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Boehner: Up to Democrats to prevent budget cuts

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday it's unlikely the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate will prevent a wave of automatic spending cuts from beginning to strike the economy in two weeks. Yet he sounded hopeful about avoiding a partial shutdown of the government when a temporary spending bill expires next month.

 

 

Obama: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class.

 

 

Obama travels to rally support for jobs

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is kicking off three days of travel to rally support for the job-creation and economic proposals he unveiled in his State of the Union address.

 

 

Police: 3 killed in shooting at Utah drug house

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A suspect was on the run Tuesday after three people were shot to death and one was wounded at a known drug house in suburban Salt Lake City, causing temporary lockdowns at several area schools.

 

 

Bitter dispute led to Delaware courthouse shooting

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A bitter custody battle that included an international kidnapping and prison sentences for a former optometrist and his mother ended in gunfire at a Delaware courthouse, with the doctor's father killing his former daughter-in-law and another woman before fatally shooting himself, authorities said Tuesday.

 

 

Rogue ex-LAPD officer believed dead after standoff

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post.

 

 

Coroner: Soft drinks may need health warnings

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A New Zealand food industry association on Wednesday rejected a coroner's call to add health warnings to soft-drink labels following the 2010 death of a woman who drank about 2 gallons of Coca-Cola a day.

 

 

Struggling Caribbean islands selling citizenship

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

Hadi Mezawi has never set foot on the Caribbean island of Dominica, has never seen its rainforests or black-sand beaches. But he's one of its newest citizens. Without leaving his home in the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian man recently received a brand new Dominican passport after sending a roughly $100,000 contribution to the tropical nation half a world away.

 

Conditions on disabled cruise ship in dispute

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A cruise line says it is making the passengers stranded aboard a disabled ship in the Gulf of Mexico as comfortable as possible with running water and some working bathrooms, contradicting the accounts of some passengers who told relatives of filthy, hot conditions and limited access to food.

 

Senate approves anti-violence act

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the act's anti-domestic violence programs.

 

 

SARS-linked virus may have spread between people

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a family member.

 

 

Benedict spends final hours as pope far from Vatican

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will spend his final day as pontiff attending a morning farewell ceremony with his cardinals, then fly off by helicopter in the early evening to his papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

 

Dogs cross species barrier, help cheetahs survive

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

It may sound like a West Side Story-style love story, but some dogs love big cats. Cheetahs are the fastest mammals in the world, but they also are the world's biggest scaredy-cats -- so much so that they don't breed easily and are in danger of going extinct.

 

Senate panel to vote on Defense nominee Hagel

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Chuck Hagel -- Republican, twice-wounded Vietnam combat veteran and former Nebraska senator -- faces his first major hurdle in his bid to become the nation's defense secretary as a bitterly divided Senate Armed Services Committee pushes toward a vote on his nomination.

 

 

Need surgery? Good luck getting hospital cost info

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Want to know how much a hip replacement will cost? Many hospitals won't be able to tell you, at least not right away -- if at all. And if you shop around and find centers that can quote a price, the amounts could vary astronomically, a study found.

 

 

Del. police continue probe of courthouse shooting

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Nearly a day later, authorities had yet to release any names as they investigated a shooting at a Delaware courthouse that left three people dead.

 

 

Military weighs cuts in drone programs

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

The Pentagon for the first time is considering scaling back the massive buildup of drones it has overseen in the past few years, both to save money and to adapt to changing security threats and an increased focus on Asia as the Afghanistan war winds down.

 

 

What heals traumatized kids? Answers are lacking

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Shootings and other traumatic events involving children are not rare events, but there's a startling lack of scientific evidence on the best ways to help young survivors and witnesses heal, a government-funded analysis found.

 

 

Pope's bombshell sends troubled church scrambling

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict XVI did what no pope has done in more than half a millennium, stunning the world by announcing his resignation Monday and leaving the already troubled Catholic Church to replace the leader of its 1 billion followers by Easter.

 

 

Latin America would like a Latin pope, odds slim

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

Latin America is home to the world's largest Roman Catholic population, but hopes that the next pope will come from the region appear faint, experts said Monday.

 

 

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