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Stronger economy, cheap gas expected to spur holiday travel

Posted 6/25/2015 in National

A stronger economy, rising consumer confidence and cheap gasoline will likely have Americans traveling in big numbers this Independence Day.

 

 

Confederate, Jim Crow tributes go well beyond battle flag

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for removing the Confederate battle flag that flies in front of her state's Capitol. But she hasn't said the Confederate veterans' monument alongside the flag should go.

 

 

Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not.

 

Search for elusive inmates goes back to woods

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

Hundreds of searchers checked ATV trails and logging roads and went door-to-door in far northern New York trying to close in on two murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison more than two weeks ago.

Creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo dies at 79

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

Don Featherstone was a classically trained painter, a talented sculptor and artist who became famous for creating the pink plastic lawn flamingo -- the ultimate piece of American suburban kitsch.

 

Boston bomber will get chance to break silence at sentencing

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

Will he finally speak?

 

 

AP: Husband denied knowing of dead babies in garage

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

Investigators had a hard time believing a Utah man didn't know his wife killed six of their babies and stored them in their garage, but they didn't have any evidence to pursue charges and eventually concluded he may have been so high on drugs he didn't realize what was happening, according to public records obtained by The Associated Press.

 

GOP candidates embrace SC gov's call on Confederate flag

Posted 6/23/2015 in National

Republicans with presidential aspirations rushed Monday to embrace South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol, eager to move past a vexing issue that challenges the GOP's effort to win over the diverse coalition of voters it likely needs to win back the White House.

New Orleans police arrest suspect in killing of officer

Posted 6/22/2015 in National

After an intense 24-hour manhunt, New Orleans police Sunday arrested a man believed to have shot and killed a police officer while wearing handcuffs as he was being transported to jail.

 

Obama in first presidential podcast: US not cured of racism

Posted 6/22/2015 in National

President Barack Obama said the United States has not overcome its history of racism and is using the N-word to make his case.

 

 

Confederate flag sets off debate in GOP 2016 class

Posted 6/22/2015 in National

Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, called for the immediate removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside the South Carolina Statehouse, scrambling the 2016 GOP presidential contenders into staking a position on a contentious cultural issue.

 

Coordinated ringing of bells sends message of unity, healing

Posted 6/22/2015 in National

For several minutes Sunday, the sweltering skies above this grieving city were alive with the sound of bells: high in steeples and in the hands of toddlers, all ringing and tinkling in unison to honor the nine people cut down during a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

 

Gun rights still trumping gun controls in politics

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

They offered prayers and moments of silence. They sought to comfort. Some flashed with anger and frustration that, once again, America was forced to confront another mass shooting.

 

 

NRA board member blames victim for shooting

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

A Houston attorney on the National Rifle Association's board of directors is blaming the deadly Charleston church shooting on one of the victims.

 

Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK."

 

Religion and politics: GOP hopefuls' new insight on faith

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

The 2016 Republican hopefuls are offering new insight into how faith would guide their decisions in the White House.

 

 

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