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Violence plays role in shorter life expectancy

Posted 1/10/2013 in National

The United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, due in part to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home in a place that is often unlocked, according to a report released Wednesday by two of the nation's leading health research institutions.

 

 

Self-portraits: Holmes sticks out tongue, has guns

Posted 1/10/2013 in National

 

 

Tide QB's beauty queen girlfriend in spotlight after title game

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

A day after ESPN cameras lingered on her, announcers piled on compliments and at least one pro athlete made an online pass at her, Twitter was still abuzz Tuesday about former Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb, who is dating Crimson Tide championship quarterback AJ McCarron.

 

AIG board weighs suing US over bailout

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

AIG is considering Wednesday whether the company should join a lawsuit against the government that spent $182 billion to save it from collapse.

 

Tax filing season starts Jan. 30 for most filers

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

The Internal Revenue Service says late changes to federal tax laws should mean only a short delay for most taxpayers to file their 2012 returns.

 

 

Biden to meet with gun-safety, victims groups

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

Seeking to spur fresh action on gun legislation, Vice President Joe Biden is meeting at the White House with victims groups and gun-safety organizations.

 

 

DOJ official wants trustee in meningitis outbreak case

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

An independent trustee must be appointed to oversee the bankruptcy of a Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a meningitis outbreak because of the firm's "gross mismanagement," among other reasons, a Justice Department official argued Tuesday.

 

 

US seared during hottest year on record by far

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

America set an off-the-charts heat record in 2012. A brutal combination of a widespread drought and a mostly absent winter pushed the average annual U.S. temperature last year up to 55.32 degrees Fahrenheit, the government announced Tuesday. That's a full degree warmer than the old record set in 1998.

 

Police: Colo. shooting suspect planned massacre

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

As officials this week laid out the most detailed portrait yet of last year's Aurora movie theater massacre, they also mapped sometimes paradoxical behavior by the man accused of the rampage, James Holmes.

 

$1 million donations wanted for Obama inauguration

Posted 1/9/2013 in National

Planners of President Barack Obama's second inauguration are soliciting high-dollar contributions up to $1 million to help pay for the celebration in exchange for special access.

 

 

US banks to pay $8.5B in mortgage settlement

Posted 1/8/2013 in National

Hundreds of thousands of Americans stand to benefit from the latest mortgage-abuse settlement, but consumer advocates say U.S. banks may be getting the best of the deal.

 

 

Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort

Posted 1/8/2013 in National

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left her critically injured.

 

Obama taps Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA

Posted 1/7/2013 in National

President Barack Obama today will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team.

At Iowa prison, a lonely battle against sex movies

Posted 1/7/2013 in National

Administrators let offenders at one of Iowa's most dangerous prison units watch violent and sexually explicit movies and TV shows for years, despite repeated complaints from a female officer who said it encouraged inmates to sexually harass her.

 

Clinton scheduled to return to work today

Posted 1/7/2013 in National

The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will return to work Monday, a little over a week after she was hospitalized with a blood clot in her head.

 

 

Talk of GOP primaries follows 'fiscal cliff' vote

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives.

 

 

2012 was worst year for whooping cough since 1955

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures.

 

 

Farm bill extension evidence of lost clout

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.

 

Obama urges action on debt ceiling

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is hailing a last-minute deal that avoids the so-called fiscal cliff but says it's just one step in a broader effort to boost the economy and shrink federal deficits.

 

Cat used in Brazil prison smuggling try

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Guards thought there was something suspicious about a little white cat slipping through a prison gate in northeastern Brazil.

 

 

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