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Change in air for NWS' blizzard of winter weather terms

Posted 1/17/2013 in National

Ever hit a mental whiteout pondering the difference between a winter storm watch and winter weather advisory?

 

 

Conrad Bain of 'Diff'rent Strokes' dead at 89

Posted 1/17/2013 in National

Conrad Bain, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," has died.

 

EPA backs off report on fracking incident

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family's drinking water had begun "bubbling" like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: An oil company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.

 

Facebook unveils social search feature

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new search feature that's designed to entice people to spend more time on his company's website and will put the world's largest online social network more squarely in competition with Google and other rivals such as Yelp and LinkedIn.

 

AP-GfK poll: 6 in 10 favor stricter gun laws

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games, movies and TV shows, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

 

Lance Armstrong may not be done confessing

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

His interview with Oprah Winfrey hasn't aired yet, but already some people want to hear more -- under oath -- before Armstrong is allowed to compete in elite triathlons, a sport he returned to after retiring from cycling in 2011.

 

 

Risk to all ages: 100 kids die of flu each year

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

How bad is this flu season, exactly? Look to the children. Twenty flu-related deaths have been reported in kids so far this winter, one of the worst tolls this early in the year since the government started keeping track in 2004.

 

 

ER visits tied to energy drinks double since 2007

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.

 

 

Obama: Debt limit fight imperils elderly's checks

Posted 1/15/2013 in National

Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits will be delayed if congressional Republicans fail to increase the government's borrowing authority in a looming showdown over the nation's debt and spending.

 

 

Dallas tears down ex-home of JFK assassin Oswald

Posted 1/15/2013 in National

A handful of history buffs and curious onlookers watched Monday as a bulldozer tore through the walls of a dilapidated apartment building where Lee Harvey Oswald lived a few months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

 

 

NRA says Congress will not pass ban

Posted 1/14/2013 in National

The powerful gun lobby is gauging enough support in Congress to block a law that would ban assault weapons, despite promises from the White House and senior lawmakers to make such a measure a reality.

 

 

Scramble for vaccine as flu season heats up

Posted 1/14/2013 in National

Missed flu-shot day at the office last fall? And all those "get vaccinated" ads? A scramble for shots is under way as late-comers seek protection from a miserable flu strain already spreading through much of the country.

 

 

Iowa man, sister reunite thanks to boy, Facebook

Posted 1/14/2013 in National

An Iowa man and his sister have reunited 65 years after being separated in foster care thanks to a 7-year-old friend's Facebook search.

 

RFK children speak about assassination

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship."

 

Delay in plea by Holmes disturbs victims, families

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

A stunned silence settled over a courtroom Friday after the father of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings loudly cursed defendant James Holmes, prompting a sympathetic but firm warning from a judge.

 

 

Almost 800 people sign up for Fla. 'python challenge' hunt

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

Nearly 800 people have signed up to hunt Burmese pythons on public lands in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is holding a month-long "Python Challenge." Officials are offering cash prizes to whoever brings in the longest python and whoever bags the most pythons.

 

 

Hospitals crack down on workers refusing flu shots

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as U.S. hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots, with some workers losing their jobs over their refusal.

 

Biden, NRA clash during gun violence talks

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the Obama administration is assembling proposals to curb gun violence that would include a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.

Flu season strikes early and, in some places, hard

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers are turning away visitors or making them wear face masks, and one Pennsylvania hospital set up a tent outside its ER to deal with the feverish patients.

 

How to tell a cold from the flu

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The common cold and flu are caused by different viruses but can have some similar symptoms, making them tough to tell apart.

 

 

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