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US can't access NSA phone records in Calif. terror case

Posted 12/5/2015 in National

The U.S. government's ability to review and analyze five years' worth of telephone records for the married couple blamed in the deadly shootings in California lapsed just four days earlier when the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance program was formally shut down.



Texas backs down from effort to block Syrian refugees

Posted 12/5/2015 in National

Texas stopped trying Friday to block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state after suing the U.S. government over fears that new arrivals from the war-torn country could pose a security risk.



More police charged with murder, manslaughter in 2015

Posted 12/5/2015 in National

The number of U.S. police officers charged with murder or manslaughter for on-duty shootings has tripled this year -- a sharp increase that at least one expert says could be the result of more video evidence.


Pious California killer showed no outward signs of violence

Posted 12/4/2015 in National

With a young wife, infant daughter and government job, Syed Farook appeared to have arrived at a sweet-spot in life.


Politics of grief, gun control, prayer after latest mass shooting

Posted 12/4/2015 in National

It's a natural reaction in times of grief: Politicians from both parties offered supportive thoughts and prayers for those killed in the San Bernardino shootings.



Pentagon chief: Open all combat jobs to women

Posted 12/4/2015 in National

After three years of study and debate, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the military Thursday to open all military jobs to women, removing the final barriers that kept women from serving in combat, including the most dangerous and grueling commando posts.



Trump picked stock fraud felon as senior business adviser

Posted 12/4/2015 in National

Donald Trump tapped a man to be a senior business adviser to his real-estate empire even after the man's past involvement in a major mafia-linked stock fraud scheme had become publicly known, according to Associated Press interviews and a review of court records.



Trump irks Jewish donors with comments on Mideast peace

Posted 12/4/2015 in National

The Jewish donors gathered Thursday had two demands of the Republican presidential candidates who'd come to speak to them: unambiguous support for Israel and respect. Donald Trump seemed to fail at both.


14 dead, 17 wounded in Calif. shooting

Posted 12/3/2015 in National

A heavily armed man and woman dressed for battle opened fire on a holiday banquet for his co-workers, killing 14 people and seriously wounding more than a dozen others in a precision assault, authorities said.


No Child revision easily clears House, heads to Senate

Posted 12/3/2015 in National

Long outdated and widely criticized as unrealistic, the 2002 No Child Left Behind education law is on track for a major revision after the House voted to dramatically limit the federal government's role in education policy but keep the annual testing requirements for the nation's public schoolchildren.


Attackers post video of assault on victim's Facebook page

Posted 12/3/2015 in National

Two men, called "cowards" by a sheriff, stole a cellphone from a suburban Detroit man with cerebral palsy, beat him, recorded the assault on his cellphone and posted it to his Facebook page, authorities said.


Cop pays thief's tab for stolen birthday cake ingredients

Posted 12/3/2015 in National

A New Hampshire police officer dispatched to the scene of a shoplifting incident paid the thief's tab after learning a woman stole the items to bake her child's birthday cake.



Texas sues feds to block resettlement of 6 Syrian refugees

Posted 12/3/2015 in National

Texas on Wednesday sued the U.S. government in an effort to block six Syrian refugees from resettling in Dallas this week.



Computer problem delays disability payments to nearly 19K

Posted 12/3/2015 in National

A computer problem is delaying disability payments to nearly 19,000 people who receive Supplemental Security Income.



2014 US health spending grew at fastest rate of Obama years

Posted 12/3/2015 in National

U.S. health care spending last year grew at the fastest pace since President Barack Obama took office, driven by expanded coverage under his namesake law and by zooming prescription drug costs, the government said Wednesday.



Ex-wife says Colorado suspect vandalized another clinic

Posted 12/3/2015 in National

The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic left a decades-long trail of broken marriages, scant social connections and a reputation for religious zealotry that didn't match his yen for gambling and extramarital affairs.



Senate GOP health law repeal delivers wins to party's wings

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

Senate Republican leaders seem to have carried out a delicate balancing act in their drive to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law and close the federal funds spigot to Planned Parenthood.



US sending new special ops force to fight IS

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against Islamic State militants who are unleashing violence and are determined to hold territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday.



Planned Parenthood shooting: Domestic terrorism? It's knotty

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic brought several guns, ammunition and propane tanks that officials say he assembled around a car.



Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.



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