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Obama targets college sexual assaults

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

President Barack Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence.

 

 

Reputed mobster pleads not guilty in 1978 heist

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

More than 30 years after hooded gunmen pulled a $6 million airport heist dramatized in the hit Martin Scorsese movie "Goodfellas," an elderly reputed mobster was arrested at his New York City home on Thursday and charged in the robbery and a 1969 murder.

 

Rare blue diamond found in South Africa

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A mining company says it has found a rare blue diamond in South Africa.

Quirky bunny on Mandela statue causes stir

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A new, 29.5-foot sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.

 

NOAA: 2013 was fourth hottest on record

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

The sweltering year of 1988 first put global warming in the headlines and ended up as the hottest year on record. But on Tuesday, it was pushed out of the top 20 warmest by 2013. Last year tied for the fourth hottest and 1988 fell to 21st.

 

Israel says it foiled al-Qaida plot on United States Embassy

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Israel on Wednesday said it had foiled an "advanced" al-Qaida plan to carry out a suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and bomb other targets, in what analysts said was the first time the global terror network's leadership has been directly involved in plotting an attack inside Israel.

 

Government panel urges end to phone data spying

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

States weigh labels on genetically altered food

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients.

 

UN chief's bungled Iran invitation hurts his role

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Ban Ki-moon made a rare effort at solo diplomacy when he invited Iran to join this week's Syria peace talks, but it backfired, raising questions about the effectiveness of a U.N. secretary-general better known -- and often criticized -- for his reserved and scripted style.

 

LAX gunfire came while officers were on break

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Minutes before a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal last fall, killing a security screener and wounding three other people, the two armed officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required.

 

 

New regulations sought for child car seats

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Child car seats would for the first time have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under regulations the government is proposing, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

Black media seek part of court-ordered tobacco ads

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Black media outlets want the nation's tobacco companies to run court-ordered advertisements in their publications as part of a lawsuit charging that the industry lied about the dangers of smoking.

 

 

Higher-income Americans hit hardest by tax changes

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Higher-income Americans and some legally married same-sex couples are likely to feel the biggest hits from tax law changes when they file their federal returns in the next few months. Taxpayers also will have a harder time taking medical deductions.

 

Former Va. gov, wife indicted for corruption

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Bob McDonnell had just been elected governor of Virginia when a wealthy businessman who had donated the use of his private jet during the Republican's campaign requested a meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York.

 

Psych screening sought in case of 2 slain kids

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Two women who police say killed two young children while performing what they thought was an exorcism will continue to be held without bond as prosecutors seek a psychiatric evaluation to determine if they are mentally competent to stand trial.

 

Cyclist: Driver didn't see me stuck in his windshield

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, "Hello, I'm the guy you hit on the bicycle."

 

Police 'like' wanted Pa. suspect's Facebook post

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Police in one northeastern Pennsylvania town really "liked" this Facebook post.

 

 

GOP image still muddled, a year after suggestions

Posted 1/21/2014 in National

The Republican Party's image has changed little in the year since GOP Chairman Reince Priebus published his prescription for broadening the party's appeal despite its investment in outreach to the racial minorities, women and gay voters who backed Democrats decisively in 2012.

 

 

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