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Las Vegas leads in push for GOP convention

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Backed by one of the GOP's most powerful benefactors, Las Vegas has emerged as an early leader in the multi-city fight to host the next Republican National Convention.

 

 

U.S. secretly built 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter" -- a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned.

 

New evacuations in Chile after major aftershock

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

Coastal residents of Chile's far-north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes early Thursday after a major aftershock rattled an area hit a day earlier by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that caused some damage and six deaths. No new major damage or casualties were reported.

Dog escapes Texas backyard, somehow gets to Ohio

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

A small dog that escaped its fenced-in yard in Texas was found outside a southwest Ohio animal shelter, and its owners have no idea how he traveled more than 1,000 miles in a few days.

NASA cuts ties with Russia

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

After insisting that space relations wouldn't be altered by earthly politics, NASA on Wednesday said it was severing ties with Russia except for the International Space Station.

 

Nonprofit insurers struggle in new marketplaces

Posted 4/3/2014 in National

A smorgasbord of options and lower prices for consumers were two of the chief selling points for President Barack Obama as he promoted his overhaul of the nation's health insurance industry, predicting Americans would see "competition in ways we haven't seen before."

 

Savings and loan figure Charles Keating dies at 90

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

Charles H. Keating Jr., the notorious financier who served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died. He was 90.

 

Sen. Rand Paul: Give Caterpillar award for tax strategy

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award.

 

 

Spy's release would be high-stakes gamble

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

The Obama administration is bringing the U.S. closer than it has been in years to granting convicted spy Jonathan Pollard an early release in a high-stakes gamble to advance Mideast peace talks.

 

 

13 GM traffic deaths are tied to a 57-cent part

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.

 

 

Race for Results: New report details racial gap among U.S. children

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.

 

 

Magnitude 8.2 earthquake kills five in Chile

Posted 4/2/2014 in National

Authorities kept hundreds of thousands of people out of their beds early today after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast. Five people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the Earth's crust.

 

 

The GOP advantage: Geography or gerrymandering?

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

Republicans helped solidify their hold on the U.S. House when GOP legislators in key states drew new congressional maps after the 2010 Census. But was it geography or gerrymandering that gave Republicans an edge in state after state?

 

Congress: GM twice failed to fix defect

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

General Motors discussed two separate fixes for an ignition switch defect in 2005 but canceled both of them without taking action, according to a memo released Sunday by the House subcommittee investigating GM's handling of the defect and a subsequent recall.

 

Seabed of jet hunt zone mostly flat

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

Two miles beneath the sea surface where satellites and planes are looking for debris from the missing Malaysian jet, the ocean floor is cold, dark, covered in a squishy muck of dead plankton and -- in a potential break for the search -- mostly flat. The troubling exception is a steep, rocky drop ending in a deep trench.

 

 

'Noah' rises to top of box office with $44M debut

Posted 3/31/2014 in National

After weathering a sea of controversy, "Noah" arrived in first place at the weekend box office. Paramount's biblical epic starring Russell Crowe in the titular role opened with $44 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

 

Work stops briefly to honor victims

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

Crews searching for victims in the tangled debris field from the Washington mudslide halted their work Saturday for a moment of silence to honor those lost.

 

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