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Boy Scouts delay decision on policy excluding gays

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is putting off until May a decision on whether to ease its policy of excluding gays. Whatever the organization eventually does, it's likely to anger major constituencies and worsen schisms within Scouting.

Goodbye Saturday mail? Postal Service plans cuts

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet.

 

White House allies produce preschool-for-all plan

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Days before President Barack Obama outlines his agenda for the coming year, a think tank with close ties to the White House is outlining a plan that would provide preschool for all children within five years.

 

Man recovers stolen 300-year-old family Bible

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

A central Ohio man's heart sank when he realized that burglars had broken in and stolen a safe holding his most prized possession -- a 300-year-old family Bible.

 

FBI: Ala. captor rigged bunker, waged 'firefight'

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

As FBI and police negotiators sought for days to coax an Alabama man into freeing a kindergartner held hostage an underground bunker, the captor was making plans of his own, authorities say.

 

 

Gun background checks drop 10 percent in Jan.

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

The number of federal background checks for firearms sales declined in the U.S. last month, as retailers continue to run out of guns to sell during a buying spree driven by Washington's new focus on gun control.

 

 

New PAC stirs GOP rivalries, tea party angst

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

Republicans' struggles to redefine their party are intensifying, as tea party insurgents and establishment Republicans vie to control congressional primaries, and GOP leaders try to expand their focus beyond the deficit.

 

 

Pew: Most Facebook users take a break

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

Too much drama, boredom and scads of irrelevant information are just some of the reasons Facebook users give for taking a break from the world's biggest social networking site for weeks at a time, according to a new study.

 

 

Slayings highlight risks of 'gun therapy' for vets

Posted 2/6/2013 in National

Chris Kyle, reputed to be the deadliest sniper in American military history, often took veterans out shooting as a way to ease the trauma of war. Taking aim at a target, he once wrote, would help coax them back into normal, everyday life with a familiar, comforting activity.

 

Authorities storm Alabama bunker, rescue kidnapped boy

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

Law enforcement officers stormed an underground bunker Monday in southeastern Alabama, freeing a 5-year-old boy and shooting his captor to death after they became convinced the child was in imminent danger, officials said.

Experts find remains of King Richard III

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

He was king of England, but for centuries he lay without shroud or coffin in an unknown grave, and his name became a byword for villainy.

Monkey business? US unsure of Iran's space claims

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

The United States expressed doubt on Monday about Iran's claim that it safely returned a monkey from space, saying it is questionable that the monkey survived -- or if the flight happened at all.

 

Senate tries again to move anti-violence bill

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans.

 

 

Pakistani girl shot by Taliban appears on video

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

In her first video statement since she was nearly killed, a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban remained defiant in arguing for girls' education, saying Monday she would keep up the same campaign that led to her attack.

 

Ex-Navy SEAL author died pursuing his passion

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

The former top Navy SEAL sniper who authorities say was killed at a Texas shooting range was devoted to maintaining camaraderie and helping his fellow veterans find their way after leaving active duty.

 

Obama to campaign for gun proposals in Minnesota

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

The fate of his gun proposals on Capitol Hill uncertain, President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks for gun buyers.

 

Obama says Boy Scouts should allow gays

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

President Barack Obama said Sunday that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, weighing in on two storied American institutions facing proposals to end long-held exclusions.

How did 'Little House' sister really become blind?

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

Any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved "Little House" books knows how the author's sister Mary went blind: scarlet fever. But turns out that probably wasn't the cause, medical experts say, upending one of the more dramatic elements in the classic stories.

Details emerge in Alabama standoff

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

As an Alabama standoff and hostage drama marked a sixth day Sunday, more details emerged about the suspect at the center, with neighbors and officials painting a picture of an isolated man estranged from his family.

 

Scientists to reveal result of Richard III hunt

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

Has Britain's lost king been found? Today scientists will announce the results of tests conducted to determine whether a battle-scarred skeleton found under a municipal parking lot in central England belongs to 15th-century King Richard III, the last English monarch to die in combat.

 

 

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