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Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reach out

Posted 4/19/2014 in National

Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear.

 

Easter butter lamb gets 'pardon' at Buffalo market

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

There's at least one butter lamb in Buffalo that won't be going under the knife this Easter.

Drought, old purse solve four-decade mystery

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson had planned to celebrate the end of the 1971 school year by gathering with classmates at a quarry along a gravel road.

 

Man avoids $525 fine for refill at VA

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning.

 

 

Obama voices skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments.

 

 

Advice to Democrats: Don't say 'recovery'

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser.

 

 

Vice principal saved from Korea ferry found hanged

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree.

 

 

Man homesick for prison gets 3 year sentence

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

An ex-con who spent most of his adult life behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home -- prison.

 

 

Tiny power plants promising for nuclear energy

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.

 

 

Salmonella decline seen in food poisoning report

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

The government's latest report card on food poisoning shows a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish.

 

 

Obama: 8M signed up for health care

Posted 4/18/2014 in National

Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

 

 

Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

Posted 4/17/2014 in National

They're called leggings -- popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others.

 

Man who was homesick for prison to be sentenced

Posted 4/17/2014 in National

Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison.

 

Robber was never told to report to prison

Posted 4/17/2014 in National

After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.

 

Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

Posted 4/17/2014 in National

With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

 

Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

Posted 4/17/2014 in National

Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law.

 

Toddler gets stuck inside claw machine

Posted 4/17/2014 in National

Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley.

Defense says bombing suspect's family key to case

Posted 4/17/2014 in National

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Wednesday that understanding Tsarnaev's family is key to their case, offering a glimpse of the defense strategy as they prepare to defend him against charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty.

 

Plane lawsuits might not get heard in U.S.

Posted 4/17/2014 in National

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.

 

 

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