<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - National Today]]> <![CDATA[BP told it can keep well sealed after scare over possible leaks]]> <![CDATA[23 Americans convicted of kidnapping cleric in Italy]]> <![CDATA[Amendment One: North Carolina gay marriage ban passes]]> North Carolina overwhelmingly voted Tuesday in favor of a state constitutional amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman as the only legal union recognized by the state.]]> <![CDATA[Gingrich Patron Set to Donate Another $10 Million]]> Newt Gingrich's current cash crunch may soon be a thing of the past, at least for a few weeks. CNN and CBS News are both reporting that billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson will soon fork over an additional $10 million to the Super PAC supporting the former House speaker's presidential campaign.]]> <![CDATA[Student holding hostages shoots himself after police storm classroom]]> <![CDATA[Todd Akin's 'legitimate rape' statement: a roundup of news and analysis]]> Senate candidate Todd Akin, currently a representative from Missouri, told a news station Sunday that "legitimate rapes" aren't likely to result in pregnancy.]]> <![CDATA[House Passes Insider-Trading Bill]]> The House passed a bill banning Congress and executive branch officials from insider trading, but brushed aside a provision aimed at reining in those who pry financial information from Congress and sell it to investment firms.]]> <![CDATA[President Obama’s New Role in the Fight Against Black Homophobia]]> There are many reasons to be glad that President Obama has finally decided to stop dissimulating and openly advocate gay marriage. Not least among them is that he is no longer giving tacit approval to a prejudice in the African-American community that becomes more awkward and regrettable by the year.]]> <![CDATA[GM posts $1.2 billion loss but points to signs of progress]]> <![CDATA[Health, fitness guru Jack LaLanne dies at 96]]> Jack LaLanne, the seemingly eternal master of health and fitness who first popularized the idea that Americans should work out and eat right to retain youthfulness and vigor, died Sunday. He was 96.]]> <![CDATA[New report finds piracy at a 6-year low]]> A new report from the International Maritime Bureau found that piracy is at a six-year low. From the report... Piracy at sea has reached its lowest levels in six years, with 264 attacks]]> <![CDATA[And 2013's biggest charitable givers are...]]> The Chronicle of Philanthropy released its rankings of the top charitable givers in the U.S. for 2013.]]> <![CDATA[Was would-be Obama assassin a Republican convention page?]]> On the heels of a failed plot to assassinate President Barack Obama, it appears one of the would-be killers attended the 2008 Republican National Convention as a page.]]> <![CDATA[Obama Announces Empty Crackdown on Oil Speculation]]> In the Rose Garden this morning, President Obama spoke strongly about the need to crack down on the Wall Street speculation that leads to higher consumer gas prices. “We can't afford a situation where speculators artificially manipulate markets by buying up oil, creating the perception of a shortage, and driving prices higher—only to flip the oil for a quick profit,” he said.]]> <![CDATA[Banner with cross symbol being taken down]]> <![CDATA[Border Patrol agent is charged with harboring illegal immigrants]]> <![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[Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein gets 50-year sentence]]> Scott Rothstein, the South Florida Ponzi schemer extraordinaire, received a 50-year prison sentence Wednesday after a hearing in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. U.S. District Judge James Cohn, an Alabama native appointed by President George W. Bush, gave the disbarred lawyer more than what prosecutors requested for his crime as the mastermind of South Florida's biggest financial fraud.]]> <![CDATA[R.I. Gov. Chafee to join Democratic party]]> Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican, has announced he is switching his party affiliation from independent to Democratic, Chafee's office has confirmed.]]> <![CDATA[New study proves gun control works]]> Study finds the 2007 repeal of a Missouri law that required a license before being able purchase a gun caused an immediate local spike in gun murders. ]]>