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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.

 

Costs of US wars linger more than 100 years

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.

 

General: Budget cuts will hamper drug seizures

Posted 3/20/2013 in National

Pentagon budget cuts will dramatically slash U.S. efforts to seize illegal drug shipments at sea, the top U.S. commander in South America told senators Tuesday, saying that the number of ships at his disposal for counter-drug operations will drop from about six to possibly zero.

 

 

Surgery, therapy both prove good for knee repair

Posted 3/19/2013 in National

 

Must voters have to prove citizenship to register?

Posted 3/18/2013 in National

The Supreme Court will struggle this week with the validity of an Arizona law that tries to keep illegal immigrants from voting by demanding all state residents show documents proving their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote in national elections.

 

China becomes fifth largest arms exporter

Posted 3/18/2013 in National

 

Tornado debris study could lead to better warnings

Posted 3/18/2013 in National

Photos and mementoes that were snatched up and blown hundreds of miles during a Southern tornado outbreak two years ago are giving researchers new insight on how debris is carried by the storms and how it could threaten the public.

Missile plan changes may provide opening for talks

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

By adding 14 interceptors to a missile defense system based in Alaska and California, the U.S. is abandoning a critical part of a European system strongly opposed by Russia. Yet the decision also could provide a potential opening for new arms control talks.

 

Judge rules secret FBI letters unconstitutional

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

They're called national security letters and the FBI issues thousands of them a year to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. They're sent without judicial review and recipients are barred from disclosing them.

 

Christo fills former natural gas tank in Germany

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

Artist Christo has unveiled his latest spectacular creation: a balloonlike installation that fills the inside of a former natural gas storage tank in Germany's industrial Ruhr region.

 

Gay marriage: Senator's shift, GOP soul-searching

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

A Republican senator's embrace of gay marriage is the latest sign of soul-searching in a party struggling to adapt in a society whose demographics -- and views on emotional issues -- are changing fast.

 

 

Man who set fire to sub gets 17 years

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

A shipyard worker who set fire to rags aboard a nuclear submarine because he wanted to go home was sentenced to a little more than 17 years in federal prison Friday for the blaze that transformed the vessel into a fiery furnace, injured seven people and caused about $450 million in damage.

 

 

Cops: Guard shot finger trying to remove ring

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

A federal prison guard has been charged with shooting his own finger in a drunken attempt to remove his wedding ring during an argument with his wife at their northwestern Pennsylvania home, police said.

 

 

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