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Hamas chief arrives in Gaza for first-ever visit

Posted 12/7/2012 in National

Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal has arrived in the Gaza Strip for his first-ever visit. The landmark trip reflects his militant group's burgeoning international acceptance.

 

 

Black boxes in cars raise concerns

Posted 12/7/2012 in National

Many motorists don't know it, but it's likely that every time they get behind the wheel, there's a snitch along for the ride.

 

 

Gene-altered mosquitoes could be used vs. dengue

Posted 12/7/2012 in National

Mosquito control officials in the Florida Keys are waiting for the federal government to sign off on an experiment that would release hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes to reduce the risk of dengue fever in the tourist town of Key West.

 

 

McAfee hospitalized after being denied asylum

Posted 12/7/2012 in National

Software company founder John McAfee was hospitalized briefly Thursday after being denied political asylum in Guatemala, and his lawyers said they were making a last-ditch effort to keep him from being flown back to Belize for questioning about the killing of a fellow American expatriate.

 

 

Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

New census data released Thursday affirm a clear and sustained drop in illegal immigration, ending more than a decade of increases.

 

 

Expert panel: NASA seems adrift in space, needs new goal

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

NASA, the agency that epitomized the "Right Stuff," seems lost in space and doesn't have a clear sense of where it is going, an independent panel of science and engineering experts said in a stinging report Wednesday.

 

The 'royal molecatcher' outlives Versailles king

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

The king is dead, but the molecatcher lives on.

Homeless man charged in subway rider's death

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

As New York City straphangers pondered what they would do in a similar nightmare situation, authorities charged a homeless man in the death of a Queens resident pushed in front of an oncoming subway train and killed as onlookers watched.

 

Guatemalan police arrest software guru McAfee

Posted 12/6/2012 in National

Software company founder John McAfee was arrested by Guatemalan police for entering the country illegally, ending his bizarre weekslong journey as a blogging fugitive claiming to be persecuted by authorities in Belize.

 

 

Fiscal cliff offers hint at more defense cuts

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit.

 

 

Nativity scene Jesus returned, replacement swiped

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

A baby Jesus figure taken from a Pennsylvania church's Nativity scene last year was found cradled in the arms of a nearby statue, just hours before the replacement statue was swiped.

 

Fast-growing fish may never make it to the plate

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Salmon that's been genetically modified to grow twice as fast as normal could soon show up on your dinner plate. That is, if the company that makes the fish can stay afloat.

 

Scientists: After further review, giant sequoia tops neighbor

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Deep in the Sierra Nevada, the famous General Grant giant sequoia tree is suffering its loss of stature in silence. What once was the world's No. 2 biggest tree has been supplanted thanks to the most comprehensive measurements taken of the largest living things on Earth.

 

 

Cosmic waves mimic chirping of 'alien birds'

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Twin spacecraft have captured the clearest sounds yet from Earth's radiation belts -- and they mimic the chirping of birds.

 

 

Suspect in NYC subway push implicates self

Posted 12/5/2012 in National

Authorities said a suspect has implicated himself in the death of a New York man who was pushed onto the tracks and photographed just before a train struck him -- an image that set off an ethical debate after it appeared on the front page of the New York Post.

 

CDC says flu season starts early, could be bad

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

Flu season in the U.S. is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade -- and it could be a bad one.

 

Fort Hood shooting judge removed for showing bias

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

A military judge has been thrown off the Fort Hood deadly shooting case after an appeals court found that his treatment of the suspect, including an order to have the man forcibly shaved, indicated a lack of impartiality.

 

 

GOP issues a new 'fiscal cliff' offer to Obama

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

House Republicans put forth a $2.2 trillion "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama on Monday, calling for raising the eligibility age for Medicare, lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits and bringing in $800 billion in higher tax revenue -- but not raising rates for the wealthy.

 

 

Navy: No US drones missing after Iran claims capture

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

Iran claimed Tuesday it had captured a U.S. drone after it entered Iranian airspace over the Persian Gulf-- even showing an image of a purportedly downed craft on state TV -- but the U.S. Navy said all its unmanned aircraft in the region were "fully accounted for."

 

 

California sea smuggling claims Coast Guard life

Posted 12/4/2012 in National

he killing of a U.S. Coast Guardsman whose crew was chasing a vessel suspected of being laden with drugs appears to be the latest example of how smugglers are venturing farther north in a game of cat-and-mouse along the California coast.

 

 

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