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Social Security benefits get a 1.7 percent bump

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975, the government announced Tuesday.

 

 

Earth-sized planet found just outside solar system

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

European astronomers say that just outside our solar system they've found a planet that's the closest you can get to Earth in location and size.

 

Texas landowners take a stand against Big Oil

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted.

Release of names in prostitution case stirs debate

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

The first batch of men charged with being clients of a woman accused of turning her Zumba dance studio into a brothel included a former mayor and men from more than a dozen towns in Maine, as well as one each from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

 

After Clinton, Obama takes Benghazi responsibility

Posted 10/17/2012 in National

President Barack Obama assumed responsibility Tuesday for the deadly terror attack in Libya last month that killed four Americans just hours after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to shoulder the blame for any mistakes the administration made.

 

 

Too big to maintain?

Posted 10/15/2012 in National

If in four weeks a president-elect Mitt Romney is seeking a Treasury secretary, he should look here, to Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

 

Millions captivated by historic Mach 1 jump

Posted 10/15/2012 in National

Felix Baumgartner stood alone at the edge of space, poised in the open doorway of a capsule suspended above Earth and wondering if he would make it back alive. Twenty four miles below him, millions of people were right there with him, watching on the Internet and marveling at the wonder of the moment.

Endeavour finally reaches permanent Los Angeles museum home

Posted 10/15/2012 in National

It was supposed to be a slow but smooth journey to retirement, a parade through city streets for a shuttle that logged millions of miles in space.

Expect small '13 Social Security benefit increase

Posted 10/15/2012 in National

Social Security recipients shouldn't expect a big increase in monthly benefits come January.

 

Pakistan sends girl shot by Taliban to UK for care

Posted 10/15/2012 in National

Pakistan airlifted a 14-year-old activist who was shot and seriously wounded by the Taliban to the United Kingdom for treatment Monday, a move that will give her access to the specialized medical care she needs to recover and also protect her from follow-up attacks threatened by the militants.

 

 

Sept. 11 trial rules under scrutiny at Guantanamo

Posted 10/15/2012 in National

A U.S. military judge is considering broad security rules for the war crimes tribunal of five Guantanamo prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 attacks, including measures to prevent the accused from publicly revealing what happened to them in the CIA's secret network of overseas prisons.

 

Two Americans win Nobel economics prize

Posted 10/15/2012 in National

Americans Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley were awarded the Nobel economics prize on Monday for research that helps explain the market processes at work when doctors are assigned to hospitals, students to schools and human organs for transplant to recipients.

Centrist Sen. Specter died fighting for moderation

Posted 10/15/2012 in National

Arlen Specter, a pugnacious and prominent former moderate in the U.S. Senate who developed the single-bullet theory in President John F. Kennedy's assassination and played starring roles in Supreme Court confirmation hearings, lost a battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at a time when Congress is more politically polarized than anyone serving there -- or living in America -- can remember.

 

US foreclosure filings hit 5-year low in Sept.

Posted 10/11/2012 in National

U.S. foreclosure filings dropped to a five-year low in September as fewer homes were on track to be seized by lenders.

 

Feds: Man at LA airport had weapons, smoke grenade

Posted 10/10/2012 in National

A man arrested at Los Angeles International Airport wearing a bulletproof vest and flame-resistant pants is not cooperating with federal officials working to discover why he was headed to Boston with a suitcase full of weapons, authorities say.

 

Friends: Ala. student's behavior out of character before shooting

Posted 10/9/2012 in National

Gil Collar was a guy everybody wanted to be around in high school, friends said: The girls liked his good looks, even his opponents on the wrestling mat became buddies, and adults knew him as courteous and kind.

 

Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years

Posted 10/9/2012 in National

Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison -- effectively a life sentence -- in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

Nobel prize to Briton, Japanese for stem cell work

Posted 10/8/2012 in National

A British researcher and a Japanese scientist won the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on Monday for discovering that ordinary cells of the body can be reprogrammed into stem cells, which then can turn into any kind of tissue -- a discovery that may led to new treatments.

Living room built around NYC Columbus statue a hit

Posted 10/8/2012 in National

Anyone hoping to commune with Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day will be disappointed: He's booked solid. Monday's tickets to the conceptual art installation that surrounds a 13-foot statue of the explorer with a well-appointed living room have all been snapped up.

'Fearless Felix' aims to break sound barrier in free fall

Posted 10/8/2012 in National

Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life on Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history.

 

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