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Kerry: Mideast peace still possible

Posted 1/3/2014 in National

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted his Palestinian partner in peace-making efforts on Thursday, accusing him of embracing terrorists "as heroes," harsh words that clouded the start of Secretary of State John Kerry's tenth trip to the region to negotiate a peace deal he claims is "not mission impossible."

 

 

Justice delays health law's birth control mandate

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.

 

 

Marketing efforts to uninsured youth ramp up

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

The so-called "young invincibles" are so important to the success of the Affordable Care Act that supporters and detractors are spending millions to reach them with racy ads, social media campaigns and celebrity endorsements.

 

 

Barbara Bush remains hospitalized in Houston

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

Former first lady Barbara Bush remains hospitalized with a respiratory-related issue, but her condition hasn't changed, a spokesman for her husband's office said Wednesday.

 

 

Two-woman political ticket in Texas goes for history in 2014

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

Forget whether Hillary Clinton could win the White House in 2016. Women still have yet to run many statehouses, but in 2014 two Texas Democrats are going for a new kind of history: Winning as an all-female ticket for governor and lieutenant governor.

 

 

Nations jockey for Arctic position, U.S. not in lead

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

The U.S. is racing to keep pace with stepped-up activity in the once sleepy Arctic frontier, but it is far from being in the lead.

 

 

Hospital won't aid transfer of girl on ventilator

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

A California hospital is unwilling to allow an outside doctor to fit a 13-year-old declared brain dead after tonsil surgery with the breathing and feeding tubes that would allow her to be safely transferred to another facility, its lawyer said Tuesday.

 

Legal weed sales bring long lines to Colorado

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

Long lines and blustery winter weather greeted Colorado marijuana shoppers testing the nation's first legal recreational pot shops Wednesday.

 

Thief carries 250-pound safe out of Mass. eatery

Posted 1/2/2014 in National

Massachusetts police are searching for a strong-armed thief who carried a 250-pound safe out of a restaurant.

 

Even Obama dogs jump through hoops to enter Hawaii

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama -- first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation.

 

Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty -- once again -- for millions of individuals and businesses.

 

 

Medicaid growth creates gap of 5M without coverage

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

About 5 million people will be without health care next year that they would have gotten simply if they lived somewhere else in America.

 

In a selfie, a slain teen's last moments

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

It's a happy moment, a selfie taken by a group of teenagers on a sunny day in downtown Beirut. Mohammed Shaar sits among his friends in a red hoodie and his dark-framed glasses.

 

Democrats, GOP seek to define issue for 2014 elections

Posted 12/31/2013 in National

In a competitive district east of Denver, Democrat Andrew Romanoff is counting on voter anger at a divided and ineffectual Congress to help him unseat three-term Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.

 

Federal health care sign-ups pass 1 million

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

The government's rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration says.

 

Teachers find home visits help in the classroom

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

In days gone by, a knock on the door by a teacher or school official used to mean a child was in trouble. Not anymore, at least for parents and students at Clay Elementary School.

 

Legal pot sales begin amid doubt in Colo.

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

A gleaming white Apple store of weed is how Andy Williams sees his new Denver marijuana dispensary.

Grave marker project helps bury the blues

Posted 12/30/2013 in National

Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre's royalty, from Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. But visitors to the overgrown St. Louis cemetery where Bankhead was buried more than a decade ago would never know his musical legacy. Or his name.

 

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