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Tennessee lawmaker receives threats for AR-15 giveaway

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

A Tennessee lawmaker said Tuesday that his office has received threats for planning to give away the same type of semi-automatic rifle used by a gunman in the massacre of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub.



Report: New evidence of rising 'Obamacare' premiums

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

Premiums for popular low-cost medical plans under the federal health care law are expected to go up an average of 11 percent next year, said a study that reinforced reports of sharp increases around the country in election season.



Study: Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

Accidental overdoses aren't the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers -- the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.



Beat the press: Trump's contempt for media is calculated

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

Donald Trump's favorite nickname for the news media is the "dishonest press." He swaps in "disgusting press" from time to time.



Democratic Party's computers breached by Russian hackers

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

Sophisticated hackers linked to Russian intelligence services broke into the Democratic National Committee's computer networks and gained access to confidential emails, chats and opposition research on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, people familiar with the breach said Tuesday.



Orlando mourns as possible motives emerge for club gunman

Posted 6/14/2016 in National

As thousands in Orlando turned out to mourn 49 people killed inside a gay nightclub, federal investigators examined possible motives for the gunman who committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.



Assault weapons remain legal and easy to purchase in US

Posted 6/14/2016 in National

Military-style assault weapons like the one Omar Mateen used to blast away at an Orlando nightclub remain legal and easy to purchase -- easier, in Florida, than buying a handgun.



Did a delay in police response give shooter more time?

Posted 6/14/2016 in National

As the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history began to unfold, an off-duty police officer working at a gay nightclub exchanged gunfire with the suspect. But three hours passed before a SWAT team stormed the building and brought the attack to an end.



Judge rules jury will mull case of church shooting suspect

Posted 6/14/2016 in National

A jury, not a judge, will consider hate crimes and other federal charges against the man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a South Carolina church, the judge overseeing the case ruled Monday.



Senate to vote on defense bill as White House warns of veto

Posted 6/14/2016 in National

The Senate is scheduled to vote today on a $602 billion defense policy bill that the White House has said President Barack Obama will veto over numerous objections, including a prohibition on shuttering the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.



Late-night jokesters get serious about shootings in Orlando

Posted 6/14/2016 in National

As they returned to work after Sunday morning's mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, TV's late-night hosts faced the challenge none of them looks forward to.



Woman who created beehive hairdo dies at age 98

Posted 6/14/2016 in National

Margaret Vinci Heldt, who became a hairstyling celebrity after she created the famous beehive hairdo in 1960, has died at age 98.



Campaign to remove Calif. judge gains steam

Posted 6/11/2016 in National

A fledgling campaign to recall the judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman gained momentum Friday as three prominent political consultants joined the effort.



Emotions raw in hometown of man in Stanford assault case

Posted 6/11/2016 in National

Sadness over a hometown boy's fall. Anger at a perceived light sentence for a brutal crime. Disgust with an international spotlight.



Romney loyalists ponder a future with Trump

Posted 6/11/2016 in National

Donald Trump can be an effective president, and he's going to win with you or without you, Republican Chairman Reince Priebus told several hundred of the party's top donors and strategists Saturday.



Sanders' hometown proud, but resigned he won't be president

Posted 6/11/2016 in National

People in this lakeside city that Bernie Sanders helped transform as mayor before embarking on a career in Congress are proud of the mark he's left in the 2016 presidential race even as they recognize that his White House bid is almost certainly going to fall short.



Insiders pressure Trump to steer clear of controversy

Posted 6/11/2016 in National

Weary Republicans are looking for assurances that Donald Trump can maintain the discipline needed to stay on message as he prepares for a bruising general election run-up against Hillary Clinton.



2 who backed ex-Stanford swimmer in assault case apologize

Posted 6/10/2016 in National

With outcry growing against those who stood by a former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman, a childhood friend and a high school guidance counselor have apologized for writing letters of support urging leniency for Brock Turner.



With careful staging, Obama backs Clinton, nudges Sanders

Posted 6/10/2016 in National

Testifying to Hillary Clinton's grit and experience, President Barack Obama endorsed his former secretary of state's bid to succeed him on Thursday and urged Democrats to line up behind her.



Warren on attack against Trump as she gets behind Clinton

Posted 6/10/2016 in National

Sen. Elizabeth Warren threw her support behind Democrat Hillary Clinton for president Thursday, following President Barack Obama in sending a signal to progressive voters now backing Bernie Sanders that it's time to unite around the presumptive Democratic nominee.



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