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Claim of Romney taxes theft a puzzling whodunit

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

 

Costa Rica escapes serious damage from big quake

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The bulletins were terrifying: a powerful earthquake had struck off the coast of this Central American country, spawning a tsunami warning and bringing fears of widespread catastrophe.

 

Quakes kill at least 50 in mountainous SW China

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

 

Kitten goes for 100-mile ride on NY woman's bumper

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

A woman says a 6-week-old kitten hitched a ride on the outside of her vehicle as she drove about 100 miles over upstate New York roads.

 

Putin leads young Siberian cranes in flight

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Vladimir Putin flew a motorized hang glider to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight, a characteristic stunt for Russia's action-man, animal-loving president.

 

Rights Watch: Evidence of wider waterboarding

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding in American interrogations of detainees than has been acknowledged by the United States, in a report Thursday that details further brutal treatment at secret CIA-run prisons under the Bush administration-era U.S. program of detention and rendition of terror suspects.

 

Mo. bishop faces bench trial in case tied to abuse

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

A Missouri judge will try the criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest, three weeks before it was to go before a jury.

 

 

How weak is the job market? Depends on your numbers

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Is the U.S. job market dismal as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says? Or is it steadily improving as President Barack Obama contends?

 

 

Reddit founder has Democrats and Republicans agreeing on something

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian has accomplished what virtually no one else in Washington is doing these days: Bring the political parties together on a controversial issue.

 

Small theaters struggle as Hollywood goes digital

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

The Isis Theatre hasn't changed much since it opened 86 years ago in southeast Nebraska, a stone's throw from the grain elevator and railroad tracks that cut through town.

Suspects sought after movie-style bank heist

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Two masked gunmen managed to evade authorities after a bizarre bank heist, strapping what they said was a bomb to her midsection and forcing her to order employees to "take out all the money" from her branch.

Oil from BP spill uncovered by Isaac's waves

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Waves from Hurricane Isaac uncovered oil previously buried along Gulf Coast beaches, exposing crude that wasn't cleaned up after the BP spill in 2010.

 

Dems seek luster for Obama from Bill Clinton

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Bill Clinton takes center stage at the Democratic National Convention today as President Barack Obama's nomination is placed before a party hoping that the last president to preside over sustained growth can help propel him to re-election in a sputtering economy.

 

Mass. inmate sex-change ruling praised, condemned

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery to an inmate is being praised by advocates as important recognition that the surgery is a legitimate treatment for gender-identity disorder, even as critics including Sen. Scott Brown call it "an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars."

 

National debt hits $16 trillion; Republicans critical

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the national debt has topped $16 trillion, the result of chronic government deficits that have poured more than $50,000 worth of red ink onto federal ledgers for every man, woman and child in the United States.

 

Syria comes under scathing international criticism

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Syria came under scathing international criticism Wednesday, with Turkey calling the country a terrorist state and Egypt's leader calling on President Bashar Assad to "learn from recent history" and step down.

Dawn craft to depart asteroid for dwarf planet

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

After spending a year gazing at Vesta, NASA's Dawn spacecraft was set to cruise toward the most massive space rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter -- a voyage that will take nearly three years.

 

Chance encounter leads to torture suspect's arrest

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in his home country, according to testimony from a Department of Homeland Security official Tuesday.

 

 

Political conventions highlight Hispanic split

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The Hispanics with the highest profiles in this year's political conventions, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, stand as opposites in a cultural and political split that has divided millions of U.S. Latinos for decades.

 

First lady's message: Obama is just like you

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Michelle Obama's message: President Barack Obama is just like you.

 

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