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Missile plan changes may provide opening for talks

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

By adding 14 interceptors to a missile defense system based in Alaska and California, the U.S. is abandoning a critical part of a European system strongly opposed by Russia. Yet the decision also could provide a potential opening for new arms control talks.

 

Judge rules secret FBI letters unconstitutional

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

They're called national security letters and the FBI issues thousands of them a year to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. They're sent without judicial review and recipients are barred from disclosing them.

 

Christo fills former natural gas tank in Germany

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

Artist Christo has unveiled his latest spectacular creation: a balloonlike installation that fills the inside of a former natural gas storage tank in Germany's industrial Ruhr region.

 

Gay marriage: Senator's shift, GOP soul-searching

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

A Republican senator's embrace of gay marriage is the latest sign of soul-searching in a party struggling to adapt in a society whose demographics -- and views on emotional issues -- are changing fast.

 

 

Man who set fire to sub gets 17 years

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

A shipyard worker who set fire to rags aboard a nuclear submarine because he wanted to go home was sentenced to a little more than 17 years in federal prison Friday for the blaze that transformed the vessel into a fiery furnace, injured seven people and caused about $450 million in damage.

 

 

Cops: Guard shot finger trying to remove ring

Posted 3/16/2013 in National

A federal prison guard has been charged with shooting his own finger in a drunken attempt to remove his wedding ring during an argument with his wife at their northwestern Pennsylvania home, police said.

 

 

Md. poised to be 18th state to ban death penalty

Posted 3/15/2013 in National

It's been eight years since Maryland executed a convicted killer, but that could be the last time if the General Assembly, as expected, gives final passage this week to a bill to abolish capital punishment.

 

 

Report: Grand jury investigating NJ Sen. Menendez

Posted 3/15/2013 in National

Sen. Robert Menendez is being investigated by a Miami federal grand jury for his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

 

 

Software glitch delays 660,000 tax refunds

Posted 3/15/2013 in National

The Internal Revenue Service says 660,000 taxpayers will have their refunds delayed by up to six weeks because of a problem with the software they used to file their tax returns.

 

Latin America sees change under region's first pope

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

The famous words uttered to announce that a leader of the Catholic Church has been chosen now have special resonance for Latin America, which had felt neglected by the Vatican and has finally produced the New World's first pope.

 

Nissan recalls 5 models for air bag problem

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

Nissan is recalling five of its 2013 models in the U.S. because a faulty sensor can permanently turn off the front-seat passenger air bag.

 

 

Brominated vegetable oil in Gatorade?

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

When PepsiCo Inc. announced it would stop putting an obscure vegetable oil in its Gatorade right before the Super Bowl, one of the loudest cheers came from a high school student who had made it her mission to get rid of the ingredient.

 

 

Dow notches ninth gain in a row, longest since '96

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

 

 

Sharp drop in homes lost to foreclosure in February

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

While the nation's foreclosure woes persist, new data show they're easing amid a resurgent housing market, rising home prices and efforts by some states to buy homeowners more time to avoid losing their homes.

 

Census: Record 1 in 3 U.S. counties are now dying

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

A record number of U.S. counties -- more than 1 in 3 -- are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.

Fla. charity probe focuses on campaign money

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

The next phase of an investigation into a veterans charity accused of being a front for a $300 million gambling operation will focus on the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on lobbying and campaigns donations, authorities said.

 

Woman, 106, finally gets high school diploma

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

 

 

Poll finds attitude shift among working moms

Posted 3/14/2013 in National

Working mothers increasingly want full-time jobs, and tough economic times might be a big reason, according to a national survey.

 

 

GOP sends mixed signals on Obama's outreach effort

Posted 3/13/2013 in National

House Republicans are sending mixed signals in agreeing to meet with President Barack Obama for talks over the budget impasse.

 

 

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