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Obama mocks 'conspiracy' at forum on gun control

Posted 1/8/2016 in National

President Barack Obama mocked conspiracy theorists and tore into the National Rifle Association for pushing "imaginary fiction," as he described his plans to tighten gun control rules as modest first steps toward tackling gun violence in America.


Alabama sues federal government over refugee program

Posted 1/8/2016 in National

Alabama on Thursday became the second state to sue the U.S. government over refugee resettlement, accusing the Obama administration of failing to consult with states on placement of those who have fled their home countries.



Authorities: Terrorism-related arrests made in two states

Posted 1/8/2016 in National

Authorities said Thursday that two people with ties to the Islamic State have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in California and Texas, including a refugee from Syria who is charged with lying to federal investigators about his travels to the civil war in that country.



Sheriff meets with armed group, asks them to leave

Posted 1/8/2016 in National

Three Oregon sheriffs met with leaders of an armed group to try to persuade them to end their occupation of a federal wildlife refuge after many local residents made it plain that's what they want.



Will we ever know if North Korea detonated an hydrogen bomb?

Posted 1/8/2016 in National

It was, North Korea insists, a successful test of the "H-bomb of justice."


EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases

Posted 1/7/2016 in National

A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the Environmental Protection Agency found.


Cheers for Oregon sheriff who tells armed group to 'go home'

Posted 1/7/2016 in National

Cheers erupted at a packed community meeting in rural Oregon when a sheriff said it was time for a small, armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge to "pick up and go home."



Sister of Sandra Bland: Charge against trooper 'bittersweet'

Posted 1/7/2016 in National

The indictment and expected firing of the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, a black woman who later died in jail, are "bittersweet" for her sister.



Survey: US progress on health insurance stalled in 2015

Posted 1/7/2016 in National

Going into President Barack Obama's last year in office, progress has stalled on reducing the number of uninsured Americans under his signature health care law, according to a major survey out Thursday.


Obama acts alone on gun control

Posted 1/6/2016 in National

Tears streaking his cheeks, President Barack Obama launched a final-year push Tuesday to tighten sales of firearms in the U.S., using his presidential powers in the absence of tougher gun restrictions that Congress has refused to pass.


GOP candidates call for end to stigma around drug addiction

Posted 1/6/2016 in National

epublican presidential hopefuls called for a more compassionate discussion around drug addiction Tuesday, with emphasis on substance abuse as a curable disease, not a moral failing.



House vote to send health law repeal to Obama for first time

Posted 1/6/2016 in National

After dozens of failed attempts to undo President Barack Obama's health care law, the GOP-led Congress will finally put a bill on the president's desk striking at the heart of his signature legislative achievement.



North Korea says it tested H-bomb, though advance doubted

Posted 1/6/2016 in National

Soon after the ground shook around its nuclear testing facility, North Korea trumpeted its first hydrogen bomb test -- a powerful, self-proclaimed "H-bomb of justice" that would mark a major and unanticipated advance for its still-limited nuclear arsenal.


Obama thrusts gun control debate into forefront of 2016 race

Posted 1/5/2016 in National

President Barack Obama is making good on his pledge to politicize gun violence.


Consumers won't know meat origin after US ends labeling law

Posted 1/4/2016 in National

It's now harder to find out where your beef or pork was born, raised and slaughtered.



Trump brushes off militant recruiting video citing his words

Posted 1/4/2016 in National

Donald Trump won't be dissuaded from saying what he thinks simply because Islamic extremists use his words to recruit Muslims to their cause.



AP Explains: How much money you just saved on gas in 2015

Posted 1/2/2016 in National



Somali extremists use Trump clip to recruit followers

Posted 1/2/2016 in National

Al-Qaida's East African affiliate has released a recruitment video targeting American blacks and Muslims that includes a clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States.



Obama explores unilateral steps on guns

Posted 1/2/2016 in National

President Barack Obama is looking for ways to keep guns out of the hands of "a dangerous few" without depending on Congress to pass a law on the fraught subject of gun control.



Health care repeal vote to open a political year in Congress

Posted 1/2/2016 in National

It's been like a long-delayed New Year's resolution for Republicans. But 2016 will finally be the year when they put legislation on President Barack Obama's desk repealing his health care law.



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