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CDC: Americans' bellies are expanding fast

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

The number of American men and women with big-bellied, apple-shaped figures -- the most dangerous kind of obesity -- has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to a government study.

 

 

UN: Nearly $1B needed now to stop Ebola

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

The number of Ebola cases could start doubling every three weeks in West Africa, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, warning that the outbreak will cost nearly $1 billion to contain so it does not turn into a "human catastrophe."

 

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.

 

More of world's children live to age 5, work still to be done

Posted 9/17/2014 in National

More of the world's children are surviving to their fifth birthday, but 6.3 million still died last year, mostly from preventable causes, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.

 

 

Congress scrutinizes Obama's Islamic State military strategy

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism rooted in more than a decade of war.

 

Miss America: More to worry about than red cup

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup.

 

Man gets 20 years for gun battle at school

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A man who was persuaded by a bookkeeper to surrender during a 2013 gun battle with police at a school near Atlanta pleaded guilty to multiple charges Tuesday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

 

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

Judge: Lawsuit in Petraeus scandal can proceed

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A federal judge ruled Monday that a Florida woman can pursue her lawsuit alleging the government invaded her privacy in the scandal over former CIA director David Petraeus.

 

Questions over abortion coverage in health law

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

A nonpartisan congressional agency is raising new questions about compliance with a key compromise on abortion that allowed the federal health care law to pass in 2010.

 

 

3,000 U.S. military members to fight Ebola

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

 

Gazans rush to enjoy life after ruinous war

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

After a ruinous war, Gaza is rushing back to a veneer of normalcy at astonishing speed. Street cafes and beaches are packed with people until late at night. Families crowd the few public parks. Wedding halls are booked solid.

 

Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells.

 

 

Officials: U.S. would retaliate against Assad

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after American planes launching airstrikes in his country, senior Obama administration officials said Monday.

 

 

Police: Protocol followed in detention of actress

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

Police said Monday they followed proper protocol when they demanded identification from an actress and her boyfriend while investigating a 911 call alleging lewd conduct in a parked car.

 

Video gamers use police hoax to lash out at opponents

Posted 9/16/2014 in National

The calls to 911 raised an instant alarm: One caller said he shot his co-workers at a Colorado video game company and had hostages. Another in Florida said her father was drunk, wielding a machine gun and threatening their family.

From hunter to hunted: The rise and fall of treasure sleuth Tommy Thompson

Posted 9/15/2014 in National

One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eye glasses, leather shoes, black socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild. It was a far cry from the conquering hero who, almost two decades before, docked a ship in Norfolk, Virginia, loaded with what's been described as the greatest lost treasure in American history.

 

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