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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.

 

 

Study: Kids' obesity risk starts before school age

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Those efforts to fight obesity in schools? Think younger. A new study finds that much of a child's "weight fate" is set by age 5, and that nearly half of kids who became obese by the eighth grade were already overweight when they started kindergarten.

 

From Muppets to puppies, Super Bowl ads get cute

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Call it Cute Bowl. Adorable is the name of the game this year as Super Bowl advertisers try to grab your attention. That means lots of "cute" story lines, including a family that's expecting a new baby and a horse that forms a long-lasting bond with a puppy.

Knox's murder conviction reinstated

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

More than two years after Amanda Knox returned to the U.S. apparently home free, an Italian court Thursday reinstated her murder conviction in the stabbing of her roommate and increased her sentence to 28 years in prison, raising the specter of a long extradition fight.

 

Gunman's doctor before rampage: 'No problem there'

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

The gunman who killed 12 people in last year's rampage at Washington's Navy Yard lied so convincingly to Veterans Affairs doctors before the shootings that they concluded he had no mental health issues despite serious problems and encounters with police during the same period, according to a review by The Associated Press of his confidential medical files.

 

 

U.S. seeks death for marathon suspect

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

The announcement by federal prosecutors that they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in the Boston Marathon bombing came as no surprise to people who lost limbs or suffered other injuries in last year's attack.

 

 

Wash., Colo., have few ways to stop weed leaving

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Among the many oddities that have arisen from marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado is this: It can be easier to get through airport security with a bag of weed than a bottle of water.

 

 

N.J. university offers course studying Beyonce

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Beyonce is one of the world's most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia.

 

 

Denver mayor sparks Super Bowl chile battle

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

A friendly Super Bowl bet between the mayors of Seattle and Denver is causing a stir in New Mexico.

 

 

Vatican bank admits widows victims of crackdown

Posted 1/31/2014 in National

Dozens and perhaps hundreds of widows and Vatican pensioners recently came in for a rude surprise: The Vatican bank told them they had to close their accounts or risk losing access to their money -- all in the name of Pope Francis' reform efforts, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

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