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Clinton, Democrats put gun control at center of convention stage

Posted 7/27/2016 in National

With mothers of police violence victims on the stage and anti-gun protesters in the streets, Hillary Clinton and Democrats are giving gun control and efforts to curb police violence a starring role at their summer convention.



After protest, Philadelphia takes down Mississippi flag

Posted 7/26/2016 in National

About 50 Bernie Sanders supporters protesting before the Democratic National Convention on Monday sat down in a roadway until city officials agreed to remove Mississippi's state flag, which includes the Confederate battle emblem.



History and hostility as Clinton ascends to Democratic nomination

Posted 7/26/2016 in National

A glass ceiling is shattering at the Democratic National Convention as Hillary Clinton ascends to the presidential nomination with Tuesday's roll call of the states, making her the first woman to lead a major party into a White House race.



'Merciless' heat, humidity sticks to nearly all of US

Posted 7/23/2016 in National

Call it the United Sweats of America. A heat wave spreading across the country is leaving few places to hide. Not even the cool of night.



Black woman seeks unity as white officers investigated

Posted 7/23/2016 in National

A black Texas teacher thrown to the ground by a white officer during a traffic stop, and then told by another white officer on the way to jail that blacks have "violent tendencies," said Friday she is grateful the police chief has publicly apologized.



Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults

Posted 7/23/2016 in National

There were dire warnings for the Boy Scouts of America a year ago when the group's leaders, under intense pressure, voted to end a long-standing blanket ban on participation by openly gay adults.



Poll: Support grows among Americans for stricter gun laws

Posted 7/23/2016 in National

Americans increasingly favor tougher gun laws by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months, but they also are pessimistic that change will happen anytime soon, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.



Hillary Clinton chooses Va. Sen. Tim Kaine as running mate

Posted 7/23/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton named Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket.



Trump takes time from victory lap to swat at Cruz

Posted 7/23/2016 in National

A day after accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump pivoted back to the GOP primaries on Friday, choosing to re-litigate a pair of monthsold battles with rival Ted Cruz.



Trump's closer is over, Clinton set to snag attention

Posted 7/22/2016 in National

In the swirl of balloons and cheers of the masses, Donald Trump finally had his Rocky moment after a rocky convention, and now Democrats are eager to step up for their own spectacle.



GOP slams Cruz on Trump non-endorsement

Posted 7/22/2016 in National

A defiant Sen. Ted Cruz declared Thursday he's no "servile puppy dog" as he faced a torrent of GOP criticism over his refusal to endorse Donald Trump on the Republican National Convention stage.



Trump vows to protect LGBTQ community

Posted 7/22/2016 in National

With five letters, Donald Trump brushed off decades of Republican reluctance to voice full-throated support for gay rights -- at least for a night.



Ailes is out as Fox News head, Murdoch named acting chief

Posted 7/22/2016 in National

Roger Ailes is out as chief executive at Fox News Channel, his career at the network he built from scratch and ran with an iron hand for nearly 20 years over with stunning swiftness following allegations that he forced out a former anchor after she spurned his sexual advances.



Thunderous boos for Cruz for refusing to endorse Trump

Posted 7/21/2016 in National

Undercutting calls for Republican unity, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stubbornly refused to endorse Donald Trump Wednesday night as he addressed the GOP convention, igniting thunderous boos from furious delegates as he encouraged Americans to simply "vote your conscience" in November.



Hating on Hillary: GOP convention down and dirty

Posted 7/21/2016 in National

Liar. Garbage. Lock her up. Republicans at their national convention are putting Hillary Clinton on mock trial, declaring her guilty and issuing sentences that include death by firing squad, in a remarkable display of political rhetoric gone wild.



Police shootings touch nerve among military veterans

Posted 7/21/2016 in National

Back-to-back attacks on police in Texas and Louisiana by former military men have touched a nerve among veterans who traditionally share a close bond with law enforcement.



Speechwriter takes blame for Melania Trump's speech

Posted 7/21/2016 in National

With Donald Trump's campaign reeling from charges of plagiarism, a speechwriter for his company took the blame and offered to resign over nearly identical passages from Melania Trump's Republican convention speech and Michelle Obama's remarks eight years ago.



Caitlyn Jenner: Easier to come out as trans than Republican

Posted 7/21/2016 in National

Prodding her party, Caitlyn Jenner said Wednesday it was easier to come out as transgender than as a Republican and conceded Democrats promote more inclusive policies.



Gunman's manifesto describes actions as 'necessary evil'

Posted 7/21/2016 in National

The man who ambushed and killed three law enforcement officers in Louisiana purportedly described his actions as a "necessary evil" in a self-described, handwritten manifesto that an Ohio man says was emailed to him by the gunman less than an hour before the shootings.



Trump triumphs as GOP nominee, completing stunning climb

Posted 7/20/2016 in National

Cementing an extraordinary political takeover, Republicans nominated Donald Trump Tuesday night as their presidential standard-bearer, hitching their hopes of keeping Democrat Hillary Clinton out of the White House on an unorthodox candidate who has sown divisions within the party and across the nation.



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