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Benghazi review slams State Department

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress on Wednesday.

 

 

Heavy price: Medicare overpaying for back braces

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

You can find it on the Internet for $250 or less. But if Medicare is paying, a standard-issue brace for back patients costs more than $900.

 

 

Instagram says users' photos won't appear in ads

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service now owned by Facebook, said Tuesday that it will remove language from its new terms of service suggesting that users' photos could appear in advertisements.

 

 

Facebook users hit 'like,' stores jump into action

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

Facebook isn't just for goofy pictures and silly chatter. Whether shoppers know it or not, their actions online help dictate what's in stores during this holiday season.

 

 

Too big to jail? Execs avoid laundering charges

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

When the Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against British bank HSBC last week, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional institution accused of laundering money for Iran, Libya and Mexico's murderous drug cartels.

 

 

Developers worried about new rules for apps

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

A cellphone game for kids about U.S. geography, "Stack the States," gets rave reviews from parents. Its creator, Dan Russell-Pinson, considered making the 99-cent app better by adding a feature to allow children to play online against one another. But with the Federal Trade Commission issuing more stringent online child privacy rules, he's not even pursuing the idea.

 

Around world, massacres have spurred gun control

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

If there's anywhere that understands the pain of Newtown, it's Dunblane, the town whose grief became a catalyst for changes to Britain's gun laws.

 

Obama backs off hard lines in search of compromise

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

Narrowing a "fiscal cliff" negotiating gap, President Barack Obama is backing off what had once been ironclad positions.

 

 

NRA goes silent after Connecticut school shooting

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

The nation's largest gun-rights organization -- typically outspoken about its positions even after shooting deaths -- has gone all but silent since last week's rampage at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.

 

 

Unisex Easy-Bake oven on the way

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

Hasbro says it will soon reveal a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven after meeting with a New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make one that appeals to all kids.

 

 

Gunmen kill 5 polio workers in Pakistan

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

Gunmen killed five Pakistani women working on a U.N.-backed polio vaccination campaign in two different cities on Tuesday, officials said. The attacks were likely an attempt by the Taliban to counter an initiative the militant group has opposed.

 

Obama signals action following school shooting

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

President Barack Obama is vowing to use "whatever power this office holds" to safeguard the nation's children, raising the prospect that he will pursue policy changes to stem gun violence in the wake of an elementary school massacre.

 

Many single women, a key bloc, are avoiding GOP

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there's not a Republican in sight among the bunch.

 

 

Criminal probe adds to cancer agency woes

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

Texas put up $3 billion in taxpayer money and promised cancer breakthroughs. But a criminal investigation, widespread rebuke from scientists and the resignations of embattled state officials came faster than medical discoveries.

 

 

Parents struggle to help kids grasp Conn. tragedy

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

The killings at a Connecticut elementary school left parents struggling to figure out what, if anything, to tell their children.

 

 

Gas prices soon to hit low point for 2012

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Gas prices will soon drop to their lowest level of the year.

 

 

Military families worried by fiscal cliff

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Emerging from more than a decade at war, military families are confronting a new worry at home: the prospect that a deal between Congress and the White House over federal spending cuts could chip away at military health insurance, pensions and other services long considered untouchable.

 

 

Secretary of State Clinton faints, sustains concussion

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday.

 

Conn. town mourns as police look for answers

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Investigators on Saturday worked to understand what led a bright but painfully awkward 20-year-old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, while townspeople took down Christmas decorations and struggled with how to get through a holiday season that has suddenly become a time of mourning.

 

No rise in mass killings, but their impact is huge

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

In what has become sickeningly familiar, gunmen opened fire on innocents in what should be the safest of places -- first, at a shopping mall in Oregon, and then, unthinkably, at an elementary school in Connecticut.

 

 

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