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Nigerian abducted girls located

Posted 5/27/2014 in National

Nigeria's military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but fears using force to try to free them could get them killed, the country's chief of defense said Monday.

 

 

Obama signals limited Afghanistan role

Posted 5/27/2014 in National

President Barack Obama slipped into Afghanistan for a surprise visit Sunday and made clear that the U.S. will likely maintain a limited role here even after its combat mission ends this year and America's longest war comes to a close.

 

 

Malaysia releases satellite data on missing airliner

Posted 5/27/2014 in National

The Malaysian government today released 45 pages of raw satellite data it used to determine that the missing jetliner crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, responding to demands for greater transparency by relatives of some of the 239 people on board.

 

 

Pope to meet sex abuse victims at Vatican

Posted 5/27/2014 in National

Pope Francis announced Monday he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared "zero tolerance" for any member of the clergy who would violate a child.

 

Calif. community college shooting rampage leaves seven dead

Posted 5/24/2014 in National

A Hollywood director believes his son was the lone gunman who went on a shooting rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara that killed six people -- weeks after the family had called police about disturbing YouTube videos he had posted, his lawyer said Saturday.

 

GOP tries to define Hillary Clinton

Posted 5/24/2014 in National

On any given day, Republicans call Hillary Rodham Clinton a deeply flawed future presidential candidate. Or a formidable one.

 

 

UN panel slams Vatican on priest sex-abuse scandal

Posted 5/24/2014 in National

In a report that could expose the Catholic Church to new legal arguments by clerical sex abuse victims, a U.N. committee found Friday that the Vatican does exercise worldwide control over its bishops and priests and must comply with the U.N.'s anti-torture treaty.

 

 

Poll: Health care enrollees rise but little love for Obamacare

Posted 5/24/2014 in National

President Barack Obama celebrated when sign-ups for his health care law topped 8 million, far exceeding expectations after a slipshod launch. Most Americans, however, remain unimpressed.

 

 

Tennessee brings back the electric chair

Posted 5/23/2014 in National

As the rest of the nation debates the feasibility and humanity of lethal injections against a backdrop of scarce drugs and botched executions, Tennessee has come up with an alternative: the electric chair.

 

 

Police: Man stole bread truck, made deliveries

Posted 5/23/2014 in National

A man stole a New York City bread truck and began delivering loaves of savory baked goods to random businesses, the bakery's owner said Thursday.

 

 

Deaths put NYC jail system under scrutiny

Posted 5/23/2014 in National

The grisly deaths of two inmates -- one who "baked to death" in his overheated cell, another who sexually mutilated himself while locked up alone for seven days -- have raised new questions about the New York City jail system's ability to deal with a burgeoning number of mentally ill people.

 

 

In switch, gay rights issue now favoring Democrats

Posted 5/23/2014 in National

It wasn't all that long ago that Republicans used gay marriage as a tool to drive Election Day turnout. But as public opinion on the issue has turned and courts strike down same-sex marriage bans, gay rights is evolving into a wedge issue for Democrats to wield.

 

Weather forecasters predict slow Atlantic hurricane season

Posted 5/23/2014 in National

A slower-than-usual hurricane season is expected this year because of an expected El Nino, federal forecasters said Thursday, but they warned that it takes only one storm to wreak havoc and urged Americans to be prepared.

 

Mother persuaded kidnapped woman to go to police

Posted 5/23/2014 in National

A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother's boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her alleged captor year after year, but she was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.

 

 

New anti-gay remarks by 'Duck Dynasty' star emerge

Posted 5/23/2014 in National

A&E has declined to comment on new video of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson reviving past anti-gay remarks.

 

 

AP: Botched nuclear silo drill revealed

Posted 5/23/2014 in National

An Air Force security team's botched response to a simulated assault on a nuclear missile silo has prompted a blistering review followed by expanded training to deal with the nightmare scenario of a real attack.

 

 

House defies Pentagon on defense spending

Posted 5/23/2014 in National

The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despite warnings that it will undercut military readiness.

 

 

House passes curbs on NSA phone surveillance

Posted 5/23/2014 in National

In an overwhelming vote, the House moved the U.S. closer to ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records Thursday.

 

 

80 U.S. Air Force personnel on ground in Chad

Posted 5/23/2014 in National

Eighty U.S. Air Force personnel have begun their mission in Chad to help locate nearly 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in neighboring Nigeria, a U.S. military spokesman said Thursday.

 

 

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