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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.



Renewed debate planned on LGBT rights, religious freedom

Posted 1/2/2016 in National

With same-sex marriage now legal nationwide, lawmakers in numerous states are preparing for a new round of battles in 2016 over whether to grant discrimination protections to LGBT people or religious exemptions to nonprofits and businesses that object to gay marriage.



High water in Midwest heading toward Memphis

Posted 1/2/2016 in National

The high water causing problems in Illinois and Missouri is heading south toward Memphis, Tennessee.



Bill Cosby charged with sexually assaulting a woman

Posted 12/30/2015 in National

Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago -- the first criminal case brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America's Dad.



Times Square on New Year's to be 'safest place in the world'

Posted 12/30/2015 in National

With the nation still jittery over shooting massacres in California and Paris, New York City officials sought to assure revelers Tuesday that the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will be the safest place in the world -- heavily secured by thousands of New York Police Department officers, including a new specialized counterterrorism unit.



Street gangs migrate from drugs to white-collar crimes

Posted 12/30/2015 in National

The Van Dyke Money Gang in New York made off with more than $1.5 million this year -- but it wasn't in gunpoint robberies or drug running, it was a Western Union money order scheme.


Some military discharges mean no benefits after service ends

Posted 12/30/2015 in National

No medical or mental health care. No subsidized college or work training. For many who leave the U.S. military with less-than-honorable discharges, including thousands who suffered injuries and anguish in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, standard veterans benefits are off limits.


AP-NORC Poll: Religious rights most vital for US Christians

Posted 12/30/2015 in National

Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than for other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new survey.



Trump says criticism of Bill Clinton is fair

Posted 12/30/2015 in National

Donald Trump is reviving memories of Bill Clinton's affair with a White House intern and his turbulent interactions with black voters during South Carolina's 2008 primary as the ex-president prepares to campaign for his wife in New Hampshire.



Calm urged after Ohio grand jury doesn't indict officers

Posted 12/29/2015 in National

Officials are urging calm as they brace for expected protests after a grand jury voted not to indict a white Cleveland police officer for fatally shooting a 12-year-old black boy who was carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun.



AP-Times Square poll: Shootings weighed on Americans in 2015

Posted 12/26/2015 in National

Mass shootings and attacks weighed heavily on the minds of Americans in 2015, according to a new poll that found most believe this year was worse for the world than last year.



Christie-backed changes in gun rules get mixed reaction

Posted 12/26/2015 in National

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie has received mixed reviews among gun rights advocates in a key primary state for regulatory changes he backed this week in his home state of New Jersey.



On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W Bush

Posted 12/26/2015 in National

Taunted by Republicans to declare war on "radical Islamic terrorism," Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush.


Rudolph's shiny red nose may be tied to eyes that glow blue

Posted 12/24/2015 in National

Everyone knows Rudolph has a red nose but what about his eyes?


Democrats grapple with Trump effect as primary draws near

Posted 12/24/2015 in National

Months of intense focus on the Republican race -- and front-runner Donald Trump -- have reverberated through the Democratic field, prompting front-runner Hillary Clinton to turn her attention to her would-be GOP challengers and leaving her chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, gasping for airtime.



Report: More young adults signing up for Obama health law

Posted 12/23/2015 in National

Midway through sign-up season, more young adults are getting coverage through President Barack Obama's health care law.


Bowe Bergdahl arraigned at North Carolina Army base

Posted 12/23/2015 in National

Wearing a dress blue uniform, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a military judge Tuesday for the first time since the U.S. Army decided to proceed with a military trial that could result in a life sentence for his disappearance in Afghanistan in 2009.


Kim Davis reflects on her role in same-sex marriage debate

Posted 12/23/2015 in National

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said she prayed for those who disagreed with her and feels the pace of social change has "awakened" Christians across the country.



Danish 'Graceland' museum changes name after lawsuit

Posted 12/23/2015 in National

Denmark's Elvis museum, a replica of Presley's Graceland Mansion home in Memphis, is changing its name after a lawsuit for infringement of the "Graceland" trademark.



Zatarain's recalls Red Beans and Rice

Posted 12/23/2015 in National

Zatarain's is voluntarily recalling its 8 ounce boxes of Red Beans and Rice Original because the product may contain undeclared dairy ingredients that could prompt serious or life-threatening allergic reactions.



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