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Monkeys take 'selfies,' copyright dispute ensues from camera owner

Posted 8/8/2014 in National

Monkey see, monkey do. But when a monkey takes a selfie, who owns the copyright?

Bad bite: A tick can make you allergic to red meat

Posted 8/8/2014 in National

A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat.

 

Man guilty of murder in Michigan porch shooting

Posted 8/8/2014 in National

A suburban Detroit man who insisted he killed an unarmed woman on his porch in self-defense was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday after the jury rejected his tearful claim that he fired through a screen door in the wee hours because he feared his life was at risk.

 

Beef production pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

Posted 8/8/2014 in National

Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

 

Poultry firms: Russia ban has little impact

Posted 8/8/2014 in National

Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.

 

 

Obama threatens airstrikes on militants in Iraq

Posted 8/8/2014 in National

Declaring that "America is coming to help," President Barack Obama is authorizing U.S. airstrikes if necessary and airdrops of humanitarian aid in northern Iraq to counter advancing Islamic militants and the threat they pose to Americans as well as Iraqi civilians.

 

 

Nixon's back! (At least on Twitter)

Posted 8/8/2014 in National

If you believe the media reports, Richard Nixon suffered a stroke in 1994 and died days later at age 81. He is buried in his native Yorba Linda, California, silent as the country marks the 40th anniversary of his resignation.

 

 

Obama to sign veterans' health care overhaul

Posted 8/7/2014 in National

Veterans are expected to have an easier time getting government-paid health care from local doctors under a bill that President Barack Obama is set to sign into law Thursday.

 

Afghan official: General's killer hid in bathroom

Posted 8/6/2014 in National

The Afghan soldier who killed a U.S. two-star general and wounded other top officers hid in a bathroom before his assault and used a NATO machine gun in his attack, an Afghan military official said Wednesday.

 

Health law is a tale of 2 Americas

Posted 8/6/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's health care law has become a tale of two Americas. States that fully embraced the law's coverage expansion are experiencing a significant drop in the number of uninsured residents, according to a major new survey released Tuesday. States whose leaders still object to "Obamacare" are seeing much less change.

 

 

Gay marriage arguments flooding federal courts

Posted 8/6/2014 in National

Federal appeals courts soon will hear arguments in gay marriage fights from nine states, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict.

 

 

Arias to represent herself at death penalty trial

Posted 8/5/2014 in National

Jodi Arias bathed in the spotlight soon after her arrest for the killing of her ex-boyfriend, and she remained there for years, offering jailhouse interviews, using Twitter from behind bars and spending 18 days on the witness stand during her murder trial.

 

 

Poll: No agreement on paying for highways

Posted 8/5/2014 in National

Small wonder Congress has kept federal highway and transit programs teetering on the edge of insolvency for years, unable to find a politically acceptable long-term source of funds. The public can't make up its mind on how to pay for them either.

 

 

Grand Canyon investigating squirrel-kicking video

Posted 8/5/2014 in National

Authorities are looking into a viral Internet video that shows a man kicking a squirrel off what appears to be the edge of the Grand Canyon.

 

 

House tumult shows immigration still flummoxes GOP

Posted 8/4/2014 in National

Midterm elections that will decide control of the Senate are three months away, and the 2016 presidential campaign will start in earnest soon after. Yet the Republican Party still can't figure out what to do about illegal immigration.

 

 

U.S. sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy

Posted 8/4/2014 in National

An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail.

 

U.S. missionary with Ebola leaving Liberia Tuesday

Posted 8/4/2014 in National

A second American missionary stricken with Ebola is expected to fly Tuesday to the U.S. for treatment, following a colleague who was admitted over the weekend to Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit.

 

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