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Churches offer 'Blue Christmas' for those in need

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

The crowd was small for a Christmastime church service, the atmosphere quiet and solemn. There were no joyous carols, no children dressed as nativity characters, no festive decorations.

Judge tells hospital to keep treating teen

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

With a family fighting a hospital to keep their daughter who has been declared brain dead on life support, a California judge on Monday ordered the hospital to keep treating 13-year-old Jahi McMath for another week as a second medical evaluation is conducted.

Church signs roll the dice getting hip with quips

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Pastor Mike Butzberger insists he only had holiday spirit in mind when his Florida church's marquee read, "Christmas -- Easier to spell than Hanukkah."

UK finally pardons computer pioneer Turing

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

His code breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age, and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think.

 

Hyundai, Kia to pay millions in fuel settlement

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Hyundai and its sister company Kia said Monday that they will pay up to $395 million to consumers as part of a proposed settlement over overstated gas mileage.

 

The season's wackiest tech gifts

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

It's tough to shop for techies. They already own everything with a plug or rechargeable battery. But fear not, a slew of unique technology gifts have hit the market just in time for Christmas.

Venezuela car owners unfazed by planned fuel hike

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Owners of the 1970s-era gas guzzling trucks and sedans that have long reigned over Caracas' smog-filled roadways will soon have to pay a bit more to keep flaunting their energy-inefficient monsters.

Mormon-centric Utah epicenter for food storage

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Towering grain silos overlook the main highway in Salt Lake City at the Mormon church's Welfare Square. At grocery stores, there's a whole section with large plastic tubs with labels that read, "Deluxe survivor 700." Radio ads hawk long-term supplies of food with 25-year shelf lives.

Family celebrates 3 heart transplants

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Deanna Kremis remembers the exhilarating day her young sons first had the energy to race each other up a flight of stairs.

 

Vets return to streets to reach the homeless

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

Not far from where the Boston Massacre helped sow the seeds for the Revolutionary War, David Dyer points toward the underpass where he'd score crack cocaine by day and the train depot where he'd sleep some nights.

 

Bolivian city hires 'cholita' traffic policewomen

Posted 12/24/2013 in National

This city in Bolivia's highlands has hired Aymara women dressed in traditional multilayered Andean skirts and brightly embroidered vests to work as traffic cops and bring order to its road chaos.

 

Military pension cuts now unsure; changes likely

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

The Pentagon's top civilian says it's time to tame burgeoning military personnel costs, but he's facing a test of wills with the nation's powerful veterans groups, which want no cut in their benefits.

 

Health plan sticker shock ahead for some buyers

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

As a key enrollment deadline hits Monday, many people without health insurance have been sizing up policies on the new government health care marketplace and making what seems like a logical choice: They're picking the cheapest one.

 

Hospital: Teen who was shot at Colo. school dies

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

A suburban Denver high school student who was shot in the head by a classmate died Saturday afternoon, hospital officials and her family said.

 

Loyalty prevails in 'Duck Dynasty' hometown

Posted 12/23/2013 in National

"Faith. Family. Ducks." It's the unofficial motto for the family featured in the TV reality show Duck Dynasty and that homespun philosophy permeates nearly everything in this small north Louisiana town.

Widow gets remains of soldier lost in Korean War

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

rmy Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went off to war 63 years ago, leaving behind a wife who never gave up on his return.

 

Trying to spread cheer, Santa in N.H. scares instead

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

Police in southern New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building.

 

 

Brain dead California girl to be kept on life support

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

A 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after complications from a tonsillectomy should be kept on life support for the time being, a judge has ruled.

 

 

Three military aircraft hit in Sudan, 4 wounded

Posted 12/21/2013 in National

Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said.

 

 

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