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Technology? Some justices want to keep distance

Posted 1/8/2014 in National

At the Supreme Court, technology can be regarded as a necessary evil, and sometimes not even necessary. When the justices have something to say to each other in writing, they never do it by email. Their courthouse didn't even have a photocopying machine until 1969, a few years after "Xerox" had become a verb.

 

 

Ex-NBA player says North Korea game dwarfed by politics

Posted 1/8/2014 in National

Former NBA star Charles D. Smith says he feels remorse for coming to Pyongyang with Dennis Rodman for a game on the North Korean leader's birthday because the event has been dwarfed by politics and tainted by Rodman's own comments.

 

Tesla charging station to bring electric cars to Wyoming

Posted 1/7/2014 in National

In the least populated county in the least populated state, old Ford and Chevy pickup trucks roam -- and rule -- the roads.

 

Wal-Mart eyes legal action over donkey meat recall

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it's considering taking legal action against "responsible parties" after DNA testing showed traces of fox meat in the donkey meat it sold in China.

 

 

Selling social media clicks becomes big biz

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

Celebrities, businesses and even the U.S. State Department have bought bogus Facebook likes, Twitter followers or YouTube viewers from offshore "click farms," where workers tap, tap, tap the thumbs up button, view videos or retweet comments to inflate social media numbers.

 

 

Health law to put calorie info on vending machines

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

Office workers in search of snacks will be counting calories along with their change under new labeling regulations for vending machines included in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.

 

Some states confirm water pollution from drilling

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

In at least four states that have nurtured the nation's energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.

Sticker shock: Cubans aghast at car prices

Posted 1/6/2014 in National

Cubans are eagerly flocking to Havana car dealerships as a new law takes effect eliminating a special permit requirement that has greatly restricted vehicle ownership in the country. To their dismay on Friday, the first day the law was in force, they found sharply hiked prices, some of them light years beyond all but the most well-heeled islanders.

 

Pope to nuns: Why aren't you answering the phone?

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

Pope Francis has made another one of his cold calls to wish a group of nuns in a Spanish convent Happy New Year. Only he got their answering machine, instead.

 

 

Push for sentencing changes underway in Congress

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

An unusual alliance of tea party enthusiasts and liberal leaders in Congress is pursuing major changes in the country's mandatory sentencing laws.

 

 

Obama proposes firearm background check changes

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

The Obama administration on Friday announced a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues.

 

 

Politician writes resignation letter in Klingon

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

Call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before.

 

Phil Everly of Everly Bros. dies at 74

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

Art Garfunkel answered the door to his Manhattan apartment holding a framed black-and-white picture of two smiling men. It was a test.

Historic smoking report marks 50th anniversary

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

Fifty years ago, ashtrays seemed to be on every table and desk. Athletes and even Fred Flintstone endorsed cigarettes in TV commercials. Smoke hung in the air in restaurants, offices and airplane cabins. More than 42 percent of U.S. adults smoked, and there was a good chance your doctor was among them.

 

Spy court: NSA to keep collecting phone records

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

A secretive U.S. spy court has ruled again that the National Security Agency can keep collecting every American's telephone records every day, in the midst of dueling decisions in two other federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.

 

 

Government might deregulate engineered corn, soybean seeds

Posted 1/4/2014 in National

The federal government on Friday proposed eliminating restrictions on the use of corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to resist a common weed killer, a move welcomed by many farmers but feared by scientists and environmentalists who worry it could invite growers to use more chemicals.

 

 

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