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Buildings vulnerable 20 years after LA earthquake

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

The earth lurched without warning before dawn, jolting Los Angeles from its sleep. In a flash, freeway overpasses collapsed. Buildings were leveled or ruined. Fires spread.

 

Israeli bill to outlaw the word Nazi sparks ire

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

An Israeli draft law that would criminalize the use of the word Nazi in most cases has sparked a debate on freedom of speech in a state that was founded out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

 

 

Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

 

 

Pa. couple advertises home as 'slightly haunted'

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Between the mysteriously banging doors, the odd noises coming from the basement, and the persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them, homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson are thoroughly creeped out by their 113-year-old Victorian.

 

California motorist cleared in Google Glass traffic ticket case

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation Thursday against a woman believed to be the first motorist in the country ticketed for driving while wearing a Google Glass computer-in-eyeglass device.

 

Newtown gunman apparently called radio in 2011

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

The man who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre apparently called a radio station a year earlier to discuss the 2009 mauling of a Connecticut woman by a chimpanzee.

 

Ohio executions face obstacles after unusual inmate death

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Ohio's capital punishment system likely faces new challenges following an unusually long execution in which the condemned man appeared to gasp several times.

Senate easily passes $1.1T spending bill

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

Congress sent President Barack Obama a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill Thursday, easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic budget cuts after tea party critics chastened by October's partial shutdown mounted only a faint protest.

 

Suspect's family 'heartbroken' over New Mexico school shooting

Posted 1/17/2014 in National

The 12-year-old boy who opened fire on a crowd of students in a New Mexico middle school gym had planned the attack and warned some classmates to stay away moments before the gunfire rang out, investigators said Wednesday.

 

Report: Systemic failures led to Benghazi attacks

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

A bipartisan Senate report on the attacks on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, paints a picture of systemic failure of security for U.S. diplomats overseas that led to the deaths of the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

 

Senate ready to send $1.1T spending bill to Obama

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

Drained of much of its vitriol over the budget, Congress is poised to adopt a $1.1 trillion package financing federal agencies this year, a bipartisan compromise that all but banishes the specter of an election-year government shutdown.

 

'Miracle on the Hudson' survivors mark five years

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

The pilots and some passengers on a plane that made an extraordinary landing on the Hudson River marked the fifth anniversary of that remarkable event on Wednesday, giving thanks to those who kept everyone on the flight alive.

 

Cybersecurity chief had qualms over health website

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

The top cybersecurity officer for the Health and Human Services Department said he was concerned about potential vulnerabilities ahead of the launch of the Obama administration's health care website.

 

 

Kerry plays down spat with Israeli defense chief

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday played down criticism by Israel's defense minister of American efforts to broker peace in the Middle East, saying he wouldn't let "one set of comments" undermine his work.

 

 

Experts see possible charges in N.J. scandal

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

The George Washington Bridge traffic jam that was apparently engineered by allies of Gov. Chris Christie as political payback could lead to criminal charges such as conspiracy or official misconduct, legal experts say.

 

 

SF crash firefighter saw girl before hitting her

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

Video from the helmet camera of a firefighter responding to the crash landing of an Asiana Airlines flight in San Francisco shows at least one rescuer was aware someone was on the ground outside the aircraft and even warned a colleague. Yet two fire trucks subsequently ran over an injured passenger.

 

Flap artists: Birds sync wing beats while flying in V formation

Posted 1/16/2014 in National

The next time you see birds flying in a V, consider this: A new study says they choreograph the flapping of their wings with exquisite precision to help them on their way.

 

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