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Obama hopes myRA will be first step on retirement

Posted 1/30/2014 in National

Even proponents of President Barack Obama's new retirement savings program readily concede it won't be a cure-all for a nation of people who are saving far too little for their golden years. Many Americans won't be able to participate initially, and those who do may find the benefits are modest.

 

Republicans unimpressed with Obama's speech

Posted 1/29/2014 in National

At the dawn of an election year, congressional Republicans responded quickly and forcefully to President Barack Obama's nationally televised vow to act on his own if lawmakers won't cooperate on "creating new jobs, not creating new crises" in a nation with a yawning income gap.

Obama vows to flex presidential powers in speech

Posted 1/29/2014 in National

Seeking to energize his sluggish second term, President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress "whenever and wherever" necessary to narrow economic disparities between America's rich and poor.

 

Some states consider reviving old-fashioned executions

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

 

 

Fla. congressman to resign after cocaine scandal

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

After going through rehab for cocaine and alcohol abuse and pledging that he'd work through his problems to regain his Florida constituents' trust, Trey Radel's short career in Congress ended with a whimper Monday.

 

Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in N.Y.

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Movement protest in 2011.

 

U.S. looks at ways to prevent spying on NSA spying

Posted 1/28/2014 in National

As the Obama administration considers ending the storage of millions of phone records by the National Security Agency, the government is quietly funding research to prevent eavesdroppers from seeing whom the U.S. is spying on, The Associated Press has learned.

 

The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans

Posted 1/27/2014 in National

In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps -- a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.

USS Monitor work ceases as dollars dwindle

Posted 1/27/2014 in National

When the turret of the USS Monitor was hoisted from the ocean floor in 2002, the real heavy lifting was just beginning: conserving and restoring more than 200 tons of Civil War ironclad artifacts.

Maryland mall to reopen after Saturday shooting

Posted 1/27/2014 in National

The mall where a Maryland teenager gunned down two people before killing himself was set for a somber reopening Monday under increased security as police worked to figure out why the shooting took place and whether the gunman knew either victim.

 

Brain-dead Texas woman taken off life support

Posted 1/27/2014 in National

A very public battle over the fate of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman and her fetus has ended quietly and privately, as she has been taken off life support and her family prepares for her burial.

 

Want to get the flu? Volunteers sneeze for science

Posted 1/27/2014 in National

Forget being sneezed on: Government scientists are deliberately giving dozens of volunteers the flu by squirting the live virus straight up their noses.

 

Crocodile takes Australian boy, mauls another

Posted 1/27/2014 in National

Rangers resumed hunting Monday for a 13-foot crocodile that snatched a 12-year-old boy and mauled his friend as they swam in a water hole in a popular Outback tourist destination in northern Australia.

 

Ivory Coast pilots novel elephant rescue

Posted 1/27/2014 in National

After being tranquilized and loaded onto trucks with cranes, elephants that have been squeezed out of their traditional habitat in Ivory Coast are being relocated by conservationists in what is reportedly the first such operation attempted in Africa's forests.

 

In address, Obama to focus on economic opportunity

Posted 1/25/2014 in National

Struggling to generate second-term momentum, President Barack Obama will use Tuesday's State of the Union address to announce new executive actions on job training and retirement security, while prodding a divided Congress to work harder on expanding economic mobility for middle class Americans.

 

 

Republican leaders shorten presidential nominating season

Posted 1/25/2014 in National

Republican leaders overwhelmingly voted Friday to shorten their presidential selection process in an attempt to minimize damage from GOP candidates attacking each other.

 

 

Hospital considers judge's order on pregnant woman

Posted 1/25/2014 in National

Hospital executives in North Texas were conferring Saturday with the district attorney's office to determine their next step following a judge's ruling that they must disconnect life support for a pregnant, brain-dead woman, according to a hospital official.

 

 

Suspect charged with murder in campus shooting

Posted 1/25/2014 in National

A 20-year-old South Carolina State University student shot to death outside a dormitory was an engineering technology student who also played on the school's football team, the school said Saturday.

 

 

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