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Facebook gets serious about fighting fake news

Posted 12/16/2016 in National

Facebook is taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network.



A prayer and a plea: Church shooting case ends with 911 call

Posted 12/15/2016 in National

A survivor of the Charleston church slayings called 911 shortly after Dylann Roof opened fire and killed nine of her friends during a Bible study.



Electoral voters speak and they're not out for a revolt

Posted 12/15/2016 in National

Although pestered to a fare-thee-well to abandon Donald Trump, Republican electors appear to be in no mood for an insurrection in the presidential campaign's last voting ritual.



Trump's choice for top diplomat is no fan of sanctions

Posted 12/15/2016 in National

If there's one thing Republicans and Democrats have agreed on in foreign policy, it is the power of sanctions.



Iran sanctions renewal becomes law without Obama's signature

Posted 12/15/2016 in National

In an unexpected reversal, President Barack Obama declined to sign a renewal of sanctions against Iran but let it become law anyway, in an apparent bid to alleviate Tehran's concerns that the U.S. is backsliding on the nuclear deal.



Drugmakers set to gain as taxpayers foot new opioid costs

Posted 12/15/2016 in National

Critics say the answer pharmaceutical companies are pushing to address the ongoing opioid crisis boosts their profits while forcing taxpayers to shoulder the costs.



Key findings of investigation into harder-to-abuse opioids

Posted 12/15/2016 in National

The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity investigated how pharmaceutical companies are using their political clout to push a new form of opioids as their answer to the epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse.



Newest members of many college police departments: Bomb dogs

Posted 12/15/2016 in National

More colleges are getting bomb-sniffing dogs in a time of always-looming security threats, with two in New England among the latest.



Former SEAL Zinke tapped to lead Interior Department

Posted 12/15/2016 in National

Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana made no secret of his ambitions to join a Donald Trump Cabinet, and yet his nomination as interior secretary is in some ways an unlikely fit for the retired U.S. Navy SEAL.



Report: Deepen Mississippi River for bigger cargo ships

Posted 12/14/2016 in National

The Mississippi River should be dredged to let three southeast Louisiana ports accept the enormous cargo ships built to take advantage of the Panama Canal's expansion, the Army Corps of Engineers says.



With Exxon Mobil CEO, Trump keeps betting big on business leaders

Posted 12/14/2016 in National

In selecting Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, President-elect Donald Trump is making the same bet he asked voters to make on him: that a track record of business accomplishment will translate into success in government.



In Tennessee wildfires, officials estimate $500M in damage

Posted 12/14/2016 in National

Deadly wildfires caused more than $500 million in damage as they tore through a tourism community in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and killed 14 people, local officials estimated Tuesday.



Oklahoma court tosses abortion law on hospital privileges

Posted 12/14/2016 in National

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a law requiring abortion clinics to have doctors with admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, saying efforts to portray the measure as protecting women's health are a "guise."



Police expect Trump to lift limits on surplus military gear

Posted 12/12/2016 in National

If president-elect Donald Trump keeps his promise, surplus military grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles and high-powered firearms and ammunition will once again be available to state and local U.S. police departments.



Trump faces early test with Republicans over Russia

Posted 12/12/2016 in National

President-elect Donald Trump is facing an early test with fellow Republicans over U.S. relations with Russia, as lawmakers seek to investigate a CIA assessment that Russia interfered in the November election and issue warnings over the incoming president's potential pick for secretary of state.



White supremacists? Not exactly, KKK and other groups claim

Posted 12/12/2016 in National

In today's racially charged environment, there's a label that even the KKK disavows: white supremacy.



A grim tally soars: More than 50,000 overdose deaths in US

Posted 12/12/2016 in National

More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever.



New CDC data understate accidental shooting deaths of kids

Posted 12/12/2016 in National

Government statistics released this week claiming that 77 minors in the U.S. were killed by unintentional gun discharges last year significantly understate the scope of an enduring public health problem.



Trump team challenges intel on Russian election influence

Posted 12/10/2016 in National

Donald Trump's presidential transition team on Saturday challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican.



Dylann Roof's confession and journal detail racist beliefs

Posted 12/10/2016 in National

Prosecutors are using the Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof's own words to portray him as a cruel angry racist at his death penalty trial.



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