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Computer whizzes brainstorm for cash at hackathons

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

It used to be that "hacking" was just a type of crime, a computer break-in. But today, the term is also part of a growing -- and perfectly legal -- mainstay of the tech sector.

 

 

First night a hit for new 'Tonight' host Jimmy Fallon

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

If Jimmy Fallon had already proven he was a natural hosting NBC's "Late Night," he left no doubt Monday that "The Tonight Show" now fits him like a glove.

 

 

Intellectually disabled struggling to find work

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it's often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage.

 

A western wrinkle on eminent domain

Posted 2/18/2014 in National

The view from the deck of the small, century-old cabin was a dream come true for Andy and Ceil Barrie -- a sweeping panorama of 13,000 and 14,000-foot peaks towering above the forest of centuries-old bristlecone pines.

 

Spanish man enters comatose state after pot cake

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

A university student in Spain's capital went into a comatose state early Sunday after he ate a birthday cake baked with marijuana, while nine others were also hospitalized, officials said.

 

 

Snake-handling pastor dies from snake bite

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

A snake-handling pastor who appeared on the National Geographic television reality show "Snake Salvation" has died after being bitten by a snake during a weekend church service in Kentucky.

 

Craigslist killing suspect claims 22 others

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

A Pennsylvania woman charged with her newlywed husband with killing a man they met through Craigslist admitted to the slaying in a jailhouse interview with a newspaper and said she has killed more than 20 other people across the country, claims police said they are investigating.

 

Some sponsors compose Olympians' tweets

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

Between photos and insights about their Olympic experience, some Olympians are turning over their social media accounts to sponsors, agreeing to quotas of postings on Twitter and Facebook and letting other people send commercial messages in their name.

 

 

Legacy of civil rights leaders source of fights

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter recently walked up to the pulpit of the Atlanta church where her father preached and, in a painful public display, dissociated herself from her brothers.

 

 

Next up: TV ads just for you, dear voter

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

The days when political campaigns would try to make inroads with demographic groups such as soccer moms or white working-class voters are gone. Now, the operatives are targeting specific individuals.

 

 

Fla. man guilty of lesser counts in music shooting

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

A 47-year-old software developer was convicted Saturday of attempted murder for shooting into a car full of teenagers after an argument over what he called their "thug music," but jurors couldn't agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder.

 

 

'Killer heroin' causing fatal overdoses in East

Posted 2/17/2014 in National

On an icy night last month, a man entered a grocery store here, walked past the displays of cake mix and paper towels, and went into the bathroom, where he injected himself with heroin.

 

Hey Romeo, thank these guys for bringing the roses

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

If Cupid were to have a home, it would be Miami International Airport.

Rare stamp could bring millions at auction

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

It could be called "The Little Stamp That Could." Three times in its long history, the 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America has broken the auction record for a single stamp. Now, it's poised to become the world's most valuable stamp again.

 

Judge: Va. same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

In a federal court ruling echoing decisions reached elsewhere in the U.S., Virginia on Thursday became the first state in the South to overturn a voter-approved prohibition of same-sex marriage.

 

 

Methodists in crisis over gay marriage, church law

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

The dispute among United Methodists over recognition of same-sex couples has lapsed into a doctrinal donnybrook, pitting clergy who are presiding at gay weddings in defiance of church law against proponents of traditional marriage who are trying to stop them.

 

 

New gender options available for Facebook users

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral.

 

 

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