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Kerry faces tough sell in China on North Korea tension

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appealed today for China's help in bringing a belligerent North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks.

 

 

More delay likely on Afghan security pact

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

The Obama administration has quietly stopped demanding that Afghan President Hamid Karzai finalize a stalled security pact within weeks, opening up the possibility that a decision on keeping U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan after this year might not be made until after Karzai's successor is elected this spring.

 

Debt limit saves GOP from political showdown

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

Republicans' new acquiescence to letting the government pile up more debt with no strings attached paid double political dividends: It spared the GOP another politically debilitating showdown with President Barack Obama and also forced Democrats to cast votes that rivals immediately used against them in this year's midterm elections.

 

NSA: Leaker Snowden copied co-worker's password

Posted 2/14/2014 in National

Former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden gained access to at least some classified documents he later disclosed by copying a password from a co-worker who has since resigned, the NSA reported to Congress.

 

Study disputes the value of routine mammograms

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment.

Sinkhole swallows cars at Corvette Museum

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments.

Jurors deliberate in loud music killing trial

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

A 47-year-old Florida man reacted viciously to an argument over loud music with teenagers in a store parking lot and fired multiple shots into their vehicle, killing one of them, and then drove away as if nothing happened, a prosecutor said Wednesday during closing arguments at the man's trial.

Medical marijuana gains traction in the South

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

Medical marijuana has been a non-starter in recent years in the Deep South, where many Republican lawmakers feared it could lead to widespread drug use and social ills. That now appears to be changing, with proposals to allow a form of medical marijuana gaining momentum in a handful of Southern states.

 

Ex-New Orleans mayor convicted of taking bribes

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, best remembered for his impassioned pleas for help after the levees broke during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Wednesday of accepting bribes in exchange for helping businessmen secure millions of dollars in city work, including after the devastating storm.

 

TV comedy pioneer Sid Caesar dies at 91

Posted 2/13/2014 in National

Carl Reiner remembers Sid Caesar as a great flame who drew comedy writer "moths" including Mel Brooks and Neil Simon to his side.

 

IRS loses federal appeal on new rules for tax preparers

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

The IRS on Tuesday lost a federal appeal in a legal battle over its effort to institute competency exams and other new regulations for as many as 700,000 paid tax preparers.

 

 

Gay Md. teen achieves Eagle Scout

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

Change is coming quickly to the Boy Scouts of America after years of turmoil and debate over its membership policy, with an openly gay 17-year-old in Maryland achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

 

 

House approves military pension bill

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to restore full cost of living increases to pension benefits for younger military retirees, responding eagerly to election-year pressure from veterans groups.

 

 

Graco recalling nearly 3.8M child car seats

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch.

 

 

Wiggle room for big firms under new health care coverage rule

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

Big retail stores, hotels, restaurants and other firms with lots of low-wage and part-time workers are among the main beneficiaries of the Obama administration's latest tweak to health care rules.

 

 

Bedrock GOP principle dropped in debt ceiling vote

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

It was once the backbone of the House Republican majority -- the hard-line stand that brought President Barack Obama to the negotiating table and yielded more than $2 trillion in deficit reduction.

 

 

Belgium set to extend right-to-die law to children

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death -- extending the right to children for the first time.

 

 

AG urges restoring voting rights to ex-inmates

Posted 2/12/2014 in National

Attorney General Eric Holder called on a group of states Tuesday to restore voting rights to ex-felons, part of a push to fix what he sees as flaws in the criminal justice system that have a disparate impact on racial minorities.

 

 

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