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Bells toll for victims one week after shooting

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community -- and the nation -- to its core.

 

 

Few memorials for gunman's mother

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

When people here speak of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, they use the number 26: the ones killed after Adam Lanza stormed his way into the school.

 

 

Pension funds reconsider investments in gun makers

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

From California to New York, teacher and public-worker retirement funds are reconsidering their investments in gun makers and confronting an uncomfortable fact: Their pensions have supported the manufacture of deadly weapons, in some cases the same type of gun used in the Connecticut school shooting.

 

 

N Korea says it has detained US citizen

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

North Korea said today that an American citizen has been detained after confessing to unspecified crimes, confirming news reports about his arrest at a time when Pyongyang is facing criticism from Washington for launching a long-range rocket last week.

 

 

Girl shot by Taliban doesn't want school named after her

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

A 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has urged Pakistan to reverse a decision to rename a college in her honor to avert militant attacks on students, an official said today.

 

Mint testing new metals to make coins cheaper

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn't getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn't even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute. The quandary is how to make coins more cheaply without sparing our change's quality and durability, or altering its size and appearance.

 

Bernard Madoff brother to face victims in NY court

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

The suspense surrounding the sentencing of the brother of Ponzi king Bernard Madoff will largely be absent because a plea agreement makes a 10-year prison term all but certain.

 

 

Texas town allows teachers to carry concealed guns

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school -- mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons.

 

 

Medicare premiums could rise for many retirees

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

It's a health care change that President Barack Obama and Republicans both embrace: Expand a current, little-known law so more retirees the government considers well-off are required to pay higher Medicare premiums.

 

 

Kerry: Mistakes made at State in Libya assault

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

The State Department had "clear warning signs" of a deteriorating security situation in Libya prior to the deadly Sept. 11 assault on the diplomatic mission, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Thursday as he also faulted Congress for failing to provide sufficient funds to protect facilities worldwide.

 

 

Officials: 31 suspended in Army day care scandal

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

At least 31 people were suspended from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions including fourth-degree sexual assault and drug use, a defense official said Wednesday.

 

 

Benghazi review slams State Department

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

The leaders of an independent panel that blamed systematic State Department management and leadership failures for gross security lapses in the deadly Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya will explain their findings to Congress on Wednesday.

 

 

Heavy price: Medicare overpaying for back braces

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

You can find it on the Internet for $250 or less. But if Medicare is paying, a standard-issue brace for back patients costs more than $900.

 

 

Instagram says users' photos won't appear in ads

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

Instagram, the popular mobile photo-sharing service now owned by Facebook, said Tuesday that it will remove language from its new terms of service suggesting that users' photos could appear in advertisements.

 

 

Facebook users hit 'like,' stores jump into action

Posted 12/19/2012 in National

Facebook isn't just for goofy pictures and silly chatter. Whether shoppers know it or not, their actions online help dictate what's in stores during this holiday season.

 

 

Too big to jail? Execs avoid laundering charges

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

When the Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against British bank HSBC last week, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional institution accused of laundering money for Iran, Libya and Mexico's murderous drug cartels.

 

 

Developers worried about new rules for apps

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

A cellphone game for kids about U.S. geography, "Stack the States," gets rave reviews from parents. Its creator, Dan Russell-Pinson, considered making the 99-cent app better by adding a feature to allow children to play online against one another. But with the Federal Trade Commission issuing more stringent online child privacy rules, he's not even pursuing the idea.

 

Around world, massacres have spurred gun control

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

If there's anywhere that understands the pain of Newtown, it's Dunblane, the town whose grief became a catalyst for changes to Britain's gun laws.

 

Obama backs off hard lines in search of compromise

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

Narrowing a "fiscal cliff" negotiating gap, President Barack Obama is backing off what had once been ironclad positions.

 

 

NRA goes silent after Connecticut school shooting

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

The nation's largest gun-rights organization -- typically outspoken about its positions even after shooting deaths -- has gone all but silent since last week's rampage at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.

 

 

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