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Long waits frustrate callers to health exchanges

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

For those trying to enroll through online health exchanges, help has long been advertised as just a phone call away.

 

 

Gay marriage fight pits Texas attorney general vs. gay friend

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

When Greg Abbott was paralyzed by a fallen tree in 1984, Mark Phariss flew 500 miles to his friend's bedside. They were law school pals who swapped stories over dinner, job leads and airport rides, and they still exchange Christmas cards today.

 

 

Primaries offer 1st major test of voter ID

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots -- the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

 

 

Man's speeding excuse? I won the lottery!

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash.

 

Chinese media outlet uses racial slur at U.S. envoy

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

A major Chinese government news service used a racist slur to describe the departing American ambassador in a mean-spirited editorial on Friday that drew widespread public condemnation in China.

 

Russian troops take over Ukraine's Crimea region

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine.

 

 

How Corporate America forced Arizona bill's veto

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.

 

 

Senate blocks Dems' bill boosting vets' benefits

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

A divided Senate on Thursday derailed Democratic legislation that would have provided $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans. The bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and fresh penalties against Iran.

 

 

Woman posing as Waffle House manager steals cash

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

Atlanta police are searching for a woman dressed in a Waffle House uniform who walked into a restaurant pretending to be an area manager -- and left with about $100 in cash from the register.

 

 

NBC says thousands of illegal videos stopped

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

NBC said it worked with Olympic officials to stop some 45,000 instances of illegally posted video or pirate streams that surfaced to show competition during the Sochi games.

 

 

White House to host first student film festival

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

Two days before attention shifts to the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the White House is trying to create a little buzz for America's future filmmakers.

 

 

Married man becomes Maronite Catholic priest in U.S.

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

When Wissam Akiki was ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest Thursday night in St. Louis, he was welcomed by hundreds of supporters, including his wife and daughter.

 

Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

In strong, often personal terms, President Barack Obama on Thursday called for vigorous efforts to reverse underachievement among young black and Hispanic males.

Egyptian army's 'AIDS detector' instead finds ridicule

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

gypt's military leaders have come under ridicule after the chief army engineer unveiled what he described as a "miraculous" set of devices that detect and cure AIDS, hepatitis and other viruses.

Behaviorists: Dogs feel no shame despite the look

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

The next time you start shaking your finger and shouting "Shame on you!" because your dog chewed up your favorite fuzzy slippers, just remember that no matter how guilty your dog looks, it doesn't know what your rant is about.

Arizona governor's veto aimed at own party's right

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.

 

Iran sanctions dispute hurts vets bill prospects

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

The prospects for an election-year Senate bill aimed at beefing up benefits for America's veterans are caught in the dispute over whether to impose sanctions on Iran.

 

 

Texas gay marriage ban latest to be struck down

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

A federal judge declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional on Wednesday, but will allow the nation's second-most populous state to enforce the law pending an appeal that will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

 

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