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Kingpin's high-tech gadgetry helped him stay free

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Mexico's most powerful drug cartel leader employed high-tech communications gadgetry and sophisticated counterespionage practices to elude an international manhunt for 13 years, The Associated Press has learned.

 

 

Asiana Airlines penalized $500K over crash

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

In the first penalty of its kind, federal transportation officials on Tuesday docked Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to promptly contact passengers' families and keep them informed about their loved ones after a deadly crash last year at San Francisco International airport.

 

 

Arizona governor returns home amid furor over religious beliefs bill

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Gov. Jan Brewer returned to Arizona on Tuesday and faced a pressing decision about a bill on her desk that has prompted a national debate over religious and gay rights.

 

 

Child dies from infected rat; family sues Petco

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

A San Diego family is suing Petco after the death of their 10-year-old son from a bacterial infection they say he contracted from his pet rat.

 

 

Government: Cut out school junk food ads

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

It's not just about what America's kids are getting in the lunch line. The Obama administration is moving to phase out junk food advertising on football scoreboards and elsewhere on school grounds -- part of a broad effort to combat child obesity and create what Michelle Obama calls "a new norm" for today's schoolchildren and future generations.

 

 

Obama threatens Karzai with full withdrawal

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Frustrated with his Afghan counterpart, President Barack Obama is ordering the Pentagon to accelerate planning for a full U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by the end of this year.

 

Army study gives women taste of combat tasks

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

tanding just over 5 feet, Army Spc. Karen Arvizu is barely a foot taller than the anti-tank missile she carries in both arms and loads into an armored vehicle. She stands on her tip-toes to wrestle open the 300-pound top hatch.

 

Congress signals tough fight for Pentagon overhaul plan

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Lawmakers signaled a difficult battle ahead for the Obama administration's plan to dramatically overhaul the nation's military, voicing opposition Tuesday to proposed cuts in benefit packages, long-standing weapons programs and bases that mean money and jobs across America.

 

 

National drop in obese toddlers, study suggests

Posted 2/26/2014 in National

Toddler obesity shrank sharply in the past decade, a new study suggests. While promising, it's not proof that the nation has turned a corner in the battle against childhood obesity, some experts say.

 

Hagel says military must shrink to face new era

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Looking beyond America's post-9/11 wars, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing bases and reshaping forces to confront a "more volatile, more unpredictable" world with a more nimble military.

Lower Mississippi River back open after oil spill

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters Monday, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

 

U.S. prosecutors jockeying to try 'El Chapo'

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Federal prosecutors across the United States are already jockeying over who will handle any case against drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, even though it's far from clear whether he'll ever be brought to this country to face charges.

 

Graceland exhibit gives glimpse into young Elvis Presley

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The telegram sent by Elvis Presley to his parents in November 1954 gives a glimpse into the young singer's priorities and his optimism, as he begins what will become a career as a rock 'n' roll icon and cultural phenomenon.

Longest-serving congressman to retire

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Rep. John Dingell, who played a key role in some of the biggest liberal legislative victories of the past 60 years, said Monday that he will not try to add to what is already the longest congressional career in history.

Governors erupt in partisan dispute at White House

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

The nation's governors emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday claiming harmony, only to immediately break into an on-camera partisan feud in front of the West Wing.

Effort to build gay marriage support heads South

Posted 2/25/2014 in National

Less than two weeks after a federal judge declared Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, a new effort has been launched in the South seeking to build wider acceptance of gay and lesbian couples in the hope of overturning similar bans across the region.

GOP intent on highlighting health care woes

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

House Republicans intent on highlighting the woes of President Barack Obama's health care law need to look no further than their own back yards, some of which are traditionally liberal strongholds.

Bills seek to tackle backlog of untested rape kits

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.

 

National Governors meeting: Legalized pot buzz just smoke

Posted 2/24/2014 in National

All the buzz at the National Governors Association meeting over legalizing pot, some say, is just smoke.

 

 

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