February 19, 2013 RSS feed / Nation

Study: Better TV might improve kids’ behavior

SEATTLE   Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers’ behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study found.  The results were modest and faded over time, but may hold More...

Burger King Twitter account hacked

Burger King said Monday that it reached out to Twitter to suspend its account after an apparent hack.  Starting just after noon Eastern time on Monday, the fast-food company’s Twitter picture was changed to a McDonald’s logo, the bac More...

Police: Shot reported at campus was newspaper

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a student’s report of a gunshot being fired was instead the sound of a newspaper hitting the sidewalk.  More...

Singer Mindy McCready dies in apparent suicide

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark.   Perhaps there was one heartbreak too many for Mindy McCready.  The former country star appears to have taken her own life Sunday afternoon in Heber Springs, Ark. More...

Hagel GOP foes signal vote should go on

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Republican opponents are sending signals that former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s bid to become defense secretary will probably come to an up-ordown vote soon in the Senate. More...

Passengers cheer as disabled ship docks

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MILITARY NOTES

Air Force Airman Breah L. Erdmann graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter of Karen Erdmann of Topsham, and granddaughter of Judy Larrabee of Brunswick. She is a 2012 graduate of Mt. More...

American, US Airways reveal $11B merger

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines and US Airways have agreed to merge in an $11 billion deal that would create the world’s biggest airline.  The combined carrier will be called American Airlines and be based in Fort Worth, but US Airwa More...

Ex-LAPD officer believed dead

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Mom charged with helping kid in brawl

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati’s police chief has strong words for a mother accused of bursting into a high school classroom and helping her daughter beat up another student.  Chief James Craig said Monday that 31-year-old Precious All More...

Gun owners get a discount at pizza shop

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JFK memorabilia fetches about $2M

AMESBURY, Mass. (AP) — A collection of John F. More...

3 men jump on tracks in NYC to help stranger

NEW YORK (AP) — Three good Samaritans in New York City jumped onto subway tracks after a stranger fell, hoisting the man to safety before a train rolled into the station.  The New York Post reports it happened Sunday at Columbus Circle in More...

Ill. woman killed same day sister sat behind Obama

CHICAGO (AP) — An 18- year-old Chicago woman was killed the same day her sister had sat on the stage behind President Barack Obama, listening to him push for gun control legislation.  More...

Senate Republicans stall Hagel vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — By delaying a confirmation vote on Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, Senate Republicans have forced Leon Panetta to remain on the job he is eager to give up. More...

Military Update

Chiefs detail readiness crisis; Hill offers no relief

Defense Department civilian and military leaders gave full details this week of the readiness crisis unfolding across America’s armed forces — and got back not a whit of reassurance from Congress that relief is on the way.  More...

U.S. factory output falls on weak auto production

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories slowed production in January after two solid months of cranking out goods. More...

GOP senators may delay Hagel vote over Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans have questioned Chuck Hagel’s truthfulness and they’ve challenged his patriotism.  More...

GE gets out of the TV business

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric is saying goodbye to 30 Rock — the building and the TV business born there.  It’s another step in GE’s efforts to focus on less glamorous — but theoretically more profitable — More...

Police ID victims of courthouse shooting

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Authorities have identified the victims of a courthouse shooting in Delaware in which three people died, including the gunman.  Delaware State Police Sgt. More...