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Spring means yard work for hummingbird watchers

Posted 3/26/2013 in National

The world's smallest bird can take up a big chunk of a person's spring to-do list: Trim the trees, weed the garden, make the nectar and hang the feeders.

 

Heart breakthroughs replace surgeon's knife

Posted 3/26/2013 in National

Have a heart problem? If it's fixable, there's a good chance it can be done without surgery, using tiny tools and devices that are pushed through tubes into blood vessels.

 

 

Court: Can drug companies pay to delay generics?

Posted 3/26/2013 in National

Federal regulators are pressing the Supreme Court to stop big pharmaceutical corporations from paying generic drug competitors to delay releasing their cheaper versions of brand-name drugs. They argue these deals deny American consumers, usually for years, steep price declines that can top 90 percent.

 

GOP's 'no' on Medicaid becomes 'Let's make a deal'

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

Given the choice of whether to expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law, many Republican governors and lawmakers initially responded with an emphatic "no." Now they are increasingly hedging their objections.

Toenail clippings to measure toxic exposure in N.J.

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

The neighborhood looks exceedingly normal: single-family homes and apartment buildings packed together, dogs barking from postage-stamp-size lawns, parents hustling down narrow sidewalks to fetch their children from school. But something with very dangerous potential lies below the surface, officials say.

 

NYC museum accused of duping visitors

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

 

 

Letter from DNA discoverer to be auctioned in NYC

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

 

Both sides of gun debate make public appeals

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

Two of the loudest voices in the gun debate say it's up to voters now to make their position known to Congress. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and National Rifle Associate Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre claim their opposing views on guns have the support of the overwhelming number of Americans.

 

Rove sees potential support for gay marriage

Posted 3/25/2013 in National

GOP strategist Karl Rove says he can imagine a Republican candidate in the next presidential campaign supporting gay marriage.

 

 

FAA releases final list of air tower closures

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

Under orders to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday released a final list of 149 air traffic control towers that it will close at small airports around the country starting early next month.

 

Groundhog Phil a furry felon over false forecast

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

A shadow of a different kind is hanging over Punxsutawney Phil. Authorities in still-frigid Ohio have issued an "indictment" against the famed groundhog, who predicted an early spring when he didn't see his shadow after emerging from his lair in western Pennsylvania on Feb. 2.

 

Cash registers on the way out

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

Ka-ching! The cash register may be on its final sale. Stores across the country are ditching the old-fashioned, clunky machines and having salespeople -- and even shoppers themselves -- ring up sales on smartphones and tablet computers.

 

 

Senate Democrats work to pass budget

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

 

Saplings from Anne Frank's tree take root in U.S.

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the United States as part of a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance.

 

NBC to air interview with Jerry Sandusky on Monday

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

NBC plans to air excerpts of jailhouse interviews with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky next week that were given to a documentary filmmaker working on a defense of Joe Paterno.

 

Pope Francis tells Benedict: 'We're brothers'

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A reigning pope telling a retired one, "We are brothers," and insisting that they pray side-by-side during a date to discuss the future of the Catholic Church.

 

Hitler joins gun debate, but history is in dispute

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

When the president of Ohio's state school board posted her opposition to gun control, she used a powerful symbol to make her point: a picture of Adolf Hitler. When a well-known conservative commentator decried efforts to restrict guns, he argued that if only Jews in Poland had been better armed, many more would have survived the Holocaust.

 

 

Senate Democrats on track to pass budget

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

Democrats controlling the Senate appear on track to pass their first budget in four years, promising a second, almost $1 trillion round of tax increases on top of more than $600 billion in higher taxes on the wealthy enacted in January.

 

 

Town: OK to boo, politely, at board meetings

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

 

Shivs, more on display at historic Philly prison

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

A mounted wooden fish. Dog figurines. Colorful soap carvings of clowns and Santa. A wallet made of interwoven cigarette packs. It sounds like a bad garage sale -- until you get to the shivs. And the century-old mug shot book. And the inmate death ledger.

 

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