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Ukrainian president ends ceasefire

Posted 7/1/2014 in National

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he was abandoning a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists and sending military forces back on the offensive after talks with Russia and European leaders failed to start a broader peace process.

 

GM safety crisis grows as recalls mount

Posted 7/1/2014 in National

General Motors' safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles to its ballooning list of cars recalled over faulty ignition switches.

 

 

North Korea preparing to try 2 American tourists

Posted 7/1/2014 in National

North Korea said Monday it is preparing to try two Americans who entered the country as tourists for carrying out what it says were hostile acts against it.

 

Police: 9 shot on Bourbon Street in New Orleans

Posted 6/30/2014 in National

Two men exchanged gunfire early Sunday on the city's always-crowded Bourbon Street in the celebrated French Quarter and nine people were shot in the crossfire, including two who were critically wounded, police said.

Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

Posted 6/30/2014 in National

President Barack Obama plans to nominate former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, as the White House seeks to shore up an agency beset by treatment delays and struggling to deal with an influx of new veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Al-Qaida splinter declares new Islamic state

Posted 6/30/2014 in National

The al-Qaida breakaway group that has seized much of Syria and Iraq has formally declared the establishment of a new Islamic state, demanding allegiance from Muslims worldwide in a move that could further strain relations with other militant groups.

 

Harley helps put electric motorcycles in spotlight

Posted 6/30/2014 in National

When Maggie McNally-Bradshaw and husband Curt hop on their electric motorcycles and twist the throttles, they get a rush like no other. Or maybe a WHOOSH!

 

Border Patrol has many agents in wrong places

Posted 6/30/2014 in National

The downcast faces on computer screens are 1,500 miles away at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas: a 20-year old Honduran woman arrested rafting across the Rio Grande and a 23-year-old man caught under similar circumstances.

 

'Designing Women' star Meshach Taylor dies at 67

Posted 6/30/2014 in National

Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom "Designing Women" and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday. Taylor died Saturday at his home near Los Angeles, according to agent Dede Binder.

Studies question UN strategies to save mothers

Posted 6/30/2014 in National

In the past decade, billions of dollars have been spent trying to save the lives of mothers in developing countries using strategies -- usually inexpensive drugs -- deemed essential by the U.N. health agency.

Cosmic caffeine: Astronauts getting espresso maker

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.

 

GOP runoff shows new angle to minority voting

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Sen. Thad Cochran's GOP primary victory, thanks in part to black Mississippians who turned out to vote for him, exemplifies a new math that politicians of all persuasions may be forced to learn as this country's voting population slowly changes complexion.

 

 

Review: Veterans Affairs a struggling agency beset with ills

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Citing "significant and chronic system failures" in the nation's health system for veterans, a review ordered by President Barack Obama portrays the Department of Veterans Affairs as a struggling agency battling a corrosive culture of distrust, lacking in resources and ill-prepared to deal with an influx of new and older veterans with a range of medical and mental health care needs.

 

Mountain lion scares shoppers in Utah

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Utah authorities captured a mountain lion Friday that startled people but didn't hurt anybody at a shopping center in a Salt Lake City suburb.

 

U.S. plans to curb land mines, join treaty

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

After two decades of waffling, the United States on Friday announced its intention to join an international treaty banning land mines, without setting a time frame while working through possible complications on the Korean Peninsula.

 

 

High court poised to decide birth-control dispute

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

The Supreme Court is poised to deliver its verdict in a case that weighs the religious rights of employers and the right of women to the birth control of their choice.

 

Bobby Womack, R&B singer-songwriter, dies at 70

Posted 6/28/2014 in National

Bobby Womack, a colorful and highly influential R&B singer-songwriter who influenced artists from the Rolling Stones to Damon Albarn, has died. He was 70.

 

Tea party losses don't stop cash or curb influence

Posted 6/27/2014 in National

Desperate to knock off GOP incumbents in this year's Republican primaries, the nation's tea party groups have spent millions only to fall short in election after election.

 

 

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