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Rare San Francisco river otter stumps researchers

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

A rapt crowd followed a trail of bubbles that zipped over the surface of a seaside pond in the ruins of a 19th century bath in San Francisco. San Francisco's newest star -- the first river otter seen in the city in decades -- surfaced its whiskery head furtively, a mouth full of sea grass. The crowd oohed as large waves pounded rocks just offshore, a briny smell and chill in the air.

Poll: Obesity's a crisis but we want our junk food

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

We know obesity is a health crisis, or every new year wouldn't start with resolutions to eat better and get off the couch. But don't try taking away our junk food. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for fueling the nation's fat epidemic, a poll finds, but they're split on how much the government should do to help.

 

Rare Stephen King book for auction in Maine

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

A signed copy of a rare Stephen King book is up for auction at a Maine bookstore, with proceeds going to a nearby homeless shelter's emergency home heating fund.

 

 

Find this dog: Become a character in a Lehane novel

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

There's a new mystery on Dennis Lehane's mind, but the story isn't something the best-selling author can control from behind a keyboard. The plot kicked off Christmas Eve, when the crime novelist's rescue beagle Tessa escaped from his yard after an outdoor gate latch didn't lock all the way.

 

 

Indian court to rule on generic drug industry

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

From Africa's crowded AIDS clinics to the malarial jungles of Southeast Asia, the lives of millions of ill people in the developing world are hanging in the balance ahead of a legal ruling that will determine whether India's drug companies can continue to provide cheap versions of many life-saving medicines.

 

 

New tax law packed with breaks for businesses

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

Tucked into the "fiscal cliff" tax package approved by Congress are billions of dollars in tax breaks that should make the new year a lot happier for businesses of many stripes, including film producers, race track owners and the makers of electric motorcycles.

 

Martian rock from Sahara desert unlike others

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

Scientists are abuzz about a coal-colored rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it's quite different from other Martian meteorites.

 

Hormel buys Skippy peanut butter brand

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

Hormel Foods apparently has a hankering for a peanut butter and bacon sandwich.

 

 

Steady US hiring expected in December despite cliff

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

U.S. employers likely kept hiring last month at a modest but steady pace, despite tense negotiations that pushed the economy to the brink of the fiscal cliff.

 

 

New York county clerk refuses to give gun owner database to newspaper

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

A county clerk justified his refusal to release data on handgun permit owners to a New York newspaper by envisioning a stalker using Google Earth to peer at his victim's Christmas tree.

 

 

Al-Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore

Posted 1/3/2013 in National

With its purchase of left-leaning Current TV, the Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera has fulfilled a long-held quest to reach tens of millions of U.S. homes. But its new audience immediately got a little smaller.

 

 

Icelandic girl fights for right to her own name

Posted 1/3/2013 in National

Call her the girl with no name. A 15-year-old is suing the Icelandic state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother. The problem? Blaer, which means "light breeze" in Icelandic, is not on a list approved by the government.

 

Congress reaches deal on fiscal cliff

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

Past its own New Year's deadline, a weary Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a national "fiscal cliff" of middle class tax increases and spending cuts late Tuesday night in the culmination of a struggle that strained America's divided government to the limit.

 

Brain image study: Fructose may spur overeating

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

This is your brain on sugar -- for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating.

 

 

Calendar delivered 63 years late

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

A northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper has just received a calendar to help ring in the new year -- except the year is 1950.

 

 

Stampede kills 61 on Ivory Coast

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

A crowd stampeded after leaving a New Year's fireworks show early Tuesday in Ivory Coast's main city, killing 61 people -- many of them children and teenagers -- and injuring more than 200, rescue workers said.

 

 

Pakistanis bury slain teachers, aid workers

Posted 1/2/2013 in National

Hundreds of villagers in northwest Pakistan turned out today to bury five female teachers and two health workers who were gunned down a day earlier by militants in what may have been the latest in a series of attacks targeting anti-polio efforts in the country.

 

 

Psychiatric test for suspect in NYC subway death

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

A woman accused of shoving a man to his death in front of a subway train because she believed he was Muslim laughed and smiled during a court hearing where she was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

 

 

Hillary Clinton hospitalized in New York with blood clot

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is under observation at a New York hospital after being treated for a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month.

 

 

Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices

Posted 12/31/2012 in National

The top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that could head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.

 

 

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