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US banks to pay $8.5B in mortgage settlement

Posted 1/8/2013 in National

Hundreds of thousands of Americans stand to benefit from the latest mortgage-abuse settlement, but consumer advocates say U.S. banks may be getting the best of the deal.

 

 

Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort

Posted 1/8/2013 in National

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left her critically injured.

 

Obama taps Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA

Posted 1/7/2013 in National

President Barack Obama today will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team.

At Iowa prison, a lonely battle against sex movies

Posted 1/7/2013 in National

Administrators let offenders at one of Iowa's most dangerous prison units watch violent and sexually explicit movies and TV shows for years, despite repeated complaints from a female officer who said it encouraged inmates to sexually harass her.

 

Clinton scheduled to return to work today

Posted 1/7/2013 in National

The State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will return to work Monday, a little over a week after she was hospitalized with a blood clot in her head.

 

 

Talk of GOP primaries follows 'fiscal cliff' vote

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Republicans in Congress who took the politically risky step of voting to raise taxes now find themselves trying to fend off potential primary challenges next year from angry conservatives.

 

 

2012 was worst year for whooping cough since 1955

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

The nation just suffered its worst year for whooping cough in nearly six decades, according to preliminary government figures.

 

 

Farm bill extension evidence of lost clout

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.

 

Obama urges action on debt ceiling

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

President Barack Obama is hailing a last-minute deal that avoids the so-called fiscal cliff but says it's just one step in a broader effort to boost the economy and shrink federal deficits.

 

Cat used in Brazil prison smuggling try

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Guards thought there was something suspicious about a little white cat slipping through a prison gate in northeastern Brazil.

 

 

Electoral College count affirms Obama's win

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Congress made the obvious official on Friday. President Barack Obama has been re-elected.

 

 

SC woman, oldest living US citizen, dies at 114

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

A 114-year-old South Carolina woman who was the oldest living U.S. citizen has died.

 

Incarcerated veterans train dogs for other vets

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

Hazard Wilson's new cellmate is a hairy bundle of energy whose playful zeal can't be contained by steel doors: a five-month-old golden retriever. Yardley is one of three canines assigned since September to inmates at a maximum-security prison in western Maryland for training as service dogs for disabled military veterans.

 

Utah school recasts musical with sexy Elvis songs

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

A parent who was "All Shook Up" about Elvis Presley songs in a high-school drama prompted educators to cancel the musical, deeming it too sexual. But the decision was reversed Thursday by administrators at the high school south of Salt Lake City.

 

Rare San Francisco river otter stumps researchers

Posted 1/5/2013 in National

A rapt crowd followed a trail of bubbles that zipped over the surface of a seaside pond in the ruins of a 19th century bath in San Francisco. San Francisco's newest star -- the first river otter seen in the city in decades -- surfaced its whiskery head furtively, a mouth full of sea grass. The crowd oohed as large waves pounded rocks just offshore, a briny smell and chill in the air.

Poll: Obesity's a crisis but we want our junk food

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

We know obesity is a health crisis, or every new year wouldn't start with resolutions to eat better and get off the couch. But don't try taking away our junk food. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for fueling the nation's fat epidemic, a poll finds, but they're split on how much the government should do to help.

 

Rare Stephen King book for auction in Maine

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

A signed copy of a rare Stephen King book is up for auction at a Maine bookstore, with proceeds going to a nearby homeless shelter's emergency home heating fund.

 

 

Find this dog: Become a character in a Lehane novel

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

There's a new mystery on Dennis Lehane's mind, but the story isn't something the best-selling author can control from behind a keyboard. The plot kicked off Christmas Eve, when the crime novelist's rescue beagle Tessa escaped from his yard after an outdoor gate latch didn't lock all the way.

 

 

Indian court to rule on generic drug industry

Posted 1/4/2013 in National

From Africa's crowded AIDS clinics to the malarial jungles of Southeast Asia, the lives of millions of ill people in the developing world are hanging in the balance ahead of a legal ruling that will determine whether India's drug companies can continue to provide cheap versions of many life-saving medicines.

 

 

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