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For Obama, a second chance for a speech for the ages

For Obama, a second chance for a speech for the ages

Sixteen presidents before Barack Obama got a second chance at giving an inaugural address for the ages. Most didn’t make much of it. George Washington’s remarks the second time around were admirably succinct — only 135 words — but hardly qualify as an address. Thomas Jefferson, who laid out a masterful brief on democracy at […]

Lance Armstrong finally admits doping to win races

Lance Armstrong finally admits doping to win races

Lance Armstrong has finally come clean. After years of bitter and forceful denials, he offered a simple “I’m sorry” to friends and colleagues and then admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs during an extraordinary cycling career that included seven Tour de France victories. Armstrong confessed to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey taped Monday, just […]

What happens to school where 26 kids died?

What happens to school where 26 kids died?

A month after a gunman killed 26 people at an elementary school, some Newtown parents say the building should be demolished, while others believe the school should be renovated and the areas where the killings occurred removed. Talk has turned to the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School as life slowly begins moving forward […]

Lance Armstrong reportedly will ‘come clean’ in Oprah interview

Lance Armstrong reportedly will ‘come clean’ in Oprah interview

Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday. The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas. Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that […]

Gas prices could be lower in 2013, but other costs will rise

Gas prices could be lower in 2013, but other costs will rise

At least gasoline should cost you less in 2013. Hamburger, health care and taxes are all set to take a bigger bite out of the family budget this year. But drivers’ annual gas bills are expected to drop for the first time in four years. Forecasters say ample oil supplies and weak U.S. demand will […]

Increase in deaths by violence leads to lowered American life expectancy

Increase in deaths by violence leads to lowered American life expectancy

The United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, due in part to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home in a place that is often unlocked, according to a report released Wednesday by two of the nation’s leading health research institutions. Gun violence is […]

More political scandals for Illinois

More political scandals for Illinois

When Illinois’ new General Assembly takes the oath of office Wednesday, the state that’s still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison will set yet another precedent of sorts: Three sitting lawmakers facing criminal charges. Illinois is no stranger to dramatic headlines about the nexus of politics and crime in […]

Congress expands probe into meningitis outbreak

Congress expands probe into meningitis outbreak

Lawmakers on Friday widened their investigation into the deadly meningitis outbreak to include the role state regulators played in monitoring the pharmacy that produced steroid treatments blamed for killing 14 people in six states. The U.S. House of Representatives‘ Energy and Commerce Committee called on the Massachusetts pharmacy board to tell congressional staff what it […]

The death of actor Johnny Lewis: Life imitating art?

The death of actor Johnny Lewis: Life imitating art?

Probation officials openly worried about actor Johnny Lewis‘ mental health and his danger to others in recent months, and this week their worst fears came true. The man who died a violent death on “Sons of Anarchy” three years ago apparently beat and strangled his landlady and attacked neighbors before falling or leaping to his […]