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Weak 2013 Atlantic hurricane season draws to close

Posted 11/27/2013 in National

The 2013 Atlantic season has delivered the fewest hurricanes since 1982, U.S. forecasters said Monday, despite their predictions in May that it would be a busier than normal year.

 

 

Fla.'s GOP chair calls on Radel to step down

Posted 11/27/2013 in National

The chairman of the Republican Party of Florida on Monday called for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel to step down following his recent cocaine conviction.

 

 

Ahead of Winter Olympics, Russia sends mixed message on gays

Posted 11/27/2013 in National

Anyone who switched on Russian TV recently might have been forgiven for thinking the Kremlin was relaxing its hard line on gays: Images of rainbow flags and a happy same-sex couple looking adoringly at their child flashed across the screen.

 

Former hostages react to Iran's nuclear deal

Posted 11/26/2013 in National

A nuclear deal between the U.S., Iran and other world powers has been described as a trust-building step after decades of animosity that hopefully will lead to a more comprehensive deal down the road.

 

Woman held captive in Cleveland has book deal

Posted 11/26/2013 in National

 

Man saves woman's life at Raiders' game

Posted 11/26/2013 in National

When he saw a woman jumping from the upper deck at the Oakland Raiders' stadium on Sunday, Donnie Navidad said his military instincts immediately kicked in as he lunged forward trying to catch her.

 

FDA tells 23andMe to halt sales of genetic test

Posted 11/26/2013 in National

The Food and Drug Administration has ordered Google-backed genetic test maker 23andMe to halt sales of its personalized DNA test kits, saying the company has failed to show that the technology is supported by science.

 

 

Iowans worry about ethanol's lost political clout

Posted 11/25/2013 in National

 

Thanksgiving-Hanukkah overlap spurs thanks, angst

Posted 11/25/2013 in National

When life gives you Hanukkah on Thanksgiving, make a menurkey. Or a turkel.

 

Report due on Sandy Hook shooting investigation

Posted 11/25/2013 in National

Investigators are planning to release a long-awaited report on the Newtown school shooting, nearly a year after the massacre of 20 children and six women inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.

 

 

Easing of Iran sanctions could start in Dec.

Posted 11/25/2013 in National

Sanctions against Iran could be eased as soon as December, France's foreign minister said Monday, after a potentially history-shaping deal that gives Tehran six months to increase access to its nuclear sites in exchange for keeping the central elements of its uranium program.

 

 

Obama, Cyrus among GQ's least influential celebrities list

Posted 11/25/2013 in National

 

Ex-leprosy patients return to island colony

Posted 11/25/2013 in National

Kang Sun Bong once considered this tiny island a "hell on earth," a place where hospital workers beat the leprosy patients exiled here and forced them into harsh labor, sterilizations and abortions.

 

FCC chairman says he opposes in-flight calls

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

A day after setting off an uproar among travelers opposed to the idea of in-flight phone calls, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Chairman backtracked, saying he personally isn't in favor of calls on planes.

 

 

JFK's assassination overshadowed deadly Ohio nursing home fire

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

While an anguished nation slept in the hours after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, flames tore through a nursing home in rural northern Ohio, killing 63 people in what remains one of the worst such fires in U.S. history.

 

When presidents die, power transfer can be fraught

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

As President John F. Kennedy lay dying 50 years ago at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Vice President Lyndon Johnson was hurried into a small room in Minor Medicine, where he stood silently against a wall. After a wait of some 35 minutes, presidential aide Kenneth O'Donnell entered and approached Johnson, who had been two cars behind Kennedy when the shots were fired in Dealey Plaza. "He's gone," O'Donnell told him.

 

Rick Santorum steps out in new role as movie mogul

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

Rick Santorum was glad-handing a friendly crowd at a cocktail reception the other night, seeking support just as he did for many grueling months on the 2012 campaign trail for the Republican presidential nomination. But this time he wasn't looking to get on a ticket : well, not yet, anyway : but rather, to sell tickets. Movie tickets.

 

 

To GOP, all roads lead to 'Obamacare'

Posted 11/23/2013 in National

All roads lead to "Obamacare" for Republicans. So much so that they acted like they had barely hit a small speed bump when Democrats voted unilaterally on Thursday to weaken century-old Senate filibuster rules and make it harder for the GOP to block confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominees.

 

 

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