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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.

 

 

Obama tries to move past health care website woes

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

Seeking to move past its website woes, the Obama administration is launching a two-pronged health care strategy this month aimed at avoiding enrollment snafus come January while also trying to refocus the public's attention on broader benefits of the sweeping law.

 

 

Fast-food strikes aim at 100 U.S. cities

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.

 

Jesse Owens' Olympic medal up for auction

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

mid the jerseys and baseball bats held in a secure room at SCP Auctions, there's a piece of sports memorabilia that speaks to much more than athletic prowess: an Olympic medal won by track star Jesse Owens at the 1936 Games in Berlin.

Hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis case

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

A traveling medical technician who stole painkillers and infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C through tainted syringes was sentenced Monday to 39 years in prison.

 

Double vision: Fertility doctors aim to lower rate of twin births

Posted 12/3/2013 in National

In the five years since the "Octomom" case, big multiple births have gone way down but the twin rate has barely budged. Now fertility experts are pushing a new goal: One.

 

Government: HealthCare.gov on the mend

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage -- if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.

'A Christmas Story' at 30: Now part of the family

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Even after three decades, the triple-dog dare doesn't get old. The film "A Christmas Story" opened 30 years ago to mixed reviews but has shown its staying power as a holiday family favorite.

Probe seeks cause of NYC train crash that killed 4

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

Federal authorities today were beginning an exhaustive investigation into what caused a New York City commuter train rounding a riverside curve to derail, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others.

 

Montana appeals teacher's rape sentence

Posted 12/2/2013 in National

The Montana attorney general's office on Friday asked the state Supreme Court to throw out a 30-day sentence given to a teacher who raped a 14-year-old girl, saying the punishment was illegally lenient.

 

 

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