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Superhero window washers lift spirits of young hospital patients
Waving and high-fiving through the glass, Captain America, Batman and Spider-Man take children's attention off their medical troubles.The nurses on the 20th floor were the first to see them. "Oh my goodness," declared Colleen Forrester, 29, a nurse dressed in green scrubs, who pointed to the windows. Other nurses came to look and laughed. Were the children strong enough to come see?
(Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:38:00 GMT)

Spotlighting a law that stripped U.S.-born women of citizenship
The Expatriation Act of 1907 required a woman who married a foreigner to 'take the nationality of her husband.' Daniel Swalm's grandmother was one such woman, and he's on a quest for justice.WASHINGTON — Daniel Swalm was researching his family when he came across a disturbing episode in immigration history. That discovery would lead to a move in the U.S. Senate to apologize for action the nation took more than a century ago.
(Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:30:00 GMT)

Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights
The Koch brothers and large utilities have allied to reverse state policies that favor renewable energy. Environmentalists are pushing back, but the fight is spreading and intensifying.WASHINGTON — The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry.
(Sun, 20 Apr 2014 04:00:00 GMT)

Rail workers' health issues are a growing safety concern
As the population of railway workers ages, critics concerned about public safety call for more stringent rules on health and medications.Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific freight train east through the grasslands of the Oklahoma Panhandle.
(Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:25:00 GMT)

Looking back, and forward, to the Boston Marathon
A reporter recalls running in last year's race, and how memories of the tragedy there drove him to enter Monday's 2014 Boston Marathon. WASHINGTON — On Monday, if all goes according to plan, I'll be lining up at the start of the Boston Marathon. Let's just say this up front: I probably shouldn't be.
(Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:03:00 GMT)

Boston waits to see whether security hampers marathon festivity
Officials have worked to keep the Boston Marathon's traditional carefree spirit intact while making the route secure. BOSTON — There's a tense excitement running through this city as it prepares for the 118th Boston Marathon, a uniquely Bostonian event, held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April, which celebrates the first battles of the Revolutionary War.
(Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:22:00 GMT)

Obama administration delays Keystone XL pipeline decision
Deliberations on the $5.3-billion project are almost certainly now postponed until after the November midterm election. A Nebraska state court decision invalidated part of the pipeline route. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday delayed a decision on the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, citing a Nebraska state court decision that invalidated part of the project's route.
(Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:17:00 GMT)

California students feel UC admission squeeze
Most campuses take a lesser number of state students even as more get in from elsewhere.California high school seniors faced a tougher time winning a freshman spot at most of the UC campuses for the fall, with their chances at UCLA and UC Berkeley now fewer than one in five, according to a report released Friday.
(Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:43:00 GMT)

Suspect held in Kansas City freeway shootings
The arrest is the biggest development in the case since a series of shootings began last month. None of the attacks has been fatal, but they have puzzled authorities and set motorists on edge. KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Since the bullets began to fly on freeways here, Taylor Stevens has stuck to the back roads. Rikki Rohret keeps her eyes on the overpasses. Behind the wheel, Joe Miller tries not to think about being an anonymous gunman's next victim.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:02:00 GMT)

Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy fuels presidential election speculation
The announcement, which Chelsea Clinton made while sitting beside her mother, fuels conjecture about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton will run for president.In the circus of speculation that surrounds Hillary Rodham Clinton and her presidential prospects, Chelsea Clinton dropped a bombshell Thursday with her announcement that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a child.
(Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:42:00 GMT)

Eric Holder asserts his commitment to fighting heroin
The attorney general, addressing a nationwide rise in abuse of the substance as well as prescription medicines, seeks to persuade critics that he is tough on drug crime.WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. has been crusading for more lenient treatment for nonviolent drug offenders, making it a top priority before he is expected to leave office this year.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:53:00 GMT)

Obama weighs bond hearings for detained immigrants
The action could allow the release of thousands of people if judges approve bond in a move that might allay concerns of Latino groups and other allies over deportations. WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts expedite cases of incarcerated immigrants.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:38:00 GMT)

Kansas educators upset over school funding bill
The measure, intended to remedy 'wealth-based disparities' following a state Supreme Court ruling, could actually increase such disparities between districts, experts say.It seemed like a victory for Kansas educators when the state Supreme Court ruled last month that Kansas had created "unconstitutional, wealth-based disparities" among its school districts, and ordered the state to remedy the problem by July 1.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:22:00 GMT)

