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Japan PM to make historic address to Congress, talk trade

Posted 4/29/2015 in National

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will seek support for a trans-Pacific trade pact that has divided U.S. lawmakers as he makes the first address by a Japanese leader to a joint meeting of Congress.

 

Nepal quake toll tops 5,000 as aid reaches epicenter area

Posted 4/29/2015 in National

Aid reached a hilly district near the epicenter of Nepal's earthquake for the first time Wednesday, four days after the quake struck and as the death toll from the disaster passed the 5,000 mark.

Modern tragedy: Quake-ravaged Nepal tower a site for selfies

Posted 4/28/2015 in National

Social media is a chronicle of life, and sometimes death. So it should be no surprise that a site of great human and cultural loss in Nepal's devastating earthquake is now barraged with the clicking of smartphones.

American Civil War commemorated way, way down south of Dixie

Posted 4/28/2015 in National

It had all the trappings of a down-home country fair somewhere well below the Mason-Dixon line: Lynyrd Skynyrd medleys, mile-long lines for fried chicken, barbeque and draft beer, and a plethora of Confederate flags emblazoning everything from belt buckles to motorcycle vests to trucker caps.

Riots in Baltimore raise questions about police response

Posted 4/28/2015 in National

National Guard troops fanned out through the city, shield-bearing police officers blocked the streets and firefighters doused still-simmering blazes early today as a growing area of Baltimore shuddered from riots following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody.

 

US lowers fluoride in water; too much causing splotchy teeth

Posted 4/28/2015 in National

The government is lowering the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water because some kids are getting too much, causing white splotches on their teeth.

 

 

Obama, Abe putting joint face on trade amid opposition in US

Posted 4/28/2015 in National

Eager to build on the U.S.-Japan alliance, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will work to strengthen economic ties further while confronting stiff resistance from the U.S. president's own political party to a massive new Pacific Rim trade deal.

 

Supreme Court to hear historic same-sex marriage arguments

Posted 4/28/2015 in National

The Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land.

 

Study blames global warming for 75 percent of very hot days

Posted 4/28/2015 in National

If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity.

 

 

Few vets getting care through $10 billion VA program

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

A new program that was supposed to get patients off waiting lists at Veterans Affairs medical centers by letting them switch to private-sector doctors is proving to be an even bigger disappointment than initially thought.

 

 

Unusual ice cream recalls raise questions about cause

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants -- and whether the discoveries are related.

 

New DNA codes for mammoths: Step toward bringing them back?

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

Scientists are getting their best look yet at the DNA code for the woolly mammoth, thanks to work that could be a step toward bringing back the extinct beast.

 

Lawyer says fatally injured arrestee lacked seat belt

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

No video captured what happened to Freddie Gray inside the police van where officers heaved him into a metal compartment after pinning him to a sidewalk. The cause of his fatal spine injury has not been revealed.

 

 

Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of 'deadly mistakes'

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

Two years ago, President Barack Obama stood before a military audience and spoke of the "heartbreaking tragedy" of accidental civilian deaths caused by U.S. military strikes in the fight against terrorism in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

Food Babe blogger Vani Hari taking heat over health science

Posted 4/24/2015 in National

As truth wars go, Vani Hari of the Food Babe blog has produced a doozy.

 

Editorial cartoon for 4-23-15

Posted 4/23/2015 in National

 

 

CDC using new technology to track listeria illnesses

Posted 4/23/2015 in National

The government is relying on some new technology -- as well as a bit of luck -- to track an outbreak of life-threatening listeria linked to Blue Bell ice cream products.

 

 

Volunteer deputy heading to Bahamas amid manslaughter charge

Posted 4/22/2015 in National

A volunteer sheriff's deputy plans to vacation in the Bahamas while facing a second-degree manslaughter charge in Oklahoma, his attorneys told a judge Tuesday, drawing immediate criticism from the family of the man he killed.

 

 

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