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Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet.

 

 

Palestinians urge U.S. to block new settlements

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to the U.S. to block a new Israeli plan to build hundreds of additional homes in Jewish settlements, a top negotiator said today, warning the move could put U.S.-led peace efforts in peril.

 

 

First-class stamps to cost 49 cents as of Jan. 26

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive. Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn.

 

 

Police file on Newtown shooting to be released

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

The planned release today of thousands of pages of police documents from the investigation into last year's school massacre in Newtown could shed light on the world of the 20-year-old gunman.

 

Abducted American in Pakistan seeks help

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

A 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida more than two years ago appealed to President Obama in a video to negotiate his release, saying he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten."

 

Health care divides some Republican Senate rivals

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Republicans see the 2014 midterm elections as a chance to capitalize on voter frustration with the problem-plagued health care overhaul, but the GOP first must settle a slate of Senate primaries where conservatives are arguing over the best way to oppose President Barack Obama's signature law.

 

 

Bipartisan bill seeks to boost foreign adoptions

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Amid partisan conflict in Congress, dozens of lawmakers from both parties -- including staunch liberals and conservatives -- have united behind a bill that supporters say addresses a heart-rending issue beyond politics: the millions of foreign children languishing in orphanages or otherwise at risk because they have no immediate family.

 

 

Gay marriage's latest frontier: State courts

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Advocates on both sides of the gay marriage debate predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of a federal ban on gay marriage would create a pathway for states to act. They were right.

 

 

Las Vegas cab driver finds $300K in back seat

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out to be $300,000 in cold hard cash.

 

 

Pa. man charged with stealing handcuffs in escape

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

A western Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges he stole a pair of handcuffs he was wearing when he allegedly escaped from a state police cruiser.

 

Thousands left without power across northern U.S.

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally warm homes.

 

Pope Francis' Christmas wish: Hope for a better world

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Pope Francis offered Christmas wishes Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe.

 

 

Tablets a hit with kids, but experts worry

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Tablet computers are so easy to use that even a 3-year-old can master them. And that has some pediatricians and other health experts worried.

 

10,607 video games secure Guinness title

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Maybe it was getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at age 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find.

Tupelo holds vigil for killed, wounded officers

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Tupelo residents have held a candlelight vigil to honor a police officer who died and a second officer who was wounded in a shootout with bank robbers.

 

Bah humbug: Heart woes can spike this time of year

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

'Tis the season -- for heart attacks? Not to dampen any spirits, but studies show heart troubles spike this time of year.

 

Last-minute insurance shoppers get 1-day extension

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Anticipating heavy traffic on the government's health care website, the Obama administration extended Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states more time to select a plan.

 

Obama enrolls for health coverage, won't use it

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

He won't use it, and he didn't actually sign up for it himself, but President Barack Obama has enrolled for health coverage through the new insurance exchanges.

 

 

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