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Snake-handling pastor dies from snake bite

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

A snake-handling pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation" has died after being bitten by a snake during a weekend church service in Kentucky.

 

Craigslist killing suspect claims 22 others

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

A Pennsylvania woman charged with her newlywed husband with killing a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 other people across the country, claims police said they are investigating.

 

Some sponsors compose Olympians' tweets

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

Between photos and insights about their Olympic experience, some Olympians are turning over their social media accounts to sponsors, agreeing to quotas of postings on Twitter and Facebook and letting other people send commercial messages in their name.

 

 

Legacy of civil rights leaders source of fights

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter recently walked up to the pulpit of the Atlanta church where her father preached and, in a painful public display, dissociated herself from her brothers.

 

 

Next up: TV ads just for you, dear voter

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

The days when political campaigns would try to make inroads with demographic groups such as soccer moms or white working-class voters are gone. Now, the operatives are targeting specific individuals.

 

 

Fla. man guilty of lesser counts in music shooting

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

A 47-year-old software developer was convicted Saturday of attempted murder for shooting into a car full of teenagers after an argument over what he called their "thug music," but jurors couldn't agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder.

 

 

'Killer heroin' causing fatal overdoses in East

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

On an icy night last month, a man entered a grocery store here, walked past the displays of cake mix and paper towels, and went into the bathroom, where he injected himself with heroin.

 

Hey Romeo, thank these guys for bringing the roses

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

If Cupid were to have a home, it would be Miami International Airport.

Rare stamp could bring millions at auction

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

It could be called "The Little Stamp That Could." Three times in its long history, the 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America has broken the auction record for a single stamp. Now, it's poised to become the world's most valuable stamp again.

 

Judge: Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

In a federal court ruling echoing decisions reached elsewhere in the U.S., Virginia on Thursday became the first state in the South to overturn a voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage.

 

 

Methodists in crisis over gay marriage, church law

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them.

 

 

New gender options available for Facebook users

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral.

 

 

Kerry faces tough sell in China on North Korea tension

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appealed today for China's help in bringing a belligerent North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks.

 

 

More delay likely on Afghan security pact

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

The Obama administration has quietly stopped demanding that Afghan President Hamid Karzai finalize a stalled security pact within weeks, opening up the possibility that a decision on keeping U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan after this year might not be made until after Karzai's successor is elected this spring.

 

Debt limit saves GOP from political showdown

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

Republicans' new acquiescence to letting the government pile up more debt with no strings attached paid double political dividends: It spared the GOP another politically debilitating showdown with President Barack Obama and also forced Democrats to cast votes that rivals immediately used against them in this year's midterm elections.

 

NSA: Leaker Snowden copied co-worker's password

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

Former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden gained access to at least some classified documents he later disclosed by copying a password from a co-worker who has since resigned, the NSA reported to Congress.

 

Study disputes the value of routine mammograms

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

 

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