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TV ratings: Another record for Super Bowl

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

For the fourth time in five years, the Super Bowl has set a record for the most-watched television event in U.S. history, drawing 111.5 million viewers even though the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos wasn't really competitive.

 

 

South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1M

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

Nelson Mandela's estate, worth roughly $4.1 million, will be shared between his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the movement that fought white rule and now governs South Africa, the will's executors said Monday.

 

 

Official: Heroin in packets in Hoffman's N.Y.home

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

Tests have confirmed there was heroin in at least some of the scores of plastic packets in the apartment where Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead, a law enforcement official said Monday, and authorities are working to determine whether the drug was mixed or tainted with anything else.

 

 

A new entitlement? The right to preschool

Posted 2/4/2014 in National

Republican governors and lawmakers who now control a majority of state capitols have been pushing aggressively to cut spending and shrink government -- with one glaring exception.

 

 

Nothing controversial in Super Bowl ads

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

What Super Bowl ads will people discuss over the water cooler a day after the big game? There were no crude jokes. Sexual innuendo was kept to a minimum. And uncomfortable scenes were missing.

 

 

Report: U.S. abortion rate at lowest since 1973

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

The U.S. abortion rate declined to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according to the latest national survey of abortion providers conducted by a prominent research institute.

 

Bruno Mars delivers red hot set at Super Bowl

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

Anybody worried about how Bruno Mars would do on one of the world's largest stages had obviously never seen the young star perform live. That all changed Sunday night when tens of millions got their first chance to see why he's one of the most exciting live acts of his generation.

Punxsutawney Phil predicts longer winter

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

Emerging from his lair on Super Bowl Sunday, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil couldn't predict the winner of the big game but his handlers said he was sure of his weather forecast: There will be six more weeks of winter.

Woody Allen's allies cast doubt on abuse claims

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

Some of Woody Allen's close allies have come to his defense, casting doubt on renewed accusations by Dylan Farrow that she was sexually assaulted by her then adoptive father when she was 7.

Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in NYC apartment

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

He was only 46, busy as ever and secure in his standing as one of the world's greatest actors.

 

Farm bill plows under direct payments

Posted 2/3/2014 in National

Farm subsidies that have guided agriculture through record profits in recent years are going away in the five-year farm bill that could become law in the coming week. But new subsidies in the legislation could be just as generous, and farmers aren't complaining.

 

 

Republicans ponder scandal's toll on Gov. Christie's future

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

Fellow Republicans are assessing the damage of new allegations that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about a traffic-blocking operation orchestrated by top aides earlier than he has acknowledged.

 

 

Child who survived deadly Ky. house fire recuperating

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

A girl who escaped a western Kentucky house fire that killed her mother and eight siblings is recuperating from burns and communicating with her hospital nurses, a family friend said Friday.

 

 

Cruise line cites fog, not illness, for return

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

A cruise ship that had more than 180 passengers and crew fall sick with an apparent stomach virus returned to a Houston-area port early due to a dense fog advisory and not because people were vomiting and had diarrhea, a Princess Cruises spokeswoman said Friday.

 

 

Boston could prove sympathetic to bombing suspect

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

Given the powerful grief and anger over the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston would seem to be a particularly hostile place for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to stand trial. But it might just be his best hope of escaping a death sentence.

 

 

Obama asks for help hiring long-term jobless

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

Confronting the persistent joblessness that has marred the economic recovery, President Barack Obama won commitments Friday from more than 300 companies to reach out in their hiring to the nearly 4 million Americans who have been unemployed for half a year or more.

 

 

Knox says she will not willingly return to Italy

Posted 2/1/2014 in National

Amanda Knox said Friday she will fight the reinstated guilty verdict against her and an ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of a British roommate in Italy and vowed to "never go willingly" to face her fate in that country's judicial system.

 

 

Toronto's mayor defends Justin Bieber

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Toronto's favorite black sheep, Mayor Rob Ford, is rising to the defense of fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, who has recently been in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

 

 

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