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Speedometer top speed often exceeds reality

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

The speedometer on the Toyota Yaris says the tiny car can go 140 miles per hour. In reality, the bulbous subcompact's 106-horsepower engine and automatic transmission can't push it any faster than 109.

 

 

Now a 'simple pilgrim,' Benedict resigns papacy

Posted 3/1/2013 in National

As bells tolled and the clock struck 8, the brass-studded wooden doors swung shut Thursday at this palace in the Italian hills, marking an end to Benedict XVI's papacy and the start of his final journey as a "simple pilgrim."

 

 

Budget cuts, government shutdown; Americans yawn

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is pulling out all the stops to warn just what could happen if automatic budget cuts kick in. Americans are reacting with a collective yawn.

 

 

No ruckus about Medicare cuts in sequester

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

Hospitals, doctors and other Medicare providers are on the hook for a 2 percent cut under looming government spending reductions. But they're not raising a ruckus. Why?

 

 

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf to be buried at West Point

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the no-nonsense Desert Storm commander famously nicknamed "Stormin' Norman," will be buried at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

 

 

Van Cliburn, pianist and Cold War hero, dies at 78

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

For a time in Cold War America, Van Cliburn had all the trappings of a rock star: sold-out concerts, adoring, out-of-control fans and a name recognized worldwide. He even got a ticker-tape parade in New York City.

 

Tweets, pics give real-time peek into North Korea

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

"Hello world from comms center in (hash)Pyongyang." That Twitter missive, sent Monday from Koryolink's main service center in downtown Pyongyang using my iPhone, marked a milestone for North Korea: It was believed to be the first tweet sent from a cellphone using the country's new 3G mobile data service.

 

Lawmakers, vet groups panning Pentagon's new medal

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

The military's new medal for cyber warriors should get a demotion, according to veterans groups and lawmakers who say it shouldn't outrank such revered honors as the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

 

 

Father of Newtown victim: Ban assault weapons

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

After weeks of arguing constitutional fine points and citing rival statistics, senators wrangling over gun control saw and heard the anguish of a bereft father.

 

Lions, bears removed from gangster's property

Posted 2/28/2013 in National

A man known as Nutzu the Pawnbroker has been indicted for leading a fearsome criminal gang, but the public seems to be more interested in his pets: four lions and two bears.

 

Pope recalls 'joy' of papacy, and difficulties

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday from a massive crowd at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of difficulty when "it seemed like the Lord was sleeping."

 

Billionaire plans for Titanic II

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

What could possibly go wrong? An Australian billionaire is getting ready to build a new version of the Titanic that could set sail in late 2016.

 

Music, movie industry to warn copyright infringers

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

Internet users who illegally share music, movies or TV shows online may soon get warning notices from their service providers that they are violating copyright law. Ignore the notices, and violators could face an Internet slow-down for 48 hours. Those who claim they're innocent can protest -- for a fee.

 

 

Hockey coach gets 15 days in jail for tripping

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

A Vancouver pee-wee hockey coach has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for tripping a player during a postgame handshake.

 

 

Auction of recluse's gold nets $3.5 million

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

The tale of a mysterious Nevada recluse's gold reached a new chapter Tuesday when a portion of the trove raked in more than $3.5 million at auction.

 

 

Advanced breast cancer edges up in younger women

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

Advanced breast cancer has increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests. The disease is still uncommon among women younger than 40, and the small change has experts scratching their heads about possible reasons.

 

Phila. school lunches: Goodbye fries, hello fennel

Posted 2/27/2013 in National

It sounds more like a restaurant order than a school lunch menu: baked ziti with a side of roasted fennel salad and, for dessert, cinnamon apple rice pudding.

 

In budget fight, sky is falling again

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

President Barack Obama and his officials are doing their best to drum up public concern over the shock wave of spending cuts that could strike the government in just days. So it's a good time to be alert for sky-is-falling hype.

 

 

Report: High school dropouts cost economy billions

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday.

 

 

Report: High school dropouts cost economy billions

Posted 2/26/2013 in National

High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday. If states were to increase their graduation rates, state and federal lawmakers could be plugging their budgets with workers' taxes instead of furloughing teachers, closing drivers-license offices and cutting unemployment benefits.

 

 

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