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In Virginia's Bible Belt, an Arabic lesson ignites anger

Posted 12/19/2015 in National

With the nation already on edge after the attacks in California, a teacher's lesson on Islam in Virginia's Bible Belt sparked an angry meeting of outraged parents that mushroomed into a national denunciation of the educator in the form of thousands of angry emails and social media postings.



Security is focus at churches, mosques amid heightened fears

Posted 12/19/2015 in National

In Alabama, a Presbyterian church wanted to be able to hire its own police for protection.



Trump's mix of business, politics makes for unorthodox bid

Posted 12/19/2015 in National

It can be hard to see where Donald Trump the business ends and Donald Trump the presidential candidate begins.


Data breach jolts Democratic contest ahead of debate

Posted 12/19/2015 in National

After months of relative civility, the Democratic presidential candidates take the debate stage on Saturday night amid an outburst of hostilities surrounding accusations that Bernie Sanders' campaign stole valuable voter information from front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Exec who jacked up price of a lifesaving drug arrested

Posted 12/18/2015 in National

A boyish-looking entrepreneur who became the new face of corporate greed when he jacked up the price of a lifesaving drug fiftyfold was led away in handcuffs by the FBI on unrelated fraud charges Thursday in a scene that left more than a few Americans positively gleeful.


Effort to curb painkiller prescribing faces stiff opposition

Posted 12/18/2015 in National



Buyer of guns used in Calif. massacre faces terrorism charge

Posted 12/18/2015 in National

The man who bought the assault rifles his friend used in the San Bernardino massacre was charged Thursday with a terrorism-related charge alleging he plotted earlier attacks at a college they attended and on a congested freeway.



AP Interview: Reid: Democrats 'maybe' to blame on gun bill losses

Posted 12/18/2015 in National

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said Thursday his party has tried everything to get gun control legislation through Congress and still keeps losing to the National Rifle Association.


AP-GfK Poll: Tough immigration plans not a must for GOPers

Posted 12/18/2015 in National

Retired postal clerk Jerry Wilson likes what he hears from GOP presidential hopefuls about overturning President Barack Obama's executive order easing deportation policies against people in the U.S. illegally.


Putin praises Donald Trump as 'bright and talented'

Posted 12/18/2015 in National

In Vladimir Putin's view, Donald Trump is "bright and talented." But as much as those words sound overtly like praise, there are some murky nuances.



Man to display 'Festivus Pole' at Oklahoma Capitol

Posted 12/17/2015 in National

A Florida man said Wednesday his plan has been approved to display in the Oklahoma Capitol rotunda a "Festivus Pole" based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s sitcom "Seinfeld."



Lamar Odom's downfall tops Google's list of 2015 searches

Posted 12/17/2015 in National

Lamar Odom's bizarre downfall from a former Los Angeles Lakers star to a lost soul in a Nevada brothel had the world searching Google for answers more than any other topic this year.



Trump: He's been 'a little bit divisive' in GOP race

Posted 12/17/2015 in National

One day after a debate clash with Jeb Bush, Donald Trump said he's been "a little bit divisive" and wants to see Republicans come together.



Clinton says she wants to go beyond 'Buffett rule' on taxes

Posted 12/17/2015 in National

With billionaire investor Warren Buffett looking on, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she wants to raise taxes on the wealthy and expand upon the so-called "Buffett rule" pushed by the Obama administration to raise tax rates on the richest Americans.



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.


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