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Sen. Harry Reid playing major role in Senate races

Posted 9/30/2014 in National

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has twice won elections he was supposed to lose. If Democrats maintain control of the Senate in November, much of the credit will go to the wily Nevada Democrat.

 

Obama: Mistrust of police corroding America

Posted 9/29/2014 in National

The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says.

 

Emotional toll taxes military drone operators too

Posted 9/29/2014 in National

President Barack Obama has assured Americans he opposes sending U.S. ground troops to crush Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria -- well aware the country is not ready to return to the battlefield with its war wounded still recovering from a decade of conflict.

 

Maine woman finds 2-headed snapping turtle

Posted 9/29/2014 in National

A woman in Maine has come across a two-headed baby snapping turtle that was trying to cross the road.

 

Israel's shadowy Mossad looks to recruit online

Posted 9/29/2014 in National

It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world's most secretive espionage organizations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy recruiter. Now all it takes to apply for a job at Israel's Mossad spy agency is a click of the mouse.

 

Police: Man accused in Oklahoma beheading is awake

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

A man who was shot after he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and has been interviewed by detectives, police said Saturday.

'Gone With the Wind' at 75: Celebration, censure

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

As its 75th anniversary approaches, "Gone With the Wind" is again being celebrated as a timeless movie classic. But now, even the film's distributor acknowledges the Civil War epic's portrayal of slavery is dated and inaccurate.

 

Pentagon wants tighter military short-term loan protections

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

Aiming to restrict lenders who prey on members of the military, the Obama administration on Friday moved to close legal loopholes that have placed hundreds of thousands of service members at risk of excessive payday and other short-term loan fees.

 

 

GOP rallies behind religious liberty

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

Fighting to improve their brand, leading Republicans rallied behind religious liberty at a Friday gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues.

 

 

No charges filed in toxic lye tea incident at Utah eatery

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

No charges will be filed in the case of a customer who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals at a suburban Salt Lake City restaurant, prosecutors said Friday.

 

 

Interview: Browns unmoved by Ferguson chief's apology

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

The parents of Michael Brown said Saturday in an interview with The Associated Press they were unmoved by the apology of the Ferguson, Missouri, police chief weeks after their unarmed 18-year-old son was killed by a police officer.

 

 

Life or death? Arias set for sentencing retrial

Posted 9/27/2014 in National

Jodi Arias' guilt has been determined. The only thing that remains is whether she dies for killing her ex-boyfriend.

 

 

Obama pal Eric Holder to leave after 6 years as AG

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

It wasn't difficult for Barack Obama and Eric Holder to be in the same orbit. Both were sons of immigrants, Columbia Ivy Leaguers, basketball fans and prominent African-American political figures.

 

 

FBI: About 12 Americans fighting in Syria, not 100

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

The U.S. believes there are about a dozen Americans fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria, not more than 100, as has been cited for months.

 

Three charged in gay assault; lawyer denies homophobia

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

A defense lawyer for one of three young adults charged with beating a gay couple during a night on the town insisted the men were injured when a "fist fight ... got out of hand," and not, as Philadelphia police believe, during a homophobic attack.

 

Man who raised $55K is throwing potato salad party

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

A man who jokingly sought $10 from a crowdfunding website to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad and ended up raising $55,000 is making good on his promise to throw a huge party.

 

 

Abandoned truck dripping rancid chicken juice

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

A truck dripping rancid juices from thousands of pounds of rotting chicken sat in the heat attracting flies Thursday at a western Montana truck stop, where an Idaho trucking company employee abandoned it.

 

Challenges remain in missing UVa student case

Posted 9/26/2014 in National

Now that they have captured the man charged with abducting a missing University of Virginia student, police face two other major challenges: making the charge stick and, most important, finding Hannah Graham.

 

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