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Gas blasts kill 25, injure 267 in Taiwan

Posted 8/1/2014 in National

At least 25 people were killed and 267 injured when underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan's second-largest city, hurling concrete and cars through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said today, as they searched for the cause.

Interfaith house of prayer to be built in Berlin

Posted 8/1/2014 in National

A rabbi, an imam and a priest start praying together under the same roof. It may sound like the start of a joke, but hopes are high it will become reality in Berlin.

 

House gives the go-ahead to sue Obama

Posted 8/1/2014 in National

A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

 

 

U.S. warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

Posted 8/1/2014 in National

U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola.

 

 

Experts reach Ukraine crash site

Posted 8/1/2014 in National

A team of several dozen international investigators descended today on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.

 

 

100 years ago: Europe started WWI, blind to tragedy

Posted 8/1/2014 in National

British Pvt. John Parr set off on his reconnaissance bike on the lookout for German troops amid the rolling farmland and woods south of Brussels in August 1914.

 

Women survive ordeal along rail bridge

Posted 7/31/2014 in National

A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women as a freight train bore down on them as they walked along an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana.

Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

Posted 7/31/2014 in National

Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.

Century-old pipe break points to national problem

Posted 7/31/2014 in National

The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

 

Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

Posted 7/30/2014 in National

Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency.

 

 

Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

Posted 7/30/2014 in National

When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

 

In GOP South, Obama climate rules rankle

Posted 7/30/2014 in National

In the Republican-heavy Southeast, critics said Tuesday that a plan by President Barack Obama's administration to cut pollution would raise electricity prices, result in job losses and may not significantly curtail the carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

 

Christie planning tour through South

Posted 7/30/2014 in National

Republican Gov. Chris Christie will be swinging through the South as part of another jam-packed month of travel boosting fellow GOP candidates.

 

 

Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

Posted 7/30/2014 in National

The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election debate on whether to raise gasoline taxes.

 

 

Study: 35 percent in U.S. facing debt collectors

Posted 7/29/2014 in National

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

 

 

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

Posted 7/29/2014 in National

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

 

 

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