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France ups embassy security after prophet cartoons

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

France stepped up security at some of its embassies today after a satirical Parisian weekly published crude caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The prime minister said he would block a demonstration by people angry over a movie insulting to Islam as the country plunged into a fierce debate about free speech.

Secondhand clothes from West flood Nigeria markets

Posted 9/19/2012 in National

At Nigeria's Katangua Market, that castaway from the West means big money. Shipping container after shipping container arrive in the market in Lagos, filled to the brim with plastic-wrapped bales of secondhand clothes from the U.S. and elsewhere.

 

Romney: Nearly half 'believe they are victims'

Posted 9/18/2012 in National

Already scrambling to steady a struggling campaign, Republican Mitt Romney confronted a new headache Monday after a video surfaced showing him telling wealthy donors that almost half of all Americans "believe they are victims" entitled to extensive government support. He added that as a candidate for the White House, "my job is not to worry about those people."

 

Researchers tag great white sharks off Cape Cod

Posted 9/18/2012 in National

The scientists and fishermen on board the Ocearch, a repurposed crabbing vessel, received word that their scouting boat had hooked a great white shark, sparking a flurry of activity.

 

Randy Newman writes new satirical, political song

Posted 9/18/2012 in National

Randy Newman is weighing in on the presidential election, and he's playing the race card through a song he wrote called "I'm Dreaming."

 

 

Chicago teachers to consider offer, ending strike

Posted 9/18/2012 in National

 

Video shows Libyans trying to rescue U.S. ambassador

Posted 9/18/2012 in National

Libyans tried to rescue Ambassador Chris Stevens, cheering "God is great" and rushing him to a hospital after they discovered him still clinging to life inside the U.S. Consulate, according to witnesses and a new video that emerged Monday from last week's attack in the city of Benghazi.

 

PBS American Experience film plumbs Civil War's staggering toll

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

In the PBS American Experience documentary "Death and the Civil War" premiering Tuesday night, bloated Union and Confederate bodies are shown scattered on battlefields and in trenches and bleached skulls and body parts are stacked like cordwood.

 

Violent clashes over anti-Islam film in three nations

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

Hundreds of protesters demonstrating against an anti-Islam film torched a press club and a government building in northwest Pakistan today, sparking clashes with police that left at least one person dead.

For S. Korean men, makeup a foundation for success

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

Cho Won-hyuk stands in front of his bedroom mirror and spreads dollops of yellow-brown makeup over his forehead, nose, chin and cheeks until his skin is flawless. Then he goes to work with a black pencil, highlighting his eyebrows until they're thicker, bolder.

Tough words from general on Afghan insider attacks

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

The persistent problem of rogue Afghan soldiers and police turning their guns on U.S. and allied troops is a "very serious threat" to the war effort, which is predicated on placing security responsibility in Afghan hands, the U.S. military's top officer said Sunday.

One year on, Occupy is in disarray

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.

AP glance: Varied license laws for older drivers

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

Jerry Wiseman notices it's harder to turn and check his car's blind spots at age 69 than it was at 50. So the Illinois man and his wife took a refresher driving course, hunting tips to stay safe behind the wheel for many more years -- a good idea considering their state has arguably the nation's toughest older-driver laws.

 

Ark. police reveal more records in cuffed shooting

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

An Arkansas police officer said he didn't know a handcuffed 21-year-old man had suffered a fatal gunshot wound in the back of his patrol car until after he got in the vehicle and tried to drive the man to jail, according to documents released Thursday.

 

Strike talks in Chicago move toward end game

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

More than 350,000 students remain out of their classrooms as bargaining to end Chicago's teachers strike dragged into Friday ahead of an afternoon union gathering where a vote could stamp approval on any deal.

 

Mixed grades for new, healthy school lunch rules

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub.

 

Anti-Muslim film promoter outspoken on Islam

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

The public face for the anti-Muslim film inflaming the Middle East is not the filmmaker, but an insurance agent and Vietnam War veteran whose unabashed and outspoken hatred of radical Muslims has drawn the attention of civil libertarians, who say he's a hate monger.

 

Change of Pakistan's blasphemy laws unlikely

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

The apparent collapse of a case against a Christian girl accused of burning pages of a Quran has given a dim ray of hope to critics of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, some of the harshest in the Muslim world.

 

 

Government shutdown averted but 'fiscal cliff' awaits

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

Congress is moving to quash the threat of a government shutdown, but the prospect of a one-two punch of tax increases and slashing, automatic spending cuts will still confront lawmakers when they return to Washington after Election Day.

 

Lawyers: 'Pink slime' lawsuit an uphill climb

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

Beef Products Inc. will face a steep climb in its "pink slime" defamation lawsuit against ABC News as the South Dakota-based meat processor works to rebuild its public image, legal experts say.

 

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