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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.

Bachmann blasts Clinton at summit

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton "has a lot to explain" should she run for president, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann told the nation's largest gathering of conservative activists on Saturday, the final day of its annual meeting.

 

At 50, landmark libel case relevant in digital age

Posted 3/9/2014 in National

Singer Courtney Love hadn't been born and tweeting was reserved for birds when The New York Times won a landmark libel case at the Supreme Court in 1964.

 

Casting Jesus: Did he really look like Brad Pitt?

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Surely it goes without saying that you can't be too good-looking, either, right? Especially in Hollywood.

Case of burned Texas boy problematic

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

Now that prosecutors have persuaded a judge that a Texas man accused of setting an 8-year-old boy on fire as a teenager can be tried as an adult for murder, securing a conviction in a case where the victim died 13 years after the attack could prove difficult, legal experts say.

Girl Scouts asked to end partnership with Barbie

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

America's top doll, Barbie, finds herself in controversy once again, this time over a business partnership between her manufacturer, Mattel, and the Girl Scouts.

 

CEO of bitcoin exchange found dead in Singapore

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

The American CEO of a virtual currency exchange was found dead near her home in Singapore.

 

 

Man lauded as Japan's Beethoven sorry for fake work

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

The man once lauded as "Japan's Beethoven" bowed repeatedly and apologized Friday at his first media appearance since it was revealed last month that his famed musical compositions were ghostwritten and he wasn't completely deaf.

 

 

Half of millennials more likely to lean Democratic

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

Young adults like to think of themselves as independent, but when it comes to politics, they're more likely than not to lean to the left.

 

 

Republican presidential hopefuls vie for clout with base

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

Republicans vying for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 auditioned Thursday before some of the nation's most ardent conservative leaders, calling for the party to unite behind a clear agenda and draw contrasts with Democrats.

 

Four dead in New Jersey fire; mix-up delayed response

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

A fast-moving fire claimed four lives on Thursday in New Jersey's second-largest city, where the mayor said a mix-up over the street name delayed the emergency response.

 

Obama's warnings brushed aside by Putin

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

One by one, President Barack Obama's warnings to Russia are being brushed aside by President Vladimir Putin, who appears to only be speeding up efforts to formally stake his claim to Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

 

 

Senate blocks change to military sex assault cases

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

Bowing to the Pentagon, the Senate agreed after impassioned debate Thursday to leave the authority to prosecute rapes and other serious crimes with military commanders in a struggle that highlighted the growing role of women in Congress.

 

Man said to create bitcoin denies it

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto said Thursday that he is not the creator of bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world's most popular digital currency came to be.

 

Wake up and smell the bacon ... with a bacon app

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

Want to wake up to the sound of bacon sizzling on the stove with its aroma drawing you out of bed?

 

North Korean elections: 100 percent mandatory

Posted 3/7/2014 in National

North Korean voters will make a choice Sunday when they elect a new national legislature, but not for a candidate. The ruling elite have already done that for them, and there's only one per district.

 

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