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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.

Higher gas prices expected after refinery fire

Posted 8/10/2012 in National

Analysts expect West Coast gas prices to rise beyond $4 a gallon after a fire knocked out a key section of one of the nation's largest oil refineries.

 

Mourners to honor Sikh temple victims

Posted 8/10/2012 in National

Thousands of mourners are expected to pay their final respects Friday to six worshippers gunned down by a white supremacist at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee over the weekend.

 

 

Lawyers: Colo. suspect is mentally ill

Posted 8/10/2012 in National

ttorneys for the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shootings said Thursday their client is mentally ill and that they need more time to assess the nature of his illness.

 

 

Three US troops killed by man in Afghan army uniform

Posted 8/10/2012 in National

A man in an Afghan army uniform shot and killed three American service members this morning in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military command said, the third attack on coalition forces by their Afghan counterparts in a week. The Taliban claimed the shooter joined the insurgency after the attack.

 

 

Nuns consider response to Vatican censure

Posted 8/10/2012 in National

At a pivotal national meeting, members of the largest group for American nuns have been weighing whether they should accept or challenge a Vatican order to reform.

 

Columbus native turns in Eagle Scout medal in protest over policy on gays

Posted 8/9/2012 in National

Columbus native Austin Smith received his Eagle Scout medal in 1973 at the age of 16. The award capped off a longtime commitment to the Boy Scouts and fulfilled a dream of his family.

Obama's welfare waiver: Gutting rules or tweaking?

Posted 8/9/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- Welfare is causing a ruckus in the presidential campaign. But the program is a shadow of its old self from the 1970s, when Ronald Reagan used the image of "welfare queens" to assail government poverty programs promoted by liberals.

 

July was hottest ever in history books

Posted 8/9/2012 in National

This probably comes as no surprise: Federal scientists say July was the hottest month ever recorded in the Lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

 

 

Korean War vets to be honored in national ceremony Friday

Posted 7/26/2012 in National

On Friday, veterans of the Korean War will be honored in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Korean War Commemoration Committee and Department of Defense. The "Heroes Remembered" event marks the 59th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice.

 

 

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