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We could have predicted Cake Wars II

We should have seen this one coming.This is America, after all, a country having no shortage of people with, apparently, too much time on their hands. So someone should have predicted Cake Wars II.No, that's not a new summer blockbuster from Marvel. Rather, "Cake Wars" is Slate's name for the ...

Obama tightens rules on use of bulk intelligence data

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has tightened rules governing how the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies use Internet and phone communications of foreigners collected by the National Security Agency.The Office of the Director of National Intelligence announced the new policy ...

Plans for Michigan pipeline modified

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - Plans for a natural gas pipeline are being modified to pass through fewer Michigan counties following resistance to the project from residents near the initially proposed route.Officials with Rover Pipeline announced Monday that a deal with an existing pipeline operator ...

IS video shows pilot burned to death

AMMAN, Jordan - A video released online Tuesday purportedly showed a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State extremist group in Syria being burned to death by his captors following a weeklong drama over a possible prisoner exchange.The military confirmed the death of Lt. Muath ...

UK moves toward making babies from DNA of 3 people

LONDON (AP) - Britain moved Tuesday toward allowing scientists to create humans from the DNA of three people.The technology aims to liberate future generations from inherited diseases, but critics say it crosses a fundamental scientific boundary and could lead to "designer babies."The U.K.'s ...

Praise God and bash the gays

This past week, I read that "social conservatives" will attempt to reinvigorate their anti-gay campaign for the 2016 presidential race. Briefly, I succumbed to the old response of bracing myself.More hate on the way. Oh, joy.James Hohmann, writing for Politico from Des Moines, Iowa: "The U.S. ...

Another snow job

Time to come up for air while "forecasting" the latest snowstorm non-disaster. Politicians, fearing what might happen to their approval numbers if a blizzard hit, went on TV to announce they were taking proactive measures. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shut down tunnels, bridges, even the ...

GM ignition switch death toll at 51

DETROIT - More than 1,100 claims were filed in the week before Saturday's deadline to seek payments from the General Motors ignition-switch compensation fund. So far, 51 death and 77 injury claims have been granted.But the fund's deputy administrator says the number of granted claims is likely ...

Etan Patz’s mom says at murder trial that son was trusting

NEW YORK (AP) - The mother of a 6-year-old boy who vanished on his way to school 35 years ago testified Monday that he was trusting and eager for independence, but also scared of being lost or alone.Julie Patz recounted her time living in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood when her son, Etan, was ...

Obama sticks to his comfort zone

A week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Obama's game is. That's because rhetorically and substantively, he seems to be in another world.In his State of the Union address, Obama refused to even take note of the GOP's historic ...

A better Cuba deal

Cuban President Raul Castro has issued new demands for normalizing relations with the U.S. He wants us to lift the trade embargo, remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terror and give Cuba the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Truly. You can look it up.One can imagine President Obama ...

The sacrifice of Sarah Palin

When Democrats were looking for evidence of a Republican war on women, they overlooked Exhibit A - Sarah Palin.This isn't to say that Palin was part of the war on women, though many Democrats would say so. Rather, she was one of the war's most conspicuous victims - fragged, you might say, by ...

Boehner’s dangerous gamble

Bipartisanship, that widely admired virtue so sadly rare in our nation's politics, has been - since 1948, when President Harry Truman, rejecting the counsel of his own Cabinet secretaries, recognized the newborn nation - the hallmark of Unites States support for the state of Israel.But that era ...

Gas blast at Mexico children’s hospital

MEXICO CITY - Injured and bleeding, mothers grasping infants in their arms fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion Thursday, and rescuers began smashing sledgehammers through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped.A nurse and a baby died in the ...

Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74B

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will ask Congress to boost government spending by roughly 7 percent above current limits, the White House said Thursday, setting up a certain clash with Republicans who insist that federal spending must be held in check.Obama's budget, to be formally released ...

Last-ditch foreclosure hearings draw many Detroit homeowners

DETROIT - Hundreds of Detroit homeowners in danger of losing their properties flocked Thursday to hearings that offered a last-ditch chance to avoid foreclosure and to keep the houses from adding to the city's already huge glut of vacant dwellings.The homeowners nearly filled a long conference ...

Choosing the right tool for the work

As a kid, I watched my father do amazing things. He can fix almost anything. The man is a visionary who can build new things from what he sees in his mind. He once turned an old cottage into our first family home by building a new wing after digging the basement and building the foundation all ...

Finding a way

HOUGHTON - There have been countless books written about fitness and health, but few of them have been written by a Copper Country native.Jeff Hauswirth, author of the previously published "What Are You Waiting For? A Beginner's Guide to Weight Training," has come out with a new book titled ...

Random thoughts

Who says President Obama doesn't promote bipartisanship? His complicity in Iran's moving toward nuclear bombs has alarmed some top Senate Democrats enough to get them to join Republicans in opposition to the Obama administration's potentially suicidal foreign policy.Before the current measles ...

Why serious people discount Fox News

Tucker Carlson said on Fox that more children die of bathtub drownings than of accidental shootings. They don't.Steve Doocy said on Fox that NASA scientists faked data to make the case for global warming. They didn't.Rudy Giuliani said on Fox that President Obama has issued propaganda asking ...