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Military sex assault reports jump 50 percent

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense officials say may suggest that victims are becoming more willing to come forward after a tumultuous year of scandals that shined a spotlight on the crimes and put pressure on the military to take aggressive action.

 

 

Boy Scouts open ranks to gay youth on Jan. 1

Posted 12/28/2013 in National

The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications -- ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

 

Capitol's historic dome set for 2-year renovation

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

A world-famous symbol of democracy is going under cover, as workers start a two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome.

Obama signs bipartisan budget deal, defense bill

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Rounding out a tough and frustrating year, President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan budget deal Thursday easing spending cuts and a defense bill cracking down on sexual assault in the military, as the president and Congress began pivoting to the midterm election year ahead.

 

For divided Congress, water projects are unifier

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of political pork, are back in vogue as a rare force of concord in a dysfunctional Congress.

 

 

Iran says it is developing new centrifuges

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Iran's nuclear chief said the country is building a new generation of centrifuges for uranium enrichment but that they need further tests before they can be mass produced, apparently trying to counter hard-liner criticism of its nuclear deal with word powers.

 

India gold tax hits bridal budgets

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

With India's wedding season in full swing, the glass sales counters in Mumbai's famed Zhaveri gold bazaars are crowded with customers eyeing elaborate headpieces, nose rings and necklaces. No one does jewelry quite like an Indian bride, who by tradition wears all the gold she can stand up in and her family can afford.

 

Bye bye, bile? Websites try to nix nasty comments

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: A recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet.

 

 

Palestinians urge U.S. to block new settlements

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has appealed to the U.S. to block a new Israeli plan to build hundreds of additional homes in Jewish settlements, a top negotiator said today, warning the move could put U.S.-led peace efforts in peril.

 

 

First-class stamps to cost 49 cents as of Jan. 26

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive. Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn.

 

 

Police file on Newtown shooting to be released

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

The planned release today of thousands of pages of police documents from the investigation into last year's school massacre in Newtown could shed light on the world of the 20-year-old gunman.

 

Abducted American in Pakistan seeks help

Posted 12/27/2013 in National

A 72-year-old American development worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida more than two years ago appealed to President Obama in a video to negotiate his release, saying he feels "totally abandoned and forgotten."

 

Health care divides some Republican Senate rivals

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Republicans see the 2014 midterm elections as a chance to capitalize on voter frustration with the problem-plagued health care overhaul, but the GOP first must settle a slate of Senate primaries where conservatives are arguing over the best way to oppose President Barack Obama's signature law.

 

 

Bipartisan bill seeks to boost foreign adoptions

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Amid partisan conflict in Congress, dozens of lawmakers from both parties -- including staunch liberals and conservatives -- have united behind a bill that supporters say addresses a heart-rending issue beyond politics: the millions of foreign children languishing in orphanages or otherwise at risk because they have no immediate family.

 

 

Gay marriage's latest frontier: State courts

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Advocates on both sides of the gay marriage debate predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned part of a federal ban on gay marriage would create a pathway for states to act. They were right.

 

 

Las Vegas cab driver finds $300K in back seat

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle, but the stash turned out to be $300,000 in cold hard cash.

 

 

Pa. man charged with stealing handcuffs in escape

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

A western Pennsylvania man is jailed on charges he stole a pair of handcuffs he was wearing when he allegedly escaped from a state police cruiser.

 

Thousands left without power across northern U.S.

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally warm homes.

 

Pope Francis' Christmas wish: Hope for a better world

Posted 12/26/2013 in National

Pope Francis offered Christmas wishes Wednesday for a better world, praying for protection for Christians under attack, battered women and trafficked children, peace in the Middle East and Africa, and dignity for refugees fleeing misery and conflict around the globe.

 

 

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