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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.

Christian school pressures 'tomboy' to transfer

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

Eight-year-old Sunnie Kahle likes to keep her hair short, wear boys' clothes, collect hunting knives and shoot her BB gun.

Navy gunman once faced murder charge

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

The civilian truck driver the Navy says killed a sailor aboard a ship in Virginia once faced a murder charge in North Carolina but ended up pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was out of prison less than two years later, court records show.

 

New objects seen, but still no evidence of jet

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

A day after the search for the Malaysian jetliner shifted to a new area of the Indian Ocean, ships on Saturday plucked objects from the sea to determine whether they were related to the missing jet.

 

 

Recalls push GM total to 4.8M in a month

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

General Motors announced two more recalls late Friday, bringing to 4.8 million the number of cars, trucks and SUVs the automaker has called back for repairs in the past month.

 

 

Health law legacy eludes Obama as changes sink in

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

As a roller-coaster sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama's health care law has indeed managed to change the country.

 

 

Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history.

 

 

Turkey attempts to block YouTube

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used.

 

 

$1T student loan debt widens wealth gap

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage.

 

 

Commanders fired in nuke cheating scandal

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported.

 

 

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