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Obama condemns attack that killed US ambassador

Posted 9/12/2012 in National

President Barack Obama on Wednesday condemned attacks on a U.S. consulate in eastern Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three American members of his staff. He ordered increased security at U.S. diplomatic posts around the world.

 

WTC memorial magnificent, but at a steep price

Posted 9/11/2012 in National

With its huge reflecting pools, ringed by waterfalls and skyscrapers, and a cavernous underground museum still under construction, the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center is an awesome spectacle that moved and inspired some 4.5 million visitors in its first year.

Chicago teacher strike poses test for unions

Posted 9/11/2012 in National

The massive teacher strike in Chicago offers a high-profile test for the nation's teacher unions, which have seen their political influence threatened as a growing reform movement seeks to expand charter schools, get private companies involved with failing schools and link teacher evaluations to student test scores.

Romney: Teachers turning their backs on students

Posted 9/11/2012 in National

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Monday that striking Chicago teachers are turning their backs on thousands of students and that President Barack Obama is rooting for the absent educators. Obama's top spokesman said the president has not taken sides but is urging both the teachers and the city to settle quickly.

 

Congress returns for short pre-election session

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington today for a truncated pre-election session in which Congress will do what it often does best: punt problems to the future.

 

AP: Border Patrol halts Mexico flights

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

The U.S. government has halted flights home for Mexicans caught entering the country illegally in the deadly summer heat of Arizona's deserts, a money-saving move that ends a seven-year experiment that cost taxpayers nearly $100 million.

Surprising methods heal wounded troops

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

cientists are growing ears, bone and skin in the lab, and doctors are planning more face transplants and other extreme plastic surgeries. Around the country, the most advanced medical tools that exist are now being deployed to help America's newest veterans and wounded troops.

 

U.S. hands over Bagram prison to Afghans

Posted 9/10/2012 in National

U.S. officials handed over formal control of Afghanistan's only large-scale U.S.-run prison to Kabul on Monday, even as disagreements between the two countries over the thousands of Taliban and terror suspects held there marred the transfer.

 

Tornado strikes NYC

Posted 9/8/2012 in National

A tornado swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood in New York City on Saturday, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon.

Pakistan frees Christian girl accused of blasphemy

Posted 9/8/2012 in National

A young Christian girl accused of burning pages of Islam's holy book was freed Saturday from a jail near the capital where she had been held for three weeks, a Pakistani jail official said.

 

Report: US health care system wastes $750B a year

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The U.S. health care system squanders $750 billion a year -- roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar -- through unneeded care, byzantine paperwork, fraud and other waste, the influential Institute of Medicine said Thursday in a report that ties directly into the presidential campaign.

 

 

7-year-old Colo. girl recovers from bubonic plague

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The parents of 7-year-old Sierra Jane Downing thought she had the flu when she felt sick days after camping in southwest Colorado. It wasn't until she had a seizure that her father knew something was seriously wrong and rushed her to a hospital in their town of Pagosa Springs. She had a 107-degree fever, and doctors were baffled by the cause.

 

Grandma gives birth to her own grandchild

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

Setting foot in a hospital again, Emily and Mike Jordan couldn't help but feel anxious. More than two years before, at age 29, Emily had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. But just before she was to undergo a radical hysterectomy, she was told that she was pregnant.

Attention turns to Peterson's missing fourth wife

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

She loomed over Drew Peterson's murder trial, though her disappearance and the suspicion that the former Illinois police officer killed her was never mentioned in front of the jury.

Texas to open fastest U.S. highway with 85 mph limit

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

Texas will soon open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country, giving eager drivers a chance to rip through a trip between two of the state's largest metropolitan areas.

Obama's convention evolution now complete

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

President Barack Obama's convention evolution is complete. Eight years ago, the little-known Democrat rocketed into the political spotlight with a soaring convention keynote address. Four years later, he accepted the Democratic Party's nomination and became its standard bearer.

 

Claim of Romney taxes theft a puzzling whodunit

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

 

Costa Rica escapes serious damage from big quake

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

The bulletins were terrifying: a powerful earthquake had struck off the coast of this Central American country, spawning a tsunami warning and bringing fears of widespread catastrophe.

 

Quakes kill at least 50 in mountainous SW China

Posted 9/7/2012 in National

 

 

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