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Reid: Background checks will be in Senate gun bill

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

Democrats who vowed a crackdown on guns after the horrific Newton, Conn., school shooting are touting prospects for Senate passage of expanded federal background checks, even as they acknowledge there isn't enough support to restore a ban on assault-style weapons.

 

 

Police: Girl, 7, was asked to pepper spray workers

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

 

 

3 dead, including suspect, in Marine base shooting

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

A Marine who worked at an officer candidates school fatally shot two colleagues, a man and a woman, before killing himself in a barracks dorm room, officials said.

 

 

Big cuts in House budget plan

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

A familiar budget plan to sharply cut safety-net programs for the poor and clamp down on domestic agencies performing the nuts-and-bolts programs of the government is cruising to passage in the tea party-flavored House.

 

 

Rockets hit Israel as Obama meets Palestinians

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

 

 

Southern Baptists push expansion northward

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

 

 

Drones will require new privacy laws

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

Privacy laws urgently need to be updated to protect the public from information-gathering by the thousands of civilian drones expected to be flying in U.S. skies in the next decade or so, legal experts told a Senate panel Wednesday.

 

 

Tax proposal could help small business, economy

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

A notable piece of small business news on Capitol Hill this year isn't about a bill -- it's about a tax proposal that could lift some of the uncertainty owners have been complaining about.

 

Amazon CEO recovers Apollo engines from Atlantic

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

Rusted pieces of two Apollo-era rocket engines that helped boost astronauts to the moon have been fished out of the murky depths of the Atlantic, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and NASA said Wednesday.

 

School asks students to cut back on body spray

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

 

Unpredictable pope worries security team

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

Forgive Pope Francis' security team for looking a bit nervous.

 

Survey: Low-wage workers missing out on training

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

As they struggle to get ahead, many low-wage workers are not taking advantage of job training or educational programs that could help them make the leap to better-paying jobs.

 

 

Simon & Garfunkel song to be preserved

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

A popular tune by Simon and Garfunkel written after John F. Kennedy's assassination and Chubby Checker's 1960s dance hit "The Twist" will be among 25 recordings selected for preservation at the Library of Congress.

 

 

Both sides agree on tough new fracking standards

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

Some of the nation's biggest oil and gas companies have made peace with environmentalists, agreeing to a voluntary set of tough new standards for fracking in the Northeast that could lead to a major expansion of drilling.

 

Family says NJ overreacted to boy's gun photo

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

The ruddy-cheeked, camouflage-clad boy in the photo smiles out from behind a pair of glasses, proudly holding a gun his father gave him as a present for his upcoming 11th birthday.

 

Survey: Low-wage workers gloomy about future

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

America's lower-income workers have posted the biggest job gains since the deep 2007-09 recession -- but few are bragging.

 

 

Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

A government survey of parents says 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren has autism, surpassing another federal estimate for the disorder.

 

 

APNewsBreak: US to revise cigarette warning labels

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

The U.S. government is abandoning a legal battle to require that cigarette packs carry a set of large and often macabre warning labels depicting the dangers of smoking and encouraging smokers to quit.

 

Defiant teen gets life sentences in Ohio shooting

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

Wearing a T-shirt with "killer" scrawled across it, a teenager cursed and gestured obscenely as he was given three life sentences Tuesday for shooting to death three students in an Ohio high school cafeteria.

 

Nevada town mourns Marines who died in accidental explosion

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

Hundreds of residents in a rural community steeped in military history turned out to mourn the loss of at least seven Marines as investigators arrived at an ammunition depot to try to determine how a mortar shell exploded at the Nevada base and sent shrapnel flying into troops during a training exercise.

 

 

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