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The Penny May Not Be From Heaven

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 14:07
The U.S. Mint makes billions of new one-cent coins every year—more than any other denomination. But the penny costs more than its face value to produce.

White House Intruder Sparks Security Review

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 13:54
The Secret Service is reviewing its response to a White House security breach after an intruder scaled a fence and ran through a set of doors into the executive mansion on Friday.

In Dry Los Angeles, to Slip and Slide or Not

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 02:00
A plan to place a water slide running the length of a downtown street has encountered resistance in Los Angeles as California remains mired in a drought.

Fed Rate-Hike Tool Stirs Some Concern

Sat, 09/20/2014 - 01:38
Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen spent months devising a strategy for managing short-term interest rates. Two days after the plan's release, some market participants warn the new approach may have flaws.

Central American Migrants Flock to New Orleans---and Wait

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 21:24
Many of the Central American women and children who have journeyed to the U.S. in the past year have settled in New Orleans, where they await deportation hearings.

U.S. Urging Allies to Join Syria Strikes

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 20:08
The U.S. is seeking commitments from allies to join in military action in Syria before it launches airstrikes against Islamic State targets.

Baseball's Science Experiment

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 18:03
Can you rewire a batter's brain? As hitting keeps becoming harder in Major League Baseball, teams are turning to neuroscience for help.

GOP Sharpens Tone on National Security

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:42
Republicans are again seeing national security as a winning issue for their campaigns, sharpening their tone against Democrats in several House races.

Spending Edge Aids Democrats in Senate

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 17:21
Strong fundraising by Democrats and their allies—including a super PAC run by people close to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid—is helping the party compete where other factors favor GOP candidates

Army Chief Calls for Rethink of Cuts

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:27
The Army's highest-ranking officer said the rapid spread of threats around the world and growing demands on the U.S. military should prompt a review of deep cuts scheduled in the size of America's ground forces.

Baseball Suit Calls Out Minor-League Pay

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:52
A lawsuit against Major League Baseball and its 30 teams says minor-league players make less than required by state and federal laws governing minimum wage and overtime.

NFL Seeks to Redo Conduct Policies

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:05
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tried to end the controversy swirling around his league in his most expanded comments since a domestic-violence scandal erupted two weeks ago.

Are U.S. Soldiers Dying From Survivable Wounds?

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:01
Despite advances in care, experts say, the military fails to save some troops from "potentially survivable" wounds.

Alleged Al Qaeda Operative's Plea Deal Hits Snag

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 13:33
An alleged operative of an al Qaeda affiliate pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Manhattan to conspiracy in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, but a federal judge said he wanted more information before he would accept the plea deal.

Former Conn. Gov. Rowland Guilty of Conspiracy

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:10
Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland was convicted Thursday of all charges in a scheme to circumvent federal campaign-finance rules.

Officials: California Wildfire Was Set

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 05:57
A raging wildfire in Northern California was purposely sparked, setting off a blaze now threatening 12,000 homes and costing around $5 million a day to fight, fire officials alleged

Official: 7.3 Million Who Picked Health Plans Paid Premiums

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 21:32
The Obama administration said Thursday that 7.3 million people who have picked health plans through the new insurance exchanges paid premiums, suggesting around 700,000 people later dropped out.

Affordable Homes Drive Rebound in Exurbia

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:24
The exurbs are starting to make a comeback, signaling that the housing market's recovery is slowly spreading beyond major cities and their suburbs.

Al Qaeda in Syria Threatens West

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 20:17
The U.S. is tracking multiple terror plots based out of Syria that target the West—threats that current and former intelligence officials say have been traced to al Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and not to Islamic State.

Rand Paul Adjusts Foreign Policy Stance

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 18:53
Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), a likely 2016 presidential contender, is adjusting his foreign-policy profile that is bringing him more in line with his party's mainstream.

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