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Employee opens fire at FedEx center

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

A FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest "like Rambo" opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before committing suicide, police and witnesses said.

 

 

Senate ready to sink effort to boost minimum wage

Posted 4/30/2014 in National

Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to President Barack Obama by blocking an election-year bill increasing the federal minimum wage.

 

 

Education a new defining issue for 2016 GOP class

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

Raising U.S. educational expectations through national goals was a priority for Republican President George W. Bush. But many of his would-be successors in the GOP are calling for just the opposite of government-set rules, and it's splitting the party as the GOP class of 2016 presidential hopefuls takes shape.

 

 

Minimum wage approaches likely rejection

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The push by President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage seems ready to join the parade of issues that gets buried in Congress but -- the party hopes -- propels voters to the polls this November.

 

 

Doctor: 3 victims critical in Ga. FedEx shootings

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

A doctor says three victims are in critical condition -- and two of them with life-threatening wounds -- after they were shot multiple times at a FedEx station outside Atlanta.

 

 

Campus rape addressed by White House task force

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The Obama administration admonished colleges and universities -- "No more turning a blind eye" -- as it released guidelines designed to stem sexual assaults on campuses and help the victims.

 

 

Air search for missing Malaysian plane called off

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

The aerial search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was called off Monday, and the underwater hunt will be expanded to include a vast swath of ocean floor that may take at least eight months to thoroughly search, Australian officials said.

 

 

Kerry backs off Israel 'apartheid' comment

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

Secretary of State John Kerry says he chose the wrong word in describing Israel's potential future after coming under withering criticism for saying the Jewish state could become an "apartheid state" if it doesn't reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.

 

Tornadoes kill 16 in Arkansas, 1 in Oklahoma

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

Three years after a tornado devastated the Little Rock suburb of Vilonia, its residents again huddled in storm cellars as the most powerful twister this year carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburbs north of the state capital, killing at least 16 people.

Report: 4 in 5 U.S. high school students graduate

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

Diggers find Atari games in landfill

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

A decades-old urban legend was put to rest Saturday when workers for a documentary film production company recovered "E.T." Atari game cartridges from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert.

Democrat Aiken goes for GOP-heavy House district

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

Singer-songwriter Clay Aiken doesn't have a problem with name recognition. But that doesn't mean voters in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District will send the "American Idol" star to Washington to represent them in Congress.

U.S., Philippines sign military deal

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

The U.S. military will get greater access to bases across the Philippines under a 10-year agreement signed Monday in conjunction with President Barack Obama's visit in a deal seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese aggression in the region.

Francis presides over historic day of four popes

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

Two 20th-century popes who changed the course of the Catholic Church became saints Sunday as Pope Francis honored John XXIII and John Paul II in a delicate balancing act aimed at bringing together the conservative and progressive wings of the church.

 

Conn. school stabbing suspect under psychiatric evaluation

Posted 4/26/2014 in National

A teenager charged with stabbing a fellow high school student to death on the day of their junior prom is being held in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation where he will likely remain for two weeks, one of his attorneys said Saturday.

 

 

Nevada rancher had limited sympathy in the West

Posted 4/26/2014 in National

For a while, in certain quarters, Cliven Bundy was celebrated as a John Wayne-like throwback to the Old West -- a weathered, plainspoken rancher just trying to graze his cattle and keep the government off his back. But that was before he started sounding more like a throwback to the Old South.

 

 

Teen accused of poisoning grandmother's greens

Posted 4/26/2014 in National

Authorities say a North Carolina teenager tried to kill her grandmother by dumping insecticide and termite killer into a pot of collard greens.

 

 

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