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Postcard mailed during WWII arrives home

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

A postcard mailed nearly 70 years ago has finally arrived at the former upstate New York home of the couple who sent it.

'Dallas' star Larry Hagman dies in Texas

Posted 11/24/2012 in National

J.R. Ewing was a business cheat, faithless husband and bottomless well of corruption. Yet with his sparkling grin, Larry Hagman masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron -- and coaxed forth a Texas-size gusher of ratings -- on television's long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap, "Dallas."

Earlier Black Friday kicks off shopping season

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

This year's Black Friday shoppers were split into two distinct groups: those who wanted to fall into a turkey-induced slumber and those who'd rather shop instead.

 

Egypt Brotherhood leader blasts peace with Israel

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

The top leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday -- one day after the country's president, who hails from the movement, mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting.

 

Two killed, dozens injured in massive Texas pileup

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Two people died and more than 80 people were hurt Thursday when at least 140 vehicles collided in Southeast Texas in a pileup that left trucks twisted on top of each other and authorities rushing to pull survivors from the wreckage.

 

Cash-strapped post office tests same-day delivery for holidays

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Emboldened by rapid growth in e-commerce shipping, the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service is moving aggressively this holiday season to start a premium service for the Internet shopper seeking the instant gratification of a store purchase: same-day package delivery.

 

1 killed, 19 wounded in Israeli gunfire near Gaza

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian man and wounded 19 people as crowds surged toward Gaza's border fence with Israel today, a health official said, the first violence since a truce between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers took hold a day before.

 

Pakistan to cut phone service to prevent attacks

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

Pakistan's interior minister says the government will suspend cell phone service in most parts of the country over the next two days to prevent attacks against Shiite Muslims over a key religious holiday.

 

 

Blogger's death in Iran window onto cyber patrols

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

In his last blog entry, activist Sattar Beheshti wrote that Iranian authorities had given him an ultimatum: Either stop posting his "big mouth" attacks against the ruling system or tell his mother that she will soon be in mourning.

 

 

Black voters look to leverage their loyalty after election

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

When black voters gave President Barack Obama 93 percent support on Election Day in defiance of predictions that they might sit it out this year, black leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief.

 

 

Study: Pregnant teens need better school support

Posted 11/23/2012 in National

 

 

Twin parties to mark end of hurricane season

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Actor Michael Cerveris is among the organizers of simultaneous parties set for New Orleans and New York to mark the end of hurricane season and raise money for storm recovery.

 

 

US abortions fall 5 percent, biggest drop in a decade

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

U.S. abortions fell 5 percent during the Great Recession in the biggest one-year decrease in at least a decade, according to government figures released Wednesday.

 

Israel and Hamas agree to Gaza cease-fire

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Israel and the Hamas militant group agreed to a cease-fire Wednesday to end eight days of the fiercest fighting in nearly four years, promising to halt attacks on each other and ease an Israeli blockade constricting the Gaza Strip.

 

Woman gets 80 years for deadly day care fire

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

It had been Jessica Tata's dream to run a day care. She was soon in over her head, caring for too many kids and taking chances by leaving them alone to run errands.

 

 

Internal emails offer details on bin Laden burial at sea

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Internal emails among senior U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.

 

 

Rep. Jackson Jr. resigns, citing mental health

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a once-rising political star who has been on a months-long mysterious medical leave for bipolar disorder while facing separate federal investigations, resigned from Congress Wednesday, citing his health problems.

 

 

Sandy victims prepare for subdued Thanksgiving

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

The things that Marge Gatti once cherished are lying on what's left of her deck, spattered in mud, like a yard sale gone awry.

 

New frontier for scaling up online classes: credit

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

In 15 years of teaching, University of Pennsylvania classicist Peter Struck has guided perhaps a few hundred students annually in his classes on Greek and Roman mythology through the works of Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus and others -- "the oldest strands of our cultural DNA."

 

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