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Southern Baptists see 9th year of membership decline

Posted 6/8/2016 in National

The Southern Baptist Convention lost more than 200,000 members in 2015 -- the ninth straight year of decline for the nation's largest Protestant denomination.



Defendant in church shootings faces Nov. federal trial

Posted 6/8/2016 in National

The federal death penalty trial of a white man charged with shooting and killing nine black parishioners during a Bible study at their Charleston church will be held in November, a judge announced Tuesday.



Jury returns death sentence for 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer

Posted 6/7/2016 in National

A serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" should be sentenced to death for murdering nine women and a teenage girl over more than two decades in South Los Angeles, a jury decided Monday.



Prosecutor: No charges against boy's mother in gorilla case

Posted 6/7/2016 in National

A prosecutor Monday announced no charges will be brought against the mother of the little boy who got into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, saying the 3-year-old "just scampered off" as children sometimes do.



Trump campaign wasting precious time, GOP critics say

Posted 6/7/2016 in National

Donald Trump is wasting precious time. By now, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was supposed to have stationed senior staff in battleground states, moderated his fiery message to attract new supporters and begun raking in big money.



Congressman calls Trump a racist

Posted 6/7/2016 in National

Donald Trump's criticism of a Latino judge overseeing a lawsuit involving Trump University shows that the presumptive Republican nominee for president is a racist, a Democratic congressman said Monday.



Eight years later, Hillary Clinton ready to break one glass ceiling

Posted 6/7/2016 in National

Eight years after conceding she was unable to "shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling," Hillary Clinton is embracing her place in history as she finally crashes through as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.



Amid GOP discord, Ryan focuses on policy

Posted 6/7/2016 in National

House Speaker Paul Ryan is proposing an overhaul of the nation's poverty programs, the first of several policy plans aimed at uniting Republicans fractured by a contentious election and Donald Trump's personality-driven politics.



GOP to Trump: Lay off Judge Curiel's Mexican heritage

Posted 6/6/2016 in National

Republicans are warning their presumptive presidential nominee to lay off the Latino judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University and make good on a promise to unite the fractured GOP.



Sanders predicts Dem convention will be contested

Posted 6/6/2016 in National

Nearing the end of the primary season, a defiant Bernie Sanders predicted Saturday that the Democratic presidential process would lead to a contested summer convention against Hillary Clinton, pushing back against the likelihood that the former secretary of state will soon declare victory.



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.



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