Daily Archive: February 16, 2013

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Lifestyle

School choice film about two single moms in Pittsburgh goes Hollywood to reach Main Street

ON THE ROAD– This Sept. 23, 2012 photo shows actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, left, and Viola Davis at the premiere of their film “Won’t Back Down,” in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca, File) by Alan Scher Zagier Associated Press Writer JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The movie “Won’t Back Down” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis was a box-office dud, barely earning $5 million and disappearing from theaters soon after its September 2012 release.

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Lifestyle

Cruise passengers became comrades on trip home

DOCKED–The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is moored at a dock in Mobile, Ala., Friday, Feb. 15. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) by Brendan FarringtonAssociated Press WriterMOBILE, Ala. (AP) — When their cruise ship lost power, passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph could have been selfish and looked out only for themselves and their loved ones.Instead, they became comrades in a long, exhausting struggle to get home.

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National

Obama in Chicago exhorts ‘ladders of opportunity’

MAKING CASE–President Barack Obama speaks about strengthening the economy for the middle class and the nations struggle with gun violence at an appearance at Hyde Park Academy, Feb. 15, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) by Darlene Superville Associated Press WriterCHICAGO (AP) — Pressing his case in the town that launched his political career, President Barack Obama called Friday for the government to take an active, wide-ranging role in ensuring every American has a “ladder of opportunity” into the middle class.

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Health

States' choices set up national health experiment

‘OBAMACARE’ READY TO LAUNCH–Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius gestures while speaking during a news conference at the Treasury Department in Washington in April, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is unfolding as a national experiment with American consumers as the guinea pigs: Who will do a better job getting uninsured people covered, the states or the feds?

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National

How life on run ended for California police killer

OUT OF SYNC–This undated photo shows Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles Police officer. Like the Unabomber and other mass killers, the 33-year-old former cop wrote a “manifesto.” (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department, File) by A. Breed, Julie Watson and Tami Abdollah Associated Press WritersBIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — As soon as he heard officers were chasing the suspected cop killer in a stolen truck, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger Loftis was certain: His buddy Jeremiah MacKay would be there.

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National

2 space rocks hours apart point up the danger

METEOR MENACE–This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL-Caltech) by Marcia DunnAP Aerospace WriterCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A space rock even bigger than the meteor that exploded like an atom bomb over Russia could drop out of the sky unannounced at any time and wreak havoc on a city. And Hollywood to the contrary, there isn’t much the world’s scientists and generals can do about it. But some former astronauts want to give the world a fighting chance.

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National

Obama support for gun control has roots in Chicago

ADDRESSING STUDENTS–President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Hyde Park Academy on Feb. 15, in Chicago. Obama is traveling to promote the economic and educational plan he laid out in his State of the Union address. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) By Darlene Superville Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama’s support for gun control has its roots in a hometown plagued by deadly shootings — a city, he said Friday, where as many children die from guns every four months as were slaughtered at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut.