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Women survive ordeal along rail bridge

Posted earlier today in National

A video camera captured the terrifying plight of two women as a freight train bore down on them as they walked along an 80-foot-high railroad bridge in Indiana.

Poll: Americans cool to border-crossing children

Posted earlier today in National

Americans are wary of granting refugee status to children crossing the U.S. border to flee strife-torn countries in Central America, and most in an Associated Press-GfK poll say the U.S. does not have a moral obligation to accept asylum seekers generally.

Century-old pipe break points to national problem

Posted earlier today in National

The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

Editorial cartoon for 7-31-14

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Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

Posted yesterday in National

Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of insolvency.

 

 

Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids

Posted yesterday in National

When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

 

In GOP South, Obama climate rules rankle

Posted yesterday in National

In the Republican-heavy Southeast, critics said Tuesday that a plan by President Barack Obama's administration to cut pollution would raise electricity prices, result in job losses and may not significantly curtail the carbon emissions blamed for global warming.

 

Christie planning tour through South

Posted yesterday in National

Republican Gov. Chris Christie will be swinging through the South as part of another jam-packed month of travel boosting fellow GOP candidates.

 

 

Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

Posted yesterday in National

The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election debate on whether to raise gasoline taxes.

 

 

Study: 35 percent in U.S. facing debt collectors

Posted 7/29/2014 in National

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

 

 

Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says

Posted 7/29/2014 in National

When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

 

 

Lawmakers give Israel full support

Posted 7/29/2014 in National

Members of Congress are falling over one another to show their support for Israel. While much of the rest of the world watches the Gaza war in horror and scrambles for a cease-fire, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military operations.

 

 

Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

Posted 7/29/2014 in National

Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network.

 

 

Congress reaches deal on VA health care plan

Posted 7/28/2014 in National

After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

 

Police team turns back from Ukraine crash site

Posted 7/28/2014 in National

An international police team abandoned its attempt to reach the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines plane for a second day running Monday as clashes raged in a town on the road to the area.

U.N. Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

Posted 7/28/2014 in National

The U.N. Security Council called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas at an emergency meeting just after midnight (0400 GMT) Monday morning.

Comic-Con's dark side: Harassment amid the fantasy

Posted 7/28/2014 in National

Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend's Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very real issue -- allegations of sexual harassment at the annual pop-culture festival.

 

U.S. companies increasingly fish for growth overseas

Posted 7/28/2014 in National

Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home. Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to produce earnings or revenue that exceeded analysts' projections in their latest quarters. Prodded by the steadily rising demand for Internet access and online services in developing countries, these technology companies will likely be wading even deeper into overseas markets for years to come.

 

 

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