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Energy Dept. pick backs natural gas 'revolution'

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Energy Department pledged to increase use of natural gas Tuesday as a way to combat climate change even as the nation seeks to boost domestic energy production.

 

Man stabs 14 at Texas college

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

Dylan Quick was a shy young man who took out the trash and gardened with his parents, neighbors thought. That image was shattered Tuesday when police accused the 20-year-old of going on a rampage with a knife at a suburban Houston community college and said he later told them he had fantasized for years about stabbing people to death.

 

Spelling Bee kids will now have to know word definitions

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

 

 

Will typing follow cursive out of the classroom?

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

 

 

IRS takes steps to combat identity theft

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

The 2014 budget proposal to be released by the White House on Wednesday will include new steps to combat what the Internal Revenue Service says is an exponential growth in tax refund-related identity theft.

 

 

Admiral says U.S. ready if North Korea strikes

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

U.S. defenses could intercept a ballistic missile launched by North Korea if it decides to strike, the top American military commander in the Pacific said Tuesday, as the relationship between the West and the communist government hit its lowest ebb since the end of the Korean War.

 

 

Stephen Colbert lures Bill Clinton to Twitter

Posted 4/10/2013 in National

 

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.

 

 

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