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AP glance: Varied license laws for older drivers

Posted 9/17/2012 in National

Jerry Wiseman notices it's harder to turn and check his car's blind spots at age 69 than it was at 50. So the Illinois man and his wife took a refresher driving course, hunting tips to stay safe behind the wheel for many more years -- a good idea considering their state has arguably the nation's toughest older-driver laws.

 

Ark. police reveal more records in cuffed shooting

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

An Arkansas police officer said he didn't know a handcuffed 21-year-old man had suffered a fatal gunshot wound in the back of his patrol car until after he got in the vehicle and tried to drive the man to jail, according to documents released Thursday.

 

Strike talks in Chicago move toward end game

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

More than 350,000 students remain out of their classrooms as bargaining to end Chicago's teachers strike dragged into Friday ahead of an afternoon union gathering where a vote could stamp approval on any deal.

 

Mixed grades for new, healthy school lunch rules

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub.

 

Anti-Muslim film promoter outspoken on Islam

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

The public face for the anti-Muslim film inflaming the Middle East is not the filmmaker, but an insurance agent and Vietnam War veteran whose unabashed and outspoken hatred of radical Muslims has drawn the attention of civil libertarians, who say he's a hate monger.

 

Change of Pakistan's blasphemy laws unlikely

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

The apparent collapse of a case against a Christian girl accused of burning pages of a Quran has given a dim ray of hope to critics of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, some of the harshest in the Muslim world.

 

 

Government shutdown averted but 'fiscal cliff' awaits

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

Congress is moving to quash the threat of a government shutdown, but the prospect of a one-two punch of tax increases and slashing, automatic spending cuts will still confront lawmakers when they return to Washington after Election Day.

 

Lawyers: 'Pink slime' lawsuit an uphill climb

Posted 9/14/2012 in National

Beef Products Inc. will face a steep climb in its "pink slime" defamation lawsuit against ABC News as the South Dakota-based meat processor works to rebuild its public image, legal experts say.

Chris Stevens: U.S. envoy to the Arab world

Posted 9/13/2012 in National

At the height of Libya's civil war, Chris Stevens dashed off to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi by cargo boat to help shape an assortment of Libyan politicians and militias into the cohesive unit that would defeat Moammar Gadhafi. A year-and-a-half later, the 52-year-old ambassador died as Islamists attacked a U.S. Consulate in the same city.

 

Whooping cough vaccine loses punch too fast

Posted 9/13/2012 in National

As the U.S. wrestles with its biggest whooping cough outbreak in decades, researchers appear to have zeroed in on the main cause: The safer vaccine that was introduced in the 1990s loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought.

 

 

As Fed ends meeting, many expect bold action

Posted 9/13/2012 in National

The Federal Reserve ends a two-day meeting today with expectations high for some new action to jolt the lackluster U.S. economy.

 

Protesters storm U.S. Embassy in Yemen

Posted 9/13/2012 in National

Chanting "death to America," hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital and burned the American flag today, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East.

 

Tall, skinny iPhone in stores Sept. 21

Posted 9/13/2012 in National

For the first time, the iPhone is growing even as it slims down. After sticking for five years to the same screen size, Apple on Wednesday revealed a new phone that's taller, and has a bigger display.

 

 

U.S. poverty rate unchanged

Posted 9/13/2012 in National

 

 

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.

 

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