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US economy could withstand brief fall off 'cliff'

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

It's the scenario that's been spooking employers and investors and slowing the U.S. economy: Congress and the White House fail to strike a budget deal by New Year's Day.

 

 

Dozens sue pharmacy responsible for meningitis outbreak

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Dennis O'Brien rubs his head as he details ailments triggered by the fungal meningitis he developed after a series of steroid shots in his neck: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, exhaustion and trouble with his speech and attention.

 

 

Sentence looms in Milwaukee fetal-abduction case

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Annette Morales-Rodriguez, distraught over her inability to give her boyfriend a son, had already pretended to have two miscarriages and was faking a third pregnancy when she settled on a sinister plan to abduct another Hispanic woman, carve the child from her womb and pass it off as her own.

 

 

Nurse in British royal hoax found hanging

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

A nurse who took a hoax call from Australian DJs about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge apparently killed herself three days later, with a coroner's officer saying today she was found hanging by the neck and a detective saying she left three notes.

 

 

McAfee in Miami after deportation from Guatemala

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

Anti-virus software founder John McAfee is holed up in a Miami hotel after weeks of evading Belizean authorities who want to question him in a homicide.

 

 

Leading conservative says Obama will win tax fight

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

A leading conservative who's resigning from the Senate is predicting that President Barack Obama will win the battle over raising taxes.

 

 

Senate legislation targets cyberstalking software

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

For around $50, a jealous wife or husband can download software that can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse better than any private detective. It's frighteningly easy and effective in an age when nearly everyone carries a cellphone that can record every moment of a person's physical movements. But it soon might be illegal.

 

Mailing presents? UPS design lab puts boxes to the smash test

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

It looks like a torture chamber for cardboard and bubble wrap. At a lab in suburban Chicago, UPS Inc. tests new packaging designs by dropping, shaking and smashing boxes with brutal-looking equipment. The point is to see what type of packaging can withstand the trip from supplier to customer, protecting the delicate products inside.

 

Fed sends clearer signal on keeping rates low

Posted 12/13/2012 in National

The Federal Reserve sent its clearest signal to date Wednesday that it will keep interest rates super-low to support the U.S. economy even after the job market has improved significantly.

 

 

Americans finding ways to mark 12-12-12

Posted 12/12/2012 in National

A Michigan sixth-grader will put aside her nerves and get her ears pierced on her 12th birthday.

 

 

Fiscal cliff talks appear to be stalled

Posted 12/12/2012 in National

Despite an intensifying pace, little progress is being reported in talks on averting automatic spending cuts and tax increases that economists fear could send the U.S. economy off a "fiscal cliff."

 

 

Iran says it can make copy of captured CIA drone

Posted 12/12/2012 in National

A senior Iranian lawmaker says Tehran can now manufacture a copy of an advanced CIA spy drone captured last year.

 

 

Gunman opens fire at Oregon mall; Suspect, 2 dead

Posted 12/12/2012 in National

The mall Santa was waiting for the next child's Christmas wish when shots rang out, causing the shopping mall to erupt into chaos.

 

'Death Row Romeo' scheduled for execution

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

A former Florida police officer is scheduled to be executed for the murder of nine people 26 years ago.

 

UK police unable to identify man who fell from sky

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

Police believe he was from Africa, probably from Angola, but they don't know his identity. The mystery began in September when residents of a suburban street in the Mortlake neighborhood of West London woke up on a quiet Sunday morning to find the crumpled body of a black man on the sidewalk of Portman Avenue, near a convenience store, an upscale lingerie shop and a storefront offering Chinese medical cures.

 

 

Obama, Boehner discuss 'fiscal cliff' stalemate

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House to discuss the "fiscal cliff," while rank-and-file Republicans stepped forward with what they called pragmatic ideas to break the stalemate.

 

 

New tests could hamper food outbreak detection

Posted 12/11/2012 in National

It's about to get faster and easier to diagnose food poisoning, but that progress for individual patients comes with a downside: It could hurt the nation's ability to spot and solve dangerous outbreaks.

 

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.

 

 

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