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On final lap, Romney, Obama focus on key states

Posted 11/5/2012 in National

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney storm into the final day of their long presidential contest, mounting one last effort to protect their flanks while engaging in the toughest battleground of all -- Ohio.

 

Battered by storm, Staten Islanders feel forgotten

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

Gazing at her bungalow, swept from its foundation and tossed across the street, Janice Clarkin wondered if help would ever come to this battered island off the coast of Manhattan. "Do you see anybody here?" she asked, resignation etched on her face. "On the news, the mayor's congratulating the governor and the governor's congratulating the mayor. About what? People died."

 

Runners find no race in New York

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

Adam Frye got the news as he was headed toward the Javits Center on Friday to pick up his packet of material for the New York City Marathon. The race was canceled. Blame it on Sandy.

 

George Lucas' filmmaking rooted in rebellion

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

There's no mistaking the similarities. A childhood on a dusty farm, a love of fast vehicles, a rebel who battles an overpowering empire -- George Lucas is the hero he created, Luke Skywalker.

 

Fight intensifies over northwest coal exports to Asia

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

The progressive college town of Bellingham, Wash., is known for its stunning scenery, access to the outdoors and eclectic mix of aging hippies, students and other residents. But lately it's turned into a battleground in the debate over whether the Pacific Northwest should become the hub for exporting U.S. coal to Asia.

 

South Korean zoo elephant imitates human speech

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

An elephant in a South Korean zoo is using his trunk to pick up not only food, but also human vocabulary.

 

IRS not enforcing rules on churches and politics

Posted 11/3/2012 in National

For the past three years, the Internal Revenue Service hasn't been investigating complaints of partisan political activity by churches, leaving religious groups who make direct or thinly veiled endorsements of political candidates unchallenged.

 

 

Oct. jobs report likely to show modest hiring

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

The October employment report the government will release Friday will likely solidify the picture of the U.S. job market that's emerged this year: Companies are hiring steadily but cautiously. And unemployment remains high.

 

 

Flowers and ritual pay respect during Day of the Dead

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

Mexicans cleaned the bones of dead relatives and decorated their graves with flowers and candy skulls. In Haiti, voodoo practitioners circled an iron cross at a cemetery and poured moonshine to honor their ancestors. Some Guatemalans held a wild horse race to remember the dead.

 

 

Gang rules 6 years after start of Mexico drug war

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

Forest-camouflaged pickups roared to life as the Mexican soldiers pulled on their black masks and hoisted their Heckler & Koch G3 assault rifles.

 

 

Businessman accused of oil spill fraud

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

A Louisiana businessman faces a federal wire fraud charge for allegedly seeking to get BP PLC to pay him $1.4 million for supplying a helicopter that the oil giant allegedly did not authorize to pay for during its response to the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

 

Illinois mother stabs two children out of anger at husband

Posted 11/2/2012 in National

Neighbors heard the couple shouting at each other, but they never saw it get physical. Artur Plackowska said his wife recently told him she loved him.

 

 

China think tank urges government to end one-child policy

Posted 11/1/2012 in National

A government think tank is urging Chinese leaders to start phasing out China's one-child policy immediately and allow two children for every family by 2015, a daring proposal to do away with the unpopular policy.

 

Battered New Jersey agonizes over whether to rebuild beloved shore

Posted 11/1/2012 in National

In its tear of destruction, the megastorm Sandy left parts of New Jersey's beloved shore in tatters, sweeping away beaches, homes, boardwalks and amusement parks. The devastation left the state a blank canvas to redevelop its prized vacation towns.

 

Sandusky moved to prison with death row inmates

Posted 11/1/2012 in National

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sent Wednesday to serve his child molestation prison sentence at an institution in Pennsylvania that includes most of the state's death row inmates.

 

Romney faces criticism on aid in storm's aftermath

Posted 11/1/2012 in National

There's nothing like a natural disaster to test the depth of politicians' preference for small government.

A darkened NYC begins to stir to life

Posted 10/31/2012 in National

Two days after superstorm Sandy brought New York to a standstill, residents itching to get back to work and their old lives noticed small signs that the city might be getting back to -- well, not quite normal.

 

Romney, Obama, talk of Sandy before election

Posted 10/31/2012 in National

Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney edged back into active campaigning on Tuesday while President Barack Obama stayed close to the White House, rival candidates calibrating their responses to superstorm Sandy and the misery it inflicted on millions.

 

 

Nasty campaign tactics: Phony voting instructions

Posted 10/31/2012 in National

 

Disney to make new 'Star Wars' films, buys Lucasfilm

Posted 10/31/2012 in National

A decade after George Lucas said "Star Wars" was finished on the big screen, a new trilogy is destined for theaters as The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion.

 

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