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A year after background check defeat, modest goals

Posted 4/16/2014 in National

Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

 

 

Robot sub returns to water after first try cut short

Posted 4/16/2014 in National

A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner.

 

 

End of NYPD Muslim surveillance applauded

Posted 4/16/2014 in National

Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror threats, but said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.

 

 

Police: GPS helped solve, didn't deter killings

Posted 4/16/2014 in National

GPS technology helped police link two convicted sex offenders to the rapes and killings of at least four women in California, but the mother of one victim said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have done more to prevent the crimes in the first place.

 

 

Pakistan brothers in cannibalism case face court

Posted 4/16/2014 in National

Two brothers arrested for the second time over accusations of cannibalism appeared in court Tuesday, police officials said, in a sensational case that has horrified Pakistanis.

 

 

People with old Social Security debts get reprieve

Posted 4/16/2014 in National

People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve -- for now.

 

First women move into Army platoon artillery

Posted 4/16/2014 in National

Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise.

 

Russia tests Obama's ability to stop its advances

Posted 4/16/2014 in National

With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations.

 

Squabbles dominate school board meeting

Posted 4/15/2014 in National

Monday night's six-hour meeting of the Columbus Municipal School Board began with a 10-minute debate on where the superintendent should sit and included one board member walking out over the discussion of a superintendent search firm.

 

Ethics board: Texts are public records

Posted 4/15/2014 in National

 

 

Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

Posted 4/15/2014 in National

Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies. Huntsman, 39, told police she either strangled or suffocated them immediately after they were born.

 

 

Anti-Semitic attacks down before Kan. shooting

Posted 4/15/2014 in National

A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.

 

 

Post, Guardian win Pulitzers

Posted 4/15/2014 in National

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

 

Supremacist ID'd as suspect in attacks

Posted 4/14/2014 in National

The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

Pope poses for 'selfies' on Palm Sunday

Posted 4/14/2014 in National

Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter's Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice.

 

Country Music Museum grows to match genre

Posted 4/14/2014 in National

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is no longer bursting at the seams, thanks to a $100 million expansion that has more than doubled its space and allowed it to add more interactive and contemporary exhibits.

 

 

Official says robotic submarine will be used in search for jet

Posted 4/14/2014 in National

Search crews will for the first time send a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to try to determine whether underwater signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes, the leader of the search effort said.

 

Answers sought after seven dead babies found

Posted 4/14/2014 in National

The discovery of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in a Utah garage has police desperately seeking answers from the mother and other family members about how such a tragedy unfolded over a decade with no one noticing.

 

Woman gets life in stiletto heel slaying

Posted 4/12/2014 in National

A Houston woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the 5-inch stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face and head.

 

 

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