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Halliburton reaches $1B Gulf oil spill settlement

Posted 9/3/2014 in National

Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation -- if all the pieces fall into place.

 

 

Photo hacking rekindles digital privacy worries

Posted 9/3/2014 in National

As the celebrity photo-hacking scandal has made clear, privacy isn't what it used to be.

 

Tropical Storm Dolly moves ashore in Mexico

Posted 9/3/2014 in National

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Dolly threatened flash floods and mudslides in mountainous areas as it moved in from Mexico's Gulf coast, where authorities had readied shelters and suspended school classes Wednesday.

 

Detroit-area man gets 17 years in porch shooting

Posted 9/3/2014 in National

A suburban Detroit man was sentenced Wednesday to at least 17 years in prison for killing an unarmed woman who appeared on his porch before dawn.

 

 

Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

Posted 9/3/2014 in National

An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.

 

 

International group says world is losing battle against Ebola

Posted 9/3/2014 in National

he international group Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone."

 

 

Military attacks al-Shabab in Somalia

Posted 9/2/2014 in National

U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group's leader.

 

 

Brace yourselves: Campaign cash buying tons of ads

Posted 9/2/2014 in National

Iowa's airwaves are already jammed with political ads, most of them negative, in one of the Senate races nationwide that will decide which party claims the majority.

 

 

Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers?

Posted 9/2/2014 in National

 

 

Obama: 'Revving' economy calls for higher wages

Posted 9/2/2014 in National

President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.

 

Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

Posted 9/2/2014 in National

The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town -- not realizing he's fired it backward at his leader.

 

No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

Posted 9/2/2014 in National

Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception.

 

U.S. eating habits improve a bit -- except among poor

Posted 9/2/2014 in National

Americans' eating habits have improved -- except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.

 

Texas' Perry says disparaging tweet unauthorized

Posted 9/2/2014 in National

A tweet from Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's verified account on Sunday night included a disparaging image of the Democratic district attorney who is at the center of his criminal indictment on charges of abuse of power. The tweet was later deleted, followed by another from Perry's account that disavowed the post.

 

Group accuses extremists of war crimes in Iraq

Posted 9/2/2014 in National

An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group today of carrying out a systematic campaign of "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq that includes mass killings, abductions and other war crimes.

 

Americans detained in North Korea call for help

Posted 9/2/2014 in National

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and -- watched by officials as they spoke -- called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

 

 

Study: Novel heart failure drug shows big promise

Posted 9/2/2014 in National

A new study reports one of the biggest potential advances against heart failure in more than a decade -- a first-of-a-kind, experimental drug that lowered the chances of death or hospitalization by about 20 percent.

 

 

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'

Posted 8/30/2014 in National

A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

 

 

Victim's family feels sorry for girl who shot Uzi

Posted 8/30/2014 in National

The accidental killing of a firing range instructor by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi unleashed a storm of criticism and anger, with much of it aimed at her parents.

 

 

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