Amid marijuana safety concerns, Colorado unveils pot vending machines
As Colorado confronts growing worry about potential dangers of misguided recreational marijuana use, the Zazzz pot dispensing machine arrives.LITTLETON, Colo. — In the posh resorts of Vail Valley, where celebrities are as common as the paparazzi who stalk them, a machine has suddenly stolen the limelight.
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:11:00 GMT)

White supremacist charged with murder in Kansas shootings
Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. is charged with capital murder and premeditated first-degree murder in the slayings of three people outside Jewish facilities.OLATHE, Kan. — A white supremacist from Missouri was charged Tuesday with murder in the weekend slayings of three people outside two Jewish facilities.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:28:00 GMT)

Supreme Court to consider challenge to law barring campaign falsehoods
The Supreme Court will hear a free-speech challenge to an Ohio state law that prohibits publishing false statements about political candidates.WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court next week will consider for the first time whether states may enforce laws that make it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about political candidates.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:05:00 GMT)

Boston marks marathon bombing anniversary with silence and praise
At a tribute ceremony and at the finish line site, Bostonians remember the bombing victims and the first responders.BOSTON — They came out in the gusting wind and the spitting rain to pay tribute on silent streets — to friends, to family and to people they didn't even know.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:52:00 GMT)

Appeals court upholds EPA limits on air toxicity
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejects challenges from both sides of the issue, finding that EPA limits on emissions from coal-fired power plants are valid.WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Obama's environmental agenda.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:43:00 GMT)

Pentagon plans major review of military justice system
Defense Department has been under congressional pressure to rethink how it handles sexual assault cases.WASHINGTON — The Defense Department, under pressure from Congress to reexamine the way it handles sexual assault cases, announced Tuesday a comprehensive review of the entire military justice system.
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:31:00 GMT)

Remembering the victims of the Kansas Jewish center shootings
A doctor and his singer grandson and a therapist for blind babies were killed by the gunman, said to be an avowed racist. None of the victims was Jewish.OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Standing at the lectern, Mindy Corporon calmly spoke about love in the face of hatred, describing how two people so central to her life — her father and her son — were shot to death by a gunman who police say is a white supremacist bent on violence.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:09:00 GMT)

E-cigarette firms targeting young people, lawmakers say
E-cigarette makers use candy flavors, social media ads and free samples, according to a report from Democratic legislators. Many tactics would be illegal for traditional cigarettes, they point out.WASHINGTON — E-cigarette companies are preying on young consumers by using candy flavors, social media ads and free samples at rock concerts, according to a report released Monday by Democratic legislators.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:07:00 GMT)

Suspect in Kansas Jewish center shootings has long history of hate
Frazier Glenn Cross has for decades been 'acting within some of the most violent white nationalist organizations in the country,' an analyst says.AURORA, Mo. — The elderly man was well known in this slightly faded farm town for his failed attempts at elective office, his libertarian leanings, his Southern charm.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:54:00 GMT)

FBI breached lawyer-client privacy in terrorism case, defense says
Lawyers for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and codefendants say FBI agents sought confidential information from a paralegal.FT. MEADE, Md. — Lawyers for alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his four codefendants alleged Monday that two FBI agents recently approached a court-appointed member of the defense team in an effort to seek confidential information regarding their cases.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:47:00 GMT)

Gunman kills 3 at Jewish centers outside Kansas City
Police take a suspect in his 70s into custody in a pair of attacks in Overland Park, Kan. The man is known as a white supremacist.OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Three people were shot to death Sunday at two Jewish community facilities here, and the suspect — a man in his 70s thought to be a white supremacist — appeared to shout "Heil Hitler!" as he was taken into custody.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:21:00 GMT)

U.S. Sikhs say military's ban on long hair and beards keeps them out
Sikhs are forbidden by their religion to cut their hair, which is at odds with Pentagon policies. Waivers are possible but rare.WASHINGTON — Raised on his father's and grandfather's tales of military service in India, Amitoj Chhabra wanted nothing more than to follow in their footsteps and join the U.S. Air Force.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:13:00 GMT)

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