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Vatican bank admits widows victims of crackdown

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Dozens and perhaps hundreds of widows and Vatican pensioners recently came in for a rude surprise: The Vatican bank told them they had to close their accounts or risk losing access to their money -- all in the name of Pope Francis' reform efforts, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

Editorial cartoon for 1-30-14

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

 

 

Snow, ice send South's flagship city reeling

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The snow and sleet have stopped falling and traffic was moving again around Atlanta following a crippling storm -- but transportation and rescue officials said that didn't mean it was safe yet to drive, especially after the sun goes down.

 

 

Farm bill passes House after years of disagreement

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

After years of setbacks, a nearly $100 billion-a-year compromise farm bill cleared the House on Wednesday despite strong opposition from conservatives who sought a bigger cut in food stamps.

 

Monarch butterfly numbers drop, migration may disappear

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The stunning and little-understood annual migration of millions of Monarch butterflies to spend the winter in Mexico is in danger of disappearing, experts said Wednesday, after numbers dropped to their lowest level since record-keeping began in 1993.

Hundreds of living, dead pythons found in California home

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

A California schoolteacher was arrested Wednesday after hundreds of living and dead pythons in plastic bins were found stacked floor to ceiling inside his stench-filled home in suburban Orange County.

 

Death penalty decision imminent in Boston bombing

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

As attorney general, Eric Holder has approved pursuing the death penalty in at least 34 criminal cases, upholding a long-ago pledge to Congress that he would vigorously enforce federal law even though he's not a proponent of capital punishment.

 

Police: Md. mall gunman wrote of killing people

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

The gunman in a deadly attack at a Maryland shopping mall wrote in general terms about killing people in his journal and said that he was ready to die, police said Wednesday in releasing new details about writings the shooter left behind.

 

New treatment could reduce kids' peanut allergies

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

An experimental therapy that fed children with peanut allergies small amounts of peanut flour has helped more than 80 percent of them safely eat a handful of the previously worrisome nuts.

 

 

Obama hopes myRA will be first step on retirement

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

Even proponents of President Barack Obama's new retirement savings program readily concede it won't be a cure-all for a nation of people who are saving far too little for their golden years. Many Americans won't be able to participate initially, and those who do may find the benefits are modest.

 

Republicans unimpressed with Obama's speech

Posted 1/29/2014 in National

At the dawn of an election year, congressional Republicans responded quickly and forcefully to President Barack Obama's nationally televised vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate on "creating new jobs, not creating new crises" in a nation with a yawning income gap.

Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

Posted 1/29/2014 in National

Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between America's rich and poor.

 

Some states consider reviving old-fashioned executions

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

 

 

Fla. congressman to resign after cocaine scandal

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

After going through rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse and pledging that he'd work through his problems to regain his Florida constituents' trust, Trey Radel's short career in Congress ended with a whimper Monday.

 

Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in N.Y.

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Movement protest in 2011.

 

U.S. looks at ways to prevent spying on NSA spying

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

As the Obama administration considers ending the storage of millions of phone records by the National Security Agency, the government is quietly funding research to prevent eavesdroppers from seeing whom the U.S. is spying on, The Associated Press has learned.

 

The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans

Posted 1/27/2014 in National

In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps -- a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.

USS Monitor work ceases as dollars dwindle

Posted 1/27/2014 in National

When the turret of the USS Monitor was hoisted from the ocean floor in 2002, the real heavy lifting was just beginning: conserving and restoring more than 200 tons of Civil War ironclad artifacts.

 

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