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Myanmar opium fight failing; soldiers, police shooting up

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Every morning, more than 100 heroin and opium addicts descend on the graveyard in this northeastern Myanmar village to get high. When authorities show up, it's for their own quick fix: Soldiers and police roll up the sleeves of their dark green uniforms, seemingly oblivious to passers-by.

 

Founder of Westboro church in care facility

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is in a care facility, according to a church spokesman.

 

Frozen for 1,600 years, Antarctic moss revived

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Scientists have revived a moss plant that was frozen beneath the Antarctic ice and seemingly lifeless since the days of Attila the Hun.

 

States looking at $0 community college tuition

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.

 

 

Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

A predawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin Monday, rattling nerves and shaking buildings along a 150-mile swath of Southern California but causing no major damage.

 

Putin approves Crimea annexation draft

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Russia's President Vladimir Putin today approved a draft bill for the annexation of Crimea, one of a flurry of steps to formally take over the Black Sea peninsula.

 

Why do plane transponders have an 'off switch?'

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Ever since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, a fascinated public has asked: Why can somebody in the cockpit shut off the transponder?

 

 

China finds no terror link to its nationals on jet

Posted 3/18/2014 in National

Checks into the background of the Chinese citizens on board the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner have uncovered no links to terrorism, the Chinese ambassador in Kuala Lumpur said today.

 

 

Pilot suicide a taboo topic in past crash probes

Posted 3/17/2014 in National

As police investigate the two pilots of a Malaysian passenger jet that disappeared more than a week ago, a possibility they must consider -- however remote and improbable -- is that one of them committed suicide -- and mass murder in the process.

 

St. Pat's parades proceed amid tension over gays

Posted 3/17/2014 in National

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio was to become the first mayor in decades to sit out the city's traditional St. Patrick's Day parade over a dispute involving whether march participants can carry pro-gay signs.

U.S. expected to announce Russian sanctions

Posted 3/17/2014 in National

The U.S. and its allies in Europe are expected to announce sanctions against Russia, including visa bans and potential asset freezes, today, one day after Crimea's vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.

 

Central African Republic dad gives all to save family

Posted 3/15/2014 in National

Who could bear to break the news to Yaman Ahmat?

 

 

Tea party challengers struggle to continue momentum of 2010

Posted 3/10/2014 in National

Four years after the tea party rocked the political world by ousting several prominent Republicans in Congress, the ultra-conservative movement finds itself with slimmer prospects as it moves into the new election season.

 

Mom accused of driving into surf goes before judge

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

A pregnant South Carolina woman pointed to the ocean, locked the doors and rolled up the windows, telling her three children she was "trying to take them to a better place" as she drove her minivan into the surf, authorities said.

 

For Obama, a last stab at improving ties with Hill

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

In late December, President Barack Obama's new legislative affairs team sent him more than a dozen recommendations for ways to improve his strained relations with Capitol Hill. The president responded with a few ideas of his own, including a request for more social events with lawmakers at the White House.

 

Redwood park closes road to deter burl poachers

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Authorities say unemployment and drug addiction have spurred an increase in the destructive practice of cutting off the knobby growths at the base of ancient redwood trees to make decorative pieces like lacey-grained coffee tables and wall clocks.

 

Officer says general sexually assaulted her

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Defense lawyers for an Army general facing sexual assault charges say his accuser's testimony gave them plenty to challenge as they prepare to cross-examine her on Monday.

 

 

Tea party challengers struggle for votes

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Four years after the tea party rocked the political world by ousting several prominent Republicans in Congress, the ultra-conservative movement finds itself with slimmer prospects as it moves into the new election season.

 

Russia reinforces military presence in Crimea

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea's rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow's foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine's new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists.

 

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