<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - National Today]]> <![CDATA[At G-20, Syria presents stumbling block]]> In Moscow, President Barack Obama and other world leaders are meeting for the regular Group of 20 conference. But potential military conflict in Syria is hanging over the ostensibly economics-centered meeting.]]> <![CDATA[Russia Likely to Free Members of Pussy Riot]]> <![CDATA[Swine flu vaccines are safe and time-tested, experts say]]> Experts hear the arguments — about what's in the vaccine, whether it was made too fast, whether there are side effects — all the while frustrated that decades of experience in making effective flu vaccines hasn't resulted in more public confidence that they got this one right, too.]]> <![CDATA[Texas executes man with IQ of 61]]> If 54-year-old Marvin Wilson is put to death on Tuesday, it will not be because Texas denies that he is intellectually disabled, or as the legal literature puts it, “mentally retarded.” This much, the state recognizes. It just does not believe that Wilson is disabled enough not to be executed in Texas—a flagrant violation of the 2002 Supreme Court ruling in Atkins v. Virginia, which held that “the mentally retarded should be categorically excluded from execution,” period.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrities throw support behind measure to legalize marijuana]]> Proposition 19, the California initiative that would legalize marijuana, got a boost Thursday from several Hollywood celebrities who announced they were throwing their support behind the measure.]]> <![CDATA[Obama Jabs Romney at “Nerd Prom”]]> No one was safe from President Obama’s jokes Saturday night, when, at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, he made fun of the presumptive Republican nominee, lawmakers, the secret service, and journalists, to name a few. More than 2,000 politicians, journalists, celebrities, and others who managed to score an invite laughed as the president-turned-comedian offered a wry take on the news. The verdict? Many think he was funnier than Jimmy Kimmel, the real comedian who closed the night and, says the Orlando Sentinel, maybe stayed a tad too long at the podium.]]> <![CDATA[Man gets probation for killing neighbor after dog urinated on lawn]]> <![CDATA[Russian currency hits new low]]> Russia's currency is has reached a new all-time low against the dollar, based largely on the deepening crisis in Ukraine.]]> <![CDATA[Storm in Joplin contained a rare multi-vortex tornado; death toll rises to 122]]> The death toll from Sunday's tornado has risen to 122, making it the eighth-deadliest tornado in U.S. history, the National Weather Service said. The Joplin twister was upgraded to EF-5, the strongest category on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds exceeding 200 mph. The storm was apparently a "multi-vortex" tornado, with two or more small and intense centers of rotation orbiting the larger funnel, a rare occurrence.]]> <![CDATA[Black, Asian teens less likely than whites to abuse drugs, study concludes]]> <![CDATA[California Prop 8 ruling on gay marriage overturned]]> The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Tuesday ruled unconstitutional Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot measure that banned same sex marriage.]]> <![CDATA[Obama picks Alan Krueger to chair economic council]]> <![CDATA[Obama administration moves to aid Syrian opposition]]> The Obama administration is moving to provide direct assistance to the internal opposition in Syria for the first time, marking a shift in U.S. policy toward a more aggressive plan to help oust President Bashar al-Assad.]]> <![CDATA[After devastating tornado, Joplin, Mo., officials search for victims, brace for new storm]]> Search-and-rescue teams on Monday pored through rubble and wreckage, all that was left in many areas of Joplin, where at least 89 people have died, more than 2,000 structures have been ripped apart and whole neighborhoods have been obliterated after a tornado carved a six-mile path through southwestern Missouri.]]> <![CDATA[Obama to launch oceans initiative]]> <![CDATA[Pentagon set to announce downsizing plans]]> The BBC is reporting that U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will announce cuts to the military budget for 2015.]]> <![CDATA[New Amazon species discovered every 3 days for a decade]]> Scientists searching the Amazon have discovered new species — creatures such as a baldheaded parrot, a blue-fanged tarantula and a bright red catfish — at the rate of about one every three days for the past 10 years, the World Wildlife Fund reported Monday.]]> <![CDATA[Bank of America stock plummets after AIG's $10 billion lawsuit]]> <![CDATA[Romney wins Iowa nail-biter]]> In the closest finish in the history of the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney edged out Rick Santorum by eight votes in the first battle for the Republican presidential nomination.]]> <![CDATA[Occupy Monsanto protests shut down Monsanto distribution center]]> A protest against seed giant Monsanto successfully shut down the company's seed distribution center in Oxnard, Calif. for six hours, causing delays in shipments in protest of genetically modified organisms.]]>