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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.

 

Brazil nightclub owner blames country for fire

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

The owner of a nightclub in southern Brazil where more than 230 people died in a fire last weekend deflected blame to "the whole country," as well as to architects and inspectors charged with making sure the building was safe, his lawyer said Wednesday.

 

Patty Andrews, last of Andrews Sisters, dies in Los Angeles

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

Patty Andrews never served in the military, but she and her singing sisters certainly supported the troops.

 

New England Journal: Study finds prostate cancer treatment side effects

Posted 1/31/2013 in National

A new study shows how important it is for men to carefully consider treatments for early-stage prostate cancer. Fifteen years after surgery or radiation treatment, nearly all of the older men in the study had some problems having sex.

 

 

Soldier with new arms determined to be independent

Posted 1/30/2013 in National

After weeks of round-the-clock medical care, Brendan Marrocco insisted on rolling his own wheelchair into a news conference using his new transplanted arms. Then he brushed his hair to one side.

 

 

Report: Jobless pay needless bank fees

Posted 1/30/2013 in National

Jobless Americans are paying millions in unnecessary fees to collect unemployment benefits because of state policies encouraging them to get the money through bank-issued payment cards, according to a new report from a consumer group.

 

 

Study says leafy greens top food poisoning source

Posted 1/30/2013 in National

A big government study has fingered leafy greens like lettuce and spinach as the leading source of food poisoning, a perhaps uncomfortable conclusion for health officials who want us to eat our vegetables.

 

 

Obama on immigration overhaul: 'Now is the time'

Posted 1/30/2013 in National

Declaring "now is the time" to fix the nation's broken immigration system, President Barack Obama on Tuesday outlined broad proposals for putting millions of illegal immigrants on a clear path to citizenship while cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders.

 

Police push for background checks on gun purchases

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

Law enforcement leaders who met with President Barack Obama Monday urged him to focus on strengthening gun purchase background checks and mental health systems, but did not unify behind his more controversial gun control efforts.

 

FBI: Checks peak in week after Conn. shooting

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

The FBI said Monday it conducted more background checks for firearms sales and permits to carry guns the week following the Newtown, Conn., shooting massacre that it has in any other one-week period since 1998.

 

Under pressure, Boy Scouts may end no-gays policy

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

Facing diverse and ceaseless protests, the Boy Scouts of America is signaling its readiness to end the nationwide exclusion of gays as scouts or leaders and give the sponsors of local troops the freedom to decide the matter for themselves.

Nickel from 1913 likely to fetch millions

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

A humble 5-cent coin with a storied past is headed to auction and bidding expected to top $2 million a century after it was mysteriously minted.

 

Money fears vs. real benefits in Medicaid choice

Posted 1/29/2013 in National

President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can't refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year.

 

 

North Korean leader vows strong action

Posted 1/28/2013 in National

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened top security and foreign affairs officials and ordered them to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," state media said Sunday, indicating that he plans to push forward with a threat to explode a nuclear device in defiance of the United Nations.

 

 

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