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Unisex Easy-Bake oven on the way

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

Hasbro says it will soon reveal a gender-neutral Easy-Bake Oven after meeting with a New Jersey girl who started a campaign calling on the toy maker to make one that appeals to all kids.

 

 

Gunmen kill 5 polio workers in Pakistan

Posted 12/18/2012 in National

Gunmen killed five Pakistani women working on a U.N.-backed polio vaccination campaign in two different cities on Tuesday, officials said. The attacks were likely an attempt by the Taliban to counter an initiative the militant group has opposed.

 

Obama signals action following school shooting

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

President Barack Obama is vowing to use "whatever power this office holds" to safeguard the nation's children, raising the prospect that he will pursue policy changes to stem gun violence in the wake of an elementary school massacre.

 

Many single women, a key bloc, are avoiding GOP

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

Sara Stevenson spends her working hours surrounded by Republicans, namely the married men who work alongside her in a Denver oil and gas firm company. But after hours and on weekends, she usually spends her time with other single women, and there's not a Republican in sight among the bunch.

 

 

Criminal probe adds to cancer agency woes

Posted 12/17/2012 in National

Texas put up $3 billion in taxpayer money and promised cancer breakthroughs. But a criminal investigation, widespread rebuke from scientists and the resignations of embattled state officials came faster than medical discoveries.

 

 

Parents struggle to help kids grasp Conn. tragedy

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

The killings at a Connecticut elementary school left parents struggling to figure out what, if anything, to tell their children.

 

 

Gas prices soon to hit low point for 2012

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Gas prices will soon drop to their lowest level of the year.

 

 

Military families worried by fiscal cliff

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Emerging from more than a decade at war, military families are confronting a new worry at home: the prospect that a deal between Congress and the White House over federal spending cuts could chip away at military health insurance, pensions and other services long considered untouchable.

 

 

Secretary of State Clinton faints, sustains concussion

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting, the State Department said Saturday.

 

Conn. town mourns as police look for answers

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Investigators on Saturday worked to understand what led a bright but painfully awkward 20-year-old to slaughter 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school, while townspeople took down Christmas decorations and struggled with how to get through a holiday season that has suddenly become a time of mourning.

 

No rise in mass killings, but their impact is huge

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

In what has become sickeningly familiar, gunmen opened fire on innocents in what should be the safest of places -- first, at a shopping mall in Oregon, and then, unthinkably, at an elementary school in Connecticut.

 

 

Crop insurance juicy target in 'fiscal cliff'

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

Rural lawmakers worry that $9 billion in annual federal crop insurance subsidies are an easy target for spending cuts in a "fiscal cliff" deal so they're shopping around for a late compromise on a farm bill to protect them.

 

Huge DNA code of the Christmas tree being revealed

Posted 12/15/2012 in National

To millions of people, the Christmas tree is a cheerful sight. To scientists who decipher the DNA codes of plants and animals, it's a monster.

 

'Cliff' crash may clear way for deal in January

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

To get to "yes" on a "fiscal cliff" accord, Congress and the White House first might have to get to "no."

 

 

Pentagon to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish territory from potential Syrian missile attack, the Pentagon said today.

 

 

North Korea rocket launch shows young leader as gambler

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

A triumphant North Korea staged a mass rally of soldiers and civilians Friday to glorify the country's young ruler, who took a big gamble this week in sending a satellite into orbit in defiance of international warnings.

 

 

FDA review of tobacco products grinds to a halt

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Tobacco companies have introduced almost no new cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products in the U.S. in more than 18 months because the federal government has prevented them from doing so, an Associated Press review has found.

 

 

Injury dashed Oregon mall shooter's hope of being Marine

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

His mother died before he was 3 years old, and he was estranged from the aunt who raised him. His dream of becoming a Marine was dashed by a broken foot, he hadn't yet settled on a career path, and a new plan, to move to Hawaii, ended when he apparently missed his flight.

 

 

Kerry, Hagel front-runners to lead State, Defense

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack Obama's short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration to avoid a contentious confirmation fight with emboldened Republicans.

 

 

Russia backtracks on statement about Syria

Posted 12/14/2012 in National

Russia issued a clumsy denial today of a statement from its point man on Syria, who said a day earlier that Syrian President Bashad Assad is losing control of the country. The Foreign Ministry insisted it is not changing its stance on the embattled Syrian regime.

 

 

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