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Martian rock from Sahara desert unlike others

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

Scientists are abuzz about a coal-colored rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it's quite different from other Martian meteorites.

 

Hormel buys Skippy peanut butter brand

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich.

 

 

Steady US hiring expected in December despite cliff

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

U.S. employers likely kept hiring last month at a modest but steady pace, despite tense negotiations that pushed the economy to the brink of the fiscal cliff.

 

 

New York county clerk refuses to give gun owner database to newspaper

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

A county clerk justified his refusal to release data on handgun permit owners to a New York newspaper by envisioning a stalker using Google Earth to peer at his victim's Christmas tree.

 

 

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore

Posted 1/3/2013 in National

With its purchase of left-leaning Current TV, the Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera has fulfilled a long-held quest to reach tens of millions of U.S. homes. But its new audience immediately got a little smaller.

 

 

Icelandic girl fights for right to her own name

Posted 1/3/2013 in National

Call her the girl with no name. A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. The problem? Blaer, which means "light breeze" in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by the government.

 

Congress reaches deal on fiscal cliff

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.

 

Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

This is your brain on sugar -- for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.

 

 

Calendar delivered 63 years late

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

A northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper has just received a calendar to help ring in the new year -- except the year is 1950.

 

 

Stampede kills 61 on Ivory Coast

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

A crowd stampeded after leaving a New Year's fireworks show early Tuesday in Ivory Coast's main city, killing 61 people -- many of them children and teenagers -- and injuring more than 200, rescue workers said.

 

 

Pakistanis bury slain teachers, aid workers

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

Hundreds of villagers in northwest Pakistan turned out today to bury five female teachers and two health workers who were gunned down a day earlier by militants in what may have been the latest in a series of attacks targeting anti-polio efforts in the country.

 

 

Psychiatric test for suspect in NYC subway death

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

A woman accused of shoving a man to his death in front of a subway train because she believed he was Muslim laughed and smiled during a court hearing where she was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

 

 

Hillary Clinton hospitalized in New York with blood clot

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is under observation at a New York hospital after being treated for a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

 

 

Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

 

Road trip on tap for NASA's Mars rover in new year

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

Since captivating the world with its acrobatic landing, the Mars rover Curiosity has fallen into a rhythm: Drive, snap pictures, zap at boulders, scoop up dirt. Repeat. Topping its to-do list in the new year: Set off toward a Martian mountain -- a trek that will take up a good chunk of the year.

 

Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama pledged to put his "full weight" behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

 

'Fiscal cliff' deadline nears

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

The White House and Senate Republicans sorted through stubborn disputes over taxing the wealthy and cutting the budget to pay for Democratic spending proposals as Monday's midnight deadline for an accord avoiding the "fiscal cliff" drew to within hours.

 

Senate holds last-minute fiscal cliff talks

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

Senate leaders groped for a last-minute compromise Saturday to avoid middle-class tax increases and possibly prevent deep spending cuts at the dawn of the new year as President Barack Obama warned that failure could mean a "self-inflicted wound to the economy."

 

Fearful of ban, frenzied buyers swarm gun stores

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

The phones at Red's Trading Post wouldn't stop ringing. Would-be customers from as far away as New York wanted to know if the Twin Falls, Idaho gun shop had firearms in stock. Others clamored to find out if their orders had been shipped.

 

Experts: Trained police needed for school security

Posted 12/29/2012 in National

The student's attack began with a shotgun blast through the windows of a California high school. Rich Agundez, the El Cajon policeman assigned to the school, felt his mind shift into overdrive. People yelled at him amid the chaos but he didn't hear. He experienced "a tunnel vision of concentration."

 

 

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