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For Donald Trump, a day of political whiplash on immigration

Posted 9/1/2016 in National

For weeks, Donald Trump flirted with a self-described "softening" of the hard-line immigration policies that propelled him to the Republican nomination, raising the hopes of party officials, some Hispanic leaders and skeptical voters unnerved by his presidential candidacy.



Poll: More voters trust Clinton on health care

Posted 9/1/2016 in National

From Medicare to medical costs, more voters trust Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to do a better job on health care issues facing the nation, according to a poll out Thursday. But they're not holding out hope for big improvements.



Homeless students get more attention under new education law

Posted 9/1/2016 in National

School administrators this year are being pushed to get better at recognizing homeless students -- those "hidden" in other people's homes or whose families are staying in places like campgrounds, motels and cars -- and to keep them in school even if they're missing paperwork or move around.



Some civil rights sites at risk of being lost to history

Posted 9/1/2016 in National

A once-thriving all-black settlement in the New Mexico desert is a ghost town that rarely appears on maps.



USDA to reopen offices closed after email threats

Posted 8/31/2016 in National

The Agriculture Department will reopen some offices Wednesday that were closed after an unspecified email threat.



State: Benghazi emails involving Clinton recovered by FBI

Posted 8/31/2016 in National

The State Department says about 30 emails that may be related to the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI's recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.



Trump has surprise Mexico visit ahead of immigration speech

Posted 8/31/2016 in National

Donald Trump will be taking his first foreign trip as the Republican presidential nominee today, making a quick and unexpected visit to Mexico, a nation he derided as the home of rapists and criminals as he launched his campaign.



Clinton proposes plan to address mental health treatment

Posted 8/30/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton rolled out a comprehensive plan to address millions of Americans coping with mental illness, pointing to the need to fully integrate mental health services into the nation's health care system.



McConnell: Obamacare 'crashing;' next president must fix it

Posted 8/30/2016 in National

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted Monday that the federal health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama is likely to undergo changes next year, regardless of who wins the White House and which party has the upper hand in Congress.



Trump stand-ins struggle to speak for and defend nominee

Posted 8/30/2016 in National

Donald Trump isn't making it easy for top supporters and advisers, from his running mate on down, to defend him or explain some campaign positions.



Actor Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83

Posted 8/30/2016 in National

Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired actor who brought his deft comedic touch to such unforgettable roles as the neurotic accountant in "The Producers" and the mad scientist of "Young Frankenstein," has died.



11 years later, New Orleans remembers Katrina

Posted 8/30/2016 in National

It's been 11 years since the wind, rain and subsequent levee breaks associated with Hurricane Katrina deluged New Orleans.



Mylan launching generic version of EpiPen

Posted 8/29/2016 in National

Mylan says it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen, as criticism continued to mount over the price of its injectable medicine.



FDA expands Zika screening to all blood centers

Posted 8/29/2016 in National

The government told all U.S. blood banks Friday to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation's blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus.



Clinton says controversies behind her; Trump begs to differ

Posted 8/27/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton vigorously defended her family's foundation against Donald Trump's criticism on Friday and declared she's confident there will be no major further accusations involving the foundation, her emails or anything else that could undermine her chances of defeating him in November.



Louisiana's four-legged flood victims await reunions, homes

Posted 8/27/2016 in National

Two weeks ago, fast-rising floodwaters forced many south Louisiana homeowners to leave their beloved pets behind as they boarded rescue boats or waded through chest-deep water to reach dry ground.



Temporary FEMA housing units expected to return to La.

Posted 8/25/2016 in National

Thousands of south Louisiana residents remain stuck in shelters, living in hotels or staying in the spare bedrooms of family and friends after flooding ravaged their homes, creating a housing crunch that will bring back temporary housing units like those that dotted the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.



In some US schools, resistance to ending corporal punishment

Posted 8/25/2016 in National

Two licks with a wooden paddle in the principal's office was the price 11-year-old Kaley Zacher, of Dexter, Georgia, paid for ignoring warnings about falling behind in her school work.



AP-NORC Poll: Gender matters, but does it hurt or help?

Posted 8/25/2016 in National

There's no "glass ceiling" keeping a woman from the presidential nomination anymore, but most Americans still think Hillary Clinton's gender will influence the November election.



In Israel's religious press, Hillary Clinton is invisible

Posted 8/25/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton may become the president of Israel's most important ally, but her image is banished from a significant swath of the country's media: the ultra-Orthodox press whose deeply conservative readership chafes at images of women.



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