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Congress returns for short pre-election session

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington today for a truncated pre-election session in which Congress will do what it often does best: punt problems to the future.

 

AP: Border Patrol halts Mexico flights

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

The U.S. government has halted flights home for Mexicans caught entering the country illegally in the deadly summer heat of Arizona's deserts, a money-saving move that ends a seven-year experiment that cost taxpayers nearly $100 million.

Surprising methods heal wounded troops

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

cientists are growing ears, bone and skin in the lab, and doctors are planning more face transplants and other extreme plastic surgeries. Around the country, the most advanced medical tools that exist are now being deployed to help America's newest veterans and wounded troops.

 

U.S. hands over Bagram prison to Afghans

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

U.S. officials handed over formal control of Afghanistan's only large-scale U.S.-run prison to Kabul on Monday, even as disagreements between the two countries over the thousands of Taliban and terror suspects held there marred the transfer.

 

Tornado strikes NYC

Posted 9/8/2012 in National

A tornado swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood in New York City on Saturday, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon.

Pakistan frees Christian girl accused of blasphemy

Posted 9/8/2012 in National

A young Christian girl accused of burning pages of Islam's holy book was freed Saturday from a jail near the capital where she had been held for three weeks, a Pakistani jail official said.

 

Report: US health care system wastes $750B a year

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year -- roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar -- through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said Thursday in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign.

 

 

7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado. It wasn't until she had a seizure that her father knew something was seriously wrong and rushed her to a hospital in their town of Pagosa Springs. She had a 107-degree fever, and doctors were baffled by the cause.

 

Grandma gives birth to her own grandchild

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

Setting foot in a hospital again, Emily and Mike Jordan couldn't help but feel anxious. More than two years before, at age 29, Emily had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. But just before she was to undergo a radical hysterectomy, she was told that she was pregnant.

Attention turns to Peterson's missing fourth wife

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

She loomed over Drew Peterson's murder trial, though her disappearance and the suspicion that the former Illinois police officer killed her was never mentioned in front of the jury.

Texas to open fastest U.S. highway with 85 mph limit

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country, giving eager drivers a chance to rip through a trip between two of the state's largest metropolitan areas.

Obama's convention evolution now complete

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

President Barack Obama's convention evolution is complete. Eight years ago, the little-known Democrat rocketed into the political spotlight with a soaring convention keynote address. Four years later, he accepted the Democratic Party's nomination and became its standard bearer.

 

Claim of Romney taxes theft a puzzling whodunit

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

 

Costa Rica escapes serious damage from big quake

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The bulletins were terrifying: a powerful earthquake had struck off the coast of this Central American country, spawning a tsunami warning and bringing fears of widespread catastrophe.

 

Quakes kill at least 50 in mountainous SW China

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

 

Kitten goes for 100-mile ride on NY woman's bumper

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

A woman says a 6-week-old kitten hitched a ride on the outside of her vehicle as she drove about 100 miles over upstate New York roads.

 

Putin leads young Siberian cranes in flight

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Vladimir Putin flew a motorized hang glider to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight, a characteristic stunt for Russia's action-man, animal-loving president.

 

Rights Watch: Evidence of wider waterboarding

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding in American interrogations of detainees than has been acknowledged by the United States, in a report Thursday that details further brutal treatment at secret CIA-run prisons under the Bush administration-era U.S. program of detention and rendition of terror suspects.

 

Mo. bishop faces bench trial in case tied to abuse

Posted 9/6/2012 in National

A Missouri judge will try the criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest, three weeks before it was to go before a jury.

 

 

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