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Newsweek's Twitter feed briefly hacked

Posted 2/11/2015 in National

The Newsweek Twitter feed was briefly hacked Tuesday morning, purportedly by a group associated with the Islamic State.



Eavesdropping concerns in Samsung smart TVs

Posted 2/11/2015 in National

Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing.



Jon Stewart leaving 'The Daily Show'

Posted 2/11/2015 in National

Jon Stewart, who turned his combination of biting and free-wheeling humor into an unlikely source of news and analysis for viewers of "The Daily Show," said he's leaving as host this year.


Justice Thomas objects to court's signal on gay marriage

Posted 2/10/2015 in National

The Supreme Court is inappropriately signaling it intends to clear the way for gay marriage across the nation, Justice Clarence Thomas complained Monday.


Rules are coming on payday loans

Posted 2/10/2015 in National

Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are putting together the first rules on payday loans aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers avoid falling into a cycle of high-rate debt.



Obama to send his new war powers request to Capitol Hill

Posted 2/10/2015 in National

President Barack Obama is expected -- as early as today -- to ask Congress for new war powers, sending Capitol Hill his blueprint for an updated authorization for the use of military force to fight the Islamic State group.



Let hackers in: Experts say traps might be better than walls

Posted 2/10/2015 in National

Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine.



Friends dismiss doubts about 'Mockingbird' author's lawyer

Posted 2/10/2015 in National

Retrace the suddenly tangled legal saga of Harper Lee and her legacy, "To Kill A Mockingbird," and a pivotal moment emerges.



Marine facing trial a decade after vanishing in Iraq

Posted 2/10/2015 in National

A U.S. Marine who vanished from his post in Iraq a decade ago and later wound up in Lebanon chose Monday to have his case decided by a military judge instead of a jury.


Alabama chief justice tells judges: Refuse gay marriage licenses

Posted 2/9/2015 in National

Tori Sisson and Shante Wolfe camped in a blue and white tent outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during the early hours today, hugging and talking excitedly of getting married soon.


Leonard Pitts: Mental disability is not a fad

Posted 2/9/2015 in National

He had his first major breakdown when he was 26. A man who had been known for his sunny, outgoing temperament became suddenly sullen, silent and withdrawn. He spoke openly of suicide. It got so bad that a couple took him into their home to ensure he did not hurt himself.



Friend: Harper Lee was fine the day before sequel announced

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

A longtime friend who visited "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee the day before the world learned she would release a sequel says she was feisty but didn't mention her new book.



Study: Many herbal supplements aren't what the label says

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

Bottles of Walmart-brand echinacea, an herb said to ward off colds, were found to contain no echinacea at all.



More Americans are finally seeing something new: A pay raise

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

As the U.S. economy has steadily recovered from the Great Recession, the critical missing piece has been a painful lack of pay raises for many Americans.


For police body cameras, big costs loom in storing footage

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

The rush to outfit police officers with body cameras after last summer's unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, threatens to saddle local governments with steep costs for managing the volumes of footage they must keep for months or even years.


Some Japanese see slain hostages, Abe as troublemakers

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

In Japan, where conformity takes precedence over individuality, one of the most important values is to avoid "meiwaku" -- causing trouble for others.


Islamic State hostage's family hopeful she's still alive

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

The parents of a 26-year-old American who Islamic State extremists say was killed in an airstrike in Syria said in a statement addressed to group leaders that the claim of their daughter's death concerned them but they were still hopeful she was alive.

Pigeon pageant for beautiful birds dispels 'rats with wings'

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

Dogs aren't the only animals that vie for best in show. Hundreds of breeds of pigeons compete in their own version of the Westminster show, strutting on long, thick legs or fluttering curly, lacy feathers in their bid to be best bird.


Experts: Pilot video shows militants are raising stakes

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

A video of a Jordanian pilot being burned to death was exceptional in its brutality, even for the Islamic State group.



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