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  • Storm leaves extensive damage in Hazelwood

    April 11, 2013 4:34 AM 169

    HAZELWOOD • Dozens of rescue workers swept into Hazelwood late Wednesday after a severe storm brought trees and power lines down onto homes and cars and left streets blocked by debris. Like authorities in other cities where the storm caused serious damage, Hazelwood Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Getz said he was unaware of any reports of major

  • Senate immigration plan creates complex road to citizenship

    April 11, 2013 12:34 AM 124

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An immigration bill being written in the Senate aims to wipe out nearly all illegal crossings along the southwestern border with Mexico while maintaining a 13-year timetable for existing illegal residents to win citizenship, sources said on Wednesday. The carefully crafted language is intended to attract Republican support in Congress

  • House Panel Approves CISPA Amidst Warnings From Reddit Co-Founder

    April 11, 2013 12:01 AM 134

    A House panel today approved a controversial cyber-security bill. By a vote of 18 to 2, the House Intelligence Committee approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The vote, or markup, was conducted during a private session since it involved classified information. It is expected to be taken up by the full House next week. "Cyber-hackers

  • Ben Carson steps down as Hopkins commencement speaker

    April 10, 2013 11:03 PM 162

    Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson stepped down Wednesday as commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine after complaints from students about controversial comments concerning same-sex marriage. The withdrawal came less than a week after medical school Dean Paul B. Rothman chastised Carson for his comments and met with graduating students concerned

  • 3 convicted in Ohio prison riot plan hunger strike

    April 10, 2013 8:17 PM 141

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Three of five Ohio inmates sentenced to death for an historic prison riot plan a hunger strike starting on the uprising's 20th anniversary Thursday to protest the state's refusal to allow them sit-down media interviews on their cases. The state has had two decades to tell its side of the story and the inmates known as the Lucasville

  • Washington sues florist who said no to a same-sex wedding

    April 10, 2013 7:57 PM 180

    SEATTLE — The Washington attorney general has filed a consumer protection action against an eastern Washington florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, telling a longtime customer that it was “because of my relationship with Jesus Christ.” The lawsuit seeks $2,000 in fines for each violation and an injunction requiring Arlene’s

  • California bill aimed at pressuring Boy Scouts over gay exclusion passes first vote

    April 10, 2013 7:41 PM 143

    The ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams the IRS wants you to avoid The Youth Equality Act, sponsored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, would deny tax-exempt status to youth groups that discriminate on the basis of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or religious affiliation. That means those groups would have to pay corporate taxes

  • Secret Service logs show Hinckley on good behavior

    April 10, 2013 6:45 PM 143

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 has behaved well over the past year when he's been freed from a Washington mental hospital to visit his mother in Virginia, according to U.S. Secret Service reports. Agents trailed John Hinckley on more than 35 days during 2012 when he visited his mother's home in Williamsburg. Surveillance

  • Immigration bill is personal for many at Capitol rally

    April 10, 2013 6:40 PM 135

    WASHINGTON -- It's been a long and arduous journey from Guatemala to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, but Mayra Ragon says the trip was well worth taking. Ragon is among thousands of immigrants and their supporters gathering Wednesday at the Rally for Citizenship, a demonstration in support of proposals that could grant a pathway to citizenship for the nation's

  • Obama calls for cigarette tax hike of 94 cents a pack

    April 10, 2013 6:37 PM 153

    Anti-smoking groups applaud the proposal, but some tax experts and tobacco companies are against it. The case for the tax. The tax is being presented as way to fund education and reduce smoking rates. It would raise roughly $78 billion over 10 years. "The proposed tobacco tax increase would have substantial public health benefits, particularly for young