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Surgery on ailing Great Dane yields 43 socks

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

The 3-year-old Great Dane was miserable and retching when its owners rushed him to a northwest Portland emergency animal hospital. It was something he ate!

 

Congress' task: Act fast on spending, return home

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

Congress returns to work Monday with a basic task -- act fast to keep the government open and then race home to campaign.

 

 

Colleges re-thinking sexual assault education

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

As freshmen descend on college campuses, they enter the "red zone" -- a period between Labor Day and Thanksgiving during which they are most vulnerable to sexual assault.

 

 

Maine mom fights state over no-resuscitation order

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

A teenage mother is fighting a do-not-resuscitate order imposed on her brain-damaged daughter, saying she should be responsible for medical decisions.

 

 

Competing politics forced Obama to delay immigration reform

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

Caught between competing political demands over immigration, President Barack Obama will now wait until after the November election to take executive action that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation and ignite a clash over the extent of his presidential authority.

 

 

U.S. wary over hitting Syrian militants

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

The U.S. and its allies are trying to hammer out a coalition to push back the Islamic State group in Iraq. But any serious attempt to destroy the militants or even seriously degrade their capabilities means targeting their infrastructure in Syria.

 

 

Clinton: 2016 decision likely by early next year

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she will likely make a decision on whether to run for president around the beginning of 2015.

 

Doctor infected with Ebola in stable condition

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia -- the third American aid worker sickened with the virus -- is sick but in stable condition and communicating with his caregivers at the Nebraska Medical Center.

 

Budget crunch idles National Guard units

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

Many of the nation's citizen-soldiers, whose motto is "Always Ready, Always There," won't be at regular training drills this weekend because of a federal funding shortfall.

 

Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

 

U.S. trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

 

Woman accused of shoplifting $144 in eye shadow

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

An Arkansas woman whose mug shot shows her in heavy aqua and maroon eye shadow is accused of shoplifting $144 in makeup.

 

Gulf of Mexico residents hail ruling against BP

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

 

 

Miscommunication blamed for deadly U.S. mistake

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Avoidable miscommunication between U.S. air and ground forces led to a "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan that killed five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan in June, according to a military investigation report.

 

More violence at troubled Nashville juvenile jail

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Despite its idyllic-sounding name, the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center had seen a decade of violent clashes, breakout attempts and attacks on guards.

 

States urge Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor.

 

 

Some Christians arm as Mideast perils mount

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack.

 

 

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

 

 

The buzz on caffeine in coffee: A genetic quirk

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee -- and analyzed its DNA. They found that what we love about coffee -- the caffeine -- is a genetic quirk, not related to the caffeine in chocolate or tea.

 

 

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