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Obama sends Clinton to Mideast

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

President Barack Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East on Tuesday as the U.S. urgently seeks to contain the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas.

 

 

FBI: 4 Calif. men charged in alleged terror plot

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.

 

Crisis averted: Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Twinkie lovers, relax. The tasty cream-filled golden spongecakes are likely to survive, even though their maker will be sold in bankruptcy court.

Jindal: Liking people is key to expanding GOP tent

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the Republican Party needs to go back to basics to attract the broad coalition of voters credited with putting President Barack Obama back in the White House.

Battle over Nativity scene goes to court

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Damon Vix didn't have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities.

 

EPA turns down requests for ethanol waiver

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied requests from several governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.

 

 

One worker still missing after Gulf oil rig fire

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

As crews searched Sunday for a worker still missing after an oil platform explosion and fire, doctors said one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is now in fair condition.

 

 

Stamps to increase one cent

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

The cost of mailing a first-class letter will go up by a penny in January.

 

Is giant reed a 'miracle plant' or the next kudzu?

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

It's fast-growing and drought-tolerant, producing tons of biomass per acre. It thrives even in poor soil and is a self-propagating perennial, so it requires little investment once established.

Search ends for 2 after oil rig fire

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

The Coast Guard on Saturday evening called off its search for two workers missing after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, sending an ominous black plume of smoke into the air reminiscent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that transformed the oil industry and life along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

 

Mom foils 'Twilight' shooter's plot

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

A southwest Missouri man who confessed this week to plotting to shoot up a "Twilight" showing and a Walmart store was detained in 2009 after threatening a store clerk, police said Saturday.

 

White House: Israel has right to defend itself

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

The White House on Saturday defended Israel's right to defend itself against attack and decide how to respond to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, blaming the ruling Islamic militant Hamas group for starting the conflict.

Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

The demand of dozens of citizens has been denied in the Ecuadorean city of Guayaquil: There will be no jackass running for the legislature.

 

Rodent problem? How about 180 million rats?

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

The unique bird and reptile species that make the Galapagos Islands a treasure for scientists and tourists must be preserved, Ecuadorean authorities say -- and that means the rats must die, hundreds of millions of them.

 

 

BP agrees to pay $4.5B; 3 employees charged

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges and pay a record $4.5 billion in a settlement with the government over the deadly 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Three BP employees were also charged, two of them with manslaughter.

 

4 dead, 17 hurt when train hits Texas vets parade

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

A freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 17 others as the float tried to get through a West Texas railroad crossing on its way to an honorary banquet, authorities said.

 

Petraeus treks to Capitol for Benghazi questioning

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

David Petraeus, in his first congressional testimony since resigning as CIA director over an extramarital affair, began fielding questions Friday from lawmakers about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

 

 

Israel and Hamas battle on social media as well

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

The hostilities between Israel and Hamas have found a new battleground: social media. The Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants have exchanged fiery tweets throughout the fighting in a separate war to influence public opinion.

 

States reveal their choices on Obama's health law

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

After two years of political battles and a Supreme Court case, many if not most states are expected to tell the federal government Friday if they're willing carry out a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

 

Power outage time after Sandy not extraordinary

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

As the number of nights without power stretched on for thousands left in the dark after Superstorm Sandy, patience understandably turned to anger and outrage.

 

 

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