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Surgeon general: 'Desperate need of clarity' on e-cigs

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

Public health officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies, the nation's newly appointed surgeon general said Tuesday.

 

 

Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

More than 6 in 10 Americans would want Congress to restore federal financial assistance for millions buying health care coverage if the Supreme Court invalidates some of those government subsidies.

 

 

Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill today to authorize President Barack Obama's war against Islamic State militants.

 

 

Jordan ready to swap inmate for pilot held by Islamic State

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

Jordan said today it is willing to swap an Iraqi woman held on death row in Jordan for a Jordanian pilot captured in December by extremists from the Islamic State group.

 

 

Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama led a parade of American dignitaries to the ultraconservative desert kingdom Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death and take measure of the new monarch.

 

 

Gunmen storm luxury Libyan hotel, killing American, 9 others

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.

 

 

Obama sees need to move on drone rules now

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed on the White House grounds -- flown by an off-duty intelligence employee -- shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure commercial and consumer drones are used safely.

 

 

After dove debacle, Vatican makes balloons new peace symbol

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

Dove lovers, rejoice.

 

Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on

Posted 1/27/2015 in National

A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation.

 

Japan: Hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

Posted 1/27/2015 in National

A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home.

 

 

Alabama seeks to stay order overturning gay marriage ban

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state.

 

 

Surprise! Magnets used to plant drugs under cars from Mexico

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

Drug smugglers are turning "trusted travelers" into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico.

 

 

GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses.

 

 

NTSB: Planes should have improved technology so they can be found

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

U.S. accident investigators recommended Thursday that all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology that will allow them to be found more readily in the event of a crash.

 

 

Added protections for consumer information on health website

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.

 

 

Japan: Still working to free hostages after unverified video

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

A visibly shaken Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early today that Japan was working to free two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group.

 

Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing

Posted 1/23/2015 in National

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say.

 

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