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posted: 07/06/2015 5:12 a.m. Discuss

The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, will observe his 80th birthday today during a visit to Anaheim, Calif., for the Global Compassion Summit.

Names and faces

posted: 07/06/2015 5:08 a.m. Discuss

Prince William and his wife, Kate, marked a milestone for their newborn baby Princess Charlotte on Sunday — a christening ceremony on Queen Elizabeth II’s country estate that was steeped in royal tradition.

Senate in S. Carolina set to debate flag's fate

posted: 07/06/2015 5:05 a.m. Comments 2

The South Carolina Legislature is expected today to take up the fate of the Confederate battle flag that flies on the Statehouse grounds, responding to demands that it be removed after the June 17 massacre of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Lawmakers facing busy summer

posted: 07/06/2015 5:02 a.m. Discuss

After July Fourth fireworks and parades, members of Congress will return to work Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall.

States try to limit patient drug costs

posted: 07/06/2015 4:58 a.m. Comments 2

As more expensive specialty drugs go on the market to treat some of the most serious chronic diseases, more states are stepping in to cushion the financial pain for patients who need medicine that can cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Water conservation costing Californians

posted: 07/06/2015 4:56 a.m. Discuss

Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California.

The nation in brief: N.Y. prison escapee back behind bars

posted: 07/06/2015 4:54 a.m. Discuss

David Sweat, the New York prison escapee who was shot and taken into custody last week, was released from the hospital Sunday morning and returned to prison, corrections officials said.

Forestry bill to go to House

posted: 07/06/2015 4:30 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to consider legislation this week sponsored by Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs aimed at making it easier for the U.S. Forest Service to thin federal forests and prevent wildfires.

Noteworthy deaths: Famed actress with six-decade career

posted: 07/06/2015 3:27 a.m. Discuss

Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 92.

Insurers seek double-digit rate increases

updated: 07/05/2015 5:07 a.m. Comments 20

Health insurance companies across the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back.

Ad agencies take up reading minds

posted: 07/05/2015 4:36 a.m. Discuss

Facebook this spring commissioned a San Francisco company called SalesBrain to gauge how consumers responded to ads viewed on a smartphone versus a TV screen. Neural researchers used various sensors to measure perspiration, heart rate, eye movement and brain activity of the 70 participants. Their conclusion: People get more out of information on a mobile phone than a TV, and watching television forces the brain to work harder to combat distractions.

Kamikaze image off mark, survivors say

updated: 07/05/2015 4:32 a.m. Discuss

The pilots filed into the room and were presented with a form that asked if they wanted to be kamikaze. It was multiple-choice, and there were three answers: "I passionately wish to join," "I wish to join," and "I don't wish to join."

U.S. celebrates its independence

posted: 07/05/2015 4:31 a.m. Discuss

People around the United States celebrated the Fourth of July with parades, fireworks, naturalization ceremonies and music Saturday, marking the nation’s 239 years as an independent nation.

N.C. looking for patterns in string of shark attacks

updated: 07/05/2015 4:24 a.m. Discuss

This is becoming another summer of the shark. The last one was in 2001, when a series of shark attacks on the East Coast combined with a period of generally slow news to whip up a spasm of shark mania.

State's 'pot' tax revenue soars

updated: 07/05/2015 3:56 a.m. Discuss

Washington state opened its second-in-the-nation legal marijuana market July 8, 2014, with just a handful of stores selling high-priced marijuana to long lines of customers. A year later, the state has about 160 shops open, tax revenue has soared past expectations and sales top $1.4 million per day.

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