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Monkey business? US unsure of Iran's space claims

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

The United States expressed doubt on Monday about Iran's claim that it safely returned a monkey from space, saying it is questionable that the monkey survived -- or if the flight happened at all.

 

Senate tries again to move anti-violence bill

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans.

 

 

Pakistani girl shot by Taliban appears on video

Posted 2/5/2013 in National

In her first video statement since she was nearly killed, a Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban remained defiant in arguing for girls' education, saying Monday she would keep up the same campaign that led to her attack.

 

Ex-Navy SEAL author died pursuing his passion

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

The former top Navy SEAL sniper who authorities say was killed at a Texas shooting range was devoted to maintaining camaraderie and helping his fellow veterans find their way after leaving active duty.

 

Obama to campaign for gun proposals in Minnesota

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

The fate of his gun proposals on Capitol Hill uncertain, President Barack Obama is seeking to rally support from the public and law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and install universal background checks for gun buyers.

 

Obama says Boy Scouts should allow gays

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

President Barack Obama said Sunday that gays should be allowed in the Boy Scouts and women should be allowed in military combat roles, weighing in on two storied American institutions facing proposals to end long-held exclusions.

How did 'Little House' sister really become blind?

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

Any fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved "Little House" books knows how the author's sister Mary went blind: scarlet fever. But turns out that probably wasn't the cause, medical experts say, upending one of the more dramatic elements in the classic stories.

Details emerge in Alabama standoff

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

As an Alabama standoff and hostage drama marked a sixth day Sunday, more details emerged about the suspect at the center, with neighbors and officials painting a picture of an isolated man estranged from his family.

 

Scientists to reveal result of Richard III hunt

Posted 2/4/2013 in National

Has Britain's lost king been found? Today scientists will announce the results of tests conducted to determine whether a battle-scarred skeleton found under a municipal parking lot in central England belongs to 15th-century King Richard III, the last English monarch to die in combat.

 

 

Gasoline prices get start on spring surge

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

 

Fireworks cause deadly highway collapse in China

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

A truckload of fireworks intended for Lunar New Year celebrations went off Friday in a massive, deadly explosion that destroyed part of an elevated highway in central China, sending vehicles plummeting 30 meters (about 100 feet) to the ground.

 

Hedgehog Alert! Prickly pets can carry salmonella

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

Add those cute little hedgehogs to the list of pets that can make you sick.

 

 

Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City, dies

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday. He was 88.

 

 

Texas prosecutor's slaying rattles colleagues

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

Mark Hasse was a top-notch prosecutor in northeast Texas with a "passion for putting away bad guys" and never shied from taking on cases involving dangerous people or organizations, his former colleagues say.

 

 

Republicans hammer defense nominee Chuck Hagel

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

Republican senators hammered former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing Thursday on issues ranging from Israel and Iran to his support for a group that advocates the elimination of nuclear weapons. But with most Democrats in his corner, an unflustered Hagel seems headed for approval as defense secretary.

 

 

Evangelical churches refine message on gay issues

Posted 2/1/2013 in National

The Rev. Robert Jeffress has changed the way he talks about homosexuality from the pulpit. The pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Dallas hasn't stopped preaching that homosexual sex is sinful, but he no longer singles it out for special condemnation. Now, Jeffress says he usually talks about homosexuality within "a bigger context of God's plan for sex between one man and one woman in a lifetime relationship called marriage."

 

 

Economic jitters compete with Obama agenda

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

Just as President Barack Obama is pushing new initiatives on gun control and immigration, the gloomy old problem of a sluggish economy is elbowing its way back into prominence. Consumer confidence is falling, the economy is contracting and large automatic spending cuts are threatening to hit the Pentagon and other programs, with uncertain consequences.

 

Neighbors: Suspect in Ala. standoff was violent

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

Jimmy Lee Dykes moved to a rural Alabama neighborhood on a rutted red clay road more than a year ago. It didn't take long before he had developed a frightening reputation as a volatile man with anti-government views who threatened his neighbors at gunpoint and was viciously violent to wandering pets.

 

Facebook 4Q results surpass expectations

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

Facebook delivered fourth-quarter results above Wall Street's expectations on Wednesday and sought to show that it has finally transformed into a "mobile company."

 

Ten years since loss of space shuttle Columbia

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

He was just 8 when NASA lost the space shuttle Columbia and he lost his astronaut mom. Now, 10 years later, Iain Clark is a young man on the cusp of college with a master's rating in scuba diving and three parachute jumps in his new log book. His mother, Dr. Laurel Clark, loved scuba and skydiving. So did her flight surgeon husband and Iain's dad, Dr. Jonathan Clark, who since the Feb. 1, 2003 accident, has been a crusader for keeping space crews safe.

 

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