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Toronto mayor appears on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Posted 3/4/2014 in National

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford laughed off Jimmy Kimmel's suggestion that he get help for his drinking problem and was reported to be upset about his appearance on the late night TV talk show.

Mushing family a strong presence in Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Posted 3/4/2014 in National

Don't get Dallas and Mitch Seavey wrong. They love each other, even though they might not say it in so many words. But they're also fierce competitors, more than happy to pass each other on the nearly 1,000 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to be the first to reach Nome.

 

Spending-cut efforts hit roadblocks

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

The budget gurus in Congress have failed for years to find a grand bargain to reduce the government's long-term debt, so this year they decided to go small.

 

 

High court looks at death row inmate with low IQ

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

A Floridian with an IQ as high as 75 may be diagnosed as mentally disabled and be eligible for help getting a job. But on death row, the state says having an IQ higher than 70 categorically means an inmate is not mentally disabled and may be executed.

 

 

Disney ends funding to Boy Scouts over gay policy

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

The Walt Disney Company will cut funding to the Boy Scouts of America beginning in 2015 because of a policy that bans gay adult leaders in the organization.

 

Will soldier be left behind in Afghanistan?

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

The case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since 2009, has arisen again as the U.S. and other countries engage in diplomatic efforts to free him. But if he is released, will America's only prisoner of the Afghan war be viewed as a hero or a deserter?

 

March health deadline approaches

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Sick of hearing about the health care law? Plenty of people have tuned out after all the political jabber and website woes. But now is the time to tune back in, before it's too late.

 

 

Razzies pick Will and Jaden Smith as worst actors

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Will and Jaden Smith have something they can bond over. They were both awarded Razzies for their performances in "After Earth."

 

DeGeneres' selfie crashes Twitter

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Ellen DeGeneres' goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over.

'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards

Posted 3/3/2014 in National

Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama "12 Years a Slave" best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

 

Long waits frustrate callers to health exchanges

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

For those trying to enroll through online health exchanges, help has long been advertised as just a phone call away.

 

 

Gay marriage fight pits Texas attorney general vs. gay friend

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

When Greg Abbott was paralyzed by a fallen tree in 1984, Mark Phariss flew 500 miles to his friend's bedside. They were law school pals who swapped stories over dinner, job leads and airport rides, and they still exchange Christmas cards today.

 

 

Primaries offer 1st major test of voter ID

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

In elections that begin next week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots -- the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.

 

 

Man's speeding excuse? I won the lottery!

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash.

 

Chinese media outlet uses racial slur at U.S. envoy

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

A major Chinese government news service used a racist slur to describe the departing American ambassador in a mean-spirited editorial on Friday that drew widespread public condemnation in China.

 

Russian troops take over Ukraine's Crimea region

Posted 3/1/2014 in National

Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine.

 

 

How Corporate America forced Arizona bill's veto

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.

 

 

Senate blocks Dems' bill boosting vets' benefits

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

A divided Senate on Thursday derailed Democratic legislation that would have provided $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans. The bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and fresh penalties against Iran.

 

 

Woman posing as Waffle House manager steals cash

Posted 2/28/2014 in National

Atlanta police are searching for a woman dressed in a Waffle House uniform who walked into a restaurant pretending to be an area manager -- and left with about $100 in cash from the register.

 

 

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