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UAW drops appeal of defeat in vote

Posted 4/22/2014 in National

The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone U.S. assembly plant.

 

Why are Americans obsessed with missing Malaysian plane?

Posted 4/22/2014 in National

From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist.

Teen stowaway shows holes in vast airport security

Posted 4/22/2014 in National

Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully captured the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security breach until the plane -- and the boy -- landed in Hawaii.

 

Spencer wins $30,000 short story prize

Posted 4/22/2014 in National

Elizabeth Spencer, a revered Southern author still active in her 90s, has won a $30,000 short story prize.

 

Courthouse violence unpredictable despite security

Posted 4/22/2014 in National

When Utah's new federal courthouse opened last week, it came with security improvements that are becoming standard around the country: separate entrances and elevators for judges, defendants and the public; bullet-resistant glass and paneling; and vehicle barricades to keep car bombs at bay.

 

Affordable Care Act only chips away at a core goal

Posted 4/22/2014 in National

Swan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama's health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn't happened.

 

 

Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colo.

Posted 4/21/2014 in National

Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

 

 

Kids get codeine in ER despite risks, guidelines

Posted 4/21/2014 in National

Despite recommended limits on codeine use in children, the potent painkiller is prescribed for children in at least half a million emergency room visits each year, a study suggests.

 

Hoping legislative defeats boost voter turnout

Posted 4/19/2014 in National

Flip sides of the same campaign-season coin, the Republican drive in Congress to repeal the nation's health care law and the Democratic call to close the pay gap for women have much in common.

 

Sub search continues for airliner

Posted 4/19/2014 in National

A robotic submarine looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is expected to finish searching a patch of the Indian Ocean seabed within a week after so far coming up empty, and the search area may be expanded after that, officials said Saturday.

 

 

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

Posted 4/19/2014 in National

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

 

 

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.

 

 

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