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Social Security fixable; changes tough

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Despite Social Security's long-term problems, the massive retirement and disability program could be preserved for generations to come with modest but politically difficult changes to benefits or taxes, or a combination of both.

'Top Gun' director dies after jumping off bridge

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gsun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said. The 68-year-old Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

Swimmer steady in Cuba-Fla. record attempt

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Endurance athlete Diana Nyad forged ahead in the Straits of Florida with renewed vigor Sunday in pursuit of a record 103-mile (166-kilometer), unassisted swim in open waters without the aid of a shark cage.

Kickstarter projects generate millions of dollars

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

A funny thing happens on Kickstarter, the website where people ask for money to finance their projects. Sometimes, they get more money than they ask for. Sometimes, they get millions more.

Obama renews call for aid to halt teacher layoffs

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

Tight school budgets have meant fewer teachers, larger classes and shorter school years, according to a White House report that President Barack Obama says shows the need for Congress to pass his proposals to help states reduce teacher layoffs.

Ryan paid a higher federal tax rate than Romney

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

When it comes to their federal taxes in the last two years, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has paid a lower federal tax rate than his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan, R-Wis., paid an effective federal tax rate of 15.9 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011, according to tax returns released by the Romney campaign Friday evening.

Panetta prods Karzai on Afghan insider killings

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the rising number of "insider" attacks in which Afghan security forces have turned their guns on American and other coalition troops.

 

The Tonight Show cuts staff; Leno trims pay

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

"The Tonight Show" has laid off about two dozen workers, prompting host Jay Leno to accept a pay cut to spare other staffers as NBC clamps down on expenses.

 

Romney: Never paid less than 13 percent in taxes

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declared Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade, offering that new detail while still decrying a "small-minded" fascination over returns he will not release. President Barack Obama's campaign shot back in doubt: "Prove it."

297-lb Texas boy too big to play peewee football

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

A suburban Dallas boy has been barred from playing peewee football because the league says he is just too big at nearly 300 pounds.

 

Facebook hits new low as IPO lock-up ends

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Facebook's stock plunged to a new low Thursday as some of the social networking leader's early backers got their first chance to sell their shares since the company's initial public offering went awry.

 

Mom seeks heart transplant for autistic son

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

A Pennsylvania woman whose autistic adult son was not recommended for a heart transplant said she wants to bring more attention to the decision-making process so that those with ailments or disabilities are not passed over without careful consideration.

 

Fake Twitter followers newest accusation in politics

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Forget ballot box irregularities. There's a virtual dust-up under way over how Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney amassed more than 100,000 new Twitter followers in just one weekend.

 

Officials: Man criticized group before DC shooting

Posted 8/16/2012 in National

A Virginia man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard at the Washington headquarters of a social conservative lobbying group on Wednesday made a negative reference about the organization's work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said.

New ad campaign portrays caregivers' call for help

Posted 8/16/2012 in National

A woman grips her car's steering wheel and silently lets out a scream as her frail father, on oxygen, coughs beside her and her kids play around in the back seat. The frustration portrayed in an arresting new public service announcement is recognizable to millions of Americans who struggle to care for aging loved ones while holding down jobs, raising children and taking care of their own health.

 

Undoing Obama Medicare cuts may backfire on Romney

Posted 8/16/2012 in National

 

 

Romney says Obama just trying to 'hang onto power'

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

epublican presidential challenger Mitt Romney charged Wednesday that President Barack Obama is running a campaign "of enmity and jealousy and anger" and called on him to lift the tone of political discourse.

 

 

Christie in, Palin out, as GOP convention speakers

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

The full slate of convention speakers for the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month is now set, and it reveals a careful attempt by the GOP to highlight voices that will excite party loyalists in the campaign hall while excluding those that could turn off independent voters watching on television at home.

 

Dog treadmill sales brisk as pets shape up

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

Like any true celebrity, Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier from "The Artist" and "Water for Elephants," puts in his time on the treadmill.

Musicians remember Elvis' talent, character

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

Elvis Presley left behind hit songs, epic performances, some so-so movies and an image as a handsome, rebellious, talented and sometimes-troubled artist that remains indelibly marked in America's pop culture psyche 35 years after his death.

 

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