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3 Pennsylvania residents to run Boston Marathon to help school stabbing victims

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Three people from the western Pennsylvania town where 21 students and a security guard were wounded in a high school stabbing rampage hope to raise money for the victims by running the Boston Marathon. Kim Pekarcik said her 15-year-old daughter, Gracie, witnessed the carnage April 9 when another student used two kitchen knives to stab and slash his way down a hallway moments before classes began at Franklin Regional High … 0

Lawyer who defended Calif. gay marriage ban plans daughter’s gay wedding

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The conservative lawyer who defended California’s ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court is at work on another project: planning his daughter’s upcoming same-sex wedding ceremony. Charles Cooper, a former top official in the Reagan Justice Department and onetime “Republican lawyer of the year,” learned of his daughter’s sexual orientation during the … 0

Earth-sized, ‘Goldilocks-zone’ planet found in distant solar system

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The hunt for Earth’s alien twin reached a new milestone with the discovery of a faraway exoplanet that’s not much bigger than our own globe and is theoretically capable of retaining liquid water. The planet is the first Earth-sized sphere found outside our solar system that also resides in the “Goldilocks zone” – the habitable range where the temperature is neither too hot … 3

Feds: ‘Excessive force’ used by Albuquerque police

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A scathing report by the U.S. Justice Department released yesterday revealed a troubling pattern of excessive force by the Albuquerque Police Department and recommended that New Mexico’s largest city become the latest municipality to adopt reforms aimed at … 0

‘Heartbleed’ flaw leads security experts to urge password changes

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Security experts are urging consumers to change their web passwords after the recent disclosure of a vulnerability touching wide swaths of the internet, even as Google, Facebook and large banks said they weren’t affected. The flaw to OpenSSL, an open-source software that runs on as many as two-thirds … 0

Study: Cost of Medicare drugs varies greatly by region

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

An analysis of government data released yesterday shows that the cost of drugs administered by doctors accounts for a growing piece of Medicare’s spending and varies widely from region to region in the United States, raising questions about … 0

U.S. House Democrats seek end to Benghazi probe; GOP presses ahead

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

House Democrats yesterday demanded an end to a Republican-led investigation into the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, calling the probe a partisan “witch hunt.” Republicans rejected those calls and pledged to press ahead. Reps. Adam Smith of Washington state, the top Democrat on … 2

Toyota, GM recalls push US to near-record pace

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government. Yesterday, Toyota announced it was recalling nearly … 0

Clinton says she’s ‘thinking about’ presidential run in 2016

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hillary Clinton, an early front-runner in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, said that though she’s contemplating a run, she won’t make a decision soon. “I am thinking about it,” the former secretary of State said Tuesday in a question-and-answer session after a speech at a conference in San … 0

Police: Teen stabs 22 at Pittsburgh-area high school

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a “blank expression” stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school yesterday before an assistant principal tackled … 1

New technology unwraps mummies’ ancient mysteries

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. Scientists at the museum have used CT scans and sophisticated imaging software to go beneath the bandages, … 0

Putin turns up economic heat before Ukraine talks

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin turned up the heat on Ukraine yesterday by threatening to demand advance payment for gas supplies, a move designed to exert economic pressure as Ukraine confronts possible bankruptcy, a mutiny by pro-Russian separatists in … 0

Hunger grows among college students

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

When Paul Vaughn, an economics major, was in his third year at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va, he decided to save money by moving off campus. He figured that skipping the basic campus meal plan, which costs $1,575 for 10 meals a week each semester, and buying … 0