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Cardinals count down to conclave

Posted 3/11/2013 in National

Cardinals gathered for their final day of talks Monday before the conclave to elect the next pope, amid debate over whether the Catholic Church needs more of a manager pope to clean up the Vatican or a pastoral pope who can inspire the faithful at a time of crisis.

 

Study: Even ancient mummies had clogged arteries

Posted 3/11/2013 in National

Even without modern-day temptations like fast food or cigarettes, people had clogged arteries some 4,000 years ago, according to the biggest-ever hunt for the condition in mummies.

 

AP analysis: Soldiers' combat stress felt far from front lines of battle

Posted 3/11/2013 in National

The gritty combat in Afghanistan is thousands of miles away. But the analysts in the cavernous room at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia relive the explosions, the carnage and the vivid after-battle assessments of the bombings over and over again. The repeated exposure to death and destruction rolling across their computer screens is taking its own special toll on their lives.

 

Sistine chimney installed as conclave nears

Posted 3/9/2013 in National

The Vatican sought Saturday to quash speculation that divisions among cardinals could drag out the conclave to elect the new pope, while preparations for the vote plowed ahead with firefighters installing the Sistine Chapel chimney that will tell the world when a decision has been reached.

 

Colo shooting suspect was hospitalized, restrained

Posted 3/9/2013 in National

Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes was taken from jail to the psychiatric ward of a hospital in November because he was considered a danger to himself, and he was frequently held in restraints while hospitalized, according to a court document released Friday.

 

 

Hagel: Optimistic on reaching commando agreement

Posted 3/9/2013 in National

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he believes U.S. officials will be able to work things out with Afghan leaders who have ordered special operations forces out of Wardak province, even as commandos face a Monday deadline to leave.

 

Hot chicks: At 60, Peeps more popular than ever

Posted 3/9/2013 in National

It's Easter morning. A boy rouses his younger brother, and they run to the living room to find their baskets filled with -- what else? -- Peeps.

 

Tenn. police chief's polygraph targets racist applicants

Posted 3/8/2013 in National

A police chief hired to rebuild a tiny Tennessee department dismantled by scandal is using a lie-detector test to keep racists off his force.

 

 

Arkansas GOP eyes Planned Parenthood funds next

Posted 3/8/2013 in National

Not content with enacting the most restrictive abortion law in the country, Arkansas Republicans plan to press the legislative advantage their party hasn't enjoyed since Reconstruction by making it even more difficult for women to get abortions in the state.

 

 

Facebook spruces up your News Feed

Posted 3/8/2013 in National

Facebook has redesigned the main attraction of its social network to address complaints that its website has turned into a jumble of monotonous musings and random photos.

 

 

Senator ends long floor speech blocking CIA pick

Posted 3/8/2013 in National

A tea party senator from Kentucky used an old-style filibuster lasting nearly 13 hours to block Senate confirmation of John Brennan's nomination to be CIA director.

 

 

Illinois deal on fracking could be national model

Posted 3/8/2013 in National

After years of clashing over the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the oil industry and environmentalists have achieved something extraordinary in Illinois: They sat down together to draft regulations both sides could live with.

 

 

Arkansas adopts most restrictive abortion law

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

Arkansas soon will have the nation's most restrictive abortion law -- a near-ban on the procedure from the 12th week of pregnancy onward -- unless a lawsuit or court action intervenes.

 

 

Senate committee starting votes on curbing guns

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's prospects for winning near-universal background checks for gun purchases seemed shaky as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepared for Congress' first votes on curbing firearms since December's horrific shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.

 

 

Chavez failed at US humanitarian attempt

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez offered to send thousands of soldiers, firefighters and volunteers to help with the cleanup. He also pledged $1 million in aid plus fuel to help rebuild hard-hit cities like New Orleans.

 

 

General: Heart attack killed Chavez

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

 

 

Lion kills intern at Calif. exotic animal park

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

Authorities are trying to determine what provoked a lion at an exotic animal park in Central California to attack and maul to death a 24-year-old woman, who had been on the job as an intern there for just a few weeks.

 

 

Ads out of closet, into mainstream with gay themes

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

A new TV commercial features a good-looking young woman on a beach vacation lounging next to a good-looking young man. He bemoans the glare on his iPad and she fills him in on the Kindle Paperwhite's sun-friendly screen.

 

 

Cops: No charges after home's refusal to give CPR

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

Police said Wednesday that no criminal charges will be filed after a care worker's attention-grabbing refusal to perform CPR on a resident of a Central California independent-living facility.

 

Furious over sanctions, North Korea vows to nuke US

Posted 3/7/2013 in National

North Korea vowed on Thursday to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test.

 

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