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Veterans' gun rights sticky issue in defense bill

Posted 12/3/2012 in National

Should veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their own financial affairs be prevented from buying a gun?

 

 

Five states to increase class time in some schools

Posted 12/3/2012 in National

Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils. School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer.

 

 

Risk is at heart of troop withdrawal debate

Posted 12/3/2012 in National

 

Serial killer Gacy's blood may solve old murders

Posted 12/3/2012 in National

Detectives have long wondered what secrets serial killer John Wayne Gacy and other condemned murderers took to the grave when they were executed -- mostly whether they had other unknown victims.

 

Alaska murder suspect linked to 7 other killings

Posted 12/3/2012 in National

Investigators say a man found dead of an apparent suicide in an Alaska jail was not only suspected of killing an Anchorage barista but may be linked to seven other possible slayings around the country.

 

 

KC Chiefs' Belcher kills girlfriend, self

Posted 12/1/2012 in National

It began like any other Saturday for the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL season, their general manager and coach at work early to put final touches on this weekend's gameplan. Then they got a call to hurry to the parking lot.

 

Man killed father in Wyoming bow-and-arrow attack

Posted 12/1/2012 in National

Police released more details Saturday of a grisly murder-suicide at a Wyoming community college, saying a man shot his father in the head with a bow and arrow in front of a computer science class not long after fatally stabbing his father's live-in girlfriend at their home a couple miles away.

 

Deer invade racetrack as announcer plays along

Posted 12/1/2012 in National

Spectators who came to watch horses at a western Pennsylvania racetrack got a surprise this week when three deer got onto the course first and beat the horses to racing.

 

Saving face: Ind. man removing Romney-Ryan tattoo

Posted 12/1/2012 in National

A northern Indiana man who had the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan campaign logo tattooed onto his face "to make politics fun" says it's time for it to come off.

 

Federal prisons urged to grant more early releases

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

For humanitarian and economic reasons, the federal Bureau of Prisons should grant more early releases to incapacitated and terminally ill prisoners, two advocacy groups say in a report depicting current policies as sometimes "cruel as well as senseless."

 

 

French court overturns Concorde crash conviction

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

In a surprise ruling in one of the most high-profile disasters in aviation history, a French appeals court Thursday overturned manslaughter convictions against Continental Airlines and a mechanic for the 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde that killed 113 people.

 

 

UN vote recognizes state of Palestine; US objects

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

The United Nations has voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state, but the Palestinians still face enormous limitations: They don't control their borders, airspace or trade, they have separate and competing governments in Gaza and the West Bank, and they have no unified army or police.

 

Hostess ready for its big bake sale

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

The future of Twinkies is virtually assured.

Study: Like a tree, growth rings show lobster age

Posted 11/30/2012 in National

For the first time, scientists have figured out how to determine the age of a lobster -- by counting its rings, like a tree.

 

Soldier's treatment focus of hearing in WikiLeaks case

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

A retired Marine Corps colonel denied Tuesday that a three-star general directed the harsh pretrial confinement of an Army private charged with passing reams of classified documents to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks.

 

 

Greater email privacy won't hinder law enforcement's efforts

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

A Senate bill to protect the privacy of electronic communications won't keep federal agents from combing through your inbox if they believe a crime has been committed, legal experts say.

 

 

White House, Congress talk as 'fiscal cliff' nears

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

Amid increasing anxiety that the White House and top Republicans are wasting time as the government slides toward an economy-rattling "fiscal cliff," administration officials are heading to Capitol Hill for talks with congressional leaders.

 

 

Bangledesh factory owner: 'I didn't know fire exits needed'

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

The owner of a Bangladesh clothing factory where a fire killed 112 people says he was never informed the facility was required to have an emergency exit, a sign of how far removed the leaders of the nation's garment industry are from issues of worker safety.

 

 

Obama asks Romney to lunch

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

Bitter campaign foes just weeks ago, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are sharing lunch at the White House with an eye on overlapping interests rather than the sharp differences that defined their presidential contest.

 

 

Three BP employees in court on oil spill charges

Posted 11/29/2012 in National

A BP rig supervisor said Wednesday that he is innocent of manslaughter in the deaths of 11 workers in the 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig that started the spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

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