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Ex-US Envoy: $17M French Ransom Funded Al-Qaida

Posted: 02/08/2013 - A former U.S. ambassador to Mali has alleged that France paid a $17 million ransom to free hostages seized from a French mining site -- cash she said ultimately funded the al-Qaida-linked Islamist militants its troops are now fighting.

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Northeast Blizzard Cancels Flights, Knocks Out Power

Updated: 02/09/2013 - A storm that forecasters warned could be a blizzard for the history books battered the New York to Boston corridor Friday, grounding flights and knocking out power to half a million customers across the Northeast.

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Utility: Bad Device Caused Super Bowl Blackout

Posted: 02/08/2013 - A power company says the cause of the Super Bowl blackout was a faulty device that had been installed to prevent a failure of electric cables leading to the Superdome.

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Obama Says He Prays For Humility In Washington

Posted: 02/07/2013 - President Barack Obama is telling leaders at the annual National Prayer Breakfast he hopes they maintain the morning's bipartisan spirit a little longer.

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Southern Diet, Fried Foods, May Raise Stroke Risk

Posted: 02/07/2013 - A study finds that people who consume a lot of fried foods and drinks like sweet tea and soda were 41 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people who ate that way about once a month.

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Obama Urges Stopgap Budget Deal To Avoid Deep Cuts

Posted: 02/05/2013 - Eager to buy time and avoid economic pain, President Barack Obama urged Congress on Tuesday to pass targeted short-term spending cuts and higher taxes as a way to put off sweeping, automatic cuts that would slice deeply into military and domestic programs starting March 1.

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Students Lose Fingers In Tug-of-War

Posted: 02/05/2013 - Authorities in Southern California say a boy and a girl had fingers torn off during a game of tug-of-war at their high school.

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NC Health Plan Proposal Penalizes Smokers

Posted: 02/04/2013 - Some North Carolina state employees, teachers and retirees could see even higher premiums if they smoke or fail to make other personal health choices starting next year.

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FBI: Alabama Man Engaged In Firefight With Officers

Updated: 02/05/2013 - The FBI says the Alabama man who held a 5-year-old boy captive in an underground bunker for nearly a week engaged in a "firefight" with SWAT agents before he was killed during a rescue operation.

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Alabama Boy Held Hostage In Bunker For 5th Day

Posted: 02/04/2013 - Authorities say they still have an open line of communication with an Alabama man accused of abducting a 5-year-old boy and holding him hostage in a bunker.

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Obama: Scouts Should Be Open To Gays And Lesbians

Posted: 02/03/2013 - President Barack Obama says the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week.

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School Turnarounds Prompt Community Backlash

Posted: 02/03/2013 - The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country.

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Conservatives Make Gun Issue New Rallying Cry

Posted: 02/03/2013 - An immigration debate is raging and a budget crisis looms in Congress, but the conservative activists gathered outside the New Hampshire Statehouse had just one thing on their minds: guns.

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Cardinal Defends Legacy On Church Abuse In Blog

Posted: 02/03/2013 - The public rebuke of retired Cardinal Roger Mahony for failing to take swift action against abusive priests adds tarnish to a career already overshadowed by the church sex abuse scandal but does little to change his role in the larger church.

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GOP Senators Vow To Block Consumer Office Nominee

Posted: 02/02/2013 - Renewing a 3-year-old fight over bank oversight, Senate Republicans say they will oppose President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau unless the office created after the 2008 Wall Street financial meltdown is significantly changed.

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