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White House greets budget deal with caution, hope

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

There were no champagne corks popping at the White House after Congress passed a two-year budget deal, no declarations of a new era of cooperation in President Barack Obama's second term.

 

 

Advisory panel recommends more oversight for NSA

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

If President Barack Obama follows even half of the recommendations urged by his advisory panel, the National Security Agency would significantly change the way it does business.

 

 

Insurers allow more time to pay under health law

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Consumers anxious over tight insurance deadlines and lingering computer problems during the holidays will get extra time to pay their premiums under President Barack Obama's health care law, insurers announced Wednesday.

 

 

Higher blood pressure threshold OK in older adults

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Many older adults with high blood pressure can be treated less aggressively, which could mean taking fewer pills to get it under control, according to new treatment guidelines from an expert panel. But not all experts are on board with the advice -- including the federal agency that appointed the group.

 

 

Fewer deportations big issue for Asians, Hispanics

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

With immigration legislation stalled in Congress, Hispanics and Asian-Americans say getting relief from deportations is more important for many of the 11 million immigrants here illegally than creating a pathway to U.S. citizenship, a new study finds.

 

 

Ex-EPA official sentenced to 32 months for theft

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

A judge has sentenced a former high-ranking official with the Environmental Protection Agency to 32 months in prison for stealing from the agency by failing to show up for work -- while falsely claiming to be working for the CIA.

 

 

U.S. attorney: Diplomat treated very well

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

A federal prosecutor ventured into the tense relationship between the U.S. and India on Wednesday, defending the arrest and strip-search of an Indian diplomat held on visa charges and saying she was treated very well, even given coffee and offered food while detained.

 

 

Hero guide dog assured good home after subway rescue

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

The guide dog that leaped onto subway tracks after his blind owner lost consciousness and fell off a station platform is assured a loving home after his retirement.

 

Tooth Fairy a walk in park over Elf on the Shelf

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Carly Kerby, a mom of four girls, doesn't have the greatest track record as the Tooth Fairy, but it was another family tradition that nearly did her in: The Elf on the Shelf.

 

FedEx CEO says drones unlikely to make big impact

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

The CEO of FedEx doesn't see drones taking over the package delivery business anytime soon.

 

 

'Mary Poppins' among 25 films to be preserved

Posted 12/19/2013 in National

Just in time for a new movie about the making of "Mary Poppins," the 1964 Disney classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has been selected for preservation at the Library of Congress so future generations of Americans can see it.

 

 

U.S. sending $25M in new typhoon aid to Philippines

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The United States is providing nearly $25 million in additional humanitarian aid to help the Philippines deal with the enormous devastation and deaths wrought by Typhoon Haiyan last month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday after touring the worst-hit region.

 

 

As food labels get closer inspection, ingredients vanish

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Take another look at that food label. An ingredient or two may have vanished.

 

 

Poll: Obama international ratings top domestic ones

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's approval ratings for handling foreign policy issues generally top his ratings for most domestic issues, including the economy and health care, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

 

AP survey: Income gap holding back economy

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals. It's hurting the U.S. economy.

 

Jury 'at a standstill' in ex-BP engineer's trial

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

A deadlocked jury will return for a third day of deliberations in the case against a former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages to obstruct a probe of the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

India diplomat says she faced cavity search in New York

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

An Indian diplomat says she underwent repeated cavity and strip searches following her arrest in New York City on visa fraud charges.

 

 

Figure skating to air live from Sochi Games

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

The first full day of February's Sochi Olympics, American television viewers can watch a marquee event live from Russia -- in the morning.

 

Survey: Teens using synthetic drugs less often

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Fewer teens are trying fake marijuana known by such names as K2 and Spice, apparently getting the message that these cheap new drugs are highly dangerous, according to the government's annual survey on drug use.

 

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