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Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check info

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form.

 

 

Toppled crosses in China spur defiance

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

The battle started when a government-hired crew tore down the metal cross atop the one-room church in this village surrounded by rice paddies last month.

 

 

Rep. Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty.

 

 

Execution offers evidence against lethal injection

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

The nation's third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday.

 

 

Air travel a leap of faith for passengers

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

Airline travel requires passengers to make a leap of faith, entrusting their lives to pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers and others who regulate air travel.

 

 

Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

Authorities are attempting to determine why a patient fatally shot a caseworker at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex and whether a psychiatrist who pulled out his own gun and wounded the patient had concerns about him.

 

 

House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays.

 

 

Varying health subsidies worry consumers

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

Linda Close was grateful to learn she qualified for a sizable subsidy to help pay for her health insurance under the new federal law. But in the process of signing up for a plan, Close said her HealthCare.gov account showed several different subsidy amounts, varying as much as $180 per month.

 

Cave with fossil secrets to be excavated

Posted 7/25/2014 in National

For the first time in three decades, scientists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of ancient fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

 

Obama wants limits on company mergers abroad

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

President Barack Obama is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies.

 

 

Get paid for posts? Social networking's new twist

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared -- except the money those posts produce.

 

 

Suspected Nazi guard's death a blow to prosecutors

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

German efforts to prosecute aging war criminals suffered a setback this week with the death of a retired Philadelphia toolmaker who had long been in the crosshairs of Nazi hunters.

 

Porch shooter's lawyer says he feared for his life

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch was rocked out of sleep by a series of "boom, boom, boom" pounding sounds outside his home, causing him to grab a shotgun, open the front door and fire, a defense lawyer told jurors during opening statements Wednesday.

Seniors share homes for savings, companionship

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

It's not exactly "The Golden Girls," but for Marcia Rosenfeld, it'll do. Rosenfeld is among thousands of aging Americans taking part in home-sharing programs around the country that allow seniors to stay in their homes and save money while getting some much-needed companionship.

 

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

Posted 7/24/2014 in National

Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new, large-scale national survey.

 

Police probing switch of flags on Brooklyn Bridge

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

Police are searching for four or five people they believe scaled to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers in the dead of night, disabled lights illuminating two large American flags and then replaced the flags with bleached-white ones.

At 101, weather observer gets a place in the sun

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

It takes only a couple of minutes, twice a day, but 101-year-old Richard Hendrickson is fiercely proud that he has done the same thing for his country and community nearly every day since Herbert Hoover was in the White House in 1930.

 

Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

Posted 7/23/2014 in National

Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.

 

 

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