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GOP can count ways to Senate majority

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

Republicans count enough competitive races to challenge Democrats for control of the Senate in the 2014 elections, if only they can figure out what to do with the tea party.

 

 

Rescue of icebound Antarctic ship faces setback

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

A Chinese icebreaker that was en route to rescue a ship trapped in Antarctic ice was forced to turn back on Saturday after being unable to push its way through the heavy sea ice.

 

 

The race of Jesus: Unknown, yet powerful

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

For two thousand years, he has been worshipped and adored. Multitudes look to him each day. And yet nobody really knows the face of Jesus.

 

 

High stakes for families losing unemployment benefit

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

 

 

Police: Shooter embroiled in divorce

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

It might have appeared that Ben Freeman was trying to right some wrongs in his life in the months before police say he killed three people and himself.

 

 

Despite files, school shooter remains enigma

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

Adam Lanza was fascinated with chimpanzees because of their capacity for empathy, but could show little or none himself.

 

A&E reverses decision on 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

A&E landed in the middle of America's culture wars when "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson sounded off on gays and the Bible. The channel quickly found there was no safe ground.

 

Judge rules NSA phone surveillance legal

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The heated debate over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records fell squarely into the courts Friday, when a federal judge in Manhattan upheld the legality of the program and cited its need in the fight against terrorism just days after another federal judge concluded it was likely not constitutional.

 

 

Military sex assault reports jump 50 percent

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense officials say may suggest that victims are becoming more willing to come forward after a tumultuous year of scandals that shined a spotlight on the crimes and put pressure on the military to take aggressive action.

 

 

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications -- ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

 

Capitol's historic dome set for 2-year renovation

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome.

Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Rounding out a tough and frustrating year, President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, as the president and Congress began pivoting to the midterm election year ahead.

 

For divided Congress, water projects are unifier

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of political pork, are back in vogue as a rare force of concord in a dysfunctional Congress.

 

 

Iran says it is developing new centrifuges

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Iran's nuclear chief said the country is building a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment but that they need further tests before they can be mass produced, apparently trying to counter hard-liner criticism of its nuclear deal with word powers.

 

India gold tax hits bridal budgets

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

With India's wedding season in full swing, the glass sales counters in Mumbai's famed Zhaveri gold bazaars are crowded with customers eyeing elaborate headpieces, nose rings and necklaces. No one does jewelry quite like an Indian bride, who by tradition wears all the gold she can stand up in and her family can afford.

 

Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet.

 

 

Palestinians urge U.S. to block new settlements

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to the U.S. to block a new Israeli plan to build hundreds of additional homes in Jewish settlements, a top negotiator said today, warning the move could put U.S.-led peace efforts in peril.

 

 

First-class stamps to cost 49 cents as of Jan. 26

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive. Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn.

 

 

Police file on Newtown shooting to be released

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

The planned release today of thousands of pages of police documents from the investigation into last year's school massacre in Newtown could shed light on the world of the 20-year-old gunman.

 

 

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