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Fans shun Sochi over bombs, bureaucracy, big bucks

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

When Sven Kramer wins Olympic gold, he likes to celebrate by communing with the Dutch fans who worship him. Four years ago at the Vancouver Games, 3,000 packed a cavernous hall and went wild when Kramer appeared.

 

Horses' future uncertain if New York City carriage rides end

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Time may be running out for the iconic horse carriages that carry tourists around New York City's Central Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio has already declared his intention to shut down the industry, saying it is inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan.

 

Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America. They have long wished for a cigarette-free America, but shied away from calling for smoking rates to fall to zero or near zero by any particular year.

 

Fla. detective: 9 bullet holes in loud music SUV

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Nine bullet holes were found in an SUV after an argument over loud music at a Florida convenience store that left a teen dead, an investigator testified Saturday at the trial of the man charged with opening fire.

 

North Korea rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

North Korea has canceled for a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American's possible release, the State Department said Monday.

 

 

Media sometimes try, fail to keep NSA's secrets

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

News organizations publishing leaked National Security Agency documents have inadvertently disclosed the names of at least six intelligence workers and other government secrets they never intended to give away, an Associated Press review has found.

 

Bottle released by Mass. scientist in 1956 found

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

It was April 1956, and the No. 1 song was Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel." At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, scientist Dean Bumpus was busy releasing glass bottles in a large stretch of the Atlantic Ocean.

New wave of heroin claims Hoffman and others

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

Heroin was supposed to be an obsolete evil, a blurry memory of a dangerous drug that dwelled in some dark recess of American culture.

 

Court papers: Woman stole baby

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

An hour after a woman reported her newborn son missing from a Wisconsin home, police were questioning her step-sister -- found with a prosthetic pregnancy belly, baby clothes and a stroller, but no baby, according to court documents.

 

 

Sochi hijack attempt over Ukrainian prisoners

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

A Ukrainian man who allegedly tried to hijack a Turkey-bound commercial flight and divert it to Sochi on the day of the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony wanted to press for the release of anti-government protesters in his country, authorities said Saturday.

 

 

Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.

 

Russian TV shows doctored video of Olympic rings

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games opening ceremony. Problem is, that didn't happen.

 

Girl, 5, dies from being forced to drink soda

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

An East Tennessee couple faces a murder charge, accused of forcing the man's 5-year-old daughter to drink more than 2 liters of grape soda and water, causing her brain to swell and rupture, authorities said.

 

 

School apologizes for black history lunch menu

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

Officials at a Northern California private school are apologizing after a lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month angered some parents and students.

 

 

Police: Art thief among two held in violin heist

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

The mystery of what happened to a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin stolen in a stun gun attack was answered Thursday when Milwaukee police recovered the instrument and blamed the heist at least in part on an art thief who once stole a statue from a gallery and then tried to sell it back.

 

 

Food industry seeks voluntary GMO labeling

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

People who want to know more about genetically modified ingredients in their food would be able to get it on some packages, but not others, under a plan the industry is pushing.

 

Sochi's opening show: Let Putin's games begin

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

It's designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics today, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.

 

U.S. Jewish leader criticizes Israel boycott drive

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

A top American Jewish leader on Thursday called on Western governments to combat the growing international campaign to boycott Israel over its settlement activities, saying the phenomenon is one of the greatest challenges facing Israel.

 

 

Inspiration for 'Philomena' doesn't blame Catholic church

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

The woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film "Philomena," about an Irish mother forced to give up her son for adoption, says she doesn't blame the Vatican for her ordeal, despite a damning U.N. report essentially holding the Holy See responsible for such practices.

 

 

Obama: Religious freedom a U.S. diplomatic priority

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

President Barack Obama told a non-denominational gathering of political leaders Thursday that freedom of religion across the world is important to national security and is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy.

 

 

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