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Under pressure, Boy Scouts may end no-gays policy

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

Facing diverse and ceaseless protests, the Boy Scouts of America is signaling its readiness to end the nationwide exclusion of gays as scouts or leaders and give the sponsors of local troops the freedom to decide the matter for themselves.

Nickel from 1913 likely to fetch millions

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

A humble 5-cent coin with a storied past is headed to auction and bidding expected to top $2 million a century after it was mysteriously minted.

 

Money fears vs. real benefits in Medicaid choice

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can't refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year.

 

 

North Korean leader vows strong action

Posted 1/28/2013 in National

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened top security and foreign affairs officials and ordered them to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," state media said Sunday, indicating that he plans to push forward with a threat to explode a nuclear device in defiance of the United Nations.

 

 

Study: Rural areas may feel cities' heat

Posted 1/28/2013 in National

Heat rising up from cities such as New York, Paris and Tokyo might be remotely warming up winters far away in some rural parts of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia, a surprising study theorizes.

 

 

Senators reach agreement on immigration

Posted 1/28/2013 in National

 

 

Ryan says GOP needs to pick its fights with Obama

Posted 1/26/2013 in National

Rep. Paul Ryan said Saturday that Republicans need to stick together and pick their fights during President Barack Obama's second term, rejecting some White House proposals outright and trying to infuse others with conservative principles.

 

 

Could Kerry, Hagel drive reboot in US-Cuba ties?

Posted 1/26/2013 in National

The nominee for U.S. Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry, once held up millions of dollars in funding for secretive U.S. democracy-building programs in Cuba. Defense Secretary hopeful Chuck Hagel has called the U.S. embargo against the communist-run island "nonsensical" and anachronistic.

 

 

Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

Posted 1/26/2013 in National

Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die?

 

 

Congress charts new course for deficit

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The nation's sharp disagreements over taxes and spending are on a re-routed collision course, as Senate Democrats launch a plan that includes new taxes and House Republicans vow to speed up their plan to balance the federal budget with spending cuts alone.

 

 

Taxpayers caring for parents, grown children may find relief

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

Members of the sandwich generation -- caught between supporting elderly parents whose assets are nearly exhausted and adult children without jobs -- might find some relief come tax time. The bottom line is, who's a dependent? Your kindergarten-age son, your adult daughter, her grandparents, or maybe an elderly uncle or aunt?

 

Military has to decide which combat jobs for women

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat presents a daunting challenge to top military leaders who now will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men.

Navy: Random alcohol tests for sailors

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.

Sheriff: Second suspect possible in college attack

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

A second suspect may emerge in the aftermath of the shooting at a Houston-area community college that left three people injured, the Harris County sheriff said Wednesday.

 

N. Korea warns of nuke test, more rocket launches

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

 

Kerry to field questions from panel he chairs

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, on a smooth path to confirmation as secretary of state, is likely to face friendly questioning when he testifies before the committee that he's served on for 28 years and led for the past four.

WTC workers scrawl graffiti of defiance, hope

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

On most construction projects, workers are discouraged from signing or otherwise scrawling on the iron and concrete. At the skyscraper rising at ground zero, though, they're being invited to leave messages for the ages.

 

US Afghan commander cleared in Petraeus email case

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

A Pentagon investigation has cleared Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, of professional misconduct in exchanging emails with a civilian woman linked to the sex scandal that led retired Gen. David Petraeus to resign as CIA director.

 

Texas parents get custody of kids living in bus

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

Nearly a year after their two children were found living virtually unsupervised in an old school bus in Southeast Texas, the parents regained full custody of their kids Tuesday when a judge dismissed a child welfare case against them.

 

Man charged in community college shootings

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

A 22-year-old man has been charged in the shootings at a Houston-area community college campus that left him and two others wounded.

 

 

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