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  • Global News Blog Mystery shrouds shooting death of Ortega enemy 'Comandante Jahob' in Nicaragua

    José Gabriel Garmendia, a former contra who last year launched a one-man insurrection against President Daniel Ortega's government, allegedly died in the Nicaraguan mountains Sunday after being shot.

  • Lord of the Rings IV? No, just a pot catapult on US-Mexico border. [video]

    Lord of the Rings IV? No, just a pot catapult on US-Mexico border. [video]

    Mexican drug traffickers have devised many creative ways of smuggling their products into the US. Along with half-mile tunnels and submarines, catapults are now part of the repertoire.

  • Pentagon seeks answers to why suicides doubled in National Guard and Reserve

    Pentagon seeks answers to why suicides doubled in National Guard and Reserve

    Suicides in the National Guard and Reserve rose from 65 in 2009 to 145 last year. Pentagon officials suggest isolation and job woes could be culprits. Frequent deployments also factor in.

  • Blizzard 2010: What are Top 5 snow storms of the decade?

    Blizzard 2010: What are Top 5 snow storms of the decade?

    The Christmas storm of 2010, which dropped 31 inches of snow on some parts of New England and crippled New York City, will likely stand out as a memory-maker, something to tell the grandkids about – especially if you got stuck in the national air traffic snarl or localized mayhem in New York, where police cars got stuck in drifts and New Yorkers yelled at the mayor for failing to keep the streets clear. But the past decade – the snowiest since the 1970s – had several other memorable winter storms. Here's the five that got the most attention – and did the most damage.

  • Snowfall totals: why blizzard 2010 didn't bring Northeast to its knees

    Snowfall totals: why blizzard 2010 didn't bring Northeast to its knees

    Snowfall totals in the Northeast were big, but schoolkids were on vacation already, and in many cases their parents had time off from work.

  • Top 10 senators seeking earmarks

    Top 10 senators seeking earmarks

    Senate leaders decided to scrap a 1,900-page omnibus spending bill that contained $8 billion in home state spending projects – otherwise known as earmarks, pet projects, or "pork." Government spending and the deficit became an issue in the midterm election, and lawmakers are keenly aware of voter anger about large, catch-all bills that are quickly passed. The following senators have been ranked by the monetary value of earmarks they backed, whether alone or with others, in the now-scuttled omnibus spending bill. The earmark process became more transparent with the 2006 Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, which required creation of a database of all government spending. The watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense used the database to compile this ranking. Sen. Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma, who co-sponsored the legislation, also has a list of the disclosed earmarks in the omnibus bill on his website. *This is the amount requested both alone and with other members of Congress.

  • Do-it-yourself border patrol: one man's vigil with a gun and spotlight

    Do-it-yourself border patrol: one man's vigil with a gun and spotlight

    Lynn Kartchner heads to the border at nightfall with a spotlight to help the border patrol catch drug smugglers. It's a sign of the prevailing sense of urgency along the US-Mexican border.

  • Veterans Day free meals: one way businesses are saying 'thanks'

    Veterans Day free meals: one way businesses are saying 'thanks'

    Veterans Day free meals and discounts on merchandise are among the many deals businesses are offering to express gratitude to US military veterans and active-duty personnel.

  • US military beats out Disney as happy place to work

    US military beats out Disney as happy place to work

    A new survey that identifies the happiest places to work found that the US military ranked high.

  • Falcon Lake 'pirate' shooting: Where's missing boater David Hartley?

    Falcon Lake 'pirate' shooting: Where's missing boater David Hartley?

    Nearly a week after Mexican pirates allegedly shot and killed David Hartley on Falcon Lake, Texas, his body has still not been found. What might be causing the delay?