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Maybe not sci-fi, but robots readied for big tests

Posted: 12/15/2013 - Robots being built in labs in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and elsewhere are heading to Florida this week for a government-sponsored competition on doing humanlike tasks.

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Coast Guard wants barges to ship fracking water

Updated: 12/15/2013 - The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages.

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Mandela goes home

Posted: 12/14/2013 - Nelson Mandela is back home. A hearse carrying the body of the former South African president has arrived in the rural village of Qunu, where he'll be buried after his funeral tomorrow.

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San Francisco runway death prompts new training

Posted: 12/14/2013 - Firefighters who work at San Francisco International Airport are receiving additional training on how to respond to airplane crashes following the Asiana Airlines accident in which a teenage girl was run over and killed by two emergency vehicles while lying wounded on the runway.

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RV users help Amazon keep up with holiday rush

Posted: 12/14/2013 - Twinkling lights, decorated trees and bustling campgrounds. Those are signs of the Christmas season in Campbellsville, Ky., where the Amazon.com distribution center recruits an armada of RV owners as seasonal workers to help fill holiday orders.

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Tutu didn't receive credential for Mandela funeral

Posted: 12/14/2013 - A spokesman for the South African presidency says retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu is an "important person" and "certainly" invited to Nelson Mandela's funeral tomorrow.

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Iran: Second monkey sent into space

Posted: 12/14/2013 - Iran's president says the Islamic Republic has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time, part of a program aimed at manned space flight.

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NCAA seeks dismissal of student athlete suit

Posted: 12/13/2013 - The NCAA is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by former college basketball standout Ed O'Bannon and other former student athletes challenging the NCAA's ban on compensating athletes.

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Kentucky man leaves NH waitress $500 tip

Updated: 12/13/2013 - The Kentucky man leaving giant tips at restaurants around the nation in the name of his late brother has struck in New Hampshire.

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House approves budget agreement

Posted: 12/12/2013 - The White House is applauding a bipartisan House vote to approve a two-year budget agreement.

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Cell phone ban on airplanes could be lifted

Updated: 12/12/2013 - The FCC is thinking about lifting its ban on cell phones during flights that would allow travelers to talk and text, but many people aren't happy about the idea.

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'12 Years,' 'Hustle' lead Globes nominations

Posted: 12/12/2013 - The slavery epic "12 Years a Slave" and the con-artist caper "American Hustle" lead the 71st annual Golden Globes with seven nominations each.

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FCC chairman: Calls on planes up to each airline

Posted: 12/12/2013 - Even though the Federal Communications Commission is looking at lifting restrictions on using cellphones in the air, that may not be the final word on the subject.

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