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Obama sees need to move on drone rules now

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed on the White House grounds -- flown by an off-duty intelligence employee -- shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure commercial and consumer drones are used safely.



After dove debacle, Vatican makes balloons new peace symbol

Posted 1/28/2015 in National

Dove lovers, rejoice.


Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on

Posted 1/27/2015 in National

A decade ago, 1,500 Holocaust survivors traveled to Auschwitz to mark the 60th anniversary of the death camp's liberation.


Japan: Hopeful about release of hostage, pilot

Posted 1/27/2015 in National

A Japanese envoy in Jordan expressed hope that both Japanese hostage Kenji Goto and a Jordanian pilot held by Islamic militants will return home.



Alabama seeks to stay order overturning gay marriage ban

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

The Alabama attorney general is asking a federal judge to stay a ruling that overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, as advocates cheer what once seemed an improbable victory in the deeply conservative state.



Surprise! Magnets used to plant drugs under cars from Mexico

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

Drug smugglers are turning "trusted travelers" into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under their cars in Mexico.



GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses.



NTSB: Planes should have improved technology so they can be found

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

U.S. accident investigators recommended Thursday that all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved technology that will allow them to be found more readily in the event of a crash.



Added protections for consumer information on health website

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

The Obama administration appears to be making broader changes to protect consumer information on the government's health insurance website, after objections from lawmakers and privacy advocates.



Japan: Still working to free hostages after unverified video

Posted 1/24/2015 in National

A visibly shaken Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early today that Japan was working to free two hostages held by the extremist Islamic State group.


Magnificent blue glow of Hong Kong seas also disturbing

Posted 1/23/2015 in National

Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say.


Divisions emerge among House GOP under pressure to govern

Posted 1/23/2015 in National

The most conservative lawmakers in the House Republican majority have gotten their way a lot in recent years. That may be starting to change.


GOP pushes abortion bill through House on March for Life Day

Posted 1/23/2015 in National

With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened abortion restrictions through the House on Thursday.


Militants begin countdown for Japan's hostages

Posted 1/23/2015 in National

Militants affiliated with the Islamic State group have posted an online warning that the "countdown has begun" for the group to kill a pair of Japanese hostages.


Shy of votes, House GOP drops planned vote on abortion bill

Posted 1/22/2015 in National

With thousands of anti-abortion protesters in town, Republicans are ready to push legislation through the House designed to please them. But it's not the bill an embarrassed GOP was hoping for.


Japan agonizes over ways to free Islamic State hostages

Posted 1/22/2015 in National

Lacking strong clout and diplomatic reach in the Middle East, Japan scrambled today for ways to secure the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group.



AP source: FBI completes federal probe of Ferguson shooting

Posted 1/22/2015 in National

The FBI has completed its investigation into the police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, a U.S. official said Wednesday.



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