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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.

 

 

GOP struggles as Homeland shutdown looms

Posted 2/24/2015 in National

Divided Republicans are searching for a way out of an impasse over immigration that is threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department within days.

 

 

Survey: Uninsured rate hit new low in 2014

Posted 2/24/2015 in National

The share of Americans without health insurance dropped to its lowest level in seven years in 2014.

 

 

Nielsen: Oscars viewers down 16 percent

Posted 2/24/2015 in National

Oscar viewership was down 16 percent from last year and reached its lowest point since 2009.

 

 

Lawmaker asks if swallowed camera be used for female exam

Posted 2/24/2015 in National

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

 

 

Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana

Posted 2/24/2015 in National

Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but organizers don't expect any public celebrations since it remains illegal to smoke marijuana in public.

 

Photos by nanny Vivian Maier, focus of film up for Oscar, in legal limbo

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

A messy legal fight over copyrights to streetscape photos shot by a Chicago nanny whose life is chronicled in "Finding Vivian Maier," which is nominated for an Oscar today, threatens to slow or even stop new releases of her once-unknown work that has become a sensation only after her death.

 

VA's 'choice' program for health care off to slow start

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

Far fewer veterans than expected are taking advantage of a new law aimed at making it easier for them to get private health care and avoid the long waits that have plagued Department of Veterans Affairs facilities nationwide.

 

 

Tobacco giants resist harsh admissions about smoking

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

Never underestimate the staying power of big tobacco.

 

 

New woes for HealthCare.gov: Wrong tax info sent out

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

In a new setback for the health care law and the people it's supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that's fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.

 

 

IS bombers kill dozens in Libyan suicide attacks

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

Islamic State militants unleashed suicide bombings Friday in eastern Libya, killing at least 40 people.

 

 

US: Ready to walk away from Iran nuclear talks

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

With only weeks left to the deadline to reach a first-stage nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that "significant gaps" remained.

 

 

Pentagon chief: US considering slowing exit from Afghanistan

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next.

 

 

Prosecution expert says 'American Sniper' suspect not insane

Posted 2/21/2015 in National

An ex-Marine charged with shooting "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man was not legally insane, a prosecution expert said.

 

 

FDA issues warning as peanuts found in cumin spice

Posted 2/20/2015 in National

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in ground cumin spice.

 

 

Some signs of tension emerge among Islamic State militants

Posted 2/20/2015 in National

As the Islamic State group tries to expand and take root across the Middle East, it is struggling in Syria.

 

 

Facing militant threat, Corker shoulders matters of war

Posted 2/20/2015 in National

Two years ago, Sen. Bob Corker wondered aloud whether the standstill Senate was worth a grown man's time.

 

 

SNL cast member: Eddie Murphy said no to Cosby sketch

Posted 2/20/2015 in National

A lingering letdown for fans after Eddie Murphy's half-hearted display on the recent "Saturday Night Live" bash has been rekindled by a report of what might have been: Murphy impersonating Bill Cosby.

 

 

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