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'Deluded' Australia hostage-taker saw himself as a martyr

Posted 12/16/2014 in National

He wrote letters to grieving families of Australian troops killed in Afghanistan that likened them to "Hitler's soldiers." He was accused of being an accomplice in the murder of his ex-wife, who was stabbed and set on fire.

Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer

Posted 12/16/2014 in National

The families of nine people killed in the Newtown school massacre filed a lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting.

 

Republicans blame Cruz for confirmations

Posted 12/16/2014 in National

Unhappy Republicans say Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has given President Barack Obama a present this holiday season -- a gift certificate good for confirmation of 12 judicial appointments.

 

Five people escape Sydney cafe in hostage crisis

Posted 12/15/2014 in National

Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during this morning's rush hour.

 

Like low gas prices? So does the station owner

Posted 12/13/2014 in National

So you think you are finally getting one over on the gas stations as you pay well under $3 a gallon for the first time in four years?

 

 

Senate averts shutdown fears; fights over nominees

Posted 12/13/2014 in National

Their power ebbing, Senate Democrats launched a last-minute drive Saturday to confirm roughly 20 of President Barack Obama's nominees.

 

CIA lied about torture, Senate report suggests

Posted 12/13/2014 in National

When CIA interrogators were torturing accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed at a secret prison in Poland in March 2003, a top CIA analyst asked them to show him a photograph of an alleged terrorist named Majid Khan.

 

Ice bucket challenge, Robin Williams top 2014 popular list on Facebook

Posted 12/13/2014 in National

Day after day, Facebook captures our best and worst moments.

 

 

DOJ says Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana

Posted 12/12/2014 in National

Indian tribes can grow and sell marijuana on their lands as long as they follow the same federal conditions laid out for states that have legalized the drug, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday.

 

 

Bitter Mideast greets U.S. torture report with shrug

Posted 12/12/2014 in National

This week's revelations about the CIA's harsh treatment of terror suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks have been met with a collective shrug in the broader Middle East.

 

 

'Unbroken' strikes nerve in Japan

Posted 12/12/2014 in National

Angelina Jolie's new movie "Unbroken" has not been released in Japan yet, but it has already struck a nerve in a country still fighting over its wartime past.

 

 

Doctors face steep Medicaid cuts as fee boost ends

Posted 12/12/2014 in National

Primary care doctors caring for low-income patients will face steep fee cuts next year as a temporary program in President Barack Obama's health care law expires.

 

 

Senate to take up $1.1T bill to keep govt. running

Posted 12/12/2014 in National

It's now up to the Senate to pass a huge $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running.

 

 

High-speed Internet coming to more schools in poor or rural areas

Posted 12/12/2014 in National

The Federal Communications Commission agreed Thursday to dramatically boost spending to bring high-speed Internet access to schools and libraries in poor or rural areas, a move that would likely increase Americans' phone bills by about $2 a year.

 

 

Congress puts white potatoes on menu for low-income moms

Posted 12/12/2014 in National

It's another political victory for the popular potato.

 

 

Nearly 9 in 10 doubt Obama, GOP can break gridlock

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

Americans may not agree on much lately, but one opinion is nearly universal: There's almost no chance that President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and the Republican Congress can work together to solve the country's problems.

 

 

Liberals and conservatives gripe about $1.1T bill

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

Exposed to the light of day, a year-end, $1.1 trillion spending bill drew vociferous objections from liberals and milder criticism from conservatives.

 

 

Driving while black? App developers aim to help

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

Though the developers of the soon-to-be released "Driving While Black" smartphone application want motorists to download their product, there is a time when they definitely don't want users searching for it.

 

Hallmark pulls gift wrap after swastika complaint

Posted 12/11/2014 in National

Hallmark Cards Inc. has removed blue and silver gift wrap from circulation after a customer complained that she saw a swastika embedded in the design.

 

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