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Mom seeks heart transplant for autistic son

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

A Pennsylvania woman whose autistic adult son was not recommended for a heart transplant said she wants to bring more attention to the decision-making process so that those with ailments or disabilities are not passed over without careful consideration.

 

Fake Twitter followers newest accusation in politics

Posted 8/17/2012 in National

Forget ballot box irregularities. There's a virtual dust-up under way over how Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney amassed more than 100,000 new Twitter followers in just one weekend.

 

Officials: Man criticized group before DC shooting

Posted 8/16/2012 in National

A Virginia man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard at the Washington headquarters of a social conservative lobbying group on Wednesday made a negative reference about the organization's work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said.

New ad campaign portrays caregivers' call for help

Posted 8/16/2012 in National

A woman grips her car's steering wheel and silently lets out a scream as her frail father, on oxygen, coughs beside her and her kids play around in the back seat. The frustration portrayed in an arresting new public service announcement is recognizable to millions of Americans who struggle to care for aging loved ones while holding down jobs, raising children and taking care of their own health.

 

Undoing Obama Medicare cuts may backfire on Romney

Posted 8/16/2012 in National

 

 

Romney says Obama just trying to 'hang onto power'

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

epublican presidential challenger Mitt Romney charged Wednesday that President Barack Obama is running a campaign "of enmity and jealousy and anger" and called on him to lift the tone of political discourse.

 

 

Christie in, Palin out, as GOP convention speakers

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

The full slate of convention speakers for the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month is now set, and it reveals a careful attempt by the GOP to highlight voices that will excite party loyalists in the campaign hall while excluding those that could turn off independent voters watching on television at home.

 

Dog treadmill sales brisk as pets shape up

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

Like any true celebrity, Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier from "The Artist" and "Water for Elephants," puts in his time on the treadmill.

Musicians remember Elvis' talent, character

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

Elvis Presley left behind hit songs, epic performances, some so-so movies and an image as a handsome, rebellious, talented and sometimes-troubled artist that remains indelibly marked in America's pop culture psyche 35 years after his death.

 

Ron Palillo, of 'Welcome Back, Kotter,' dies at 63

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

 

Some below poverty line don't qualify for Medicaid

Posted 8/15/2012 in National

Many working-class people are below the federal poverty line but don't qualify for Medicaid, a decades-old state-federal insurance program. That's especially true in states where conservative governors say they'll reject the Medicaid expansion under Obama's health law.

 

Alabama ranks 4th on new obesity list

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

A new study ranked Alabama as the nation's fourth-fattest state, and health officials said Monday they have yet to see evidence that programs encouraging residents to slim down are doing much to combat poor diets and a lack of exercise at the heart of the problem.

 

 

Mississippi again ranks worst in obesity

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

State leaders are counseling patience as they strive to reduce the share of obese Mississippians. Rankings released Monday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly 35 percent of Mississippi adults were very fat in 2011, the worst in the nation. Mississippi also topped the list in each of the previous six years.

 

Ryan's Medicare plan hard to pull off

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

The idea behind Paul Ryan's Medicare plan is to slow growing costs and keep the program more affordable for the long haul.

 

Looming spending cuts hit more than defense

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

It's not just the Pentagon and defense contractors that face a funding crisis from broad government spending cuts in January. Domestic programs are on the chopping block too, in ways that could affect average Americans more.

 

House sues Holder over 'Fast and Furious' records

Posted 8/14/2012 in National

The Republican-run House on Monday asked a federal court to enforce a subpoena against Attorney General Eric Holder, demanding that he produce records on a bungled gun-tracking operation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Tea party gets its man in VP pick

Posted 8/13/2012 in National

The tea party didn't get its man in Mitt Romney. But the movement got one of its ideological heroes in the Republican presidential ticket's No. 2 slot.

Doctors target gun violence as a social disease

Posted 8/11/2012 in National

Is a gun like a virus, a car, tobacco or alcohol? Yes, say public health experts, who, in the wake of recent mass shootings, are calling for a fresh look at gun violence as a social disease.

It's Paul Ryan: Romney picks Wis. Rep. for No. 2

Posted 8/11/2012 in National

Republican Mitt Romney anointed Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, an ardent conservative and devoted budget cutter, as his vice presidential running mate on Saturday, and the two men immediately embarked on a tour of campaign battleground states, vowing to defeat President Barack Obama and repair the long-ailing U.S. economy.

Democrats seize upon Romney's choice of Ryan

Posted 8/11/2012 in National

Democrats pounced on Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, saying the pick showed a commitment to "budget-busting tax cuts" for the wealthy and greater burdens on the middle class and seniors.

 

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