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ER visits tied to energy drinks double since 2007

Posted 1/16/2013 in National

A new government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.

 

 

Obama: Debt limit fight imperils elderly's checks

Posted 1/15/2013 in National

Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits will be delayed if congressional Republicans fail to increase the government's borrowing authority in a looming showdown over the nation's debt and spending.

 

 

Dallas tears down ex-home of JFK assassin Oswald

Posted 1/15/2013 in National

A handful of history buffs and curious onlookers watched Monday as a bulldozer tore through the walls of a dilapidated apartment building where Lee Harvey Oswald lived a few months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

 

 

NRA says Congress will not pass ban

Posted 1/14/2013 in National

The powerful gun lobby is gauging enough support in Congress to block a law that would ban assault weapons, despite promises from the White House and senior lawmakers to make such a measure a reality.

 

 

Scramble for vaccine as flu season heats up

Posted 1/14/2013 in National

Missed flu-shot day at the office last fall? And all those "get vaccinated" ads? A scramble for shots is under way as late-comers seek protection from a miserable flu strain already spreading through much of the country.

 

 

Iowa man, sister reunite thanks to boy, Facebook

Posted 1/14/2013 in National

An Iowa man and his sister have reunited 65 years after being separated in foster care thanks to a 7-year-old friend's Facebook search.

 

RFK children speak about assassination

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship."

 

Delay in plea by Holmes disturbs victims, families

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

A stunned silence settled over a courtroom Friday after the father of a woman killed in the Colorado theater shootings loudly cursed defendant James Holmes, prompting a sympathetic but firm warning from a judge.

 

 

Almost 800 people sign up for Fla. 'python challenge' hunt

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

Nearly 800 people have signed up to hunt Burmese pythons on public lands in Florida. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is holding a month-long "Python Challenge." Officials are offering cash prizes to whoever brings in the longest python and whoever bags the most pythons.

 

 

Hospitals crack down on workers refusing flu shots

Posted 1/12/2013 in National

Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as U.S. hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots, with some workers losing their jobs over their refusal.

 

Biden, NRA clash during gun violence talks

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Despite fresh opposition from the National Rifle Association, the Obama administration is assembling proposals to curb gun violence that would include a ban on sales of assault weapons, limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers.

Flu season strikes early and, in some places, hard

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

From the Rocky Mountains to New England, hospitals are swamped with people with flu symptoms. Some medical centers are turning away visitors or making them wear face masks, and one Pennsylvania hospital set up a tent outside its ER to deal with the feverish patients.

 

How to tell a cold from the flu

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The common cold and flu are caused by different viruses but can have some similar symptoms, making them tough to tell apart.

 

 

Pentagon moving to freeze hiring, delay contracts

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The Pentagon will begin taking steps to freeze civilian hiring, delay some contract awards and curtail some maintenance to prepare for drastic budget cuts if Congress can't reach an agreement on a final spending plan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday.

 

 

Colo. theater shooting case enters new phase

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

A judge has ordered the Colorado theater shooting suspect to stand trial, but his attorneys say they're not ready to enter a plea.

 

 

Sheriff: Calif. teen planned attack on classmates

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

A 16-year-old student armed with a shotgun walked into a rural California high school on Thursday, shot one student and fired at others and missed before a teacher and another staff member talked him into surrendering, officials said.

 

 

Inaugural pastor withdraws over anti-gay remarks

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks surfaced that he made two decades ago condemning the gay rights movement.

 

 

Tyler Perry offers $100K reward in Fla. cold cases

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Filmmaker Tyler Perry is offering a $100,000 reward for information in the decade-old case of two men who went missing after separate encounters with a sheriff's deputy in southwestern Florida.

 

 

Ex-Gitmo inmates claim Bin Laden movie excuses torture

Posted 1/11/2013 in National

Two former Guantanamo detainees on Thursday condemned "Zero Dark Thirty," a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden whose brutal interrogation scenes have sparked a discussion over the use of extreme methods in the U.S. campaign against terror.

 

 

D.C. church's bells to ring for same-sex couples

Posted 1/10/2013 in National

The Washington National Cathedral had been ready to embrace same-sex marriage for some time, though it took a series of recent events and a new leader for the prominent, 106-year-old church to announce Wednesday that it would begin hosting such nuptials.

 

 

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