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Pentagon moving to freeze hiring, delay contracts

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.

 

 

Colo. theater shooting case enters new phase

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

A judge has ordered the Colorado theater shooting suspect to stand trial, but his attorneys say they're not ready to enter a plea.

 

 

Sheriff: Calif. teen planned attack on classmates

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into a rural California high school on Thursday, shot one student and fired at others and missed before a teacher and another staff member talked him into surrendering, officials said.

 

 

Inaugural pastor withdraws over anti-gay remarks

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks surfaced that he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement.

 

 

Tyler Perry offers $100K reward in Fla. cold cases

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Filmmaker Tyler Perry is offering a $100,000 reward for information in the decade-old case of two men who went missing after separate encounters with a sheriff's deputy in southwestern Florida.

 

 

Ex-Gitmo inmates claim Bin Laden movie excuses torture

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Two former Guantanamo detainees on Thursday condemned "Zero Dark Thirty," a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden whose brutal interrogation scenes have sparked a discussion over the use of extreme methods in the U.S. campaign against terror.

 

 

D.C. church's bells to ring for same-sex couples

Posted 1/10/2013 in National

The Washington National Cathedral had been ready to embrace same-sex marriage for some time, though it took a series of recent events and a new leader for the prominent, 106-year-old church to announce Wednesday that it would begin hosting such nuptials.

 

Biden to meet with NRA to discuss gun safety

Posted 1/10/2013 in National

The Obama administration is sitting down with gun owners groups -- including the National Rifle Association -- as officials look at ways to curb gun violence.

 

Violence plays role in shorter life expectancy

Posted 1/10/2013 in National

The United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, due in part to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home in a place that is often unlocked, according to a report released Wednesday by two of the nation's leading health research institutions.

 

 

Self-portraits: Holmes sticks out tongue, has guns

Posted 1/10/2013 in National

 

 

Tide QB's beauty queen girlfriend in spotlight after title game

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

A day after ESPN cameras lingered on her, announcers piled on compliments and at least one pro athlete made an online pass at her, Twitter was still abuzz Tuesday about former Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb, who is dating Crimson Tide championship quarterback AJ McCarron.

 

AIG board weighs suing US over bailout

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

AIG is considering Wednesday whether the company should join a lawsuit against the government that spent $182 billion to save it from collapse.

 

Tax filing season starts Jan. 30 for most filers

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

The Internal Revenue Service says late changes to federal tax laws should mean only a short delay for most taxpayers to file their 2012 returns.

 

 

Biden to meet with gun-safety, victims groups

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

Seeking to spur fresh action on gun legislation, Vice President Joe Biden is meeting at the White House with victims groups and gun-safety organizations.

 

 

DOJ official wants trustee in meningitis outbreak case

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

An independent trustee must be appointed to oversee the bankruptcy of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak because of the firm's "gross mismanagement," among other reasons, a Justice Department official argued Tuesday.

 

 

US seared during hottest year on record by far

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

America set an off-the-charts heat record in 2012. A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, the government announced Tuesday. That's a full degree warmer than the old record set in 1998.

 

Police: Colo. shooting suspect planned massacre

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

As officials this week laid out the most detailed portrait yet of last year's Aurora movie theater massacre, they also mapped sometimes paradoxical behavior by the man accused of the rampage, James Holmes.

 

$1 million donations wanted for Obama inauguration

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

Planners of President Barack Obama's second inauguration are soliciting high-dollar contributions up to $1 million to help pay for the celebration in exchange for special access.

 

 

US banks to pay $8.5B in mortgage settlement

Posted 1/8/2013 in National

Hundreds of thousands of Americans stand to benefit from the latest mortgage-abuse settlement, but consumer advocates say U.S. banks may be getting the best of the deal.

 

 

Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort

Posted 1/8/2013 in National

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left her critically injured.

 

 

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