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Synthetic pot leads to nationwide spike in hospitalizations

Posted 5/9/2015 in National

A huge nationwide spike in hospitalizations last month caused by a class of drugs often called "synthetic marijuana" illustrates the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them and the shifty tactics authorities believe manufacturers are using to evade regulation.

 

Man on mission to build tiny houses for Los Angeles homeless

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

After Elvis Summers built a tiny house on wheels for a woman who had been sleeping on the streets, he launched a crowdfunding campaign to construct similar shelters for other homeless people in his South Los Angeles neighborhood.

 

Appeals court: NSA phone record collection is illegal

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

The unprecedented and unwarranted bulk collection of the entire U.S. population's phone records by the government is illegal because it wasn't authorized by Congress, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

 

 

Iran Legislation is win-win for GOP, Obama

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

Republicans in control of Congress want a say on negotiations to ease sanctions against Iran in exchange for concessions on nuclear research and development, and a bipartisan accomplishment signed into law to showcase an ability to govern sensibly.

 

 

Listeria contamination in Blue Bell plants goes back 2 years

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

Blue Bell Creameries knew there was listeria in one of the company's plants as far back as March 2013, according to a government investigation.

 

 

Study: Measles vaccination may have other benefits

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

A new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years.

 

 

Activist: No regrets about cartoon contest ended by gunfire

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

Does Pamela Geller regret organizing the Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that ended in gunfire?

 

 

Texas incident fuels concern about lone-wolf terror attacks

Posted 5/7/2015 in National

The attempted attack on a provocative cartoon contest in Texas appears to reflect a scenario that has long troubled national security officials: a do-it-yourself terror plot.

 

 

AP-GfK Poll: Republicans open to softer immigration policy

Posted 5/7/2015 in National

Americans appear open to a softer immigration policy than Republican presidential candidates have preached in the past.

 

 

Are bungled VA claims systemic? Senators want agency review

Posted 5/7/2015 in National

Troubled by delays in handling veterans claims, a bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday urged a wide-scale, independent review of the Department of Veterans Affairs for mismanagement and changes to improve budgeting and speed up applications.

 

 

GAO: Gov't waste of natural gas costing taxpayers millions

Posted 5/7/2015 in National

Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found.

 

Gunman's hashtag hinted at Texas plot

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: "May Allah accept us as mujahideen," or holy warriors.

 

Campus sex crime reporting increases, says Education Dept.

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

Reports of sex offenses on college campuses provided to the Education Department have nearly doubled over a five-year period.

 

 

Report: IRS issues $5.6B in bogus education credits

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

The IRS issued $5.6 billion in potentially bogus education tax credits in a single year -- more than a quarter of all education credits claimed by taxpayers, a government watchdog said Tuesday.

 

 

With new standardized tests, educators worry about scores

Posted 5/6/2015 in National

Call this the year of the test. Or, at least the year of standardized test mania.

 

Accused Texas gunman was former target of FBI terror probe

Posted 5/5/2015 in National

In 2010, authorities arrested Elton Simpson, one of the two suspected gunmen in a weekend shooting outside a contest in Texas featuring cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

 

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