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Pentagon chief seeks to improve family leave, child care

Posted 1/29/2016 in National

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday unveiled a series of family-friendly proposals for the military that would increase parental leave, child care and health care coverage to bolster efforts to recruit and retain high-quality service members.


FBI shows video of Tuesday shooting of Oregon occupier

Posted 1/29/2016 in National

A video showing the shooting death of an occupier of an Oregon wildlife refuge appears to show the man reaching into his jacket before he fell into the snow. The FBI said the man had a loaded gun in his pocket.


Debate feud injects fresh chaos into GOP primary

Posted 1/28/2016 in National

An explosive feud between Donald Trump and Fox News Channel is overshadowing the final sprint to Iowa's presidential caucuses, injecting a new sense of chaos into the 2016 Republican contest.


30 years since Challenger: New voice at astronauts' memorial

Posted 1/28/2016 in National

As families of the lost Challenger astronauts gather with NASA to mark the space shuttle accident's 30th anniversary, there's a new voice to address the crowd.


Cruz looks to shore up support among Iowa evangelicals

Posted 1/28/2016 in National

In Iowa, the evangelical vote can make or break a campaign -- which is why both Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are battling over support from the most conservative voters, as the race heats up ahead of the state's leadoff caucus.



Obama, Sanders at the White House: Nice chat but that's all

Posted 1/28/2016 in National

President Barack Obama and his aides have said a lot of nice things about Bernie Sanders, but not this one: He's ready to be president.



Trump refuses to debate; calls Fox's Kelly 'a lightweight'

Posted 1/27/2016 in National

Donald Trump on Tuesday bowed out of the final Republican presidential debate before the leadoff Iowa caucuses, saying Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly is "a lightweight."


Cleveland firing 6 officers involved in 137-shot barrage

Posted 1/27/2016 in National

Cleveland officials said Tuesday they're firing six police officers involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed black people after a high-speed chase.


Arrests of Oregon standoff leaders leaves one dead

Posted 1/27/2016 in National

Federal and state law officers arrested the leaders of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge, during a traffic stop along a highway in Oregon's frozen high country that prompted gunfire and left one man dead.



Pair behind Planned Parenthood videos indicted in Texas

Posted 1/26/2016 in National

Two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos alleging Planned Parenthood illegally sold fetal tissue to researchers for a profit face criminal charges in Texas from a grand jury that also found no wrongdoing by the abortion provider.



Obama has plan to expand access to retirement accounts

Posted 1/26/2016 in National

President Barack Obama will pitch some new proposals to expand access to retirement savings accounts and revisit some old ones when issuing his budget next month.



Billionaire donors helped Cruz rise in presidential bid

Posted 1/26/2016 in National

Four of America's wealthiest businessmen laid the foundation for Ted Cruz's now-surging Republican presidential campaign and have redefined the role of political donors.


Trump's wife remains private despite prospect of presidency

Posted 1/26/2016 in National

First lady Melania Trump. If that prospect evokes no clear image, that's no accident.


AP sources: Bomb in San Bernardino attack was poorly constructed

Posted 1/26/2016 in National

A homemade bomb left behind by the husband and wife who perpetrated a mass shooting at a California social services center failed to detonate because it was poorly constructed, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.



Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons

Posted 1/26/2016 in National

President Barack Obama says he will ban the use of solitary confinement for juvenile and low-level offenders in federal prisons, citing the potential for "devastating, lasting psychological consequences" from the use of the isolation as punishment.



Justices extend bar on automatic life terms for teenagers

Posted 1/26/2016 in National

More than 1,000 prison inmates, some behind bars more than 50 years for murders they committed as teenagers, will get a chance to seek their freedom under a Supreme Court decision announced Monday.



Police charge 17-year old in Canada after 4 shot dead

Posted 1/23/2016 in National

Police on Saturday charged a 17-year-old boy with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in a mass shooting at a school and home in an aboriginal community in western Canada, officials said.



Lost amid the US-Iran news, $1.7B deal now raising questions

Posted 1/23/2016 in National

The Obama administration's $1.7 billion payment to Iran to settle an arcane, decades-old financial dispute is prompting questions among Republican lawmakers trying to piece together the full scope of last weekend's dramatic U.S.-Iranian prisoner swap and the lifting of many American sanctions on Tehran.


Lead pipes lurk in older neighborhoods across the nation

Posted 1/23/2016 in National

Lead pipes like the ones that led to contamination of the tap water in Flint, Michigan, carry water into millions of older homes across the U.S. every day, a legacy of an era before scientists realized the severe long-term health consequences of exposure to the heavy metal.


Cruz offers his vision for election face-off with Clinton

Posted 1/23/2016 in National

Even before the first primary votes are cast, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is dreaming of a face-off with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.



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