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Obama says he's 'determined as ever' for gun bill

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

With time running out on the chance to pass gun control legislation, President Barack Obama on Monday warned Congress not to use delaying tactics against tighter regulations and told families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims that he's "determined as ever" to honor their children with tougher laws.

 

Investigation begins after two children die in N.C. pit collapse

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

It was common knowledge around a rural North Carolina neighborhood that Jordan Arwood was digging a two-story-deep pit on his property. Some said it was for a bunker and warned their children to stay out of it.

 

 

Thirteen people killed in shooting spree in Serbia

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

A 60-year-old veteran gunned down 13 people in Serbia, including a baby, in a pre-dawn house-to-house rampage Tuesday before trying to kill himself and his wife, police and hospital officials said.

 

 

FDA approves return of drug for morning sickness

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

Talk about a comeback: A treatment pulled off the market 30 years ago has won Food and Drug Administration approval again as the only drug specifically designated to treat morning sickness. That long-ago safety scare, prompted by hundreds of lawsuits claiming birth defects, proved to be a false alarm.

 

 

North Korea urges foreigners to vacate South Korea

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

North Korea on Tuesday urged all foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate, saying the two countries are on the verge of nuclear war. The new threat appeared to be an attempt to keep the region on tenterhooks over its intentions.

 

 

FDA taking a new look at robot surgeons

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

 

Mouseketeer, girl next door Annette Funicello passes at 70

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

She was the first crush for a generation of boys, the perfect playmate for a generation of girls. Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, ruled among baby boomers, who tuned in every weekday afternoon to watch her on their flickering black-and-white television sets.

 

Hospital group says 'alarm fatigue' can be deadly

Posted 4/9/2013 in National

Constantly beeping alarms from devices that monitor the vital signs of the critically ill have "desensitized" hospital workers who sometimes ignore the noise, leading to at least two dozen deaths a year on average, a hospital accrediting group said Monday.

 

Margaret Thatcher, Iron Lady, dead at 87

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

Love her or loathe her, one thing's beyond dispute: Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain. Thatcher's former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that the former prime minister had died Monday morning of a stroke. She was 87.

 

Senators work on deal expanding background checks

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers, a pivotal part of President Barack Obama's plan for combating gun violence.

 

 

Pentagon struggles with high cost of health care

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

The loud, insistent calls in Washington to rein in the rising costs of Social Security and Medicare ignore a major and expensive entitlement program -- the military's health care system.

 

 

Father: Slain diplomat died doing what she loved

Posted 4/8/2013 in National

The family of an American diplomat who was among those killed in a terrorist attack in southern Afghanistan has taken solace in knowing she died doing what she loved.

 

 

Obama: Budget not 'ideal' but has 'tough reforms'

Posted 4/6/2013 in National

President Barack Obama says his soon-to-be released budget, already criticized by friends and foes, is not his "ideal plan" but offers "tough reforms" for benefit programs and scuttles some tax breaks for the wealthy.

 

 

'Will she or won't she' question following Hillary Clinton

Posted 4/6/2013 in National

Young supporters hold signs outside Hillary Rodham Clinton's speeches urging her to run for president. Audiences listen with rapt attention as she discusses the plight of women and girls in developing countries.

 

 

Obama risks political capital in pursuing morning-after pill case

Posted 4/6/2013 in National

President Barack Obama supports requiring girls younger than 17 to see a doctor before buying the morning-after pill. But fighting that battle in court comes with its own set of risks.

 

 

Laws, rumors have ammo flying off store shelves

Posted 4/5/2013 in National

Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores nationwide to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.

 

Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury

Posted 4/4/2013 in National

Sharing a bit of budget pain, President Barack Obama will return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in a show of solidarity with federal workers smarting from government-wide spending cuts.

 

Study: Dementia tops cancer, heart disease in cost

Posted 4/4/2013 in National

Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer's is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to a new study that looked at this in unprecedented detail.

 

 

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