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Navy gunman once faced murder charge

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

The civilian truck driver the Navy says killed a sailor aboard a ship in Virginia once faced a murder charge in North Carolina but ended up pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was out of prison less than two years later, court records show.

 

New objects seen, but still no evidence of jet

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

A day after the search for the Malaysian jetliner shifted to a new area of the Indian Ocean, ships on Saturday plucked objects from the sea to determine whether they were related to the missing jet.

 

 

Recalls push GM total to 4.8M in a month

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

General Motors announced two more recalls late Friday, bringing to 4.8 million the number of cars, trucks and SUVs the automaker has called back for repairs in the past month.

 

 

Health law legacy eludes Obama as changes sink in

Posted 3/29/2014 in National

As a roller-coaster sign-up season winds down, President Barack Obama's health care law has indeed managed to change the country.

 

 

Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history.

 

 

Turkey attempts to block YouTube

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used.

 

 

$1T student loan debt widens wealth gap

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage.

 

 

Commanders fired in nuke cheating scandal

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

The Air Force took the extraordinary step Thursday of firing nine midlevel nuclear commanders and announcing it will discipline dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base, responding firmly to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported.

 

Obama exchanges gifts with Pope

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

The exchange of gifts is a de rigueur part of every papal audience but Thursday's presentation had an unusually loud element to it.

 

Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

Posted 3/28/2014 in National

Back on track after a stumbling start, President Barack Obama's heath care overhaul reached a milestone Thursday, with more than 6 million Americans signed up for coverage through new insurance markets.

 

Missing plane 'black box' chirps gone by mid-April

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Equipment inside two nearly indestructible boxes aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines plane recorded critical information that would help investigators reconstruct what went wrong.

 

Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama's health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program's troubles.

 

Judge Joe Brown challenging contempt charges

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Joe Brown gained fame by meting out justice as a TV judge. Now he's the one facing charges.

 

$270M chocolate plant proof of sweet tooth

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Americans aren't losing their taste for chocolate. Need proof? Look to Kansas, where candy giant Mars Inc. is opening its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of chocolate bars and other sweets every day.

 

 

Charlotte mayor resigns; accused of taking bribes

Posted 3/27/2014 in National

Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, who has been in office less than six months, resigned Wednesday, just hours after he was arrested and accused of taking more than $48,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen who wanted to do work with North Carolina's largest city.

 

Rare Tennessee Williams story published

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

Before his mother became the model for Blanche DuBois of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and his sister the inspiration for Laura Wingfield of "The Glass Menagerie," Tennessee Williams drew upon a college girlfriend -- if only in name -- to tell a story of desire, drunkenness and regret.

 

Three Secret Service agents benched before presidential trip

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.

 

Birth control rule seems to divide Court

Posted 3/26/2014 in National

Seemingly divided, the Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.

 

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