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Russia, India sign weapons deals worth billions

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

Russia and India signed weapons deals worth billions of dollars Monday as President Vladimir Putin sought to further boost ties with an old ally.

 

 

Analysis: Career criminals new issue for lawmakers

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

The Mississippi Supreme Court has sent the Legislature a message: If you want burglary considered a violent crime to catch more career criminals, you'd better write it into the law. A majority of the high court, in a Harrison County case, rejected home burglary as a crime of violence for the purpose of state sentence enhancement.

 

 

Lawmakers see 'fiscal cliff' deal as elusive

Posted 12/24/2012 in National

With anxiety rising as the country lurches towards a "fiscal cliff," lawmakers are increasingly skeptical about a possible deal and some predict the best possibility would be a small-scale patch because time is running out before the year-end deadline.

 

Town in mourning inundated with gifts, money

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

Peter Leone was busy making deli sandwiches and working the register at his Newtown General Store when he got a phone call from Alaska. It was a woman who wanted to give him her credit card number. "She said, 'I'm paying for the next $500 of food that goes out your door,"' Leone said. "About a half hour later another gentleman called, I think from the West Coast, and he did the same thing for $2,000."

 

Crafters send mittens with a message to Newtown

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

 

 

Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, one of Washington's most respected voices on foreign policy, as his next secretary of state. The move is the first in an expected overhaul of Obama's national security team heading into his second term.

 

 

Mexico frees ex-Marine jailed for bringing in gun

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

A Marine veteran jailed for months in Mexico after trying to carry a family heirloom shotgun across the border has been freed, U.S. officials and his lawyer said late Friday.

 

Civil War shells preserved in wall where they hit

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

They are there just where they landed in Fort Sumter a century and a half ago -- three Union shells from rifled Parrot guns embedded in the masonry wall of the garrison where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.

Parents hesitant about NRA armed schools proposal

Posted 12/22/2012 in National

The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for the placement of an armed police officer in every school, but parents and educators questioned how safe such a move would keep kids, whether it would be economically feasible and how it would alter student life. Their reactions ranged from supportive to disgusted.

House recesses with no fiscal cliff solution

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

President Barack Obama says he'll press ahead with Congress in hopes of preventing across-the-board tax increases set to strike taxpayers Jan. 1 after House GOP leaders unexpectedly put off a vote on legislation calling for higher rates on million-dollar earners Thursday evening.

 

House approves $633 billion defense bill

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $633 billion defense bill for next year despite Pentagon complaints that it spares outdated but politically popular weapons at the expense of the military's ability to fight.

 

 

Bells toll for victims one week after shooting

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

The chiming of bells reverberated throughout Newtown on Friday, commemorating one week since the crackle of gunfire in a schoolhouse killed 20 children and six adults in a massacre that has shaken the community -- and the nation -- to its core.

 

 

Few memorials for gunman's mother

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

When people here speak of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, they use the number 26: the ones killed after Adam Lanza stormed his way into the school.

 

 

Pension funds reconsider investments in gun makers

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

From California to New York, teacher and public-worker retirement funds are reconsidering their investments in gun makers and confronting an uncomfortable fact: Their pensions have supported the manufacture of deadly weapons, in some cases the same type of gun used in the Connecticut school shooting.

 

 

N Korea says it has detained US citizen

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

North Korea said today that an American citizen has been detained after confessing to unspecified crimes, confirming news reports about his arrest at a time when Pyongyang is facing criticism from Washington for launching a long-range rocket last week.

 

 

Girl shot by Taliban doesn't want school named after her

Posted 12/21/2012 in National

A 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education has urged Pakistan to reverse a decision to rename a college in her honor to avert militant attacks on students, an official said today.

 

Mint testing new metals to make coins cheaper

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

When it comes to making coins, the Mint isn't getting its two cents worth. In some cases, it doesn't even get half of that. A penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs more than 11 cents to make and distribute. The quandary is how to make coins more cheaply without sparing our change's quality and durability, or altering its size and appearance.

 

Bernard Madoff brother to face victims in NY court

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

The suspense surrounding the sentencing of the brother of Ponzi king Bernard Madoff will largely be absent because a plea agreement makes a 10-year prison term all but certain.

 

 

Texas town allows teachers to carry concealed guns

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

In this tiny Texas town, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school -- mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons.

 

 

Medicare premiums could rise for many retirees

Posted 12/20/2012 in National

It's a health care change that President Barack Obama and Republicans both embrace: Expand a current, little-known law so more retirees the government considers well-off are required to pay higher Medicare premiums.

 

 

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