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President Obama lights National Christmas Tree

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

President Barack Obama threw the switch, bathing the National Christmas Tree in lights and giving an otherwise dreary day in the nation's capital a festive and seasonal spirit.

 

 

Celebrating Mandela: South African sports go on

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

South Africa's multiracial rugby sevens team huddled in the middle of the stadium named after Nelson Mandela. The players raised their hands together to the sky. Then they went out and won the game.

 

 

Top general to teenagers: Watch what you post online!

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

If they don't believe their parents, maybe America's teens will listen to the Pentagon's top general. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey worried aloud Wednesday that the next generation of possible military recruits is ignorant about the damage that can come from showing bad or illegal behavior online.

 

Public art project elicits the profound, profane

Posted 12/7/2013 in National

It is public art made of private wishes. In a phenomenon spreading across the globe, oversized blackboards, painted on buildings and freestanding displays, invite passers-by to complete the sentence: "Before I die I want to ..."

 

Milk prices could rise if farm bill looms

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

A New Year's deadline that could send the price of milk skyward looms over congressional negotiators as they try to reach agreement on a five-year farm bill. They've been tripped up by differences over the nation's food stamp program and how to restructure farm subsidies.

 

 

Democrats, GOP craft backup for stalled defense bill

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Facing a standoff in the Senate, the top Democrats and Republicans on Congress' military panels are working on a backup plan to ensure that they complete a far-reaching defense policy bill before year's end.

 

Fast-food protesters push for wage hikes

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Fast-food workers and labor organizers marched, waved signs and chanted in cities across the country on Thursday in a push for higher wages.

 

Ky. man fills brother's wish with big tip in Vt.

Posted 12/6/2013 in National

Before Aaron Collins died, he gave his brother, Seth, a mission: Eat, be merry and leave a giant tip. On Wednesday night, Seth Collins of Lexington, Ky., did just that, leaving a $500 tip for a Friendly's waitress in Springfield, Vt.

 

Nelson Mandela, 20th century colossus, dies at 95

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.

Mexico plans how to safely contain recovered radioactive cobalt-60

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Mexican troops and federal police kept a nighttime watch on a rural field where thieves abandoned a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60, while officials began planning the delicate task of recovering the dangerous material.

 

Newsweek to start printing again next year

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Paper copies of Newsweek will again roll off the presses starting next year.

 

Study finds most silent films have been lost

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

The vast majority of feature-length silent films made in America have been lost due to decay and neglect over the past 100 years, allowing an original 20th century art form to all but disappear, according to a study released Wednesday.

 

2 arrested, bitcoins seized in German probe

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

German police say they have arrested two people and seized illegally generated bitcoins worth more than $950,000 in an investigation of computer fraud.

 

Ill Mandela putting up 'courageous fight'

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela is not "doing well" but is continuing to put up a courageous fight from his "deathbed," members of his family have told the South African Broadcasting Corporation in an interview.

 

Tech gurus help boost speedy Internet in schools

Posted 12/5/2013 in National

Needed to keep a school building running these days: Water, electricity -- and broadband. Interactive digital learning on laptops and tablets is replacing traditional textbooks in many cases. Students are taking computer-based tests instead of fill-in-the bubble exams. Teachers are accessing far-off resources for lessons.

 

Amazon's delivery drones: An idea that may not fly

Posted 12/4/2013 in National

Jeff Bezos' idea to let self-guided drones deliver packages may be too futuristic for Washington to handle.

 

U.S. man marks 4 years in Cuban prison, writes Obama

Posted 12/4/2013 in National

An American man who is marking four years in prison in Cuba has written a letter to President Barack Obama asking the president to get personally involved in securing his release.

 

 

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