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Petraeus treks to Capitol for Benghazi questioning

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

David Petraeus, in his first congressional testimony since resigning as CIA director over an extramarital affair, began fielding questions Friday from lawmakers about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

 

 

Israel and Hamas battle on social media as well

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

The hostilities between Israel and Hamas have found a new battleground: social media. The Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants have exchanged fiery tweets throughout the fighting in a separate war to influence public opinion.

 

States reveal their choices on Obama's health law

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

After two years of political battles and a Supreme Court case, many if not most states are expected to tell the federal government Friday if they're willing carry out a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

 

Power outage time after Sandy not extraordinary

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

As the number of nights without power stretched on for thousands left in the dark after Superstorm Sandy, patience understandably turned to anger and outrage.

 

 

Obama presses GOP on taxing rich to avert 'cliff'

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

President Barack Obama challenged congressional Republicans Wednesday to let taxes rise on the wealthiest Americans on both economic and political grounds, noting he campaigned successfully for re-election on the point and contending it would instantly ease the threat of the "fiscal cliff" plunging the nation back into recession.

 

Abandoned boy meets Texas fireman who saved him

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

When fourth-grader Koregan Quintanilla was talking with his classmates about where they wanted to go more than anyplace else in the world, his answer wasn't an amusement park, sporting event or kids restaurant. It was "his" fire station.

 

Police: RI man's fake $100 bills had wrong face

Posted 11/16/2012 in National

A Rhode Island man police say used counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases at a Target store made a critical mistake.

 

Census: New gauge shows high of 49.7M poor in US

Posted 11/15/2012 in National

The ranks of America's poor edged up last year to a high of 49.7 million, based on a new census measure that takes into account medical costs and work-related expenses.

 

A single spiteful email unlocks a Pandora's box

Posted 11/15/2012 in National

It started in May with a spiteful email to the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. An anonymous writer warned Gen. John Allen that a friend with whom he was meeting in Washington the following week was trouble and he should stay away from her.

 

 

Booze calories nearly equal soda's for adults

Posted 11/15/2012 in National

Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found.

 

 

Obama: No evidence of security breach in Petraeus scandal

Posted 11/15/2012 in National

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he has seen no evidence that national security was threatened by the widening sex scandal that ensnared his former CIA director and top military commander in Afghanistan.

 

Software founder denies killing neighbor

Posted 11/15/2012 in National

Software company founder John McAfee said Wednesday he is in hiding, unarmed and accompanied only by a young woman, changing locations and telephones frequently to stay one step ahead of a Belize police unit he says wants to kill him.

 

With pot legal, police worry about road safety

Posted 11/15/2012 in National

 

 

Xi Jinping takes helm of communist China

Posted 11/15/2012 in National

Xi Jinping succeeded Hu Jintao as China's leader today, assuming the top posts in the Communist Party and the powerful military in a once-a-decade political transition unbowed by scandals, a slower economy and public demands for reforms.

 

 

No letup in Israeli offensive

Posted 11/15/2012 in National

Militants in the Gaza Strip pounded southern Israel with rocket fire this morning, killing three people as the Israeli military pressed forward with a second day of intense air raids and naval attacks on militant targets.

 

Appliances may be to blame for Indiana explosion

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

Investigators in the Indianapolis explosion that killed two people and decimated a neighborhood believe natural gas was involved and are focusing on appliances as they search for a cause, a city official said Tuesday.

 

General demoted for lavish travel and spending

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

 

 

Punishment phase of day care fire trial to resume

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

A Texas woman convicted of murder in a child's fire death at a home day care has a troubled past, say prosecutors trying to secure a stiff prison sentence for her.

 

 

Liberal group outlines $385B in Medicare cuts

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

Hoping to head off wider health care cuts in upcoming budget talks, a think tank close to the White House is unveiling a plan for how to save $385 billion, mostly from Medicare.

 

Lawmakers probe Petraeus scandal

Posted 11/14/2012 in National

Lawmakers are digging into the tangled tale of emails that exposed an extramarital affair ending David Petraeus' CIA career and led investigators to a questionable relationship between a Florida socialite and the general commanding the war in Afghanistan.

 

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