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Federal officials rethinking giving excess military gear to police

Posted 8/16/2014 in National

After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

Turmoil, tear gas give way to hope

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

County police in riot gear and armored tanks gave way to state troopers walking side-by-side with thousands of protesters as the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot by a city police officer overwhelmingly avoided violence Thursday after nearly a week of unrest and mounting public tension.

Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars.

Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.

 

Robin Williams' wife: He had Parkinson's

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife said Thursday.

 

 

Study blames humans for most of melting glaciers

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds.

 

 

Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to expand U.S. humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic State militants.

 

Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

Posted 8/14/2014 in National

Police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds who threw Molotov cocktails during another violent night on the streets of a St. Louis suburb in the wake of the shooting of the unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown.

 

Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

Posted 8/14/2014 in National

An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers -- even at the risk of killing them -- is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

 

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

Posted 8/14/2014 in National

A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health -- and too little may be as bad as too much. The findings came under immediate attack by other scientists.

 

Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

Posted 8/14/2014 in National

The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group's momentum.

 

Maserati raises police suspicions in Mass.

Posted 8/14/2014 in National

Police patrol cars are usually Fords or Chryslers, not Maseratis. So when a patrolman in Braintree, Massachusetts, spotted a Maserati resembling a police cruiser over the weekend, he pulled it over.

 

Daughter of Robin Williams faced online abuse

Posted 8/14/2014 in National

Robin Williams' daughter has abandoned her online social media accounts in disgust following what she called "cruel and unnecessary" messages following her father's death, a move that has prompted Twitter to explore how it handles such situations.

 

 

It's a jungle out there: Animals in campaign ads

Posted 8/14/2014 in National

It's a jungle out there in political television advertising, what with parrots, chicks, dogs and pigs taking turns in commercials that bite and scratch in a way no nonpartisan pet ever would.

 

 

Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

Posted 8/13/2014 in National

Hundreds of thousands of people who signed up under the new health care law risk losing their taxpayer-subsidized insurance unless they act quickly to resolve questions about their citizenship or immigration status. The government warned on Tuesday that they have just over three weeks to show that they're eligible.

 

 

Robin Williams hanged self but no answer as to why

Posted 8/13/2014 in National

Although police have now revealed how Robin Williams committed suicide, the Oscar-winning actor's fans, friends and even family continue to struggle to understand why someone who spread so much joy throughout the world could find so little in his own life that he decided to stop living.

 

 

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