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Hagel says military must shrink to face new era

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Looking beyond America's post-9/11 wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing bases and reshaping forces to confront a "more volatile, more unpredictable" world with a more nimble military.

Lower Mississippi River back open after oil spill

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters Monday, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

 

U.S. prosecutors jockeying to try 'El Chapo'

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Federal prosecutors across the United States are already jockeying over who will handle any case against drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, even though it's far from clear whether he'll ever be brought to this country to face charges.

 

Graceland exhibit gives glimpse into young Elvis Presley

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The telegram sent by Elvis Presley to his parents in November 1954 gives a glimpse into the young singer's priorities and his optimism, as he begins what will become a career as a rock 'n' roll icon and cultural phenomenon.

Longest-serving congressman to retire

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Rep. John Dingell, who played a key role in some of the biggest liberal legislative victories of the past 60 years, said Monday that he will not try to add to what is already the longest congressional career in history.

Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White House

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The nation's governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing.

Effort to build gay marriage support heads South

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Less than two weeks after a federal judge declared Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a new effort has been launched in the South seeking to build wider acceptance of gay and lesbian couples in the hope of overturning similar bans across the region.

GOP intent on highlighting health care woes

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

House Republicans intent on highlighting the woes of President Barack Obama's health care law need to look no further than their own back yards, some of which are traditionally liberal strongholds.

Bills seek to tackle backlog of untested rape kits

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.

 

National Governors meeting: Legalized pot buzz just smoke

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

All the buzz at the National Governors Association meeting over legalizing pot, some say, is just smoke.

 

 

'Which (blank) are you?' Online quizzes go viral

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

For a compulsive online quiz-taker like Chrissy Noh, the temptation was too great to resist: "Which sandwich are you?"

 

 

Officials: Wiretaps, aides led to drug lord arrest

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

As Mexican troops forced their way into Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's main hideout in Culiacan, the country's most powerful drug lord sneaked out of the house through an escape tunnel beneath the bathtub.

 

CNN says Piers Morgan's talk show is ending

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

CNN's prime-time talk show "Piers Morgan Live" is coming to an end, the news channel said Sunday.

Sochi cleans up as world leaves Olympics behind

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

By the busload, the world's athletes and visitors rolled toward Sochi's airport and took off for home today, fresh from a Winter Games experience that many Russians pronounced a smashing success and that the Olympic movement's chief enthusiastically labeled a victory for the region and the host nation.

Mexico's Sinaloa drug chief arrested

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

The world's most-wanted drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, arrived at the Mexico City airport after his arrest early Saturday and was being taken directly to prison, said Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam.

 

Florida man shocked to learn of Medal of Honor

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

Melvin Morris was commanding a strike force on a mission near Chi Lang, South Vietnam, when his special forces group came under attack and a fellow commander was killed near an enemy bunker.

 

 

265 Anne Frank books vandalized in Tokyo libraries

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl" and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.

 

Ignoring China's protest, Obama hosts Dalai Lama

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

President Barack Obama granted an audience to Tibet's Dalai Lama on Friday over the strong objections from China that the U.S. was meddling it its affairs. The White House took pains to ensure the meeting was not portrayed as a conference of two heads of state.

 

Oil train wrecks spur safety measures

Posted 2/22/2014 in National

Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.

 

 

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