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Texas gay marriage ban latest to be struck down

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

A federal judge declared a same-sex marriage ban in deeply conservative Texas unconstitutional on Wednesday, but will allow the nation's second-most populous state to enforce the law pending an appeal that will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

 

General: Grim Afghan future if no security pact

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

Depicting a grim future for Afghanistan without U.S. help, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday that Afghanistan's refusal to sign a security agreement with the United States may make the fight more difficult this year, embolden the enemy and prompt some Afghan security forces to cooperate with the Taliban to "hedge their bets."

 

 

Obama seeking $300 billion for roads, railways investment

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will ask Congress for $300 billion to update aging roads and railways, arguing that the taxpayer investment is a worthy one that will pay dividends by attracting businesses and helping put people to work.

 

 

Army removes 588 troops from sensitive jobs

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

The Army removed 588 soldiers from sensitive jobs such as sexual assault counselors and recruiters after finding they had committed infractions such as sexual assault, child abuse and drunken driving, officials said Wednesday.

 

New look coming for nutrition labels

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

Those "Nutrition Facts" labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look.

Kentucky snake handler death doesn't shake congregation's belief

Posted 2/27/2014 in National

Three days after pastor Jamie Coots died from a rattlesnake bite at church, mourners leaving the funeral went to the church to handle snakes.

California couple stumbles upon $10 million cache of rare coins

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.

 

Ovary removal aids high-risk women but at what age

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35.

 

 

Kingpin's high-tech gadgetry helped him stay free

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Mexico's most powerful drug cartel leader employed high-tech communications gadgetry and sophisticated counterespionage practices to elude an international manhunt for 13 years, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

Asiana Airlines penalized $500K over crash

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

In the first penalty of its kind, federal transportation officials on Tuesday docked Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to promptly contact passengers' families and keep them informed about their loved ones after a deadly crash last year at San Francisco International airport.

 

 

Arizona governor returns home amid furor over religious beliefs bill

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Gov. Jan Brewer returned to Arizona on Tuesday and faced a pressing decision about a bill on her desk that has prompted a national debate over religious and gay rights.

 

 

Child dies from infected rat; family sues Petco

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

A San Diego family is suing Petco after the death of their 10-year-old son from a bacterial infection they say he contracted from his pet rat.

 

 

Government: Cut out school junk food ads

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

It's not just about what America's kids are getting in the lunch line. The Obama administration is moving to phase out junk food advertising on football scoreboards and elsewhere on school grounds -- part of a broad effort to combat child obesity and create what Michelle Obama calls "a new norm" for today's schoolchildren and future generations.

 

 

Obama threatens Karzai with full withdrawal

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

 

Army study gives women taste of combat tasks

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

tanding just over 5 feet, Army Spc. Karen Arvizu is barely a foot taller than the anti-tank missile she carries in both arms and loads into an armored vehicle. She stands on her tip-toes to wrestle open the 300-pound top hatch.

 

Congress signals tough fight for Pentagon overhaul plan

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Lawmakers signaled a difficult battle ahead for the Obama administration's plan to dramatically overhaul the nation's military, voicing opposition Tuesday to proposed cuts in benefit packages, long-standing weapons programs and bases that mean money and jobs across America.

 

 

National drop in obese toddlers, study suggests

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Toddler obesity shrank sharply in the past decade, a new study suggests. While promising, it's not proof that the nation has turned a corner in the battle against childhood obesity, some experts say.

 

Hagel says military must shrink to face new era

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Looking beyond America's post-9/11 wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing bases and reshaping forces to confront a "more volatile, more unpredictable" world with a more nimble military.

Lower Mississippi River back open after oil spill

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters Monday, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

 

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