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Blind man, guide dog safe after subway track fall

Posted 12/18/2013 in National

Gallant guide dog Orlando was just doing his duty. The black Lab bravely leapt onto the tracks at a Manhattan subway platform Tuesday after his blind owner lost consciousness and tumbled in front of an oncoming train.

Astronaut may get Christmas wish for spacewalk

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

Space station astronaut Rick Mastracchio may get his Christmas wish for a spacewalk or two because of a broken cooling system.

U.S. fundraising mittens made in China

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

The outside of the mittens say "Go USA." The insides say "Made in China." Less than two years after being criticized for having the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms made in China, the U.S. Olympic Committee has another wardrobe malfunction on its hands.

 

Fake signer accused in mob attack

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

Just when it seemed the scandal over the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial had run its course, a cousin and three friends say he was part of a mob that accosted two men found with a stolen television and burned them to death by setting fire to tires placed around their necks.

 

 

Do vitamins block disease? Some disappointing news

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

There's more disappointing news about multivitamins: Two major studies found popping the pills didn't protect aging men's brains or help heart attack survivors.

 

 

FDA: Anti-bacterial soaps may not curb bacteria

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

After more than 40 years of study, the U.S. government says it has found no evidence that common anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs, and regulators want the makers of Dawn, Dial and other household staples to prove that their products do not pose health risks to consumers.

 

 

Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

It's the ultimate fantasy: Walk into a store, plunk down a dollar, and with nothing but luck -- really extraordinary luck -- you win a giant lottery. Suddenly, you're rich as a sultan with enough money to buy an NBA team or your own island.

 

 

No suspicious devices found at Harvard after email

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

Four buildings on Harvard University's campus were evacuated Monday after police received an email claiming that explosive devices may have been hidden inside, but after hours of searches and disruptions to final exams, no suspicious devices were found.

 

 

Family: Make Iran talks hinge on Levinson aid

Posted 12/17/2013 in National

The Obama administration should make any diplomatic agreement with Iran contingent on Tehran's help finding missing CIA contractor Robert Levinson, a lawyer for his family said Monday. "He's your guy and you put him there," attorney David McGee said. "Raise the ante."

 

FBI disrupts shootings through interventions

Posted 12/16/2013 in National

The FBI has helped to disrupt or prevent nearly 150 shootings and violent attacks this year, in part by steering potential gunmen toward mental health professionals.

Detroit awaits direction on art sale options

Posted 12/16/2013 in National

Detroit may have to rely on the generosity of strangers to keep its impressive art collection that was amassed with taxpayer dollars in better times.

 

Poll: Another worry about new health law

Posted 12/16/2013 in National

Just when the government's insurance website is starting to run more smoothly, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds a potentially bigger problem for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

 

'Lawrence of Arabia' star Peter O'Toole dead at 81

Posted 12/16/2013 in National

Known on the one hand for his starring role in "Lawrence of Arabia," leading tribesmen in daring attacks across the desert wastes, and on the other for his headlong charges into drunken debauchery, Peter O'Toole was one of the most magnetic, charismatic and fun figures in British acting.

 

Kim's aunt appears safe after husband's execution

Posted 12/16/2013 in National

The aunt of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been named to an ad-hoc state committee, the country's official media reported, an indication that the execution of her husband and the country's No. 2 has not immediately diminished her influence.

 

 

Prospects for budget legislation solid in Senate

Posted 12/14/2013 in National

One day after winning lopsided House approval, bipartisan legislation to ease across-the-board spending cuts and reduce economy-rattling budget brinkmanship appears likely to command the 60 votes necessary to clear the Senate, officials in both parties said Friday.

 

Coloring book features Ted Cruz

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

He's known for coloring outside the lines in the staid U.S. Senate. Now children large and small can color in U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Just in time for the holidays, St. Louis publisher Really Big Coloring Books Inc. is offering a coloring and activity book featuring the Texas tea party darling.

 

Defense bill aims to address sexual assault crisis

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

A comprehensive defense policy bill that aims to deal with the epidemic of sexual assault in the military is heading to the Senate, where it could get slowed by Republican outrage over majority Democrats' limits on GOP power.

 

GOP struggle widens as Boehner rebukes hard right

Posted 12/13/2013 in National

The Republican establishment's much-anticipated pushback against the tea party wing is underway. House Speaker John Boehner made that clear Thursday, when he renewed his denunciation of groups that try to defeat GOP incumbents they consider too willing to compromise with Democrats.

 

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