Eight masked gunmen made a hole in a security fence at Brussels' international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said today.

 

 

Texas police fatally shoot fugitive Fla. prisoner

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

The Florida prisoner who escaped in Texas after stabbing a detective with his eyeglasses was fatally shot early Saturday after refusing to cooperate with officers and lunging at them, police said.

 

Study: Better television might improve kids' behavior

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.

 

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