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Facebook used to kidnap, traffic Indonesian girls

Posted 10/29/2012 in National

When a 14-year-old girl received a Facebook friend request from an older man she didn't know, she accepted it out of curiosity. It's a click she will forever regret, leading to a brutal story that has repeated itself as sexual predators find new ways to exploit Indonesia's growing obsession with social media.

Survivors criticize Myanmar gov't over clashes

Posted 10/29/2012 in National

Survivors of ethnic clashes in western Myanmar lashed out at the government today for failing to prevent violence between Muslims and Buddhists that has displaced more than 28,000 people over the last week.

 

Storm in spotlight in campaign's final full week

Posted 10/29/2012 in National

The presidential race's final full week was devolving into a scheduling nightmare as President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney grappled with how to push on with campaigning while a massive storm churned toward the East Coast.

 

 

Marines, police prep for mock zombie invasion

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

Move over vampires, goblins and haunted houses, this kind of Halloween terror aims to shake up even the toughest warriors: An untold number of so-called zombies are coming to a counterterrorism summit attended by hundreds of Marines, Navy special ops, soldiers, police, firefighters and others to prepare them for their worst nightmares.

 

 

Romney woos Florida early vote; Obama eyes NH

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

Juggling politics and storm preparations, Mitt Romney dangled a plea for bipartisanship before early voters in Florida on Saturday as Barack Obama worked to nail down tiny New Hampshire's four electoral votes.

 

Superstorm threat launches mass evacuations

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

Forget distinctions like tropical storm or hurricane. Don't get fixated on a particular track. Wherever it hits, the rare behemoth storm inexorably gathering in the eastern U.S. will afflict a third of the country with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow, say officials who warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way.

 

AP poll: Majority harbor prejudice against blacks

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the United States elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks, whether they recognize those feelings or not.

 

 

Syrian toddler believed dead reunited with parents

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

No one knows how long little Bushr Al Tawashi wandered alone in the rubble of his home in the Syrian capital before rebel fighters found the toddler and handed him over to another family to look after.

 

 

Final countdown: Indecisive voters torn over issues

Posted 10/27/2012 in National

Who are these people who still can't make up their minds? They're undecided voters like Kelly Cox, who spends his days repairing the big rigs that haul central California's walnuts, grapes, milk and more across America.

 

 

NYC officer arrested in ghoulish cannibalism kidnap plot

Posted 10/26/2012 in National

A city police officer was charged Thursday with leading a ghoulish double life by using a law enforcement database and fetish chat rooms to dream up a plot to torture women and then cook and eat their body parts.

 

 

Obama pressures Romney on Mourdock

Posted 10/26/2012 in National

President Barack Obama, seeking to shore up support among women, intensified his pressure Thursday on Mitt Romney to break any ties with a Republican Senate candidate who said that if a woman becomes pregnant from rape it is "something God intended."

 

 

In 2 murder cases, mothers turn in their own sons

Posted 10/26/2012 in National

Mindy Sigg sat sobbing, listening to prosecutors tell a court that her 17-year-old son had confessed to the abduction and killing of 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway.

 

 

Unprecedented 'black mold' meningitis a challenge

Posted 10/26/2012 in National

The black mold creeping into the spines of hundreds of people who got tainted shots for back pain marks uncharted medical territory.

 

East Coast readies for 'Frankenstorm' hybrid monster

Posted 10/26/2012 in National

The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready.

 

Kathleen Parker: Mitt Romney's 'peace' strategy

Posted 10/25/2012 in National

Forget "horses and bayonets." The most important word uttered during the third presidential debate was "peace."

 

Big jump in young adults moving out of state

Posted 10/25/2012 in National

Their lives on hold for years, young adults are now making big moves in the fledgling economic recovery, leaving college towns or parents' homes and heading out of state at the highest rate since the height of the housing boom.

 

GOP candidates in close races disavow rape remark

Posted 10/25/2012 in National

Just as Mitt Romney and other Republicans had cut into the Democrats' advantage with female voters, a tea party-backed Senate candidate's awkward remark -- that if rape leads to pregnancy it's "something God intended" -- has propelled the emotional issue of abortion back to the political forefront.

 

 

Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in Cuba

Posted 10/25/2012 in National

Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean.

 

 

Activist girl's dad vows she'll return to Pakistan

Posted 10/25/2012 in National

The father of a 15-year-old Pakistani activist girl who was shot and wounded by a Taliban gunman vowed Thursday that she would return home after finishing medical treatment abroad despite new insurgent threats against her.

 

 

Obama assails Romney in bid for women's vote

Posted 10/25/2012 in National

Seeking to shore up his support among women voters, President Barack Obama hammered Republican rival Mitt Romney today anew over his backing of Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Senate candidate drawing fire for saying that pregnancies that result from rape are "something God intended."

 

 

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