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Obama rallies Democrats, scorns GOP fiscal plans

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

Assertive even as he preached humility, President Barack Obama vowed to confront Republicans on the deficit and urged Democrats on Thursday to stick with him on guns and immigration.

 

 

150-foot asteroid will buzz Earth, no need to duck

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size.

 

In wealthy Hong Kong, poorest live in cages

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

For many of the richest people in Hong Kong, one of Asia's wealthiest cities, home is a mansion with an expansive view from the heights of Victoria Peak. For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage.

Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they've faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday.

 

Mountain manhunt for ex-cop accused of killing three

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

A fired police officer who threatened to bring "warfare" to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt that had three states and Mexico on alert for much of Thursday.

 

Boy Scouts delay decision on policy excluding gays

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is putting off until May a decision on whether to ease its policy of excluding gays. Whatever the organization eventually does, it's likely to anger major constituencies and worsen schisms within Scouting.

Goodbye Saturday mail? Postal Service plans cuts

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet.

 

White House allies produce preschool-for-all plan

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Days before President Barack Obama outlines his agenda for the coming year, a think tank with close ties to the White House is outlining a plan that would provide preschool for all children within five years.

 

Man recovers stolen 300-year-old family Bible

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

A central Ohio man's heart sank when he realized that burglars had broken in and stolen a safe holding his most prized possession -- a 300-year-old family Bible.

 

FBI: Ala. captor rigged bunker, waged 'firefight'

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

As FBI and police negotiators sought for days to coax an Alabama man into freeing a kindergartner held hostage an underground bunker, the captor was making plans of his own, authorities say.

 

 

Gun background checks drop 10 percent in Jan.

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

The number of federal background checks for firearms sales declined in the U.S. last month, as retailers continue to run out of guns to sell during a buying spree driven by Washington's new focus on gun control.

 

 

New PAC stirs GOP rivalries, tea party angst

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

Republicans' struggles to redefine their party are intensifying, as tea party insurgents and establishment Republicans vie to control congressional primaries, and GOP leaders try to expand their focus beyond the deficit.

 

 

Pew: Most Facebook users take a break

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

Too much drama, boredom and scads of irrelevant information are just some of the reasons Facebook users give for taking a break from the world's biggest social networking site for weeks at a time, according to a new study.

 

 

Slayings highlight risks of 'gun therapy' for vets

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

Chris Kyle, reputed to be the deadliest sniper in American military history, often took veterans out shooting as a way to ease the trauma of war. Taking aim at a target, he once wrote, would help coax them back into normal, everyday life with a familiar, comforting activity.

 

Authorities storm Alabama bunker, rescue kidnapped boy

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

Law enforcement officers stormed an underground bunker Monday in southeastern Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and shooting his captor to death after they became convinced the child was in imminent danger, officials said.

Experts find remains of King Richard III

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

He was king of England, but for centuries he lay without shroud or coffin in an unknown grave, and his name became a byword for villainy.

Monkey business? US unsure of Iran's space claims

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

The United States expressed doubt on Monday about Iran's claim that it safely returned a monkey from space, saying it is questionable that the monkey survived -- or if the flight happened at all.

 

Senate tries again to move anti-violence bill

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans.

 

 

Pakistani girl shot by Taliban appears on video

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

In her first video statement since she was nearly killed, a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban remained defiant in arguing for girls' education, saying Monday she would keep up the same campaign that led to her attack.

 

Ex-Navy SEAL author died pursuing his passion

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

The former top Navy SEAL sniper who authorities say was killed at a Texas shooting range was devoted to maintaining camaraderie and helping his fellow veterans find their way after leaving active duty.

 

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