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Pa. man charged with stealing handcuffs in escape

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

A western Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges he stole a pair of handcuffs he was wearing when he allegedly escaped from a state police cruiser.

 

Thousands left without power across northern U.S.

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally warm homes.

 

Pope Francis' Christmas wish: Hope for a better world

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Pope Francis offered Christmas wishes Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe.

 

 

Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them. And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried.

 

10,607 video games secure Guinness title

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Maybe it was getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at age 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find.

Tupelo holds vigil for killed, wounded officers

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Tupelo residents have held a candlelight vigil to honor a police officer who died and a second officer who was wounded in a shootout with bank robbers.

 

Bah humbug: Heart woes can spike this time of year

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

'Tis the season -- for heart attacks? Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year.

 

Last-minute insurance shoppers get 1-day extension

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan.

 

Obama enrolls for health coverage, won't use it

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

He won't use it, and he didn't actually sign up for it himself, but President Barack Obama has enrolled for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges.

 

Churches offer 'Blue Christmas' for those in need

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

The crowd was small for a Christmastime church service, the atmosphere quiet and solemn. There were no joyous carols, no children dressed as nativity characters, no festive decorations.

Judge tells hospital to keep treating teen

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

With a family fighting a hospital to keep their daughter who has been declared brain dead on life support, a California judge on Monday ordered the hospital to keep treating 13-year-old Jahi McMath for another week as a second medical evaluation is conducted.

Church signs roll the dice getting hip with quips

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church's marquee read, "Christmas -- Easier to spell than Hanukkah."

UK finally pardons computer pioneer Turing

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

His code breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age, and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think.

 

Hyundai, Kia to pay millions in fuel settlement

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Hyundai and its sister company Kia said Monday that they will pay up to $395 million to consumers as part of a proposed settlement over overstated gas mileage.

 

The season's wackiest tech gifts

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

It's tough to shop for techies. They already own everything with a plug or rechargeable battery. But fear not, a slew of unique technology gifts have hit the market just in time for Christmas.

Venezuela car owners unfazed by planned fuel hike

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Owners of the 1970s-era gas guzzling trucks and sedans that have long reigned over Caracas' smog-filled roadways will soon have to pay a bit more to keep flaunting their energy-inefficient monsters.

Mormon-centric Utah epicenter for food storage

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives.

Family celebrates 3 heart transplants

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Deanna Kremis remembers the exhilarating day her young sons first had the energy to race each other up a flight of stairs.

 

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