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VA enters stretch on goals for homelessness, claims backlog

Posted 11/10/2015 in National

Six years ago, the Obama administration set the ambitious goal of ending veteran homelessness in 2015 and ending the backlog in disability claims.


University of Missouri protests grow after athletes jump in

Posted 11/9/2015 in National

Long-simmering protests at the University of Missouri over matters of race and discrimination got a boost over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they will not participate in team activities until the university system's president is removed.

9th Circuit addresses senility among federal judges head on

Posted 11/9/2015 in National

Now 84, federal appellate court Judge William Canby made the difficult decision a few years ago to mostly stop hearing cases after a 30-year career. He was sharp and healthy, but didn't want to risk mental decline that would lead him to make mistakes, he said.


Legally blind barber awarded $100k for wrongful termination

Posted 11/9/2015 in National

A legally blind barber was awarded $100,000 by a Massachusetts commission against discrimination after it says he was wrongly fired.



La. police arrest 2 officers in autistic boy's death

Posted 11/8/2015 in National

Louisiana investigators are combing through evidence in the shooting death earlier this week of a 6-year-old autistic boy after authorities charged two law enforcement officers in the shooting.



Now a front-runner, Carson faces scrutiny that comes with it

Posted 11/8/2015 in National

Ben Carson rose to top the Republican ranks of White House hopefuls as the wise outsider -- a candidate without any experience in office, but one who offers a compelling personal narrative, speaks openly of his deep Christian faith and issues calm-but-tough indictments of the nation's leaders.



Struggling Republicans see reasons to stay in 2016 race

Posted 11/8/2015 in National

For months, Republican presidential candidates with dwindling bank accounts and negligible support in polls have been finding reasons to stay in the 2016 race.



Seeking to regain traction, Sanders plans new policy push

Posted 11/8/2015 in National

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing an aggressive push to regain ground in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, combining a series of ads, policy speeches and appearances before key groups of voters in a bid to ignite his challenge to front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.



VA secretary says demand outstripping extra resources

Posted 11/8/2015 in National

Veterans' hospitals and clinics are beefing up staff and seeing more patients, but the number of appointments not completed within 30 days continues to grow, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Friday.



Pentagon plan to close Guantanamo expected in coming week

Posted 11/8/2015 in National

The Pentagon's plan outlining the long-stalled effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, expected in the coming week, includes details suggesting that the Centennial Correctional Facility in Colorado is one suitable site to send detainees whom officials believe should never be released, administration officials said.


Louisiana police arrest 2 officers in autistic boy's death

Posted 11/7/2015 in National

Louisiana investigators are combing through evidence in the shooting death earlier this week of a 6-year-old autistic boy after authorities charged two law enforcement officers in the shooting.

New NASA photos show massive rocket explosion in Virginia

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

The launch of an unmanned commercial supply rocket on the eastern shore of Virginia was supposed to be a moment of celebration for NASA.

Cop who fatally shot motorist in back cleared of all charges

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

A small-town police officer who fatally shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown on the ground was acquitted Thursday at her murder trial.

Personnel records show years of complaints against officer

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

An Illinois police officer who staged his suicide to make it look like he was murdered had a troubled job history, ranging from numerous suspensions to sexual harassment allegations to complaints that he intimidated an emergency dispatcher with guns, according to his personnel records.


Low polling drags Christie and Huckabee to undercard debate

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

Two candidates who have been part of each of the prime-time Republican debates so far, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, have been demoted to next week's undercard event because of low national poll numbers, delivering a major blow to their campaigns.



Experts dismiss Carson's belief pyramids used to store grain

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday stood by his belief that Egypt's great pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain, an assertion dismissed by experts who say it's accepted science they were tombs for pharaohs.



Bush '41 unloads: Unsparing critique of Cheney, Rumsfeld

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

Former President George H. W. Bush has finally revealed what he really thinks of his son's presidency.


'Hero' officer staged suicide, embezzled from youth program

Posted 11/5/2015 in National

For weeks, investigators said they were searching for the killers of a small-town police officer known as "G.I. Joe."

Protest against Trump hosting 'Saturday Night Live' grows

Posted 11/5/2015 in National

Pressure continued to mount on NBC to cancel Donald Trump's guest-host appearance on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" as a coalition of advocacy groups delivered petitions to the network Wednesday calling for him to be dropped from the show.


Poll: Americans souring on Obama's Islamic State plan

Posted 11/5/2015 in National

Americans are souring on President Barack Obama's approach to fighting the Islamic State, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that also found deep pessimism about U.S. prospects for success in Afghanistan and uncertainty about Obama's plan to leave thousands of troops there when he leaves office.



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