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Border Patrol to test body cameras

Posted 9/18/2014 in National

The U.S. Border Patrol purchased body cameras and will begin testing them this year at its training academy, two people briefed on the move said Wednesday, as new leadership moves to blunt criticism about agents' use of force.

 

 

U.S. military role in Iraq raises combat questions

Posted 9/18/2014 in National

The White House and the Pentagon are grappling with how to explain what American military forces are doing and could do in Iraq as they battle the Islamic State militants.

 

Police: Ambush suspect was military re-enactor

Posted 9/18/2014 in National

Schools closed, kids stayed inside and authorities chased down several false sightings Wednesday in their hunt for the suspect in a fatal ambush outside a rural Pennsylvania State Police barracks.

 

Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

Posted 9/18/2014 in National

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.

 

 

Report: Americans endure unwanted care near death

Posted 9/18/2014 in National

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday.

 

 

CDC: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures -- the most dangerous kind of obesity -- has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.

 

 

UN: Nearly $1B needed now to stop Ebola

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe."

 

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.

 

More of world's children live to age 5, work still to be done

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.

 

 

Congress scrutinizes Obama's Islamic State military strategy

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism rooted in more than a decade of war.

 

Miss America: More to worry about than red cup

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup.

 

Man gets 20 years for gun battle at school

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A man who was persuaded by a bookkeeper to surrender during a 2013 gun battle with police at a school near Atlanta pleaded guilty to multiple charges Tuesday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

 

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.

 

Questions over abortion coverage in health law

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.

 

 

3,000 U.S. military members to fight Ebola

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

 

Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Street cafes and beaches are packed with people until late at night. Families crowd the few public parks. Wedding halls are booked solid.

 

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