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Police say 3 dead in shooting at Maryland mall

Posted 1/25/2014 in National

Someone armed with a gun opened fire at a busy shopping mall in suburban Baltimore on Saturday, sending store employees and customers scrambling for cover. Police said three people died, including the person believed to be the shooter, in an apparent murder-suicide.

 

 

Editorial cartoon for 1-24-14

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

 

 

Michigan seeks visas to lure immigrants to Detroit

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the federal government Thursday to set aside thousands of work visas for bankrupt Detroit, a bid to revive the decaying city by attracting talented immigrants who are willing to move there and stay for five years.

 

 

Virginia AG to fight state's gay marriage ban

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

Gay marriage moved closer to gaining its first foothold in the South when Virginia's attorney general said Thursday that the state's ban on same-sex matrimony is unconstitutional and he will join the fight to get it struck down.

 

Natural gas locomotives may prove cheaper

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

The diesel-burning locomotive, the workhorse of American railroads since World War II, will soon begin burning natural gas -- a potentially historic shift that could cut fuel costs, reduce pollution and strengthen the advantage railroads hold over trucks in long-haul shipping.

 

Hagel vows to get to bottom of nuclear ills

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

It began with his brief mention last fall of "troubling lapses" in the nuclear force.

 

Texas woman's family asks to end life support

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

Attorneys for a Fort Worth-area family will ask a judge Friday to allow a pregnant, brain-dead Texas woman to be removed from life support, despite hospital opposition.

 

Obama targets college sexual assaults

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

President Barack Obama shone a light Wednesday on a college sexual assault epidemic that is often shrouded in secrecy, with victims fearing stigma, police poorly trained to investigate and universities reluctant to disclose the violence.

 

 

Reputed mobster pleads not guilty in 1978 heist

Posted 1/24/2014 in National

More than 30 years after hooded gunmen pulled a $6 million airport heist dramatized in the hit Martin Scorsese movie "Goodfellas," an elderly reputed mobster was arrested at his New York City home on Thursday and charged in the robbery and a 1969 murder.

 

Rare blue diamond found in South Africa

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A mining company says it has found a rare blue diamond in South Africa.

Quirky bunny on Mandela statue causes stir

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A new, 29.5-foot sculpture of Nelson Mandela is billed as the biggest statue of the South African leader. It also has a tiny, barely visible quirk: a sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.

 

NOAA: 2013 was fourth hottest on record

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

The sweltering year of 1988 first put global warming in the headlines and ended up as the hottest year on record. But on Tuesday, it was pushed out of the top 20 warmest by 2013. Last year tied for the fourth hottest and 1988 fell to 21st.

 

Israel says it foiled al-Qaida plot on United States Embassy

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Israel on Wednesday said it had foiled an "advanced" al-Qaida plan to carry out a suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and bomb other targets, in what analysts said was the first time the global terror network's leadership has been directly involved in plotting an attack inside Israel.

 

Government panel urges end to phone data spying

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

A sharply divided government task force that reviewed the National Security Agency's surveillance program for four months has urged President Barack Obama to shut down the agency's bulk collection of phone data and purge its massive inventory of millions of Americans' calling records, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

States weigh labels on genetically altered food

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients.

 

UN chief's bungled Iran invitation hurts his role

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Ban Ki-moon made a rare effort at solo diplomacy when he invited Iran to join this week's Syria peace talks, but it backfired, raising questions about the effectiveness of a U.N. secretary-general better known -- and often criticized -- for his reserved and scripted style.

 

LAX gunfire came while officers were on break

Posted 1/23/2014 in National

Minutes before a gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles International Airport terminal last fall, killing a security screener and wounding three other people, the two armed officers assigned to the area left for breaks without informing a dispatcher as required.

 

 

New regulations sought for child car seats

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Child car seats would for the first time have to protect children from death and injury in side-impact crashes under regulations the government is proposing, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

Black media seek part of court-ordered tobacco ads

Posted 1/22/2014 in National

Black media outlets want the nation's tobacco companies to run court-ordered advertisements in their publications as part of a lawsuit charging that the industry lied about the dangers of smoking.

 

 

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