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Military families worried by fiscal cliff

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Emerging from more than a decade at war, military families are confronting a new worry at home: the prospect that a deal between Congress and the White House over federal spending cuts could chip away at military health insurance, pensions and other services long considered untouchable.

 

 

Secretary of State Clinton faints, sustains concussion

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday.

 

Conn. town mourns as police look for answers

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Investigators on Saturday worked to understand what led a bright but painfully awkward 20-year-old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, while townspeople took down Christmas decorations and struggled with how to get through a holiday season that has suddenly become a time of mourning.

 

No rise in mass killings, but their impact is huge

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

In what has become sickeningly familiar, gunmen opened fire on innocents in what should be the safest of places -- first, at a shopping mall in Oregon, and then, unthinkably, at an elementary school in Connecticut.

 

 

Crop insurance juicy target in 'fiscal cliff'

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Rural lawmakers worry that $9 billion in annual federal crop insurance subsidies are an easy target for spending cuts in a "fiscal cliff" deal so they're shopping around for a late compromise on a farm bill to protect them.

 

Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it's a monster.

 

'Cliff' crash may clear way for deal in January

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

To get to "yes" on a "fiscal cliff" accord, Congress and the White House first might have to get to "no."

 

 

Pentagon to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said today.

 

 

North Korea rocket launch shows young leader as gambler

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

A triumphant North Korea staged a mass rally of soldiers and civilians Friday to glorify the country's young ruler, who took a big gamble this week in sending a satellite into orbit in defiance of international warnings.

 

 

FDA review of tobacco products grinds to a halt

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Tobacco companies have introduced almost no new cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products in the U.S. in more than 18 months because the federal government has prevented them from doing so, an Associated Press review has found.

 

 

Injury dashed Oregon mall shooter's hope of being Marine

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

His mother died before he was 3 years old, and he was estranged from the aunt who raised him. His dream of becoming a Marine was dashed by a broken foot, he hadn't yet settled on a career path, and a new plan, to move to Hawaii, ended when he apparently missed his flight.

 

 

Kerry, Hagel front-runners to lead State, Defense

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans.

 

 

Russia backtracks on statement about Syria

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Russia issued a clumsy denial today of a statement from its point man on Syria, who said a day earlier that Syrian President Bashad Assad is losing control of the country. The Foreign Ministry insisted it is not changing its stance on the embattled Syrian regime.

 

 

AP-GfK Poll: Science doubters say world is warming

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Nearly 4 out of 5 Americans now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

 

 

Most Googled in 2012: Whitney, PSY, Sandy

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.

 

 

Police: Oregon mall shooter used stolen rifle

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Gunfire rang out in the mall food court, instantly transforming a casual afternoon of holiday shopping into a nightmare. The shooter, armed with a rifle, was dressed in dark clothing and wore a hockey-style face mask.

 

 

US economy could withstand brief fall off 'cliff'

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

It's the scenario that's been spooking employers and investors and slowing the U.S. economy: Congress and the White House fail to strike a budget deal by New Year's Day.

 

 

Dozens sue pharmacy responsible for meningitis outbreak

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Dennis O'Brien rubs his head as he details ailments triggered by the fungal meningitis he developed after a series of steroid shots in his neck: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, exhaustion and trouble with his speech and attention.

 

 

Sentence looms in Milwaukee fetal-abduction case

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Annette Morales-Rodriguez, distraught over her inability to give her boyfriend a son, had already pretended to have two miscarriages and was faking a third pregnancy when she settled on a sinister plan to abduct another Hispanic woman, carve the child from her womb and pass it off as her own.

 

 

Nurse in British royal hoax found hanging

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

A nurse who took a hoax call from Australian DJs about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge apparently killed herself three days later, with a coroner's officer saying today she was found hanging by the neck and a detective saying she left three notes.

 

 

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