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Kerry backs off Israel 'apartheid' comment

Posted 4/29/2014 in National

Secretary of State John Kerry says he chose the wrong word in describing Israel's potential future after coming under withering criticism for saying the Jewish state could become an "apartheid state" if it doesn't reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.

 

Tornadoes kill 16 in Arkansas, 1 in Oklahoma

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

Three years after a tornado devastated the Little Rock suburb of Vilonia, its residents again huddled in storm cellars as the most powerful twister this year carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburbs north of the state capital, killing at least 16 people.

Report: 4 in 5 U.S. high school students graduate

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks away without a diploma.

Diggers find Atari games in landfill

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

A decades-old urban legend was put to rest Saturday when workers for a documentary film production company recovered "E.T." Atari game cartridges from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert.

Democrat Aiken goes for GOP-heavy House district

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

Singer-songwriter Clay Aiken doesn't have a problem with name recognition. But that doesn't mean voters in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District will send the "American Idol" star to Washington to represent them in Congress.

U.S., Philippines sign military deal

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

The U.S. military will get greater access to bases across the Philippines under a 10-year agreement signed Monday in conjunction with President Barack Obama's visit in a deal seen as an effort by Washington to counter Chinese aggression in the region.

Francis presides over historic day of four popes

Posted 4/28/2014 in National

Two 20th-century popes who changed the course of the Catholic Church became saints Sunday as Pope Francis honored John XXIII and John Paul II in a delicate balancing act aimed at bringing together the conservative and progressive wings of the church.

 

Conn. school stabbing suspect under psychiatric evaluation

Posted 4/26/2014 in National

A teenager charged with stabbing a fellow high school student to death on the day of their junior prom is being held in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation where he will likely remain for two weeks, one of his attorneys said Saturday.

 

 

Nevada rancher had limited sympathy in the West

Posted 4/26/2014 in National

For a while, in certain quarters, Cliven Bundy was celebrated as a John Wayne-like throwback to the Old West -- a weathered, plainspoken rancher just trying to graze his cattle and keep the government off his back. But that was before he started sounding more like a throwback to the Old South.

 

 

Teen accused of poisoning grandmother's greens

Posted 4/26/2014 in National

Authorities say a North Carolina teenager tried to kill her grandmother by dumping insecticide and termite killer into a pot of collard greens.

 

 

Nevada rancher defends racial remarks

Posted 4/25/2014 in National

A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery.

 

No pets: Tornado shelters face dilemma with animal lovers

Posted 4/25/2014 in National

Jerry Starr thought he was taking the safe approach when a twister was reported heading toward his suburban neighborhood outside Oklahoma City last May. He grabbed his teenage daughter Dyonna and his dog and drove to the local City Hall, which serves as a public storm shelter.

 

Company stopped from accepting abortion waste

Posted 4/25/2014 in National

County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power.

 

 

Retired justice says marijuana should be legalized

Posted 4/25/2014 in National

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana.

 

 

Possible Republican presidential candidates to court NRA

Posted 4/25/2014 in National

Several potential Republican contenders for president will court gun-rights supporters at the NRA's annual convention today.

 

Fury, cargo questions surround sunken ferry

Posted 4/25/2014 in National

Frustrated relatives of the scores of people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol held the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief overnight, angry about the pace of divers who have recovered 183 bodies so far but may have nearly 120 left to find in the dark rooms of the submerged vessel.

 

Oregon moves to dump health exchange website

Posted 4/25/2014 in National

Oregon, once expected to be a national leader in the federal health care overhaul, on Thursday moved to become the first state to dump its troubled online health exchange and use the federal marketplace instead.

 

 

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