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Hagel orders urgent push for ethics crackdown

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants military leaders to inject more urgency into ensuring "moral character and moral courage" in a force suffering a rash of ethical lapses.


Pope's Harley goes under auction hammer in Paris

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated last year to Pope Francis is being sold at a Paris auction to benefit charity.

Putin, recalling Boston bombers, wants Sochi safe

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

President Vladimir Putin pointed Wednesday to the Boston Marathon bombings as a big reason for the intense security around the Winter Olympics that Russia is kicking off this week.


Police: Hoffman's heroin didn't have additive

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

Heroin recovered at Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment after he was found there dead with a syringe in his arm has tested negative for the powerful additive fentanyl, a police official said Tuesday.



Analysts say health care law means fewer on job

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation's workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday, adding fresh fuel to the political fight over "Obamacare."



Sea survivor's family rejoices to regain son

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

The family of a Salvadoran fisherman who says he survived at least 13 months at sea in an open boat had thought he was dead after losing touch with him eight years ago and are calling his astonishing story of survival a miracle.



Lawmakers seek Endangered Species Act overhaul

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists' lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation's cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington, D.C.



Gay marriage fight comes to Southern courtroom

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

The gay marriage fight arrived in a Southern courtroom Tuesday, as opponents of a Virginia law banning same-sex unions told a federal judge it was just like the Jim Crow-era prohibition against interracial marriage.


Farm bill doesn't just benefit farmers

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

It isn't just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent President Barack Obama. There's also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients.


Editorial cartoon for 2-5-14

Posted 2/5/2014 in National



TV ratings: Another record for Super Bowl

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

For the fourth time in five years, the Super Bowl has set a record for the most-watched television event in U.S. history, drawing 111.5 million viewers even though the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos wasn't really competitive.



South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1M

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

Nelson Mandela's estate, worth roughly $4.1 million, will be shared between his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the movement that fought white rule and now governs South Africa, the will's executors said Monday.



Official: Heroin in packets in Hoffman's N.Y.home

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

Tests have confirmed there was heroin in at least some of the scores of plastic packets in the apartment where Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead, a law enforcement official said Monday, and authorities are working to determine whether the drug was mixed or tainted with anything else.



A new entitlement? The right to preschool

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

Republican governors and lawmakers who now control a majority of state capitols have been pushing aggressively to cut spending and shrink government -- with one glaring exception.



Nothing controversial in Super Bowl ads

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

What Super Bowl ads will people discuss over the water cooler a day after the big game? There were no crude jokes. Sexual innuendo was kept to a minimum. And uncomfortable scenes were missing.



Report: U.S. abortion rate at lowest since 1973

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

The U.S. abortion rate declined to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to the latest national survey of abortion providers conducted by a prominent research institute.


Bruno Mars delivers red hot set at Super Bowl

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

Anybody worried about how Bruno Mars would do on one of the world's largest stages had obviously never seen the young star perform live. That all changed Sunday night when tens of millions got their first chance to see why he's one of the most exciting live acts of his generation.

Punxsutawney Phil predicts longer winter

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

Emerging from his lair on Super Bowl Sunday, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil couldn't predict the winner of the big game but his handlers said he was sure of his weather forecast: There will be six more weeks of winter.


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