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After weekend wins, Clinton on cusp of Democratic nomination

Posted 6/6/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton stands on the cusp of having enough delegates to claim the Democratic presidential nomination, having overwhelmed Bernie Sanders in a pair of weekend elections in the Caribbean.



AP: Patchy reporting undercuts national hate crimes count

Posted 6/6/2016 in National

The knock on the door, strong and quick, jolted Barbara Hicks Collins awake. Someone must be in trouble, she thought. She flung open her front door to the shocking sight of her car engulfed in flames.



Q&A: How the federal reporting system is supposed to work

Posted 6/6/2016 in National

The FBI collects extensive data on hate crimes each year, but more than 2,700 local law enforcement agencies are not submitting the information, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.



Tempers likely to soar in summer congressional session

Posted 6/6/2016 in National

Both temperatures and tempers are likely to run hot as lawmakers return to Washington for an abbreviated 6-week summertime session featuring a handful of must-do legislation and the roll-out of a House GOP campaign agenda that's a pet priority for House Speaker Paul Ryan.



US cities see unexplained rise in violent crimes this year

Posted 6/6/2016 in National

Violent crimes -- from homicides and rapes to robberies -- have been on the rise in many major U.S. cities, yet experts can't point to a single reason why and the jump isn't enough to suggest there's a trend.



Military: Precision flying teams are worth the risk, cost

Posted 6/4/2016 in National

Both of the U.S. military's high-drama, high-dollar flying teams suffered crashes on the same day this week, but supporters say the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels are worth the money and the risk because they're vital to recruitment and help citizens feel good about their military.



Beyond California, Sanders signaling post-primary future

Posted 6/4/2016 in National

Bernie Sanders' political revolution -- and how far he's willing to take his presidential campaign -- may hinge on the outcome of the California primary Tuesday, with Hillary Clinton poised to clinch the Democratic nomination in the coming days.



Trump's personal attacks on judge spark concerns

Posted 6/4/2016 in National

The federal judge who's hearing a Trump University lawsuit is "a hater of Donald Trump" and ought to be removed from the case.



Trump's reluctant backers: GOP falling in line

Posted 6/4/2016 in National

He's finally got Paul Ryan's endorsement, but many officials in Donald Trump's new wave of supporters remain reluctant backers at best.



Clinton: Electing Trump would be 'historic mistake'

Posted 6/3/2016 in National

Previewing a rancorous fall campaign, Hillary Clinton assailed Donald Trump on Thursday as a potential president who would lead America toward war and economic crisis.



Speaker Paul Ryan's Trump endorsement comes with caveats

Posted 6/3/2016 in National

House Speaker Paul Ryan's endorsement of Donald Trump comes with caveats.



FDA issues new guidelines on salt, pressuring food industry

Posted 6/3/2016 in National

The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.



Zoo dangerous-animal squads arm for a weighty responsibility

Posted 6/3/2016 in National

When a 400-pound gorilla grabbed a 3-year-old boy at the Cincinnati Zoo, the sharpshooter who killed the ape wasn't from the police.



Autopsy report: Prince died of fentanyl overdose

Posted 6/3/2016 in National

Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, autopsy results released Thursday show.



Inverted Jenny stamp stolen in 1955 is returned to owner

Posted 6/3/2016 in National

A rare 1918 U.S. postage stamp featuring an upside-down plane that was stolen six decades ago and ended up in Northern Ireland was returned to its American owner on Thursday.



Deaths of Despair: Overdoses, drinking, suicides hit whites

Posted 6/3/2016 in National

Rising drug and alcohol overdoses, suicides, and disease from chronic alcoholism -- labeled "deaths of despair" by one expert -- are cutting the lives of white Americans short by nearly a half a year on average.



Family: Blue Angels pilot killed in crash dreamed of flying

Posted 6/3/2016 in National

A Blue Angels pilot who died when his F/A-18 fighter jet crashed near Nashville, Tennessee, had wanted to fly since he was a child, relatives said.



Pakistan: All suspects in killing of schoolteacher arrested

Posted 6/3/2016 in National

Pakistani police announced Friday that all five suspects in the brutal killing of a 19-year-old schoolteacher who was tortured, doused with gasoline and set on fire earlier this week for refusing to marry a man twice her age are now in custody.



Trump University model: Sell hard, demand to see a warrant

Posted 6/2/2016 in National

The manual for the staff at Trump University events was precise: The room temperature should be 68 degrees. Seats should be arranged in a theater-style curve. And government prosecutors had no right to see any documents without a warrant.



'Myth-busting' Obama tries to debunk GOP on the economy

Posted 6/2/2016 in National

President Barack Obama went on a "myth-busting" mission Wednesday aimed at undermining Republican arguments about the economy, working to give cover to Democrats to embrace his policies ahead of the presidential election.



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