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Phoning home again: 'E.T.' 30 years later

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

How old is too old to sob like a little girl at "E.T. -- the Extra-Terrestrial"? Not 40, apparently.

 

 

Waiting, worrying amid meningitis outbreak

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Patsy Bivins tossed and turned all night after finding out the steroid shot she received to ease her chronic back pain could instead threaten her life.

 

 

War on 21st-century Jim Crow

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Kemba Smith Pradia went to Tallahassee, Fla., last week to demand the right to vote.

 

 

KO'd in Denver

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Contrary to conventional wisdom that debates are rarely, if ever, game-changers, the first presidential debate was a demolition derby.

 

 

Calif. gas prices hit all-time high

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

It's a record, though just barely. The price of gasoline hit an all-time average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market.

 

 

Police: Cop impersonator demanded free fast food

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Authorities in Florida say a man flashed a fake gun and badge and demanded free fast food at a McDonald's drive-thru.

 

 

Obama, Romney mix humor into campaign

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Have you heard the one about the kid who thinks President Barack Obama's job is to "approve this message?" Or the time Mitt Romney compared another presidential run to giving birth?

 

 

Ga. Congressman calls evolution lie from 'pit of hell'

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" meant to convince people that they do not need a savior.

 

North Korean soldier defects to South Korea

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

A North Korean soldier killed two of his superiors Saturday and defected to South Korea across the countries' heavily armed border in a rare crossing that prompted South Korean troops to immediately beef up their border patrol, officials said.

 

Israeli jets down drone that entered airspace

Posted 10/6/2012 in National

 

 

Study: Free birth control leads to fewer abortions

Posted 10/5/2012 in National

Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concluded Thursday. The findings were eagerly anticipated and come as a bitterly contested Obama administration policy is poised to offer similar coverage.

 

Romney shifts to center as his confidence grows

Posted 10/5/2012 in National

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is shifting sharply to the political center as he begins to deliver a closing argument aimed at a slice of moderate, undecided voters a month before Election Day.

 

After debate, Obama campaign signals 'adjustments'

Posted 10/5/2012 in National

His performance panned, President Barack Obama is changing his debate strategy against Republican Mitt Romney, aides conceding the president must find a crisper way to sell his agenda and counter his opponent without getting lost in the weeds.

 

 

Outbreak spotlights risks from custom-mixed drugs

Posted 10/5/2012 in National

Two people blinded in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Three dead in Virginia in 2006 and three more in Oregon the following year. Twenty-one dead polo horses in Florida in 2009. Earlier this year, 33 people in seven states with fungal eye infections. And now, at least five people dead and 35 sickened with fungal meningitis that has been linked to steroid shots for back pain.

 

 

Romney hits a trifecta in Denver

Posted 10/5/2012 in National

The presidential campaign, hitherto a plod through a torrent of words tedious beyond words, began to dance in Denver. There a masterfully prepared Mitt Romney completed a trifecta of tasks and unveiled an issue that, because it illustrates contemporary liberalism's repellent essence, can constitute his campaign's closing argument.

 

Katrina victims take on hurricane tour operators

Posted 10/4/2012 in National

Some New Orleans residents and city officials are pushing back against tour operators who bus out-of-towners into the city's Lower 9th Ward, where Hurricane Katrina unleashed a wall of water that pushed homes off foundations and stranded residents on rooftops when the levees failed.

Chicago police find about 1,500 pot plants in city

Posted 10/4/2012 in National

In Chicago, a bustling urban metropolis where skyscrapers are as likely to sprout up as anything a farmer might plant, someone decided there was just enough room to grow something a little more organic: Marijuana.

NY teens pay valets to store devices

Posted 10/4/2012 in National

Thousands of teenagers who can't take their cellphones to school have another option, courtesy of a burgeoning industry of sorts in always-enterprising New York City: paying a dollar a day to leave it in a truck that's parked nearby.

 

Rare meningitis outbreak grows; 4 dead, 22 sick

Posted 10/4/2012 in National

An outbreak of a rare form of meningitis is likely to grow after sickening 26 people in five states, including four who died, health officials warned.

 

 

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