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Pope Francis OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community -- and not just one country -- should decide how to intervene.

 

Perry moves ahead with '16 courtship despite case

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Undeterred by indictment, Texas Gov. Rick Perry intends to travel to three major 2016 primary states during the next two weeks even as he faces the prospects of a highly unpresidential booking on felony charges.

Wilder memoir to give gritty view of prairie life

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Laura Ingalls Wilder penned one of the most beloved children's series of the 20th century, but her forthcoming autobiography will show devoted "Little House on the Prairie" fans a more realistic, grittier view of frontier living.

 

Official: Amish girls sexually abused in New York abduction

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Two young Amish sisters were sexually abused after their abduction from a roadside farm stand in northern New York, a prosecutor said Saturday.

 

Missouri governor sends National Guard to Ferguson

Posted 8/18/2014 in National

Missouri's governor today ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

 

Federal officials rethinking giving excess military gear to police

Posted 8/16/2014 in National

After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.

Turmoil, tear gas give way to hope

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

County police in riot gear and armored tanks gave way to state troopers walking side-by-side with thousands of protesters as the St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teen was shot by a city police officer overwhelmingly avoided violence Thursday after nearly a week of unrest and mounting public tension.

Pope's small car fascinates South Koreans

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

Pope Francis' choice of wheels during his five-day South Korean visit has surprised many in this painfully self-conscious country, where big shots rarely hit the streets in anything but expensive luxury cars.

Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

It's an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.

 

Robin Williams' wife: He had Parkinson's

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife said Thursday.

 

 

Study blames humans for most of melting glaciers

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

More than two-thirds of the recent rapid melting of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a new study finds.

 

 

Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely

Posted 8/15/2014 in National

President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to expand U.S. humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic State militants.

 

Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

Posted 8/14/2014 in National

Police used tear gas and smoke bombs to repel crowds who threw Molotov cocktails during another violent night on the streets of a St. Louis suburb in the wake of the shooting of the unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown.

 

Israeli tactic to stop soldier capture criticized

Posted 8/14/2014 in National

An Israeli military tactic that allows overwhelming fire to stop the capture of soldiers -- even at the risk of killing them -- is facing criticism after its use in the Gaza war killed some 100 Palestinians.

 

Study questions need for most people to cut salt

Posted 8/14/2014 in National

A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health -- and too little may be as bad as too much. The findings came under immediate attack by other scientists.

 

Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

Posted 8/14/2014 in National

The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group's momentum.

 

 

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