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National debt hits $16 trillion; Republicans critical

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the national debt has topped $16 trillion, the result of chronic government deficits that have poured more than $50,000 worth of red ink onto federal ledgers for every man, woman and child in the United States.

 

Syria comes under scathing international criticism

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Syria came under scathing international criticism Wednesday, with Turkey calling the country a terrorist state and Egypt's leader calling on President Bashar Assad to "learn from recent history" and step down.

Dawn craft to depart asteroid for dwarf planet

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

After spending a year gazing at Vesta, NASA's Dawn spacecraft was set to cruise toward the most massive space rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter -- a voyage that will take nearly three years.

 

Chance encounter leads to torture suspect's arrest

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A chance encounter at a restaurant in a Denver suburb led to the arrest of an Ethiopian immigrant who authorities say tortured political prisoners decades ago in his home country, according to testimony from a Department of Homeland Security official Tuesday.

 

 

Political conventions highlight Hispanic split

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The Hispanics with the highest profiles in this year's political conventions, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio, stand as opposites in a cultural and political split that has divided millions of U.S. Latinos for decades.

 

First lady's message: Obama is just like you

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Michelle Obama's message: President Barack Obama is just like you.

 

Romney campaign, RNC raise $100 million in August

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has raised at least $100 million in August, The Associated Press has learned, hitting that mark for a third consecutive month with a fundraising prowess that has let him outraise President Barack Obama so far this summer.

 

UMass students nosh on 6,700-pound seafood stew

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

The University of Massachusetts has again welcomed students back to campus with a world record-breaking culinary treat.

 

Pentagon says book contains secrets

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

A former Navy SEAL's insider account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden contains classified information, the Pentagon said Tuesday, and the admiral who heads the Naval Special Warfare Command said details in the book may provide enemies with dangerous insight into secretive U.S. operations.

 

Colombia's 'Queen of Cocaine' shot to death

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Griselda Blanco, a convicted drug trafficker who was once known as the "Godmother" and the "Queen of Cocaine," has been shot to death by an unidentified gunman, police in Colombia said Tuesday.

 

Food-stamp use climbs to record

Posted 9/5/2012 in National

Food-stamp use reached a record 46.7 million people in June, the government said Tuesday, as Democrats prepare to nominate President Barack Obama for a second term with the economy as a chief issue in the campaign.

 

Democrats open convention

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

Four years later Democrats have gathered again, this time in support of a president who carries the power and the burden of incumbency, both in evidence as the opening gavel is struck at the Democratic National Convention.

 

Another disaster brings candidates to Gulf

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

Mitt Romney wasted no time after accepting the GOP presidential nomination in heading to Louisiana to see the damage from Hurricane Isaac, changing his schedule on the fly to get there the very next day. President Barack Obama also tweaked his travel plans to make sure he gets there Monday, ahead of his own nominating convention.

 

Facing possible ban German far-right changes tack

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

At a rally of Germany's biggest far-right party, skinheads raise fists to nationalist chants and wear T-shirts that skirt the limits of German law: "Enforce National Socialism" reads one; another proclaims the wearer to be "100 percent un-kosher." Some cover illegal neo-Nazi tattoos with masking tape because police are on the prowl.

 

Study questions how much better organic food is

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me?

 

Red Bull heir arrested in deadly Thai hit-and-run

Posted 9/4/2012 in National

A grandson of the creator of the Red Bull energy drink has been arrested for driving a Ferrari that struck a police officer and dragged his dead body down a Bangkok street in an early-morning hit-and-run, police said Monday.

 

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.

 

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