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Could Kerry, Hagel drive reboot in US-Cuba ties?

Posted 1/26/2013 in National

The nominee for U.S. Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry, once held up millions of dollars in funding for secretive U.S. democracy-building programs in Cuba. Defense Secretary hopeful Chuck Hagel has called the U.S. embargo against the communist-run island "nonsensical" and anachronistic.

 

 

Do penalties for smokers and the obese make sense?

Posted 1/26/2013 in National

Faced with the high cost of caring for smokers and overeaters, experts say society must grapple with a blunt question: Instead of trying to penalize them and change their ways, why not just let these health sinners die?

 

 

Congress charts new course for deficit

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The nation's sharp disagreements over taxes and spending are on a re-routed collision course, as Senate Democrats launch a plan that includes new taxes and House Republicans vow to speed up their plan to balance the federal budget with spending cuts alone.

 

 

Taxpayers caring for parents, grown children may find relief

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

Members of the sandwich generation -- caught between supporting elderly parents whose assets are nearly exhausted and adult children without jobs -- might find some relief come tax time. The bottom line is, who's a dependent? Your kindergarten-age son, your adult daughter, her grandparents, or maybe an elderly uncle or aunt?

 

Military has to decide which combat jobs for women

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat presents a daunting challenge to top military leaders who now will have to decide which, if any, jobs they believe should be open only to men.

Navy: Random alcohol tests for sailors

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

The Navy said Wednesday it will conduct random blood-alcohol tests on its sailors in the United States starting next month, a sign of how concerned the service's leaders have become about the effects alcohol abuse is having on the force.

Sheriff: Second suspect possible in college attack

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

A second suspect may emerge in the aftermath of the shooting at a Houston-area community college that left three people injured, the Harris County sheriff said Wednesday.

 

N. Korea warns of nuke test, more rocket launches

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

North Korea's top governing body warned Thursday that the regime will conduct its third nuclear test in defiance of U.N. punishment, and made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.

 

Kerry to field questions from panel he chairs

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, on a smooth path to confirmation as secretary of state, is likely to face friendly questioning when he testifies before the committee that he's served on for 28 years and led for the past four.

WTC workers scrawl graffiti of defiance, hope

Posted 1/24/2013 in National

On most construction projects, workers are discouraged from signing or otherwise scrawling on the iron and concrete. At the skyscraper rising at ground zero, though, they're being invited to leave messages for the ages.

 

US Afghan commander cleared in Petraeus email case

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

A Pentagon investigation has cleared Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, of professional misconduct in exchanging emails with a civilian woman linked to the sex scandal that led retired Gen. David Petraeus to resign as CIA director.

 

Texas parents get custody of kids living in bus

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

Nearly a year after their two children were found living virtually unsupervised in an old school bus in Southeast Texas, the parents regained full custody of their kids Tuesday when a judge dismissed a child welfare case against them.

 

Man charged in community college shootings

Posted 1/23/2013 in National

A 22-year-old man has been charged in the shootings at a Houston-area community college campus that left him and two others wounded.

 

 

Pacemakers in the brain may zap Alzheimer's damage

Posted 1/22/2013 in National

It has the makings of a science fiction movie: Zap someone's brain with mild jolts of electricity to try to stave off the creeping memory loss of Alzheimer's disease. And it's not easy. Holes are drilled into the patient's skull so tiny wires can be implanted into just the right spot.

 

Mood subdued for Obama's second inauguration

Posted 1/21/2013 in National

His second term already under way, President Barack Obama aims to set an optimistic tone when he takes the oath again to lead a divided nation seeking solutions to economic woes at home and conflict overseas.

 

Roe v. Wade: After 40 years, deep divide is legacy

Posted 1/21/2013 in National

By today's politically polarized standards, the Supreme Court's momentous Roe v. Wade ruling was a landslide. By a 7-2 vote on Jan. 22, 1973, the justices established a nationwide right to abortion.

 

 

Government again delays proposed 'fracking' rule

Posted 1/19/2013 in National

The Interior Department is again delaying a proposed rule that would require companies drilling for oil and natural gas on federal lands to publicly disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.

 

 

Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin charged with bribery

Posted 1/19/2013 in National

More than a decade ago, Ray Nagin was elected mayor of New Orleans on a vow to root out corruption in a city plagued by decades of it. On Friday, the former mayor was indicted on charges he lined his pockets with bribe money, payoffs and gratuities while the chronically poor city struggled to recover from Hurricane Katrina's punishing blow.

 

 

GOP leader: House to vote on debt limit increase

Posted 1/19/2013 in National

House Republican leaders Friday offered President Barack Obama a three-month reprieve to a looming, market-rattling debt crisis, backing off demands that any immediate extension of the government's borrowing authority be accompanied by stiff spending cuts.

 

 

Colo. theater reopens, months after mass shooting

Posted 1/18/2013 in National

One survivor had to pause on his way into the theater and pray. Another braced for flashbacks as he entered the auditorium where 12 people died and dozens were injured during a massacre six months earlier. Others refused to come, viewing the reopening of the multiplex as insensitive.

 

 

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