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Sundance documentary 'The Invisible War' examines rape in US military, lack of prosecution

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

PARK CITY, Utah -- The Department of Defense estimates that more than 19,000 military men and women were sexually assaulted by fellow troops in 2010 while serving in the United States armed forces. At least 20 percent of servicewomen and 1 percent of men -- an estimated 500,000 troops -- have experienced sexual trauma while serving.

 

 

Council finds a growing number of states move to weaken teacher tenure

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- America's public school teachers are seeing their generations-old tenure protections weakened as states seek flexibility to fire teachers who aren't performing. A few states have essentially nullified tenure protections altogether, according to an analysis being released today by the National Council on Teacher Quality.

 

 

Convicted Marine apologizes to Iraqi civilians

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- When Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich finally spoke in court, he did not address the judge but instead directed his words at the Iraqi family members who survived his squad's attacks in 2005 that left 24 unarmed civilians dead.

 

 

Obama speech echoes in town with failed factory

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

MOBERLY, Mo. -- After 19 years running state unemployment offices across northern Missouri, Steve Moore can rattle off the names of shuttered factories in this old railroad town with ease.

 

 

Ex-BP worker files whistleblower suit over cleanup

Posted 1/25/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- A former BP employee has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the company, claiming he was fired for airing concerns about the cleanup of Mississippi's shoreline after the Gulf oil spill.

 

 

Marine denies firing at Iraqi women and children

Posted 1/24/2012 in National

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- A Marine facing sentencing over one of the worst attacks on civilians by U.S. troops during the Iraq War told a judge Tuesday in a surprise development that he never fired his weapon at any women or children.CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- A Marine facing sentencing over one of the worst attacks on civilians by U.S. troops during the Iraq War told a judge Tuesday in a surprise development that he never fired his weapon at any women or children.

 

 

Alabama hit again by tornadoes; 2 dead, 100 hurt

Posted 1/24/2012 in National

OAK GROVE, Ala. -- Knowing this community's history of tornadoes, Jhan Powers gets nervous anytime violent weather rolls in. While her house was spared this time, a tornado demolished nearby mobile homes -- all of which were just a short drive from a path of destruction cut just last year by a deadly twister.

 

 

Black Women in America: Peeling Back the Labels

Posted 1/23/2012 in National

 

 

Judge to hear pardons challenge from Hood

Posted 1/23/2012 in National

JACKSON -- A Hinds County judge will hear arguments from Attorney General Jim Hood who is challenging dozens of pardons issued by former Gov. Haley Barbour.

 

 

2 dead, 100 hurt in Alabama as storms pound South

Posted 1/23/2012 in National

CLAY, Ala. -- Severe storms and possible tornadoes pounded the South on Monday, injuring more than 100 people and killing at least two in Alabama, including a man who lived in an area devastated by a deadly twister outbreak in the spring.

 

 

Supreme Court ruling confuses religious workers

Posted 1/21/2012 in National

DETROIT -- Aleeza Adelman teaches Jewish studies at a Jewish school, yet she considers herself a teacher whose subject is religion, not a religious teacher. She's rethinking how to define her job after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling left her wondering what could happen if she ever needed to defend her right to keep it.

 

 

Former trailblazer Kodak files for Chapter 11

Posted 1/19/2012 in National

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Kodak's moment has come and gone. The glory days when Eastman Kodak Co. ruled the world of film photography lasted for over a century. Then came a stunning reversal of fortune: cutthroat competition from Japanese firms in the 1980s and a seismic shift to the digital technology it pioneered but couldn't capitalize on. Now comes a wistful worry that this icon of American business is edging toward extinction.

 

 

Police chiefs meet at WH to discuss terror fight

Posted 1/18/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is providing senior state and local police officials with its analysis of homegrown terrorism incidents, including common signs law enforcement can use to identify violent extremists.

 

 

Prekindergarten programs drop during recession

Posted 1/17/2012 in National

WASHINGTON -- The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shrinking budgets. As a result, many 3- and 4-year-olds aren't going to preschool.

 

 

Judge declares Holloway dead as parents look on

Posted 1/13/2012 in National

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The parents of Natalee Holloway looked on somberly as a judge declared their teenage daughter long missing in Aruba to be dead.

 

A decade later: Was No Child Left Behind the answer?

Posted 1/13/2012 in National

The No Child Left Behind Act was hailed as a solution to the nation's education woes when signed into law in 2002. The legislation was complex, but the desired outcome was simple: better teachers, better schools and better education, particularly for minorities and underprivileged children.

 

Only 1 shows to comment on offshore lease sales

Posted 1/12/2012 in National

JEFFERSON, La. -- Only a petroleum industry representative showed up at a public hearing on proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

Romney boasts big money lead as race shifts south

Posted 1/11/2012 in National

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Rivals anxious to end Mitt Romney's two-state winning streak doubled down their criticism of him as unfeeling toward laid-off workers and out of step with conservative Christians as the presidential race headed to South Carolina Wednesday. Romney made a show of dominance by touting his campaign's $56 million in fundraising.

 

 

Study: Mississippi River channel woes huge for economy

Posted 1/11/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. economy faces losing billions of dollars in trade unless the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for dredging the Mississippi River is increased to prevent the river from silting in, according to a new study commissioned by businesses that rely on the river.

 

 

New NOAA study mirrors spill rate from BP well

Posted 1/10/2012 in National

NEW ORLEANS -- Federal scientists say a new chemistry-based analysis of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico closely matches official estimates released at the time of the spill.

 

 

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