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LA newscaster apologizes for black actor mix-up

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

 

 

Iraqi militants accidentally kill 21 of their own

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

An instructor teaching his militant recruits how to make car bombs accidentally set off explosives in his demonstration Monday, killing 21 of them in a huge blast that alerted authorities to the existence of the rural training camp in an orchard north of Baghdad.

 

 

GOP weighs undoing veterans pension cuts

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

House Republican leaders Monday unveiled a plan to reverse a recently passed cut to military pensions as the price for increasing the government's borrowing cap, but it received a rocky reception from skeptical conservatives.

 

Officials weigh drone attack on U.S. suspect

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

The case of an American citizen and suspected member of al-Qaida who is allegedly planning attacks on U.S. targets overseas underscores the complexities of President Barack Obama's new stricter targeting guidelines for the use of deadly drones.

Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85

Posted 2/11/2014 in National

Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.

 

From immigration to trade, inaction in Congress

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Little more than a week after Groundhog Day, the evidence is mounting that lawmakers have all but wrapped up their most consequential work of 2014, at least until the results of the fall elections are known.

 

 

Fans shun Sochi over bombs, bureaucracy, big bucks

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

When Sven Kramer wins Olympic gold, he likes to celebrate by communing with the Dutch fans who worship him. Four years ago at the Vancouver Games, 3,000 packed a cavernous hall and went wild when Kramer appeared.

 

Horses' future uncertain if New York City carriage rides end

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Time may be running out for the iconic horse carriages that carry tourists around New York City's Central Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio has already declared his intention to shut down the industry, saying it is inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan.

 

Experts increasingly contemplate end of smoking

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America. They have long wished for a cigarette-free America, but shied away from calling for smoking rates to fall to zero or near zero by any particular year.

 

Fla. detective: 9 bullet holes in loud music SUV

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

Nine bullet holes were found in an SUV after an argument over loud music at a Florida convenience store that left a teen dead, an investigator testified Saturday at the trial of the man charged with opening fire.

 

North Korea rescinds invitation to U.S. envoy

Posted 2/10/2014 in National

North Korea has canceled for a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American's possible release, the State Department said Monday.

 

 

Media sometimes try, fail to keep NSA's secrets

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

News organizations publishing leaked National Security Agency documents have inadvertently disclosed the names of at least six intelligence workers and other government secrets they never intended to give away, an Associated Press review has found.

 

Bottle released by Mass. scientist in 1956 found

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

It was April 1956, and the No. 1 song was Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel." At the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, scientist Dean Bumpus was busy releasing glass bottles in a large stretch of the Atlantic Ocean.

New wave of heroin claims Hoffman and others

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

Heroin was supposed to be an obsolete evil, a blurry memory of a dangerous drug that dwelled in some dark recess of American culture.

 

Court papers: Woman stole baby

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

An hour after a woman reported her newborn son missing from a Wisconsin home, police were questioning her step-sister -- found with a prosthetic pregnancy belly, baby clothes and a stroller, but no baby, according to court documents.

 

 

Sochi hijack attempt over Ukrainian prisoners

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

A Ukrainian man who allegedly tried to hijack a Turkey-bound commercial flight and divert it to Sochi on the day of the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony wanted to press for the release of anti-government protesters in his country, authorities said Saturday.

 

 

Obama signs farm bill that trims food stamps

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.

 

Russian TV shows doctored video of Olympic rings

Posted 2/9/2014 in National

Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games opening ceremony. Problem is, that didn't happen.

 

Girl, 5, dies from being forced to drink soda

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

An East Tennessee couple faces a murder charge, accused of forcing the man's 5-year-old daughter to drink more than 2 liters of grape soda and water, causing her brain to swell and rupture, authorities said.

 

 

School apologizes for black history lunch menu

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

Officials at a Northern California private school are apologizing after a lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month angered some parents and students.

 

 

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