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LaPierre: NRA to 'stand and fight'

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre renewed his call Thursday for armed guards in schools and urged gun owners to "stand and fight" for the Second Amendment.

 

 

Gay marriage support has risks for Republicans

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

As more state legislatures around the country consider whether to legalize same-sex weddings, an analysis of gay marriage votes in eight states shows that Republican lawmakers who backed it often faced consequences -- including loss of their seats.

 

 

Senate GOP blocks Hagel vote for now

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the nomination of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel as the nation's next defense secretary over unrelated questions about President Barack Obama's actions in the aftermath of the deadly raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.

 

Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens. But the troops who launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized with the first new combat-related medal to be created in decades.

 

Obama pushes preschool programs in Georgia trip

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to expand preschool programs comes as one out of every 13 students already in Head Start classrooms is at risk of being kicked out if lawmakers don't sidestep a budget meltdown.

 

 

Social Security head: Program fraying from neglect

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all "really walked away from Social Security," he says, leaving the program "fraying because of inattention to its problems."

 

 

Tears, applause for pope at last public Mass

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

With a humble "Grazie" as bishops doffed their mitres and applause echoed through St. Peter's Basilica, a frail Pope Benedict XVI began his long farewell by presiding over Ash Wednesday services in a tearful, final public Mass.

 

 

American, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to merge in an $11 billion deal that would create the world's biggest airline.

 

 

Boehner: Up to Democrats to prevent budget cuts

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday it's unlikely the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate will prevent a wave of automatic spending cuts from beginning to strike the economy in two weeks. Yet he sounded hopeful about avoiding a partial shutdown of the government when a temporary spending bill expires next month.

 

 

Obama: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class.

 

 

Obama travels to rally support for jobs

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is kicking off three days of travel to rally support for the job-creation and economic proposals he unveiled in his State of the Union address.

 

 

Police: 3 killed in shooting at Utah drug house

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A suspect was on the run Tuesday after three people were shot to death and one was wounded at a known drug house in suburban Salt Lake City, causing temporary lockdowns at several area schools.

 

 

Bitter dispute led to Delaware courthouse shooting

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A bitter custody battle that included an international kidnapping and prison sentences for a former optometrist and his mother ended in gunfire at a Delaware courthouse, with the doctor's father killing his former daughter-in-law and another woman before fatally shooting himself, authorities said Tuesday.

 

 

Rogue ex-LAPD officer believed dead after standoff

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post.

 

 

Coroner: Soft drinks may need health warnings

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A New Zealand food industry association on Wednesday rejected a coroner's call to add health warnings to soft-drink labels following the 2010 death of a woman who drank about 2 gallons of Coca-Cola a day.

 

 

Struggling Caribbean islands selling citizenship

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

Hadi Mezawi has never set foot on the Caribbean island of Dominica, has never seen its rainforests or black-sand beaches. But he's one of its newest citizens. Without leaving his home in the United Arab Emirates, the Palestinian man recently received a brand new Dominican passport after sending a roughly $100,000 contribution to the tropical nation half a world away.

 

Conditions on disabled cruise ship in dispute

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

A cruise line says it is making the passengers stranded aboard a disabled ship in the Gulf of Mexico as comfortable as possible with running water and some working bathrooms, contradicting the accounts of some passengers who told relatives of filthy, hot conditions and limited access to food.

 

Senate approves anti-violence act

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the act's anti-domestic violence programs.

 

 

SARS-linked virus may have spread between people

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

British officials say a mysterious virus related to SARS may have spread between humans, as they confirmed the 11th case worldwide of the new coronavirus in a patient who they say probably caught it from a family member.

 

 

Benedict spends final hours as pope far from Vatican

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will spend his final day as pontiff attending a morning farewell ceremony with his cardinals, then fly off by helicopter in the early evening to his papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

 

 

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