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Stores borrow from fast-food industry's playbook

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

This holiday season, Burger King won't be the only place where you can have it your way.

 

 

Israel-Hamas cease-fire remains elusive

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Israel and the Hamas militant group edged closer to a cease-fire Tuesday to end a weeklong Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip, but after a day of furious diplomatic efforts involving the U.S. secretary of state, U.N. chief and Egypt's president, a deal remained elusive and fighting raged on both sides of the border.

 

OB/GYNs back over-the-counter birth control pills

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

No prescription or doctor's exam needed: The nation's largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms.

 

Prosecutor: No arrests made in deadly Indy blast

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Investigators said Tuesday that no arrests have been made in connection with an Indianapolis house explosion that killed two people and destroyed at least five homes, but that authorities were still serving search warrants and questioning people.

 

Economy sours travel for holidays

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

Feeling the pinch of the sluggish economic recovery, many Americans setting out on the nation's annual Thanksgiving migration had to sacrifice summer vacations, rely on relatives for airfare or scour the Web for travel deals to ensure they made it home.

 

Army veteran drove float in Texas parade crash

Posted 11/21/2012 in National

The driver of a parade float filled with wounded veterans and their spouses that was struck by a freight train in West Texas is an Army veteran himself who is "in shock" over the accident that killed four people, an attorney said Tuesday.

 

General's wife speaks out on his misconduct probe

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

As an Army general faces a string of sexual misconduct charges involving female officers, his wife is seeking to stir a broader look at often taboo subjects in military marriages: adultery, the strain of separation and the stress of war.

 

Indiana explosion now homicide investigation

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

Authorities launched a homicide investigation Monday into the house explosion that killed two people and left numerous homes uninhabitable in an Indianapolis neighborhood.

 

 

New push for most to get at least one HIV test

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

There's a new push to make testing for the AIDS virus as common as cholesterol checks.

 

 

Pakistan court acquits Christian girl of blasphemy

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

A Pakistani court on Tuesday acquitted a Christian girl accused of blasphemy over the burning of the Muslim holy book, her lawyer said.

 

 

Obama sends Clinton to Mideast

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

President Barack Obama dispatched Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East on Tuesday as the U.S. urgently seeks to contain the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas.

 

 

FBI: 4 Calif. men charged in alleged terror plot

Posted 11/20/2012 in National

Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.

 

Crisis averted: Twinkies likely to survive sale of Hostess

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Twinkie lovers, relax. The tasty cream-filled golden spongecakes are likely to survive, even though their maker will be sold in bankruptcy court.

Jindal: Liking people is key to expanding GOP tent

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the Republican Party needs to go back to basics to attract the broad coalition of voters credited with putting President Barack Obama back in the White House.

Battle over Nativity scene goes to court

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

Damon Vix didn't have to go to court to push Christmas out of the city of Santa Monica. He just joined the festivities.

 

EPA turns down requests for ethanol waiver

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday denied requests from several governors to waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.

 

 

One worker still missing after Gulf oil rig fire

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

As crews searched Sunday for a worker still missing after an oil platform explosion and fire, doctors said one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is now in fair condition.

 

 

Stamps to increase one cent

Posted 11/19/2012 in National

The cost of mailing a first-class letter will go up by a penny in January.

 

Is giant reed a 'miracle plant' or the next kudzu?

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

It's fast-growing and drought-tolerant, producing tons of biomass per acre. It thrives even in poor soil and is a self-propagating perennial, so it requires little investment once established.

Search ends for 2 after oil rig fire

Posted 11/17/2012 in National

The Coast Guard on Saturday evening called off its search for two workers missing after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, sending an ominous black plume of smoke into the air reminiscent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that transformed the oil industry and life along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

 

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