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GAO: Gov't waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

Posted 5/7/2015 in National

Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found.

 

Gunman's hashtag hinted at Texas plot

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors.

 

Campus sex crime reporting increases, says Education Dept.

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

Reports of sex offenses on college campuses provided to the Education Department have nearly doubled over a five-year period.

 

 

Report: IRS issues $5.6B in bogus education credits

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

The IRS issued $5.6 billion in potentially bogus education tax credits in a single year -- more than a quarter of all education credits claimed by taxpayers, a government watchdog said Tuesday.

 

 

With new standardized tests, educators worry about scores

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

Call this the year of the test. Or, at least the year of standardized test mania.

 

Accused Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

In 2010, authorities arrested Elton Simpson, one of the two suspected gunmen in a weekend shooting outside a contest in Texas featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

Pentagon accused of withholding information about sex crimes

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

In a scathing critique of the Defense Department's efforts to curb sexual assaults, a U.S. senator warned Monday that the true scope of sex-related violence in the military communities is "vastly underreported" and that victims continue to struggle for justice.

 

Islamic State claims responsibility for Texas cartoon attack

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility today for a weekend attack at a center near Dallas, Texas, that was exhibiting cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad -- though it offered no evidence of a direct link to the attackers.

 

 

Boston Marathon bomber shows emotion for 1st time at trial

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

For the first time since his trial began four months ago, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and showed emotion as his Russian aunt sobbed uncontrollably and had to leave the witness stand.

 

 

Jurors see video of theater shooter asking if kids were hurt

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

Jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial got their first look at a video recording of gunman James Holmes asking detectives, "There weren't any children hurt, were there?"

 

Life crawling back to normal in Nepal's quake-hit capital

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

Fresh croissants emerged from a popular bakery and were quickly snapped up.

 

Popular pesticide hurts wild bees in major study

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

A common type of pesticide is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.

 

Vietnam War 40 years on, enemies now friends but still pain

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

This city once known as Saigon was blanketed in red banners on Thursday that read "Long Live the Glorious Communist Party of Vietnam," 40 years after northern forces seized control of the country and America walked away from a divisive and bloody war that remains a painful sore.

 

AP Poll: Americans approve of drone strikes on terrorists

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say it's acceptable for the U.S. to use an unmanned aerial drone to kill an American citizen abroad if that person has joined a terror organization, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

 

 

Flakka, synthetic drug behind increasingly bizarre crimes

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

One man ran naked through a Florida neighborhood, tried to have sex with a tree and told police he was the mythical god Thor. Another ran nude down a busy city street in broad daylight, convinced a pack of German shepherds was pursuing him.

 

 

FDA seeks more data on safety of hospital hand cleaners

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

To fight infections, hospital workers can hit the hand sanitizer a hundred times or more a day.

 

 

Medicare data show contrast in generic, brand prescribing

Posted 5/1/2015 in National

The most-used medicines in Medicare's prescription drug program are generics, but the program spends the most on brand-name drugs.

 

 

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