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Happy Ewe Year: Astrological signs bad for the Sheep Year

Posted 2/19/2015 in National

Chinese were seeing in the Year of the Sheep today, but with fortune-tellers predicting accidents and an unstable economy and some parents-to-be fretting over the year's reputation for docile kids, it wasn't exactly warming everyone's heart.

Why refinery strike has had little bite at gas pump

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.

 

For many, cash saved at gas pump is staying in pockets

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

In recent months, the stage seemed set for American consumers to do what they've traditionally done best: Spend money -- and drive the economy.

 

 

Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members.

 

 

W.Va. oil train derailment was 1 of 3 with safer tank cars

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

The fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in West Virginia is one of three in the past year involving tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires.

 

 

Immigrants disappointed but not deterred by judge's ruling

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

Immigrants expressed disappointment Tuesday after a federal judge put a hold on President Barack Obama's plan to protect more than 4 million people living illegally in the U.S. from deportation.

 

 

Obama view of US role in Arab world challenged by crises

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

President Barack Obama's view of the U.S. role in the Middle East and North Africa is being challenged by deepening crises in the very countries he has seen as models for his approach to the volatile region: Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya.

 

 

Mardi Gras: Last tipsy revelers sent home, trash swept up

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

Mardi Gras 2015 is officially over and the last tipsy revelers in New Orleans have been cleared from city streets.

 

 

Holder to make case for success of drug sentencing policies

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

The share of federal drug offenders subject to mandatory minimum sentences that critics call unduly harsh has plunged in the last year.

 

 

Push to boost defense spending puts GOP in budget bind

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

Pressing Pentagon demands in a time of terror threats and Islamic State militants have put newly empowered congressional Republicans in a bind.

 

 

Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

A federal judge in South Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

 

 

Authorities: Man killed, officer hurt in Walmart shootout

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

A man was killed and a police officer was injured after what began as a traffic pursuit ended with an exchange of gunfire inside a Walmart store in northeastern Mississippi.

 

 

Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.

 

'It's My Party' singer-songwriter Lesley Gore dies at 68

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," died Monday. She was 68.

 

Study: Teens getting less & less sleep

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.

 

Egypt strikes IS group in Libya after video of mass killing

Posted 2/16/2015 in National

Egyptian warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday in swift retribution for the extremists' beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian hostages on a beach, shown in a grisly online video released hours earlier.

'SNL' celebrates its big 4-0 with an anniversary special

Posted 2/16/2015 in National

With a measure of anniversary hoopla perhaps exceeded only by the nation's bicentennial, "Saturday Night Live" celebrated its 40th season on Sunday with a 3-hour gala of stars, laughs and memories.

 

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