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Leonard Pitts: Mental disability is not a fad

Posted 2/9/2015 in National

He had his first major breakdown when he was 26. A man who had been known for his sunny, outgoing temperament became suddenly sullen, silent and withdrawn. He spoke openly of suicide. It got so bad that a couple took him into their home to ensure he did not hurt himself.

 

 

Friend: Harper Lee was fine the day before sequel announced

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

A longtime friend who visited "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee the day before the world learned she would release a sequel says she was feisty but didn't mention her new book.

 

 

Study: Many herbal supplements aren't what the label says

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

Bottles of Walmart-brand echinacea, an herb said to ward off colds, were found to contain no echinacea at all.

 

 

More Americans are finally seeing something new: A pay raise

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

As the U.S. economy has steadily recovered from the Great Recession, the critical missing piece has been a painful lack of pay raises for many Americans.

 

For police body cameras, big costs loom in storing footage

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

The rush to outfit police officers with body cameras after last summer's unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, threatens to saddle local governments with steep costs for managing the volumes of footage they must keep for months or even years.

 

Some Japanese see slain hostages, Abe as troublemakers

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

In Japan, where conformity takes precedence over individuality, one of the most important values is to avoid "meiwaku" -- causing trouble for others.

 

Islamic State hostage's family hopeful she's still alive

Posted 2/7/2015 in National

The parents of a 26-year-old American who Islamic State extremists say was killed in an airstrike in Syria said in a statement addressed to group leaders that the claim of their daughter's death concerned them but they were still hopeful she was alive.

Pigeon pageant for beautiful birds dispels 'rats with wings'

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

Dogs aren't the only animals that vie for best in show. Hundreds of breeds of pigeons compete in their own version of the Westminster show, strutting on long, thick legs or fluttering curly, lacy feathers in their bid to be best bird.

 

Experts: Pilot video shows militants are raising stakes

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

A video of a Jordanian pilot being burned to death was exceptional in its brutality, even for the Islamic State group.

 

 

US moves pilot-rescue aircraft closer to Syrian battlefields

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

The gruesome killing of a Jordanian pilot who had crashed in Islamic State territory laid bare a problem of the U.S.-led coalition -- there's no sure way to rescue an airman who's down behind enemy lines.

 

 

Vaccine skeptics find unexpected allies in conservative Republicans

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

As vaccine skeptics fight laws that would force more parents to inoculate their kids, they are finding unexpected allies in conservative Republicans.

 

 

Brian Williams' credibility questioned after fake Iraq story

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

NBC News anchor Brian Williams found himself the story Thursday, his credibility seriously threatened because he falsely claimed he had been in a helicopter hit by a grenade during the Iraq war.

 

 

GOP governors with 2016 aspirations love to bash Washington

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

As they begin to shape their prospective bids for president, ambitious Republican governors are eager to seize on voters' contempt for that most dirty of political words: "Washington."

 

 

Lawmakers expect resistance to granting Obama war powers

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress will face some resistance in a vote to authorize President Barack Obama's war against Islamic State militants.

 

 

Democrats hit GOP plan for replacing Obamacare

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

A plan by three Republican lawmakers for replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul would leave Americans with less coverage and higher costs than the landmark law they want to repeal, Democrats said Thursday.

 

 

Hackers see rewarding targets in health care companies

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information.

 

 

Outgoing FDA chief saw changes to food safety, tobacco rules

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

From food safety to tobacco regulation and politically charged drug approvals, Margaret Hamburg reset the course of the embattled Food and Drug Administration.

 

 

Obama condemns those who seek to 'hijack religion'

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world.

 

 

Obama to tout community college plan at Indiana town hall

Posted 2/6/2015 in National

President Barack Obama's proposal to make two years of college free will get a key test today as he travels to Indiana.

 

 

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