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George W. Bush library archives open to public

Posted 1/20/2014 in National

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is set to begin accepting Freedom of Information Act requests for records from Bush's presidency.

 

 

Some Obama spy changes hampered by complications

Posted 1/20/2014 in National

Several of the key surveillance reforms unveiled by President Barack Obama face complications that could muddy the proposals' lawfulness, slow their momentum in Congress and saddle the government with heavy costs and bureaucracy, legal experts warn.

 

Jailed American appears in N. Korea

Posted 1/20/2014 in National

An American missionary who has been jailed in North Korea for more than a year appeared before reporters Monday and appealed to the U.S. government to do its best to secure his release.

 

N.J. mayor ratchets up allegation against Christie

Posted 1/20/2014 in National

The Democratic mayor of a town severely flooded by Superstorm Sandy has ratcheted up her allegation that Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration tied recovery funds to her support for a prime real estate project and said that she turned over documents to a federal prosecutor investigating his staff.

 

California nut farmers band together to fight theft

Posted 1/20/2014 in National

The soaring value of California's nut crops is attracting a new breed of thieves who have been making off with the pricey commodities by the truckload, recalling images of cattle rustlers of bygone days.

Scientists hope spacecraft wakes up

Posted 1/20/2014 in National

A comet-chasing space probe is due to wake up from years of hibernation Monday, but scientists are facing an agonizing wait of several hours until the first signal reaches Earth.

 

Michelle Obama turns 50, shows off AARP card

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

Michelle Obama turned 50 on Friday and promptly showed off her AARP card.

 

 

Pigskin-picking camel dies before Super Bowl

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

New Jersey's pigskin-prognosticating camel has died just weeks before the state is set to host its first Super Bowl.

 

Forecasters adding new layers of storm warnings

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

The Storm Prediction Center intends to broaden its advance warning system for severe weather after finding that days it labeled with a "slight risk" turned out to be pretty nasty.

W. Va. spill latest case of coal tainting waters

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

The chemical spill that contaminated water for hundreds of thousands in West Virginia was only the latest and most high-profile case of coal sullying the nation's waters.

 

Pope Benedict defrocked 400 priests in two years

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

In his last two years as pope, Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children, more than twice as many as the two years that preceded a 2010 explosion of sex abuse cases in Europe and beyond, according to a document obtained Friday by The Associated Press and an analysis of Vatican statistics.

 

Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

One in 13 children could see their lives shortened by smoking unless the nation takes more aggressive action to end the tobacco epidemic, the U.S. Surgeon General said Friday -- even as, astonishingly, scientists added still more diseases to the long list of cigarettes' harms.

 

Shoppers fret over new Target emails

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

An email sent to the roughly 70 million Target customers who may have been affected by a pre-Christmas data breach is causing panic among those who fear it could be an attempt to victimize them again.

 

 

When do nuclear missteps put security in jeopardy?

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

At what point do breakdowns in discipline put the country's nuclear security in jeopardy?

 

 

Obama fuels reform on some but not all NSA spying

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's orders to change some U.S. surveillance practices put the burden on Congress to deal with a national security controversy that has alarmed Americans and outraged foreign allies. Yet he avoided major action on the practice of sweeping up billions of phone, email and text messages from across the globe.

 

 

Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store: Rows of glossy iMacs beckon. iPads mounted on a tangerine-colored bar invite readers. And hundreds of other tablets stand ready for checkout to anyone with a borrowing card.

 

 

Danish cinnamon rolls too spicy for EU rules

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

Easy on the cinnamon! That advice from Denmark's food authority has rankled pastry chefs whose cinnamon rolls were found to violate the European Union's spice rules.

 

 

'Octomom' pleads not guilty to charges of welfare fraud

Posted 1/18/2014 in National

"Octomom" Nadya Suleman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of failing to report $30,000 that authorities say she was earning when she applied for public assistance benefits.

 

Buildings vulnerable 20 years after LA earthquake

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

The earth lurched without warning before dawn, jolting Los Angeles from its sleep. In a flash, freeway overpasses collapsed. Buildings were leveled or ruined. Fires spread.

 

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