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News Archive - April 9, 2013

Obama's Budget: What To Expect

Even a budget proposal that's likely nowhere gives a president the chance to state priorities and place dollar amounts next to them.

Will You Be Chained To A Smaller Check In Retirement?

Many economists would applaud a change in the way Social Security administrators measure inflation. But many older Americans may hiss at using something called the "chained CPI," fearing a new formula will cut their benefits in coming years.

New Rule: Spelling Bee Will Now Include Definitions Test

The spelling bee said the change is a natural extension of the competition. The new test will take effect with this year's bee, scheduled for May 28-30.

Video Recap: At-Large D.C. Council Debate

Candidates in the race for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council debated ethics and gentrification in a special forum Monday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. 

Vermont Bests The Nation In Local Chow

Vermont tops the nation when it comes to locally produced food, according to a new ranking from the nonprofit Strolling of the Heifers. Having farmers' markets, CSA programs, and distribution systems all helps.

Spring Storm Brings Snow To Colo., High Winds To Wyo., Dust Storm In Ariz.

As it moves east, the storm is expected to bring high winds and a chance for tornadoes for cities like Wichita and Chicago.

How A Spring Birthday Could Pose A Risk For Multiple Sclerosis

Babies born in London in May have less vitamin D and more of a certain type of immune cell in their blood than babies born at other times. Researchers say the differences might help explain why people born in the spring are more likely to get multiple sclerosis.

Pacific Commander: U.S. Can Intercept North Korean Missiles

Adm. Samuel Locklear says the U.S. could intercept a ballistic missile launched at the U.S. homeland or Pacific allies.

Immigration Overhaul 'Feels Unstoppable Now,' Backers Say

Thousands of supporters will descend on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. This time, as differences are worked out among interested parties, the optimism is more palpable than it was in past attempts.

Blacks' Election-Day Waits Nearly Double Those Of Whites, But Why?

On Election Day 2012, black voters waited on average nearly twice as long to vote as did whites. The wait time for Hispanics fell in between. While race may have played a role, a researcher suggests geography did, too.

KPMG Partner May Have Traded Inside Information

KPMG withdraws as accountant for nutrient-supplement supplier Herbalife and footwear maker Skechers USA after the companies say one of the auditor's partners may have traded in confidential information on the two companies.

14 People Hurt In Stabbing Incident At Houston-Area College Campus

The Lone Star College System put its CyFair campus on lockdown after the incident. Authorities said one suspect was in custody.

Actor Who Played Satan Scoffs At Obama Comparison

Mehdi Ouazzani is happy to have found some fame for his role as the devil in The History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries. But he laughs at insinuations that his character was made to look like the U.S. president.

System For Monitoring Maryland Pipes Flawed

A water main break in Chevy Chase, Md., left a massive crater in Connecticut Avenue last month, which has brought renewed attention to the way pipes are monitored.

Should We Abolish The Minimum Wage?

For decades, Americans have been debating the need for the minimum wage. In the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, four economic experts face off over whether the government should intervene or leave things up to the market.

Osteen Hoaxster Explains: Goal Wasn't To Defame Pastor

The person behind the elaborate online hoax in which a fake website proclaimed Pastor Joel Osteen's intent to renounce Christianity and shut down his influential ministry says that his goal wasn't to attack Osteen personally. And he adds that he has now received thousands of "heartfelt" messages.

New Data Show Ford Doing Well In Overseas Markets

The Focus is the best-selling "nameplate" worldwide, followed by the Toyota Corolla, new data show.

Scandals Aplenty In Store For Virginia Governor's Race

The first signs of controversies that are sure to become common knowledge in Virginia's gubernatorial race are surfacing between candidates Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli.

Purging Candidates Offers Pakistan A Bit Of Comic Relief

Forget about voting records and campaign platforms. In the run-up to Pakistan's May 11 elections, everything from the ability to quote from the Quran to facial hair, or the lack thereof, has been under scrutiny.

Fairfax County School Board Considering Proposals On Disciplinary Reform

Disciplinary procedures in Fairfax are under review after the suicide of a 15-year-old Fairfax teenager who was suspsended and transferred for purchasing a small quantity of a legal drug.

Accusations Fly After McConnell Strategy Tape Surfaces

On the tape, the senator and his aides purportedly discuss potential opponent Ashley Judd and what personal issues they might use against her. A McConnell aide says the campaign's offices may have been bugged and accuses the "far left" of "Nixonian tactics."

State Laws Could Muddle Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Even if the Supreme Court strikes down a law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, the tangle over health benefits could remain a problem for couples in some states.

Arsenic In Beer May Come From Widely Used Filtering Process

Arsenic in beer doesn't sound like a good idea, even if it's due to a centuries-old filtering process. A new study says filtering beer with diatomaceous earth could boost levels of arsenic. But it's not clear whether this poses a health risk.

Clean Sweep For O'Malley In Maryland's Legislative Session

Maryland's legislative session wrapped up late Monday night, and the slate of policy wins for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley have some wondering whether the state isn't becoming too liberal.

Cher's Alive, Despite What You Read On Twitter

When former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday, the hashtag #nowthatcherisdead popped up on Twitter. For some, it was the pop star's name that stood out to them, not Thatcher's.

Strong Quake Hits Southern Iran, Killing Or Injuring Dozens

People across the Gulf region say they felt feeling the quake, which hit near the city of Bushehr, the location of an Iranian nuclear power plant. At least three people reportedly are dead.

Top Stories: South Koreans Aren't Fazed; Syria Rejects Probe

Also: Thatchers funeral set for April 17; Kerry and Netanyahu claim progress on Mideast peace; some Plains states getting b buried by spring snow; Louisville men win national basketball championship.

Thatcher's Funeral Is Set For April 17

The former British prime minister will receive full military honors. Queen Elizabeth II is among those set to attend. Thatcher died Monday at the age of 87.

North Korea's Warnings More Boring Than Alarming To Those In South

On Tuesday, the North said tourists and foreign companies in the South should leave because nuclear war may be imminent. But people in Seoul have heard such talk for years. They think North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is trying to bolster support at home with such threats.

Book News: Margaret Thatcher Authorized A Posthumous Biography

Also: Christopher Hitchens on being spanked by the "Iron Lady"; Victoria Beale skewers Paulo Coelho; and Robert Silvers on the meaninglessness of the phrase "in terms of."

3 Things To Know About Louisville's Basketball Championship

Coach Rick Pitino did something no one else has done. So did one of his players, Luke Hancock. Now Louisville has a chance for a rare double: The school's women's team plays for a national championship Tuesday night.