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Global study of student scores a mixed bag for US

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

Students in the U.S. perform better than the global average, but still lag behind many of their peers in Asia and Europe, an international study found.

 

Black women battle obesity with dialogue, action

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

African-American women have the highest obesity rate of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Coffee from an elephant's gut fills a $50 cup

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee.

 

Five dead in Calif. Indian reservation shootings

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- The church bell that rings out to announce the deaths of tribal members on the Tule River Indian Reservation tolled repeatedly after a man went on a shooting rampage that left a daughter, his mother and her two brothers dead. The suspect also died in a shootout with police.

 

 

Homeless rate steady in latest government estimate

Posted 12/10/2012 in National

A vigorous effort to house the homeless has been countered somewhat by a sluggish economy.

 

 

USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has some harsh words for rural America: It's "becoming less and less relevant," he says.

 

 

Crist ponders run as a Dem; GOP says bring it on

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

Now that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is a Democrat, pretty much everyone in Florida's political world expects him to seek his old seat.

 

To the moon? Firm hopes to sell $1.5 billion trips

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

Attention wealthy nations and billionaires: A team of former NASA executives will fly you to the moon in an out-of-this-world commercial venture combining the wizardry of Apollo and the marketing of Apple.

 

Hanukkah festivities begin with candle lighting

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

Jews around the world ushered in the eight-day Hanukkah festival Saturday evening, lighting the first candles of ceremonial lamps that symbolize triumph over oppression.

 

 

$2 billion price tag for presidential election

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports released Thursday.

 

 

China's new leader campaigns to cut pomp

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

New communist leader Xi Jinping is on a mission to soften the image of Chinese officialdom, winning kudos for his breezy personal style and ordering leaders to take a knife to the pomp, formality and waste that have alienated many among the public.

 

 

Capitalism and socialism wed as words of the year

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

Thanks to the election, socialism and capitalism are forever wed as Merriam-Webster's most looked-up words of 2012.

 

Smithsonian to unveil largest aquamarine gem

Posted 12/8/2012 in National

The world's largest cut aquamarine gem will soon go on display in its new home at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify unknown dead

Posted 12/7/2012 in National

Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater.

 

Trade-offs in raising Medicare eligibility age

Posted 12/7/2012 in National

Americans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of any deal to reduce the government's huge deficits.

 

 

Gypsies take curious route through US to asylum

Posted 12/7/2012 in National

A minivan with California license plates and a dozen passengers zipped across the border between Vermont and Quebec in October, heading north in a southbound lane unblocked by traffic.

 

 

Tsunami warning lifted for Japan earthquake

Posted 12/7/2012 in National

A strong earthquake Friday struck the same Japanese coast devastated by last year's massive quake and tsunami, generating small waves but no immediate reports of heavy damage.

 

 

Hamas chief arrives in Gaza for first-ever visit

Posted 12/7/2012 in National

Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal has arrived in the Gaza Strip for his first-ever visit. The landmark trip reflects his militant group's burgeoning international acceptance.

 

 

Black boxes in cars raise concerns

Posted 12/7/2012 in National

Many motorists don't know it, but it's likely that every time they get behind the wheel, there's a snitch along for the ride.

 

 

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