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District of Columbia adds race to debate on legalizing pot

Posted 10/14/2014 in National

A debate over legalizing marijuana in the nation's capital is focusing on the outsized number of arrests of African Americans on minor drug charges.


Why drop in oil prices has downside

Posted 10/14/2014 in National

If you're a driver, a shipper or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice.



Health officials urge hospitals to 'think Ebola'

Posted 10/14/2014 in National

Federal health officials on Monday urged the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola" and launched a review of procedures for treating patients.



Parents say IS hostage converted to Islam willingly

Posted 10/14/2014 in National

The parents of an Indiana aid worker threatened with beheading by the Islamic State group rejected suggestions that their son converted to Islam to save himself Monday.



North Korean leader reappears publicly -- with cane

Posted 10/14/2014 in National

After vanishing from the public eye for nearly six weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back, ending rumors that he was gravely ill, deposed or worse.



Health care worker catches Ebola from man who died

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

Health officials are intensifying the monitoring of hospital workers who provided care to the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. after one of them was infected with the virus despite wearing protective gear.


Poll: Many insured struggle with medical bills

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

Having health insurance is no panacea for high medical costs.


Mechanical problem blamed for fatal Maine hayride crash

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

A mechanical problem caused a Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers to careen down a steep hill and slam into a tree during a Halloween-themed hayride in the woods, killing a teenager and injuring more than 20 other people, authorities said.



Ambush suspect could lose advantage as leaves fall

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

For the past month, ambush suspect Eric Frein has capitalized on relatively mild temperatures, dense tree cover and his own survival skills to successfully elude a manhunt in the woods of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.


Iraqi Yazidi girl tells of captivity in IS group

Posted 10/13/2014 in National

The young Yazidi girl rocked apprehensively as she described the ordeal that took her from her family, snatched from her home by militants in Iraq, then sold as a slave in Syria before finally escaping to Turkey.


As Mexico cracks down, drug money comes to U.S.

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

For a company that booked $12 million in annual sales importing snacks like chile- and lime-flavored chips from Mexico, Baja Distributors Inc.'s offices were oddly quiet.


Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.


Man sends newspaper check years after rack thefts

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

Some 54 years after stealing several newspaper racks, a U.S. Navy veteran has sent a letter of apology and a check for $200 to The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida.



Girl Scouts membership drops sharply

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply, intensifying pressure on the 102-year-old youth organization to find ways of reversing the trend.



7 plaintiffs in no-fly list lawsuit cleared to fly

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

Seven people who challenged their placement on the government's no-fly list are now free to fly, the first time the U.S. has ever informed someone whether they are or are not excluded.



Georgia prisoner accused of lying about possible Ebola infection

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

Prosecutors have accused a prisoner in Georgia of lying about potentially getting Ebola while traveling in Africa, a claim that triggered an emergency response at an Atlanta area jail and hospital.



Dallas Ebola patient displayed symptoms at first ER visit

Posted 10/11/2014 in National

The man said he'd recently traveled from West Africa, was in severe pain -- rating it an eight on a scale of 10 -- and had a fever that spiked to 103 degrees, enough to be flagged with an exclamation point in the hospital's record-keeping system.



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