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House votes to boost child tax credit for some

Posted 7/26/2014 in National

More families with higher incomes could claim the popular child tax credit under a bill that won approval Friday in the House. But in a dispute that divides Republicans and Democrats, millions of the poorest low-income families would still lose the credit in 2018, when enhancements championed by President Barack Obama are set to expire.

 

 

Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

Posted 7/26/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House -- six years in -- still doesn't get it when it comes to working with Congress.

 

 

Pelvis pix victims must feel trauma to share $190M

Posted 7/26/2014 in National

Thousands of women whose genitals might have been photographed during gynecological exams can share a $190 million settlement from Johns Hopkins Health System. But they'll have to describe their trauma before seeing any money.

 

 

U.S. faces intel hurdles in downing of airliner

Posted 7/26/2014 in National

A series of unanswered questions about the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shows the limits of U.S. intelligence gathering even when it is intensely focused, as it has been in Ukraine since Russia seized Crimea in March.

 

Police ID 3 kids killed in Philly carjacking crash

Posted 7/26/2014 in National

Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000.

 

Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check info

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.

 

 

Toppled crosses in China spur defiance

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.

 

 

Rep. Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty.

 

 

Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday.

 

 

Air travel a leap of faith for passengers

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

Airline travel requires passengers to make a leap of faith, entrusting their lives to pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers and others who regulate air travel.

 

 

Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

Authorities are attempting to determine why a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.

 

 

House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays.

 

 

Varying health subsidies worry consumers

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.

 

Cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

 

Obama wants limits on company mergers abroad

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

President Barack Obama is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies.

 

 

Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -- except the money those posts produce.

 

 

Suspected Nazi guard's death a blow to prosecutors

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

German efforts to prosecute aging war criminals suffered a setback this week with the death of a retired Philadelphia toolmaker who had long been in the crosshairs of Nazi hunters.

 

Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a defense lawyer told jurors during opening statements Wednesday.

 

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