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Cruise passengers became comrades on trip home

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

When their cruise ship lost power, passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph could have been selfish and looked out only for themselves and their loved ones.

 

 

1st lawsuit filed in cruise mishap

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

The first lawsuit has been filed in the wake of the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship that left thousands of passengers in miserable conditions for days.

 

 

Facebook gets unwelcome look at hackers' dark side

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

Facebook is getting an unwelcome look at the shady side of the hacking culture that CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrates.

 

 

How life on run ended for California police killer

Posted 2/16/2013 in National

As soon as he heard officers were chasing the suspected cop killer in a stolen truck, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Roger Loftis was certain: His buddy Jeremiah MacKay would be there.

 

Passengers cheer escape from 'horrible' cruise

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

Passengers who finally escaped the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph were checking into hotels early today for a hot shower, fresh-cooked food and sleep or boarding buses for a long haul home after five numbing days at sea on a powerless ship.

Meteor explodes over Russia, nearly 1,000 injured

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia's Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.

 

Dorner's remains ID'd, cause of death unclear

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

Investigators determined fairly quickly that the burned human remains found after a shootout in Southern California mountains are those of Christopher Dorner, the ex-police officer suspected in a rampage that left four people dead. But the answer to a second question will likely prove more elusive -- how did he die?

 

 

Plans for prom barring gays rocks Ind. community

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

A small Indiana community best known for its parks and corn festival has become the center of a national discussion about intolerance over a group's plans to host a "traditional" prom that bans gay students.

 

Bookkeeper who stole $53M gets nearly 20 years

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

A former city bookkeeper was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Thursday for embezzling more than $53 million from her Illinois community, in what ranks as one of the worst abuses of public trust in the state's corruption-rich history.

 

Pistorius lived out dream by running at Olympics

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

The figure of Oscar Pistorius racing around the Olympic track with his carbon-fiber blades whipping through the air was one of the enduring images of the London Games. That was only six months ago, when the double-amputee from South Africa emerged as an example of what a person can achieve in the face of adversity.

 

 

LaPierre: NRA to 'stand and fight'

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre renewed his call Thursday for armed guards in schools and urged gun owners to "stand and fight" for the Second Amendment.

 

 

Gay marriage support has risks for Republicans

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

As more state legislatures around the country consider whether to legalize same-sex weddings, an analysis of gay marriage votes in eight states shows that Republican lawmakers who backed it often faced consequences -- including loss of their seats.

 

 

Senate GOP blocks Hagel vote for now

Posted 2/15/2013 in National

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the nomination of former GOP senator Chuck Hagel as the nation's next defense secretary over unrelated questions about President Barack Obama's actions in the aftermath of the deadly raid on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya.

 

Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens. But the troops who launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized with the first new combat-related medal to be created in decades.

 

Obama pushes preschool programs in Georgia trip

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's ambitious plan to expand preschool programs comes as one out of every 13 students already in Head Start classrooms is at risk of being kicked out if lawmakers don't sidestep a budget meltdown.

 

 

Social Security head: Program fraying from neglect

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all "really walked away from Social Security," he says, leaving the program "fraying because of inattention to its problems."

 

 

Tears, applause for pope at last public Mass

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

With a humble "Grazie" as bishops doffed their mitres and applause echoed through St. Peter's Basilica, a frail Pope Benedict XVI began his long farewell by presiding over Ash Wednesday services in a tearful, final public Mass.

 

 

American, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to merge in an $11 billion deal that would create the world's biggest airline.

 

 

Boehner: Up to Democrats to prevent budget cuts

Posted 2/14/2013 in National

House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday it's unlikely the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate will prevent a wave of automatic spending cuts from beginning to strike the economy in two weeks. Yet he sounded hopeful about avoiding a partial shutdown of the government when a temporary spending bill expires next month.

 

 

Obama: Nation stronger, GOP should back his plans

Posted 2/13/2013 in National

Uncompromising and politically emboldened, President Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class.

 

 

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