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Study: Kids' obesity risk starts before school age

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Those efforts to fight obesity in schools? Think younger. A new study finds that much of a child's "weight fate" is set by age 5, and that nearly half of kids who became obese by the eighth grade were already overweight when they started kindergarten.

 

From Muppets to puppies, Super Bowl ads get cute

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Call it Cute Bowl. Adorable is the name of the game this year as Super Bowl advertisers try to grab your attention. That means lots of "cute" story lines, including a family that's expecting a new baby and a horse that forms a long-lasting bond with a puppy.

Knox's murder conviction reinstated

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

More than two years after Amanda Knox returned to the U.S. apparently home free, an Italian court Thursday reinstated her murder conviction in the stabbing of her roommate and increased her sentence to 28 years in prison, raising the specter of a long extradition fight.

 

Gunman's doctor before rampage: 'No problem there'

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

The gunman who killed 12 people in last year's rampage at Washington's Navy Yard lied so convincingly to Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that they concluded he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period, according to a review by The Associated Press of his confidential medical files.

 

 

U.S. seeks death for marathon suspect

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

The announcement by federal prosecutors that they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in the Boston Marathon bombing came as no surprise to people who lost limbs or suffered other injuries in last year's attack.

 

 

Wash., Colo., have few ways to stop weed leaving

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Among the many oddities that have arisen from marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado is this: It can be easier to get through airport security with a bag of weed than a bottle of water.

 

 

N.J. university offers course studying Beyonce

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Beyonce is one of the world's most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia.

 

 

Denver mayor sparks Super Bowl chile battle

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

A friendly Super Bowl bet between the mayors of Seattle and Denver is causing a stir in New Mexico.

 

 

Vatican bank admits widows victims of crackdown

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Dozens and perhaps hundreds of widows and Vatican pensioners recently came in for a rude surprise: The Vatican bank told them they had to close their accounts or risk losing access to their money -- all in the name of Pope Francis' reform efforts, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

Editorial cartoon for 1-30-14

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

 

 

Snow, ice send South's flagship city reeling

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The snow and sleet have stopped falling and traffic was moving again around Atlanta following a crippling storm -- but transportation and rescue officials said that didn't mean it was safe yet to drive, especially after the sun goes down.

 

 

Farm bill passes House after years of disagreement

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

After years of setbacks, a nearly $100 billion-a-year compromise farm bill cleared the House on Wednesday despite strong opposition from conservatives who sought a bigger cut in food stamps.

 

Monarch butterfly numbers drop, migration may disappear

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The stunning and little-understood annual migration of millions of Monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger of disappearing, experts said Wednesday, after numbers dropped to their lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993.

Hundreds of living, dead pythons found in California home

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

A California schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday after hundreds of living and dead pythons in plastic bins were found stacked floor to ceiling inside his stench-filled home in suburban Orange County.

 

Death penalty decision imminent in Boston bombing

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

As attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he's not a proponent of capital punishment.

 

Police: Md. mall gunman wrote of killing people

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The gunman in a deadly attack at a Maryland shopping mall wrote in general terms about killing people in his journal and said that he was ready to die, police said Wednesday in releasing new details about writings the shooter left behind.

 

New treatment could reduce kids' peanut allergies

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

An experimental therapy that fed children with peanut allergies small amounts of peanut flour has helped more than 80 percent of them safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts.

 

 

Obama hopes myRA will be first step on retirement

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

Even proponents of President Barack Obama's new retirement savings program readily concede it won't be a cure-all for a nation of people who are saving far too little for their golden years. Many Americans won't be able to participate initially, and those who do may find the benefits are modest.

 

Republicans unimpressed with Obama's speech

Posted 1/29/2014 in National

At the dawn of an election year, congressional Republicans responded quickly and forcefully to President Barack Obama's nationally televised vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate on "creating new jobs, not creating new crises" in a nation with a yawning income gap.

Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

Posted 1/29/2014 in National

Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between America's rich and poor.

 

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