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Flap artists: Birds sync wing beats while flying in V formation

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

The next time you see birds flying in a V, consider this: A new study says they choreograph the flapping of their wings with exquisite precision to help them on their way.

 

House ready to OK government-wide $1.1T budget

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties.

 

 

Student of New Mexico shooting: 'Blood everywhere'

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

It was supposed to be like any other day. Students escaping New Mexico's chilly temperatures congregated in the Berrendo Middle School gym before class started. Then, 13-year-old students Evan James and Kayla Koren, standing on opposite sides of the gym, heard a loud pop.

 

 

Nobel laureates pen open letter to Putin

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Actor Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have written an open letter urging Russia's president to repeal an anti-gay law and expressing their solidarity with critics of the legislation.

 

 

Woman offers beer, smokes as lost dog reward

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

An Ohio woman made fliers offering a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes as a reward for finding her lost dog -- and it worked.

 

 

Detectives search Bieber home in egg-tossing case

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Detectives searched Justin Bieber's home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor's home, an official said Tuesday.

 

 

Officials: Obama likely to OK way government collects phone records

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

President Barack Obama is expected to endorse changes to the way the government collects millions of Americans' phone records for possible future surveillance, but he'll leave many of the specific adjustments for Congress to sort out, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the White House intelligence review.

 

 

Prosecutors join forces to eye Monster energy drinks

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

The San Francisco city attorney and New York state attorney general have joined forces to investigate whether Monster Beverage Corp. is marketing its highly caffeinated drinks to children.

 

 

Israeli defense chief comments spark spat with U.S.

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

An Israeli newspaper quoted the defense minister Tuesday as deriding U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Mideast peace efforts as naive and foolhardy, triggering an angry response from Washington and rekindling simmering tensions with Israel's closest and most important ally.

 

 

Are Little Rock schools finally desegregated?

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Five decades and $1 billion after an infamous racial episode made Little Rock, Ark., a national symbol of school segregation, the legal fight to ensure that all of its children receive equal access to education is almost over.

 

 

Christie: 'We let down the people'

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Republican Gov. Chris Christie, faced with a widening political scandal that threatens to undermine his second term and a possible 2016 presidential run, apologized again Tuesday, saying his administration "let down the people we are entrusted to serve" but the issue doesn't define his team or the state.

 

 

Law requiring Confederate street names questioned

Posted 1/15/2014 in National

Alexandria, a Northern Virginia city steeped in Civil War history, is considering repeal of an old law requiring certain new streets to be named for Confederate generals.

 

Health insurance signups: More older Americans so far

Posted 1/14/2014 in National

Younger people went for President Barack Obama at election time, but will they buy his health insurance? New government figures show it's an older, costlier crowd that's signing up so far for health insurance under Obama's health care law. Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans who will be needed to keep premiums from rising.

 

Sabbaticals may help military keep more women in ranks

Posted 1/14/2014 in National

Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband, also a naval officer, were stationed in different parts of the country made it complicated.

 

NYC's Metropolitan museum shows off football trading cards

Posted 1/14/2014 in National

Football at the Met. No, not Metlife Stadium where the Super Bowl will make history next month. The Met, as in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Man fatally shot at Fla. theater over texting

Posted 1/14/2014 in National

An argument over texting in a Florida movie theater ended with a retired Tampa police captain fatally shooting a man sitting in front of him, authorities said.

 

 

Federal government runs Dec. surplus of $53.2B

Posted 1/14/2014 in National

The U.S. government ran a $53.2 billion surplus in December, signaling further improvement in the nation's finances.

 

 

Partisans divided over Chris Christie scandal

Posted 1/13/2014 in National

Prominent Republicans leapt to GOP Gov. Chris Christie's defense on Sunday, insisting that an ongoing traffic scandal wouldn't ruin any presidential ambitions, while Democrats say it's difficult to believe such a hands-on manager knew nothing about a plan by a top aide to close lanes at a bridge into New York City.

 

 

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