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Akin makes first appearance since rape remarks in Mo.

Posted 8/25/2012 in National

Bolstered by thousands of small individual donations, embattled Republican Congressman Todd Akin reaffirmed his commitment to his U.S. Senate campaign Friday while re-emerging publicly in Missouri for the time since making inflammatory remarks about rape and pregnancy.

Tropical storm Issac forces GOP to scrap first day of convention

Posted 8/25/2012 in National

Republican officials abruptly announced plans Saturday night to scrap the first day of their national convention, bowing to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac as it bore down menacingly on Florida.

Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, dies at 82

Posted 8/25/2012 in National

Neil Armstrong was a quiet, self-described nerdy engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, died Saturday. He was 82.

NYPD: Empire State victims hit by police gunfire

Posted 8/25/2012 in National

All nine people wounded during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were struck by bullets fired by the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence.

Jerry Nelson, puppeteer behind Count von Count, dies at 78

Posted 8/25/2012 in National

Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer behind a delightful menagerie of characters including Count von Count on "Sesame Street" and Gobo Fraggle on "Fraggle Rock," has died.

Romney: Big business is fine, helped by tax havens

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

Creating a potential headache for his campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said big businesses in the U.S. were "doing fine" in part because they get advantages from offshore tax havens.

Drought worsens in Plains, despite cooler temperatures

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

While other corn growers already have knocked down their drought-ravaged crops to feed them to livestock, Nebraska farmer Doug Nelson still waits for his maize to mature, well aware it won't be a banner year.

 

Ill. police: Teenager held 2 years escapes captors

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

A teen girl reported missing more than two years ago told police she escaped a home in southwestern Illinois where she had been held captive and repeatedly sexually assaulted.

 

 

Isaac could shake up security for GOP convention

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

Tropical Storm Isaac could force a shakeup of the security plans for the GOP convention in Tampa, because about half of the expected officers come from other parts of Florida and some could be forced to stay home for the storm, authorities said Thursday.

 

 

Prosecutors: Colo. suspect angry over academics

Posted 8/24/2012 in National

James Holmes was a promising neuroscience doctoral candidate, but by the end of the program's first year, he had fallen out of favor with professors and failed a key exam, prosecutors said.

 

 

Rise in home sales reflects steady improvement

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

The recovery of the U.S. housing market is looking steadier and more sustainable, a trend that will likely add to economic growth in 2012 for the first time in seven years. Purchases, construction and prices are gradually but consistently increasing, though they remain far below levels seen in a healthy economy.

 

 

When convenient, politicians cite media

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

In a new 30-second TV ad, Mitt Romney attacks President Barack Obama and his aides for their campaign claims. Or, more precisely, the ad lets others do the attacking: "Scraping bottom," reads a quote attributed to the Chicago Tribune. "Disgusting," says another that identifies ABC News as the source. "Unfair attacks," says a third, crediting CBS News.

 

 

Reality shows creating more gator hunting violations

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

Louisiana wildlife officials say alligator hunting violations are rising, and one reason appears to be the popularity of outdoor reality television shows.

 

 

Research links childhood obesity to antibiotics

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

The use of antibiotics in young children might lead to a higher risk of obesity, and two new studies, one on mice and one on humans, conclude that changes of the intestinal bacteria caused by antibiotics could be responsible.

 

 

Government gene sleuths stop superbug that killed 6

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

Over six frightening months, a deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics spread in the nation's leading research hospital. Pretty soon, a patient a week was catching the bug. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health locked down patients, cleaned with bleach, even ripped out plumbing -- and still the germ persisted.

 

From Dallas to London for JR

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Cowboys, stetsons, bucking broncos and J.R. masks -- it could only be the arrival of "Dallas" in London.

Authorities amend Natalie Wood's death certificate

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Natalie Wood's death certificate has been changed to reflect some of the uncertainties and lingering questions surrounding the actress' drowning more than 30 years ago in the Pacific Ocean off Southern California.

 

Obama, Romney discuss their religious beliefs with magazine

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, interviewed separately by a religious magazine, addressed skeptics who question their faith and offered divergent views of the separation of church and state.

 

Investigators looking into Md. train derailment

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Investigators were checking videos, track conditions and maintenance records Wednesday to find the cause of a deadly train derailment in Maryland and figure out if two young women sitting on a railroad bridge over the town's main street contributed to the crash or if their presence was just a tragic coincidence.

Mo. lawmaker won't drop out of race

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation's top Republicans and refused to abandon a Senate bid that has been hobbled by fallout over his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."

 

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