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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.

 

Israeli bill to outlaw the word Nazi sparks ire

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

An Israeli draft law that would criminalize the use of the word Nazi in most cases has sparked a debate on freedom of speech in a state that was founded out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

 

 

Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

 

 

Pa. couple advertises home as 'slightly haunted'

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian.

 

California motorist cleared in Google Glass traffic ticket case

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman believed to be the first motorist in the country ticketed for driving while wearing a Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

 

Newtown gunman apparently called radio in 2011

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

The man who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre apparently called a radio station a year earlier to discuss the 2009 mauling of a Connecticut woman by a chimpanzee.

 

Ohio executions face obstacles after unusual inmate death

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Ohio's capital punishment system likely faces new challenges following an unusually long execution in which the condemned man appeared to gasp several times.

Senate easily passes $1.1T spending bill

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October's partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.

 

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