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'Mockingbird' author Lee settles lawsuit

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has settled the federal lawsuit she filed against a museum in her south Alabama hometown over its sale of souvenirs featuring her name and the title of her book, court documents show.

 

 

Senate hopefuls collected $500K a day last year

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

Candidates in U.S. Senate races this year collectively raised more than a half-million dollars a day in 2013, suggesting a spate of never-ending campaign ads, mail and phone calls to come before November's elections.

 

Ice falling from high-rises creates winter hazard

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

City dwellers facing one of the most brutal winters on record have been dealing with something far more dangerous than snow falling from the sky: ice tumbling from skyscrapers.

Ukraine: At least 18 dead as truce collapses

Posted 2/20/2014 in National

Fierce clashes between police and protesters -- some including gunfire -- shattered a brief truce in Ukraine's besieged capital Thursday, killing at least 19 people.

 

Budget office: Wage hike would lift pay, cost jobs

Posted 2/19/2014 in National

Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 jobs, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst said Tuesday.

 

 

Iran at talks: No scrapping any nuclear facility

Posted 2/19/2014 in National

Iran drew a red line on Tuesday on how far it would go at landmark nuclear talks, saying as the meeting opened that it would not buckle to pressure from the U.S. and five other world powers to scrap any of its nuclear facilities.

 

 

Loud music killing suspect compared self to rape victim in jailhouse call

Posted 2/19/2014 in National

The Florida software designer accused of killing a black teenager during an argument over loud music compared himself to a rape victim, telling his fiancee in a recorded jailhouse phone call that the police were trying to blame him for the shooting when he was only defending himself.

 

 

Police can't verify Craigslist killer's claims

Posted 2/19/2014 in National

Police have yet to substantiate a 19-year-old woman's claim that she killed more than 20 people in four states before the Pennsylvania murder she is now charged with committing.

 

Mugging around empty casket sparks furor

Posted 2/19/2014 in National

The Wisconsin National Guard announced Tuesday that it had suspended a member from honor guard duties after she apparently posted to social media a photograph of soldiers mugging around an empty, flag-draped casket.

 

Computer whizzes brainstorm for cash at hackathons

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

It used to be that "hacking" was just a type of crime, a computer break-in. But today, the term is also part of a growing -- and perfectly legal -- mainstay of the tech sector.

 

 

First night a hit for new 'Tonight' host Jimmy Fallon

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

If Jimmy Fallon had already proven he was a natural hosting NBC's "Late Night," he left no doubt Monday that "The Tonight Show" now fits him like a glove.

 

 

Intellectually disabled struggling to find work

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it's often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage.

 

A western wrinkle on eminent domain

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

The view from the deck of the small, century-old cabin was a dream come true for Andy and Ceil Barrie -- a sweeping panorama of 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks towering above the forest of centuries-old bristlecone pines.

 

Spanish man enters comatose state after pot cake

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

A university student in Spain's capital went into a comatose state early Sunday after he ate a birthday cake baked with marijuana, while nine others were also hospitalized, officials said.

 

 

Snake-handling pastor dies from snake bite

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

A snake-handling pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation" has died after being bitten by a snake during a weekend church service in Kentucky.

 

Craigslist killing suspect claims 22 others

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

A Pennsylvania woman charged with her newlywed husband with killing a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 other people across the country, claims police said they are investigating.

 

Some sponsors compose Olympians' tweets

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

Between photos and insights about their Olympic experience, some Olympians are turning over their social media accounts to sponsors, agreeing to quotas of postings on Twitter and Facebook and letting other people send commercial messages in their name.

 

 

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