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Pentagon chief: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next.

 

 

Prosecution expert says 'American Sniper' suspect not insane

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

An ex-Marine charged with shooting "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man was not legally insane, a prosecution expert said.

 

 

FDA issues warning as peanuts found in cumin spice

Posted 2/20/2015 in National

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in ground cumin spice.

 

 

Some signs of tension emerge among Islamic State militants

Posted 2/20/2015 in National

As the Islamic State group tries to expand and take root across the Middle East, it is struggling in Syria.

 

 

Facing militant threat, Corker shoulders matters of war

Posted 2/20/2015 in National

Two years ago, Sen. Bob Corker wondered aloud whether the standstill Senate was worth a grown man's time.

 

 

SNL cast member: Eddie Murphy said no to Cosby sketch

Posted 2/20/2015 in National

A lingering letdown for fans after Eddie Murphy's half-hearted display on the recent "Saturday Night Live" bash has been rekindled by a report of what might have been: Murphy impersonating Bill Cosby.

 

 

Poll: Most Americans favor a higher minimum wage

Posted 2/19/2015 in National

Most Americans support increasing the minimum wage, as well as requiring employers to provide paid sick leave and parental leave, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

 

 

To fight extremism, Obama calls on US to embrace its Muslims

Posted 2/19/2015 in National

In the fight against violent extremism, President Barack Obama has argued the U.S. has one thing going for it that Europe doesn't: a long tradition of warmly embracing its immigrants, including Muslims.

 

 

Man sells watch he found at secondhand store for $35,000

Posted 2/19/2015 in National

A watch collector spotted a rare Swiss timepiece in a Phoenix secondhand store, bought it on sale for $5.99 and then sold it for $35,000.

 

Happy Ewe Year: Astrological signs bad for the Sheep Year

Posted 2/19/2015 in National

Chinese were seeing in the Year of the Sheep today, but with fortune-tellers predicting accidents and an unstable economy and some parents-to-be fretting over the year's reputation for docile kids, it wasn't exactly warming everyone's heart.

Why refinery strike has had little bite at gas pump

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.

 

For many, cash saved at gas pump is staying in pockets

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

In recent months, the stage seemed set for American consumers to do what they've traditionally done best: Spend money -- and drive the economy.

 

 

Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members.

 

 

W.Va. oil train derailment was 1 of 3 with safer tank cars

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires.

 

 

Immigrants disappointed but not deterred by judge's ruling

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

Immigrants expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation.

 

 

Obama view of US role in Arab world challenged by crises

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

President Barack Obama's view of the U.S. role in the Middle East and North Africa is being challenged by deepening crises in the very countries he has seen as models for his approach to the volatile region: Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya.

 

 

Mardi Gras: Last tipsy revelers sent home, trash swept up

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

Mardi Gras 2015 is officially over and the last tipsy revelers in New Orleans have been cleared from city streets.

 

 

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