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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.

 

 

Police: Art thief among two held in violin heist

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

The mystery of what happened to a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin stolen in a stun gun attack was answered Thursday when Milwaukee police recovered the instrument and blamed the heist at least in part on an art thief who once stole a statue from a gallery and then tried to sell it back.

 

 

Food industry seeks voluntary GMO labeling

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

People who want to know more about genetically modified ingredients in their food would be able to get it on some packages, but not others, under a plan the industry is pushing.

 

Sochi's opening show: Let Putin's games begin

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

It's designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics today, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.

 

U.S. Jewish leader criticizes Israel boycott drive

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

A top American Jewish leader on Thursday called on Western governments to combat the growing international campaign to boycott Israel over its settlement activities, saying the phenomenon is one of the greatest challenges facing Israel.

 

 

Inspiration for 'Philomena' doesn't blame Catholic church

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

The woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film "Philomena," about an Irish mother forced to give up her son for adoption, says she doesn't blame the Vatican for her ordeal, despite a damning U.N. report essentially holding the Holy See responsible for such practices.

 

 

Obama: Religious freedom a U.S. diplomatic priority

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

President Barack Obama told a non-denominational gathering of political leaders Thursday that freedom of religion across the world is important to national security and is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy.

 

 

U.S. sees Russian hand in envoy's bugged call

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

Two senior American diplomats, thinking their conversation about the Ukraine was secure and private, were caught disparaging the European Union in a phone call that was apparently bugged, and U.S. officials say they strongly suspect Russia of leaking the conversation.

 

 

Speaker Boehner: 'We're not going to default' on debt

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

House Speaker John Boehner promised Thursday that the GOP-controlled House won't miss a late-February deadline to increase the government's borrowing cap.

 

 

A scramble to sign up the young by health deadline

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

"Do you guys have health insurance?" David Bransfield asks each time a group of backpack-toting college students passes by. Some nod yes. A few promise to stop back after class. Others don't bother removing their headphones.

 

After 22 years, Leno gives 'Tonight' farewell

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

Make way for Jimmy Fallon. "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno ended a stellar if sometimes stormy run Thursday night with high emotion at concluding what he termed "the greatest 22 years of my life."

 

Washington D.C. gridlock approaches a crossroads

Posted 2/7/2014 in National

President Barack Obama and Congress stand at a junction.

 

Bear bile-extracting farms near collapse in South Korea

Posted 2/6/2014 in National

Several bears lie on top of each other, as still as teddy bears, as they gaze out past rusty iron bars. Others pace restlessly. The ground below their metal cages is littered with feces, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, dog food and fruit. They've been kept in these dirty pens since birth, bred for a single purpose: to be killed for their bile.

 

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