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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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Report: Missing NYC Woman Found Dead In Turkey

Posted: 02/02/2013 - A New York City woman who went missing while vacationing alone in Istanbul was found dead on Saturday, and police were questioning 11 people in connection with the case, Turkey's state-run news agency said.

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Obama Offers Faith Groups New Birth Control Rule

Posted: 02/02/2013 - Facing a wave of lawsuits over what government can tell religious groups to do, the Obama administration on Friday proposed a compromise for faith-based nonprofits that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans.

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Survey: Some Marines Would Leave If Women In Combat

Updated: 02/02/2013 - A Marine Corps survey found that about 17 percent of male Marines would likely leave the Corps if women move into combat positions. The number jumped to 22 percent if women were assigned involuntarily to those jobs, according to the survey.

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Unemployment Edges Up Despite Job Growth

Posted: 02/02/2013 - U.S. job growth grew modestly in January and gains in the prior two months were bigger than initially reported, supporting views the economy's sluggish recovery was on track despite a surprise contraction in output in the final three months of 2012.

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More Camp Lejeune Troops Return Home

Posted: 02/01/2013 - Hundreds of Marines and Sailors stationed right here in the east made it home Thursday night after a six-month deployment.

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