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Doctor infected with Ebola in stable condition

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

A doctor who became infected with Ebola while working in Liberia -- the third American aid worker sickened with the virus -- is sick but in stable condition and communicating with his caregivers at the Nebraska Medical Center.

 

Budget crunch idles National Guard units

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

Many of the nation's citizen-soldiers, whose motto is "Always Ready, Always There," won't be at regular training drills this weekend because of a federal funding shortfall.

 

Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids' brains

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.

 

U.S. trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'

Posted 9/6/2014 in National

Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

 

Woman accused of shoplifting $144 in eye shadow

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

An Arkansas woman whose mug shot shows her in heavy aqua and maroon eye shadow is accused of shoplifting $144 in makeup.

 

Gulf of Mexico residents hail ruling against BP

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico are hailing a federal judge's ruling that could mean $18 billion in additional fines for BP over the nation's worst offshore oil spill.

 

 

Miscommunication blamed for deadly U.S. mistake

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Avoidable miscommunication between U.S. air and ground forces led to a "friendly fire" incident in Afghanistan that killed five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan in June, according to a military investigation report.

 

More violence at troubled Nashville juvenile jail

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Despite its idyllic-sounding name, the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center had seen a decade of violent clashes, breakout attempts and attacks on guards.

 

States urge Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor.

 

 

Some Christians arm as Mideast perils mount

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack.

 

 

Comedian Joan Rivers dead at 81

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Joan Rivers, the raucous, acid-tongued comedian who crashed the male-dominated realm of late-night talk shows and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly dressed celebrities, died Thursday. She was 81.

 

 

The buzz on caffeine in coffee: A genetic quirk

Posted 9/5/2014 in National

Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee -- and analyzed its DNA. They found that what we love about coffee -- the caffeine -- is a genetic quirk, not related to the caffeine in chocolate or tea.

 

Leaders: U.S., UK will 'not be cowed' by militants

Posted 9/4/2014 in National

NATO leaders grappled today with whether the alliance has a role in containing a mounting militant threat in the Middle East, as heads of state converged in Wales for a high-stakes summit also focused on the crisis in Ukraine and next steps in Afghanistan.

 

Deadly cobra on the loose in Los Angeles suburb

Posted 9/4/2014 in National

Southern California animal control officers hunted Wednesday for a highly venomous cobra that bit a dog and then slithered off into a suburban Los Angeles neighborhood.

 

Gov't forecasts rising health care inflation

Posted 9/4/2014 in National

The nation's respite from troublesome health care inflation is ending, the government said Wednesday in a report that renews a crucial budget challenge for lawmakers, taxpayers, businesses and patients.

 

Lawyer: Michael Brown never convicted of serious felony

Posted 9/4/2014 in National

The 18-year-old fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer didn't face any juvenile charges at the time of his death and never was convicted of a serious felony such as murder, robbery or burglary, a juvenile court system lawyer said Wednesday.

 

 

Study links polar vortex chills to melting sea ice

Posted 9/4/2014 in National

Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it.

 

 

Ebola survivors: Hospital staff exposed in Africa

Posted 9/4/2014 in National

The hospital in Liberia where three American aid workers got sick with Ebola has been overwhelmed by a surge in patients and doesn't have enough hazard suits and other supplies to keep doctors and nurses safe, a missionary couple told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

 

 

Fake Massachusetts license plate fools no one

Posted 9/4/2014 in National

A Massachusetts state trooper noticed something a little odd about the license plate she spotted on a car on Interstate 391 in Chicopee.

 

 

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