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Gay marriage, marijuana backed in historic votes

Posted 11/7/2012 in National

Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

 

 

Obama wins re-election

Posted 11/6/2012 in National

President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night despite a fierce challenge from Mitt Romney as well as a weak economy and high unemployment that crimped the middle class dreams of millions.

 

 

Study: Vitamins don't lower heart risks in men

Posted 11/6/2012 in National

Multivitamins might help lower the risk for cancer in healthy older men but do not affect their chances of developing heart disease, new research suggests.

 

 

Stem cells from strangers can repair hearts

Posted 11/6/2012 in National

Researchers are reporting a key advance in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks. In a study, stem cells donated by strangers proved as safe and effective as patients' own cells for helping restore heart tissue.

 

 

Americans face prospect of status quo Congress

Posted 11/6/2012 in National

A barrage of negative ads, more than $2 billion in spending and endless campaign stops all come down to this: Americans likely will elect a Congress as divided as the one they've been ranting about for two years.

 

Utility workers face tasks monumental and mundane during Sandy cleanup

Posted 11/6/2012 in National

For utility crews racing to restore power to residents of this waterfront city that have been sitting in the dark for a week, the task is both mundane and monumental: Clean a bunch of gunk off electrical equipment with rags and cleaning spray.

 

Gay marriage, marijuana highlight ballots

Posted 11/6/2012 in National

Lady Gaga and Brad Pitt have weighed in on one side, evangelist icon Billy Graham on the other as the four-state showdown over same-sex marriage reaches its Election Day conclusion with the potential for a historic breakthrough.

 

China hauls away activists in crackdown

Posted 11/6/2012 in National

During her 30-hour train journey to Beijing, Wang Xiulan ducked into bathrooms whenever the conductors checked IDs. Later, as she lay low in the outskirts of the capital, unidentified men caught her in a nighttime raid and hauled her to a police station. She assumed a fake identity to get away, and is now in hiding again.

 

Brother of Syrian parliament speaker assassinated

Posted 11/6/2012 in National

Gunmen killed the brother of Syria's parliament speaker as he drove to work in Damascus on Tuesday, the state-run news agency reported, as the international envoy for Syria warned the country could become another Somalia.

 

 

On final lap, Romney, Obama focus on key states

Posted 11/5/2012 in National

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney storm into the final day of their long presidential contest, mounting one last effort to protect their flanks while engaging in the toughest battleground of all -- Ohio.

 

Battered by storm, Staten Islanders feel forgotten

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

Gazing at her bungalow, swept from its foundation and tossed across the street, Janice Clarkin wondered if help would ever come to this battered island off the coast of Manhattan. "Do you see anybody here?" she asked, resignation etched on her face. "On the news, the mayor's congratulating the governor and the governor's congratulating the mayor. About what? People died."

 

Runners find no race in New York

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

Adam Frye got the news as he was headed toward the Javits Center on Friday to pick up his packet of material for the New York City Marathon. The race was canceled. Blame it on Sandy.

 

George Lucas' filmmaking rooted in rebellion

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

There's no mistaking the similarities. A childhood on a dusty farm, a love of fast vehicles, a rebel who battles an overpowering empire -- George Lucas is the hero he created, Luke Skywalker.

 

Fight intensifies over northwest coal exports to Asia

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

The progressive college town of Bellingham, Wash., is known for its stunning scenery, access to the outdoors and eclectic mix of aging hippies, students and other residents. But lately it's turned into a battleground in the debate over whether the Pacific Northwest should become the hub for exporting U.S. coal to Asia.

 

South Korean zoo elephant imitates human speech

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

An elephant in a South Korean zoo is using his trunk to pick up not only food, but also human vocabulary.

 

IRS not enforcing rules on churches and politics

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

For the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service hasn't been investigating complaints of partisan political activity by churches, leaving religious groups who make direct or thinly veiled endorsements of political candidates unchallenged.

 

 

Oct. jobs report likely to show modest hiring

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

The October employment report the government will release Friday will likely solidify the picture of the U.S. job market that's emerged this year: Companies are hiring steadily but cautiously. And unemployment remains high.

 

 

Flowers and ritual pay respect during Day of the Dead

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

Mexicans cleaned the bones of dead relatives and decorated their graves with flowers and candy skulls. In Haiti, voodoo practitioners circled an iron cross at a cemetery and poured moonshine to honor their ancestors. Some Guatemalans held a wild horse race to remember the dead.

 

 

Gang rules 6 years after start of Mexico drug war

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

Forest-camouflaged pickups roared to life as the Mexican soldiers pulled on their black masks and hoisted their Heckler & Koch G3 assault rifles.

 

 

Businessman accused of oil spill fraud

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

A Louisiana businessman faces a federal wire fraud charge for allegedly seeking to get BP PLC to pay him $1.4 million for supplying a helicopter that the oil giant allegedly did not authorize to pay for during its response to the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

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