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For GOP candidates, a fight to define party's foreign policy

Posted 12/17/2015 in National

For Republicans, this week's presidential debate highlighted a brewing fight to define the party's foreign policy posture, exposing divisions among candidates about the U.S. role in fostering regime change in the Middle East and tactics to prevent terror attacks at home.



Study: Smaller counties driving US jail population growth

Posted 12/16/2015 in National

While big-city jails get most of the attention, lockups in small and medium-sized counties have actually driven the overall explosion in the U.S. inmate population, according to a new analysis of 45 years of jail statistics.



Ex-Subway pitchman Fogle appealing child porn sentence

Posted 12/16/2015 in National

Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle is appealing the more than 15-year prison sentence he received for possessing child pornography and having sex with underage prostitutes, which was longer than the maximum term prosecutors agreed to pursue as part of his plea deal.



Famed investor Buffett to give stamp of approval to Clinton

Posted 12/16/2015 in National

Like many Americans, Warren Buffett can write a $2,700 check to support his favorite presidential candidate.


Cruz and Rubio clash in fifth GOP debate

Posted 12/16/2015 in National

In a presidential race reshaped by national security fears, Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio clashed over U.S. military intervention, government spying on Americans' communications and immigration Tuesday night, as front-runner Donald Trump defended his provocative call for banning Muslims from the United States.


University of Texas could allow concealed handguns in class

Posted 12/11/2015 in National

Concealed handguns would be prohibited among students in University of Texas dorms -- but allowed in classrooms -- under recommendations given to the school president Thursday in preparation for the state's new campus-carry law.



Family 'got what we wanted' with marshals' indictment

Posted 12/11/2015 in National

A grandmother wept to hear a judge read the indictments of two deputy city marshals on second-degree murder charges for the fatal shooting of her 6-year-old autistic grandson in a small Louisiana town.



Trump cancels Israel visit after uproar over comments

Posted 12/11/2015 in National

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump canceled plans Thursday to visit Israel, a trip for which even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- widely seen as an ally of the Republican Party -- had shown little enthusiasm.


Republican voters on Trump: No compassion, no problem

Posted 12/11/2015 in National

Republican voters don't think Donald Trump is likable. They don't think he's compassionate. And many don't consider him particularly honest.

Ex-Fogle associate gets 27 years on child porn charges

Posted 12/11/2015 in National

The former director of a foundation started by ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to 27 years in prison Thursday for producing child pornography that played a role in Fogle's criminal case.


Facebook hails US presidential race as 2015's top topic

Posted 12/11/2015 in National

The U.S. won't elect a president until next year but the debate over the crowded field of candidates jostling for the Oval Office emerged as the hottest topic on Facebook this year.



US Muslim women debate safety of hijab amid backlash

Posted 12/11/2015 in National

On the night of the California shootings, Asifa Quraishi-Landes sat on her couch, her face in her hands, and thought about what was ahead for her and other Muslim women who wear a scarf or veil in public.



Bergdahl says he left base to expose 'leadership failure'

Posted 12/11/2015 in National

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he walked off his base in Afghanistan to cause a crisis that would catch the attention of military brass.


US commandos say no to women in special operations jobs

Posted 12/11/2015 in National

The men in the U.S. military's most dangerous jobs care little about political correctness or gender equality. And they have a message for their political leadership.


Gun buyer and gunman linked through marriage, previous plot

Posted 12/10/2015 in National

The gunman who massacred his co-workers in the San Bernardino rampage and the friend who bought the assault rifles used in the shooting were related through marriage and may have plotted an attack together three years ago.



After California shooting, fears of Muslim harassment rise

Posted 12/10/2015 in National

A severed pig's head was left outside a mosque in Philadelphia. An Islamic center in Florida was defaced. A Sikh temple in California was vandalized by someone who mistook it for a mosque and left graffiti that included a profane reference to the Islamic State group.


AP Poll: Republicans wary of immigration from Middle East

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

With his call for blocking Muslims from entering the United States, Donald Trump may be tapping into deep concern among Republican voters about allowing Middle Eastern immigrants into the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.


Outdated education law up for major makeover in Senate

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

The way the nation's public schools are evaluated -- teachers, students and the schools themselves -- is in store for a major makeover, with a sweeping shift from federal to state control over school accountability and student testing.



Syrian refugees resettled in resistant Texas, Indiana

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

Syrian families have been settled in Texas and in Indiana, the groups helping them said Tuesday, defying efforts by the conservative states' governors to stop their arrival.



Legal experts agree: Trump's proposal unconstitutional

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

Donald Trump's call to block all Muslims from entering the United States is not only unconstitutional, but also impossible to carry out, legal experts said Tuesday.



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