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Pentagon, scientists closing in on rapid DNA technology

7:46 PM, Jan 27, 2014

Researchers are closing in on the final steps of a new system to analyze human DNA in 90 minutes instead of the two to three weeks it now takes, according to interviews with Pentagon and industry officials.

Farm bill compromise includes about $400M for county payments program

4:25 PM, Jan 27, 2014

Congressional negotiators have included about $400 million for a county payments program in a farm bill proposal they unveiled Monday.

Gov't., Internet firms reach deal on data requests

3:16 PM, Jan 27, 2014

Internet companies will be allowed to disclose more information about how often the government requires them to turn over customer data as part of an agreement announced Monday by the Justice Department.

Student sets himself on fire at Denver-area school

2:10 PM, Jan 27, 2014

Suicide attempt leaves him with more than 80% of his body burned.

Stock sell-off moderate

1:47 PM, Jan 27, 2014

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 44 points to 15,837 Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost eight points to 1,781 and the Nasdaq composite dropped 44 points to 4,083.

Deep freeze in Midwest puts normal routines on ice

1:35 PM, Jan 27, 2014

The frigid temperatures gripping the central U.S. for the second time in weeks are upending people's routines and travel plans.

Ex-Marlboro Man dies from smoking-related disease

12:08 PM, Jan 27, 2014

Eric Lawson, a working actor who portrayed the Marlboro Man in cigarette ads during the late 1970s, has died. He was 72.

Southwest announces first international flights

12:00 PM, Jan 27, 2014

Southwest, which grew to carry more domestic passengers than any U.S. airline, began selling tickets Monday for international flights, the start of a significant shift for the low-cost domestic carrier.

Research: More diners opting for quick over casual

8:15 AM, Jan 27, 2014

Some of America's most recognized casual dining spots are being passed up for quicker options offering comparable choices.

Report : N. Korea executes relatives of purged uncle

6:04 AM, Jan 27, 2014

After executing his powerful uncle last month, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un took his purge to an extreme degree by putting to death almost all the uncle's direct relatives.

Shooting victims were Maryland mall employees

7:55 PM, Jan 25, 2014

Three people were killed in a shooting spree at a Maryland mall crowded with Saturday shoppers, Howard County police said.

Bank of America trading practices examined

4:46 PM, Jan 25, 2014

Feds investigating whether bank executed its own futures trades ahead of large orders for clients.

Michaels retailer probing possible data breach

4:40 PM, Jan 25, 2014

Nation's biggest arts and crafts retailer reportedly working with Secret Service on data security attack.

U.S. will be ready to rescue Americans from Sochi in the event of attack

12:40 PM, Jan 25, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters Friday that the United States will be ready to remove Americans from Sochi in the event of a catastrophic terror attack at the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Doctor who molested nearly 100 patients files new appeal

8:17 PM, Jan 24, 2014

Earl Bradley was arrested in late 2009, stripped of his medical license in 2010, convicted in 2011.

FBI warns retailers of more cyber attacks

8:17 PM, Jan 24, 2014

FBI reportedly discovered about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same kind of malicious software used against Target.

Judge orders brain-dead pregnant woman off life support

3:10 PM, Jan 24, 2014

A judge has ruled that a brain-dead pregnant woman in Texas must be taken off life support by 5 p.m. Monday.

JPMorgan board gives CEO Dimon 74 percent pay hike

3:01 PM, Jan 24, 2014

Financial services giant JPMorgan, hit with $20 billion in legal fines, settlements and related costs in 2013, provided CEO Jamie Dimon $20 million in compensation last year, a 74% jump from 2012.

Student shot at So. Carolina St. University

2:53 PM, Jan 24, 2014

ORANGEBURG, SC - A student was shot Friday at South Carolina State University, and authorities say they are searching for at least four suspects.

Dow drops 318 points on fears of slower growth

1:27 PM, Jan 24, 2014

The Dow is down almost 500 points over the past two days as investors pull out of stocks and emerging markets and stash money in safer assets like bonds.

Waitress gets $1,075 tip when needed most

9:02 AM, Jan 24, 2014

(WBIR - Knoxville) A Knoxville waitress says she is still in shock after a seemingly normal customer tipped her $1,075 on Wednesday night.

Arizona State fraternity expelled over MLK-themed party

5:43 AM, Jan 24, 2014

Arizona State University severed ties with the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity Thursday night, only days after a party over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend depicting racial stereotypes drew harsh criticism from civil rights leaders.

Should you talk to your kid about snorting Smarties?

10:44 PM, Jan 23, 2014

A Rhode Island school is warning parents about students snorting the crushed-up candies -- not a very smart thing to do.

Kansas sperm donor to appeal ruling over child support

10:28 PM, Jan 23, 2014

Judge declares him 'presumptive father' of girl born to lesbian couple.

Knoxville waitress gets $1,075 tip when needed most

5:58 PM, Jan 23, 2014

A Knoxville waitress says she is still in shock after a seemingly normal customer tipped her $1,075 on Wednesday night. Her coworkers say the generous gratuity proves good things happen to good people.

Momentum builds for Medicaid expansion in states

5:27 PM, Jan 23, 2014

So far, 25 states have expanded, even those dominated by Republicans who opposed the law. In the holdout states, expansion is inevitable, experts say.

Payment card data theft jumps five-fold

5:22 PM, Jan 23, 2014

Well north of 740 million records were exposed in 2013, making it the worst year in terms of data breaches recorded.

Parts that can cause toilets to burst are recalled

3:04 PM, Jan 23, 2014

WASHINGTON - Watch out for exploding toilets.

Goodell: NFL would consider allowing medical marijuana

2:59 PM, Jan 23, 2014

The NFL would consider allowing athletes to use marijuana to treat concussions and other head injuries if medical experts deemed it a legitimate solution.

U.S. stocks slide on worries over earnings, China

2:59 PM, Jan 23, 2014

NEw YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average fell 176 points, or 1.1 percent, to close at 16,197 Thursday. It had been down as much as 232 points.

Are over-the-counter meds helping spread the flu?

10:49 AM, Jan 23, 2014

A controversial new study conducted at McMaster University in Canada links the spread of influenza to the use of cold and fever medication.

Police: At least 23 hurt after passenger attacks bus driver

7:21 AM, Jan 23, 2014

TONOPAH - State police say a passenger attacked the driver of a Greyhound bus, leading to a crash on Interstate 10 in western Arizona that left numerous people injured.

Baby rattles recalled due to choking hazard

6:05 AM, Jan 23, 2014

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall a brand of baby rattles due to concerns over a potential for choking Thursday morning.

Teen charged as adult in death of boyfriend during sex

5:42 AM, Jan 23, 2014

A 16-year-old girl arrested Saturday in connection with strangling her 43-year-old boyfriend during sexual activities will face trial as an adult.

Obama: Sexual assault 'affects every one of us'

12:20 AM, Jan 23, 2014

Nearly one in five women -- up to 22 million people -- have been raped in their lifetime, according to a report issued Wednesday by the White House Council on Women and Girls.

Poll: United we stand on income inequality

11:08 PM, Jan 22, 2014

Ahead of President Obama's State of the Union Address, income inequality weighs on most Americans' minds.