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Why does Social Security need 174,000 bullets?

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

It didn't take long for the Internet to start buzzing with conspiracy theories after the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was purchasing 174,000 hollow-point bullets. Why is the agency that provides benefits to retirees, disabled workers, widows and children stockpiling ammunition? Whom are they going to use it on?

 

As Isaac pushes north, Gulf Coast slowly recovers

Posted 9/1/2012 in National

As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac pushed their way up the Mississippi valley on Saturday, spinning off severe thunderstorms and at least two tornadoes, some on the Gulf coast were impatient with the pace of restoring power days after the storm dragged through the region.

Stowaway cat from China finds new home

Posted 9/1/2012 in National

A stowaway kitten who survived a three-week ocean voyage from China to California trapped in a storage container without food or water has found a new home.

 

Can honor codes prevent cheating?

Posted 9/1/2012 in National

Harvard University, whose motto "Veritas" means "truth," has never had a student honor code in its nearly 400-year history -- as far as it knows. But allegations against 125 students for improperly collaborating on a take-home final in the spring are leading to renewed consideration of the idea.

 

 

First since '52: No talk of war in GOP speech

Posted 9/1/2012 in National

ith America embroiled in its longest armed conflict, Mitt Romney became the first Republican since 1952 to accept his party's nomination without mentioning war.

 

 

ICE chief resigns amid misconduct claims

Posted 9/1/2012 in National

A senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned Saturday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior lodged by at least three Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees.

 

Decision not to charge Ariz. sheriff isn't the end

Posted 9/1/2012 in National

The federal abuse-of-power investigation into America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff may have been closed without criminal charges but Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's legal troubles are far from over.

 

Boomers retiring to rural areas won't find doctors

Posted 9/1/2012 in National

 

Obama, GOP duel over rising college expenses

Posted 9/1/2012 in National

President Barack Obama would make tax credits for college expenses permanent and expand Pell grants for students from lower-earning families. The Republican team of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would emphasize the need to curb rising tuitions and federal education spending that are burdening families and the government.

 

Official: 3 dead in NJ supermarket shooting

Posted 8/31/2012 in National

At least three people have died in a shooting at a New Jersey supermarket early today, a law enforcement official said.

 

Texas school to open $60M football field of dreams

Posted 8/31/2012 in National

Call it the palace of high school football: A gleaming $60 million facility with seats for 18,000 roaring fans, a 38-foot-wide high-definition video screen, corporate sponsors and a towering upper deck.

Trouble with the chair: Clint mocked for RNC bit

Posted 8/31/2012 in National

Clint Eastwood earned plenty of bad reviews for his latest performance: a bizarre, rambling endorsement of Mitt Romney.

New life for decades-old Wis. cheddar blocks

Posted 8/31/2012 in National

A recently discovered block of eastern Wisconsin cheddar cheese that dates back to the Nixon presidency will be sold for $10 per ounce.

Romney shows emotions, makes case for his character

Posted 8/31/2012 in National

When Mitt Romney strode onto a windswept New Hampshire farm last summer to begin his presidential bid, he spoke about jobs and taxes and a restoration of American might. What he didn't talk about was himself.

 

Misery in La. as Isaac flooding leaves power out

Posted 8/31/2012 in National

Isaac sloshed northwards into the nation's midsection Friday after flooding stretches of Louisiana and knocking out power, leaving entire water-logged neighborhoods without lights, air conditioning or clean water.

 

Isaac brings higher gas prices as Labor Day approaches

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

Drivers are being hit with the biggest one-day jump in gasoline prices in 18 months just as the last heavy driving weekend of the summer approaches.

 

Will dispute prevents burial of Sherman Hemsley

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

The embalmed body of actor Sherman Hemsley, who became famous for his role as television's George Jefferson, will be kept in refrigeration at an El Paso funeral home until a local court rules on the validity of his will.

 

 

AP-GfK poll: Raise taxes to save Social Security

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

Most Americans say go ahead and raise taxes if it will save Social Security benefits for future generations. And raise the retirement age, if you have to.

 

Burden on prosecutors to prove sanity

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

If James Holmes pleads not guilty by reason of insanity, prosecutors wanting to prove that he methodically carried out a deadly Colorado movie theater shooting have a difficult task before them: They must prove he is sane.

Prehistoric bugs found trapped in amber

Posted 8/30/2012 in National

Scientists have found three well preserved ancient insects frozen in amber -- and time -- in what is Earth's oldest bug trap.

 

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