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Bottle fraud in Mich. may face harsher penalties

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

Attention smugglers of empty soda cans: Stay out of Michigan, or you could face jail time.

 

 

Shooting rampage kills three in Calif.

Posted 2/20/2013 in National

The early morning commute was just getting under way on suburban Orange County's network of freeways when Melvin Lee Edwards pulled up to a stop sign near a busy off-ramp. It was just after 5 a.m. and Edwards, 69, was on his way to work when, police say, a fleeing murder suspect forced him out of his BMW at gunpoint, marched him across the street and shot him three times from behind as horrified commuters watched.

 

Younger vets still struggle as jobs scene improves

Posted 2/19/2013 in National

Two months after completing his five-plus years as an Army medic, Dan Huber is still looking for a job. And while he's had some promising interviews, he has no assurances the search will end soon.

 

Microsoft's Outlook takes aim at Google's Gmail

Posted 2/19/2013 in National

Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S.

 

 

Multimillion-dollar diamond heist in Brussels

Posted 2/19/2013 in National

Eight masked gunmen made a hole in a security fence at Brussels' international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said today.

 

 

Texas police fatally shoot fugitive Fla. prisoner

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

The Florida prisoner who escaped in Texas after stabbing a detective with his eyeglasses was fatally shot early Saturday after refusing to cooperate with officers and lunging at them, police said.

 

Study: Better television might improve kids' behavior

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.

 

Man charged with slapping toddler now out of a job

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight is out of a job, his former employer said Sunday.

 

 

Obama offering immigration plan as backup for Senators

Posted 2/18/2013 in National

The White House is downplaying its draft proposal as merely a backup plan if lawmakers don't come up with an immigration overhaul of their own. It won't be necessary, Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are telling the Obama administration.

 

 

Vatican raises possibility of early March conclave

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

The Vatican raised the possibility Saturday that the conclave to elect the next pope might start sooner than March 15, the earliest date possible under current rules that require a 15 to 20 day waiting period after the papacy becomes vacant.

 

 

Could the next pope come from the United States?

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

Conventional wisdom holds that no one from the United States could be elected pope, that the superpower has more than enough worldly influence without an American in the seat of St. Peter.

 

Gun ban would protect more than 2,200 firearms

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.

 

Budget cut warnings may prove harsher than reality

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

Get ready for two weeks of intensifying warnings about how crucial, popular government services are about to wither. Many of the threats could come true.

 

 

Karzai says he'll ban airstrike requests

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

Angry over civilian deaths, President Hamid Karzai announced plans Saturday to ban Afghan security forces from requesting international airstrikes on residential areas.

 

 

Cruise passengers became comrades on trip home

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

When their cruise ship lost power, passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph could have been selfish and looked out only for themselves and their loved ones.

 

 

1st lawsuit filed in cruise mishap

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

The first lawsuit has been filed in the wake of the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship that left thousands of passengers in miserable conditions for days.

 

 

Facebook gets unwelcome look at hackers' dark side

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

Facebook is getting an unwelcome look at the shady side of the hacking culture that CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrates.

 

 

How life on run ended for California police killer

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

As soon as he heard officers were chasing the suspected cop killer in a stolen truck, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Loftis was certain: His buddy Jeremiah MacKay would be there.

 

Passengers cheer escape from 'horrible' cruise

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

Passengers who finally escaped the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph were checking into hotels early today for a hot shower, fresh-cooked food and sleep or boarding buses for a long haul home after five numbing days at sea on a powerless ship.

Meteor explodes over Russia, nearly 1,000 injured

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.

 

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