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Democrats, GOP craft backup for stalled defense bill

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress' military panels are working on a backup plan to ensure that they complete a far-reaching defense policy bill before year's end.

 

Fast-food protesters push for wage hikes

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for higher wages.

 

Ky. man fills brother's wish with big tip in Vt.

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Before Aaron Collins died, he gave his brother, Seth, a mission: Eat, be merry and leave a giant tip. On Wednesday night, Seth Collins of Lexington, Ky., did just that, leaving a $500 tip for a Friendly's waitress in Springfield, Vt.

 

Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at 95

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.

Mexico plans how to safely contain recovered radioactive cobalt-60

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Mexican troops and federal police kept a nighttime watch on a rural field where thieves abandoned a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60, while officials began planning the delicate task of recovering the dangerous material.

 

Newsweek to start printing again next year

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Paper copies of Newsweek will again roll off the presses starting next year.

 

Study finds most silent films have been lost

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

The vast majority of feature-length silent films made in America have been lost due to decay and neglect over the past 100 years, allowing an original 20th century art form to all but disappear, according to a study released Wednesday.

 

2 arrested, bitcoins seized in German probe

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

German police say they have arrested two people and seized illegally generated bitcoins worth more than $950,000 in an investigation of computer fraud.

 

Ill Mandela putting up 'courageous fight'

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela is not "doing well" but is continuing to put up a courageous fight from his "deathbed," members of his family have told the South African Broadcasting Corporation in an interview.

 

Tech gurus help boost speedy Internet in schools

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Needed to keep a school building running these days: Water, electricity -- and broadband. Interactive digital learning on laptops and tablets is replacing traditional textbooks in many cases. Students are taking computer-based tests instead of fill-in-the bubble exams. Teachers are accessing far-off resources for lessons.

 

Amazon's delivery drones: An idea that may not fly

Posted 12/4/2013 in National

Jeff Bezos' idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle.

 

U.S. man marks 4 years in Cuban prison, writes Obama

Posted 12/4/2013 in National

An American man who is marking four years in prison in Cuba has written a letter to President Barack Obama asking the president to get personally involved in securing his release.

 

Obama's Kenyan-born uncle allowed to remain in U.S.

Posted 12/4/2013 in National

President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle, who ignored a deportation order more than two decades ago, on Tuesday was granted permission to stay in the United States.

Man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantic

Posted 12/4/2013 in National

Entombed at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in an upended tugboat for three days, Harrison Odjegba Okene begged God for a miracle.

 

House votes to renew plastic gun ban

Posted 12/4/2013 in National

With the advent of 3-D printers capable of producing plastic weapons, the House voted Tuesday to renew a 25-year-old prohibition against firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines.

 

 

Employers step in to prevent worker burnout

Posted 12/4/2013 in National

olkswagen turns off some employees' email 30 minutes after their shifts end. Goldman Sachs is urging junior staff to take weekends off. BMW is planning new rules that will keep workers from being contacted after hours.

 

 

Audit: Health care subsidies vulnerable to fraud

Posted 12/4/2013 in National

Government subsidies to help Americans buy insurance under the health care overhaul may be vulnerable to fraud, a Treasury Department watchdog warned on Tuesday in the latest indication that troubles are far from over for President Barack Obama's signature legislation.

 

 

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