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Cash registers on the way out

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

Ka-ching! The cash register may be on its final sale. Stores across the country are ditching the old-fashioned, clunky machines and having salespeople -- and even shoppers themselves -- ring up sales on smartphones and tablet computers.

 

 

Senate Democrats work to pass budget

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

 

Saplings from Anne Frank's tree take root in U.S.

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

Saplings from the chestnut tree that stood as a symbol of hope for Anne Frank as she hid from the Nazis for two years in Amsterdam are being distributed to 11 locations in the United States as part of a project that aims to preserve her legacy and promote tolerance.

 

NBC to air interview with Jerry Sandusky on Monday

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

NBC plans to air excerpts of jailhouse interviews with former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky next week that were given to a documentary filmmaker working on a defense of Joe Paterno.

 

Pope Francis tells Benedict: 'We're brothers'

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A reigning pope telling a retired one, "We are brothers," and insisting that they pray side-by-side during a date to discuss the future of the Catholic Church.

 

Hitler joins gun debate, but history is in dispute

Posted 3/23/2013 in National

When the president of Ohio's state school board posted her opposition to gun control, she used a powerful symbol to make her point: a picture of Adolf Hitler. When a well-known conservative commentator decried efforts to restrict guns, he argued that if only Jews in Poland had been better armed, many more would have survived the Holocaust.

 

 

Senate Democrats on track to pass budget

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

Democrats controlling the Senate appear on track to pass their first budget in four years, promising a second, almost $1 trillion round of tax increases on top of more than $600 billion in higher taxes on the wealthy enacted in January.

 

 

Town: OK to boo, politely, at board meetings

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

 

Shivs, more on display at historic Philly prison

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

A mounted wooden fish. Dog figurines. Colorful soap carvings of clowns and Santa. A wallet made of interwoven cigarette packs. It sounds like a bad garage sale -- until you get to the shivs. And the century-old mug shot book. And the inmate death ledger.

 

Reid: Background checks will be in Senate gun bill

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

Democrats who vowed a crackdown on guns after the horrific Newton, Conn., school shooting are touting prospects for Senate passage of expanded federal background checks, even as they acknowledge there isn't enough support to restore a ban on assault-style weapons.

 

 

Police: Girl, 7, was asked to pepper spray workers

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

 

 

3 dead, including suspect, in Marine base shooting

Posted 3/22/2013 in National

A Marine who worked at an officer candidates school fatally shot two colleagues, a man and a woman, before killing himself in a barracks dorm room, officials said.

 

 

Big cuts in House budget plan

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

A familiar budget plan to sharply cut safety-net programs for the poor and clamp down on domestic agencies performing the nuts-and-bolts programs of the government is cruising to passage in the tea party-flavored House.

 

 

Rockets hit Israel as Obama meets Palestinians

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

 

 

Southern Baptists push expansion northward

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

 

 

Drones will require new privacy laws

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

Privacy laws urgently need to be updated to protect the public from information-gathering by the thousands of civilian drones expected to be flying in U.S. skies in the next decade or so, legal experts told a Senate panel Wednesday.

 

 

Tax proposal could help small business, economy

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

A notable piece of small business news on Capitol Hill this year isn't about a bill -- it's about a tax proposal that could lift some of the uncertainty owners have been complaining about.

 

Amazon CEO recovers Apollo engines from Atlantic

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

Rusted pieces of two Apollo-era rocket engines that helped boost astronauts to the moon have been fished out of the murky depths of the Atlantic, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and NASA said Wednesday.

 

School asks students to cut back on body spray

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

 

Unpredictable pope worries security team

Posted 3/21/2013 in National

Forgive Pope Francis' security team for looking a bit nervous.

 

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