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Research links childhood obesity to antibiotics

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

The use of antibiotics in young children might lead to a higher risk of obesity, and two new studies, one on mice and one on humans, conclude that changes of the intestinal bacteria caused by antibiotics could be responsible.

 

 

Government gene sleuths stop superbug that killed 6

Posted 8/23/2012 in National

Over six frightening months, a deadly germ untreatable by most antibiotics spread in the nation's leading research hospital. Pretty soon, a patient a week was catching the bug. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health locked down patients, cleaned with bleach, even ripped out plumbing -- and still the germ persisted.

 

From Dallas to London for JR

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Cowboys, stetsons, bucking broncos and J.R. masks -- it could only be the arrival of "Dallas" in London.

Authorities amend Natalie Wood's death certificate

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Natalie Wood's death certificate has been changed to reflect some of the uncertainties and lingering questions surrounding the actress' drowning more than 30 years ago in the Pacific Ocean off Southern California.

 

Obama, Romney discuss their religious beliefs with magazine

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, interviewed separately by a religious magazine, addressed skeptics who question their faith and offered divergent views of the separation of church and state.

 

Investigators looking into Md. train derailment

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Investigators were checking videos, track conditions and maintenance records Wednesday to find the cause of a deadly train derailment in Maryland and figure out if two young women sitting on a railroad bridge over the town's main street contributed to the crash or if their presence was just a tragic coincidence.

Mo. lawmaker won't drop out of race

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation's top Republicans and refused to abandon a Senate bid that has been hobbled by fallout over his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."

 

Justice Dept. opens civil rights unit in Alabama

Posted 8/22/2012 in National

The Justice Department said Tuesday it was establishing its first civil rights unit in Alabama, a move that comes after the state's crackdown on illegal immigration raised broader concerns about compliance with federal laws.

 

Obama shifts to Ryan education plan

Posted 8/21/2012 in National

It's not just Medicare. President Barack Obama plans to start picking apart other sections of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's sweeping budget proposals as he tries to paint the GOP ticket as too extreme for the nation. Next up: education.

 

Afghan militants hit U.S. military chief's plane

Posted 8/21/2012 in National

ilitants fired rockets into a U.S. base in Afghanistan and damaged the plane of the chairman of the U.S. joint chiefs of staff while he was on a visit, but the general was not near the aircraft, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition said today.

 

Phyllis Diller blazed trail for female comedians

Posted 8/21/2012 in National

Phyllis Diller was the template for self-deprecating female comedians. She not only motivated a generation of funny women, such as Ellen DeGeneres and Whoopi Goldberg, her silver-tongued zingers -- often punctuated by her trademark cackle -- paved the way for them. And she inspired funny guys, too.

 

Lawmaker apologizes for Galilee skinny dip

Posted 8/21/2012 in National

A freshman congressman from Kansas has apologized for going skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee during a fact-finding trip to Israel last summer.

 

 

Red and Blue: South no longer 'solid'

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

The "Solid South" was a political fact, benefiting Democrats for generations and then Republicans, with Bible Belt and racial politics ruling the day.

 

Social Security fixable; changes tough

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Despite Social Security's long-term problems, the massive retirement and disability program could be preserved for generations to come with modest but politically difficult changes to benefits or taxes, or a combination of both.

'Top Gun' director dies after jumping off bridge

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gsun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said. The 68-year-old Scott's death was being investigated as a suicide, Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Joe Bale said.

Swimmer steady in Cuba-Fla. record attempt

Posted 8/20/2012 in National

Endurance athlete Diana Nyad forged ahead in the Straits of Florida with renewed vigor Sunday in pursuit of a record 103-mile (166-kilometer), unassisted swim in open waters without the aid of a shark cage.

Kickstarter projects generate millions of dollars

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

A funny thing happens on Kickstarter, the website where people ask for money to finance their projects. Sometimes, they get more money than they ask for. Sometimes, they get millions more.

Obama renews call for aid to halt teacher layoffs

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

Tight school budgets have meant fewer teachers, larger classes and shorter school years, according to a White House report that President Barack Obama says shows the need for Congress to pass his proposals to help states reduce teacher layoffs.

Ryan paid a higher federal tax rate than Romney

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

When it comes to their federal taxes in the last two years, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has paid a lower federal tax rate than his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan. Ryan, R-Wis., paid an effective federal tax rate of 15.9 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2011, according to tax returns released by the Romney campaign Friday evening.

Panetta prods Karzai on Afghan insider killings

Posted 8/18/2012 in National

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday to discuss the rising number of "insider" attacks in which Afghan security forces have turned their guns on American and other coalition troops.

 

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