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Year after Newtown, gun control groups keep hope

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

Having already lost her 6-year-old son, Nicole Hockley insists she won't lose the fight to reduce gun violence -- no matter how long it takes. She is among a group of "accidental activist" parents brought together one year ago by almost unthinkable grief after the Newtown school massacre.

 

 

Jury acquits ex-cop in fatal post-Katrina shooting

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

A former New Orleans police officer whose 2010 manslaughter conviction was touted as a milestone in the city's healing after Hurricane Katrina was acquitted Wednesday by a different jury of charges he fatally shot a man without justification during the storm's chaotic aftermath.

 

Pope Francis is Person of the Year

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church's new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.

Interpreter at Mandela event: I was hallucinating

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela's memorial service said Thursday he saw "angels" at the event, has been violent in the past and suffers from schizophrenia.

Tenn. Senator: Staffer's home searched

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander has replaced his chief of staff after learning the staffer's home was being searched as part of a child pornography investigation.

 

NSA: No better way to protect than surveillance

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

The NSA chief said Wednesday he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet records from around the world.

 

 

Poll: Strong opposition to in-flight calls

Posted 12/12/2013 in National

As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

 

 

Poll: Low approval of Washington

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

Heading into a congressional election year, Americans hold Congress in strikingly low regard, and nearly two-thirds say they would like to see their House member replaced, a new poll finds.

 

Kerry, Congress spar over Iran nuclear deal

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

The Obama administration and Congress clashed Tuesday over the historic nuclear deal with Iran, exposing deep rifts over a U.S. pledge to refrain from any new sanctions over the next six months in exchange for concessions on enriching uranium.

 

DiGiorno, supplier drop dairy farm over abuse

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier cut ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm Tuesday after an animal rights group released undercover video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing and whipping sick and injured cows.

 

 

Pay gains for young women; inequality still seen

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

 

 

Mandela ceremony interpreter called a 'fake'

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday.

 

Obama shakes hands with Cuba's Raul Castro

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

It was the briefest of moments, just seconds, two presidents shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries amid a gaggle of world leaders together to honor the late Nelson Mandela.

Behind eulogies, United States deeply conflicted on Mandela

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

The Nelson Mandela eulogized to the world by President Barack Obama as "a giant of history" and the "last great liberator of the 20th century" seemed a different person from the one the United States held at arm's length, to put it diplomatically, for much of his life and career.

Julie Andrews missed NBC's live 'Sound of Music'

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

More than 18 million television viewers watched Carrie Underwood perform the role of Maria last week in NBC's "The Sound of Music Live!" But Julie Andrews wasn't among them.

GOP, Obama line up behind modest budget deal

Posted 12/11/2013 in National

Top Republicans and President Barack Obama are lining up behind a modest but hard-won bipartisan budget agreement that seeks to replace a portion of tough spending cuts facing the Pentagon and domestic agencies.

St. Nicks learn tricks of trade at Santa School

Posted 12/10/2013 in National

Where does Santa Claus learn to chortle "Ho, ho, ho!" and listen to the wishes of children all over the world? He goes to Santa School.

'Sound of Music' actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91

Posted 12/10/2013 in National

Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in "The Sound of Music," has died at 91.

World leaders, South Africans honor Mandela

Posted 12/10/2013 in National

World leaders and joyous, singing South Africans honored Nelson Mandela today at a rainy Soweto soccer stadium where U.S. President Barack Obama praised him as a "giant of history" and the last great liberator of the 20th century.

 

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