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Mysterious noises traced to rare 'frost quakes'

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Chuck Herron heard the loud thud, then another and another. It sounded like someone was dropping big snowballs on the roof of his home.

 

Parents of teen found in gym mat sue funeral home

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

The parents of a south Georgia teenager found dead last year at school inside a rolled-up gym mat have sued the funeral home that handled his body, saying its owner and his employees wrongfully disposed of their son's internal organs and replaced them with wadded newspaper.

 

Fact check: Anti-Obamacare chorus is off key

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

New estimates that President Barack Obama's health care law will encourage millions of Americans to leave the workforce or reduce their work hours have touched off an I-told-you-so chorus from Republicans, who've claimed all along that the law will kill jobs. But some aren't telling it straight.

 

Friends testify at Fla. theater shooting hearing

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Family and friends of a retired Tampa police captain accused of fatally shooting a man at a movie theater told a judge Wednesday that the former officer is an honorable, even-tempered man who should be released on bail.

 

 

Officials: N.Y. suspect had Hoffman's cell number

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

At least one of four people arrested during an investigation of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor's cellphone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

 

 

Immigration ruled out this year

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Conservative Republicans on Wednesday ruled out any immigration legislation in the House this year, insisting that the GOP should wait until next year when the party might also control the Senate.

 

Woman executed in Texas for 1998 torture killing

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was put to death Wednesday evening in a rare execution of a female prisoner.

 

States look to rein in government surveillance, strengthen privacy

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens.

 

 

FAA to examine lightning vulnerability at airports

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

A lightning strike that injured an air traffic controller at Baltimore's main airport has exposed a potential vulnerability at airport towers during storms and is prompting Federal Aviation Administration officials to inspect hundreds of towers nationwide, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

Hagel orders urgent push for ethics crackdown

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants military leaders to inject more urgency into ensuring "moral character and moral courage" in a force suffering a rash of ethical lapses.

 

Pope's Harley goes under auction hammer in Paris

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated last year to Pope Francis is being sold at a Paris auction to benefit charity.

Putin, recalling Boston bombers, wants Sochi safe

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

President Vladimir Putin pointed Wednesday to the Boston Marathon bombings as a big reason for the intense security around the Winter Olympics that Russia is kicking off this week.

 

Police: Hoffman's heroin didn't have additive

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

Heroin recovered at Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment after he was found there dead with a syringe in his arm has tested negative for the powerful additive fentanyl, a police official said Tuesday.

 

 

Analysts say health care law means fewer on job

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

Several million American workers will cut back their hours on the job or leave the nation's workforce entirely because of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, congressional analysts said Tuesday, adding fresh fuel to the political fight over "Obamacare."

 

 

Sea survivor's family rejoices to regain son

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

The family of a Salvadoran fisherman who says he survived at least 13 months at sea in an open boat had thought he was dead after losing touch with him eight years ago and are calling his astonishing story of survival a miracle.

 

 

Lawmakers seek Endangered Species Act overhaul

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists' lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation's cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Gay marriage fight comes to Southern courtroom

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

The gay marriage fight arrived in a Southern courtroom Tuesday, as opponents of a Virginia law banning same-sex unions told a federal judge it was just like the Jim Crow-era prohibition against interracial marriage.

 

Farm bill doesn't just benefit farmers

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

It isn't just farmers who will benefit from the sweeping farm bill that Congress has sent President Barack Obama. There's also help for rural towns, grocery stores in low-income areas and, most notably, the nation's 47 million food stamp recipients.

 

Editorial cartoon for 2-5-14

Posted 2/5/2014 in National

 

 

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