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No ordinary opener for O'Brien, Penn State

August 29, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, right, gives instructions as center Matt Stankiewitch (54) listens during the NCAA college football team’s workout in State College, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Bill O’Brien has turned into Penn State’s steady, even-keeled rock through tough times,...

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Police: Mich. student attack not likely hate crime

August 29, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

In this undated photo provided by Bruce Tennen, Zachary Tennen, a 19-year-old Michigan State University sophomore, is shown. Police say an attack on the Michigan State University student at an off-campus party is not being investigated as a hate crime. Tennen...

GOP convention protests muted, small

August 28, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

AP Photo Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor speaks to reporters as Code Pink protesters hold signs, Monday, in Tampa. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There have been no speeches inside the convention hall and it’s nearly as quiet outside, too. So far, the protests have...

Isaac brings painful Katrina memories

August 28, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

AP Photo This Aug, 31, 2005, file photo shows a man pushing his bicycle through flood waters near the Superdome in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina left much of the city under water. Katrina’s legacy looms large as Isaac heads toward New Orleans and...

Paul delegates mounting floor fight over new rules

August 28, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks at a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ron Paul’s...

A subdued start for GOP convention as Isaac surges

August 28, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush looks at the convention floor from the podium during a microphone check at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republicans staged a...

2nd person dies of hantavirus after Yosemite visit

August 28, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

In this photo from Sunday Oct. 23, 2011, tents are seen in Curry Village in Yosemite National Park, Calif. A man died and a woman became seriously ill after contracting a rare rodent-borne disease that might have been linked to their stay at this popular...

Earthquake swarm puts California town on edge

August 28, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

El Sol Market on Main Street in Brawley, Calif., was hit hard by the earthquakes that hit throughout Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Dozens of small to moderate earthquakes rattled Southern California on Sunday, shaking an area from rural Imperial County to the San...

Colombia's president: talks held with FARC rebels

August 28, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos delivers a speech during a televised address to the nation at the presidential palace in Bogota, Colombia, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Santos said his government has held exploratory talks with rebels of the the...

Can Curiosity Mars mission inspire like Apollo?

August 28, 2012 • National NewsComments Off

NASA scientists smile after NASA’s Administrator Charles Bolden, seen on video projection on top left, debuted the first recorded human voice that traveled from Earth to another planet and back, as Bolden radioed the rover on Mars and back to...