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Is the Taliban ready to deal on captive U.S. soldier?

Posted 4/24/2014 in National

The captors of an American soldier held for nearly five years in Afghanistan have signaled a willingness to release him but are unclear which U.S. government officials have the authority to make a deal, according to two individuals in the military working for his release.

 

 

FDA proposes first regulations for electronic cigarettes

Posted 4/24/2014 in National

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

 

 

Afghan hospital guard kills three American doctors

Posted 4/24/2014 in National

An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital this morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said.

 

 

Obama to Russia: More sanctions are 'teed up'

Posted 4/24/2014 in National

Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" -- even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine.

 

Electronic cigarette industry awaits looming FDA regulation

Posted 4/23/2014 in National

Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

 

Job market for college graduates brightening but still weak

Posted 4/23/2014 in National

With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads -- a bit.

 

 

Court upholds traffic stop based on anonymous tip

Posted 4/23/2014 in National

The Supreme Court says an anonymous tip can be sufficient to justify a decision by police to pull a car over on suspicion of reckless or drunken driving.

 

FBI investigates suspected serial child molester

Posted 4/23/2014 in National

The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades before committing suicide last month in Minnesota.

 

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.

 

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