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Activists: Number of Christians abducted by IS rises to 220

Posted 2/26/2015 in National

he number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220 in the past three days, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river, activists said Thursday.

 

 

White House threatens veto of bill to overhaul education law

Posted 2/26/2015 in National

The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort "a significant step backwards."

 

 

Experts: Insanity case as in 'American Sniper' hard to win

Posted 2/26/2015 in National

The former Marine convicted of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man was hospitalized multiple times for psychiatric treatment and was prescribed medication to treat schizophrenia.

 

 

Ex-Marine convicted in 'American Sniper' trial faces life in prison

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

A Texas jury has rejected the insanity defense of a former Marine in the deaths of famed "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man.

 

Homeless people need libraries, and libraries need them, too

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library.

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

 

Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin death

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

 

 

Massachusetts man selling, shipping snow from his yard

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: He's shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds.

 

 

Both parties face risks as health care law court case nears

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

Twenty-two out of 24. And 206 to 96.

 

 

House to debate partisan bill to fix No Child Left Behind

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

No Child Left Behind is a widely criticized law, but a GOP bill intended to fix it isn't winning popularity contests among House Democrats.

 

 

How to find out if a used car has an unrepaired recall

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

About 5 million used cars under recall were sold last year before the recalled parts were fixed.

 

 

Used cars often sold with unfixed defects, despite recalls

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

It's a case of buyer beware, with potentially dangerous consequences.

 

 

DHS bill exposes holes in GOP's congressional coordination

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

In the heady days after winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies on his own.

 

 

Fate of militant-abducted Christians unclear

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

Kurdish and Christian militiamen battled Islamic State militants on Wednesday in northeastern Syria, where the extremist group recently abducted at least 70 Christians after overrunning a cluster of villages.

 

 

Supreme Court Justices weigh case of Muslim denied job over headscarf

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

The Supreme Court is considering the employment discrimination claim of a Muslim woman who was turned down for a job by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch after she showed up at her job interview wearing a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code.

 

UK police believe 3 missing schoolgirls have entered Syria

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

Police investigating the disappearance of three British schoolgirls said Tuesday they believe the teenagers are no longer in Turkey and have crossed into Syria.

 

Study: Asia may have seeded European plague outbreaks

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

Scientists say they may have solved a centuries-old whodunit: Why did Europe experience outbreaks of bubonic plague over hundreds of years, starting with the Black Death of 1347 to 1353?

 

 

Obama open to changes to military authority against Islamic State

Posted 2/24/2015 in National

The White House is calling on lawmakers to work out their yawning divisions over an authorization to use military force against Islamic State militants and says President Barack Obama is open to changes to his initial proposal to achieve a compromise.

 

 

Activists: IS militants kidnap dozens of Christians in Syria

Posted 2/24/2015 in National

Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, two activist groups said Tuesday.

 

 

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