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State of the Union to stress jobs

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

The American public will get a competing mix of rhetoric and imagery in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, a speech that offers a heavy dose on the economy even as it plays out against a visual backdrop dominated by the current national debate over guns.

 

 

North Korea apparently conducts third atomic test

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

North Korea apparently conducted a widely anticipated nuclear test Tuesday, strongly indicated by an "explosion-like" earthquake that monitoring agencies around the globe said appeared to be unnatural.

 

 

Study: 1 in 4 consumers had error in credit report

Posted 2/12/2013 in National

One in four consumers found an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a government study released Monday.

 

Pope to resign Feb. 28, says he's too infirm

Posted 2/11/2013 in National

Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign on Feb. 28 because he was simply too infirm to carry on -- the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years.

 

Anxiety settles on LA area in fugitive ex-cop hunt

Posted 2/11/2013 in National

The search for a fugitive ex-police officer wanted in the slayings of three people took police to a San Fernando Valley home improvement store and to the home of a possible target in a quiet Southern California suburb.

 

 

French: Complex trading web in horsemeat scandal

Posted 2/11/2013 in National

A maze of trading between meat wholesalers has made it increasingly difficult to trace the origins of food -- enabling horsemeat disguised as beef to be sold in frozen meals across Europe.

 

 

Leonard Pitts: A new GOP, or just a cosmetic touchup?

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Maybe the party is finally over. Meaning not simply the Grand Old Party, but more specifically the bacchanal of the bizarre and carnival of crazy to which it has lately devolved. So obvious has this devolution become that even Republican stalwarts have been heard to decry the parody of a party the GOP has become.

 

Hunt for fugitive resumes in Calif. mountains

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Scores of officers fanned out at daybreak Saturday in the snow-covered San Bernardino Mountains, resuming their search for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected of killing three people in a vengeance-fueled rampage aimed at those he blames for ending his career.

 

Michelangelo's drawings going on display in Va.

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Twenty-five drawings by Michelangelo begin a two-city U.S. exhibition in Virginia on Saturday, including some works never before seen in the United States and many that offer a glimpse into the mind of the master and the tumultuous times in which he lived.

 

 

AP: Flaws found in US missile shield

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Secret Defense Department studies cast doubt on whether a multibillion-dollar missile defense system planned for Europe can ever protect the U.S. from Iranian missiles as intended, congressional investigators say.

 

 

Hacker gains access to Bush family emails, photos

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

Turns out even former presidents can fall prey to hackers.

 

Iowa governor pardons pig before bacon festival

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

A young pig has won a reprieve from the frying pan just as Iowa's popular bacon festival is about to begin.

Liberal in domestic issues, Obama a hawk on war

Posted 2/9/2013 in National

For all of his liberal positions on the environment, taxes and health care, President Barack Obama has proved to be a hawk when it comes to fighting terrorism.

 

Obama rallies Democrats, scorns GOP fiscal plans

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

Assertive even as he preached humility, President Barack Obama vowed to confront Republicans on the deficit and urged Democrats on Thursday to stick with him on guns and immigration.

 

 

150-foot asteroid will buzz Earth, no need to duck

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size.

 

In wealthy Hong Kong, poorest live in cages

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

For many of the richest people in Hong Kong, one of Asia's wealthiest cities, home is a mansion with an expansive view from the heights of Victoria Peak. For some of the poorest, like Leung Cho-yin, home is a metal cage.

Panetta says US at risk of being second-rate power

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

The United States is at risk of becoming a second-rate power if automatic budget cuts go into effect, plunging the U.S. armed forces into the most significant readiness crisis they've faced in more than a decade, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Thursday.

 

Mountain manhunt for ex-cop accused of killing three

Posted 2/8/2013 in National

A fired police officer who threatened to bring "warfare" to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt that had three states and Mexico on alert for much of Thursday.

 

Boy Scouts delay decision on policy excluding gays

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is putting off until May a decision on whether to ease its policy of excluding gays. Whatever the organization eventually does, it's likely to anger major constituencies and worsen schisms within Scouting.

Goodbye Saturday mail? Postal Service plans cuts

Posted 2/7/2013 in National

Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages to stem its financial losses in a world radically re-ordered by the Internet.

 

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