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Obama aims to change conversation around Affordable Care Act

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

President Barack Obama is aiming to use the momentum from a recent Supreme Court victory for his health care law to change the conversation from talk about undoing his signature domestic achievement to talk about how to improve it.


Convicted killer thought fellow escapee was slowing him down

Posted 6/30/2015 in National

Two convicted killers who staged a complicated prison break together and then spent more than two weeks roaming in thick New York woods finally split up when one man decided his companion was slowing him down, going their separate ways a few days before one was shot and the other captured, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.


Rand Paul 1st major-party candidate to court pot donors

Posted 6/30/2015 in National

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is courting donors from the marijuana business in a groundbreaking event in Denver.


Woman removes Confederate flag at SC statehouse

Posted 6/27/2015 in National

The Confederate flag was temporarily removed from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday when a woman climbed the flagpole and -- despite calls by police to get down -- removed the banner.

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

The Supreme Court declared today that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Confederate heritage group loses its Southern influence

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

The Sons of Confederate Veterans knew an attack on their cherished symbols would come after seeing photos of the white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers displaying Confederate battle flags. They just didn't expect it from their right flank.

Vandals target Confederate monuments in half-dozen states

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

Vandals have targeted monuments dedicated to the leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy, painting the slogan "Black lives matter" on memorials in a half-dozen states where the landmarks stand tall in parks and outside government buildings.


Obama and Roberts legacies intertwined in health care law

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

The chief justice who once mangled President Barack Obama's oath of office has once again helped rescue the president's signature achievement, his health care law.



With court defeat, GOP health law effort now aimed at '16

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

The Supreme Court's resounding rejection of a conservative attempt to gut President Barack Obama's health care overhaul won't stop Republicans from attacking the law they detest.



Guard: 'Did not know' he made inmates' escape easier

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

A prison guard who admitted giving two inmates tools, paint, frozen hamburger and access to a catwalk electrical box says he didn't know the killers planned to break out, and investigators say they have no reason to believe he was knowingly involved in the plot.



Thousands expected for Obama's tribute to Charleston victims

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

The first black president of the United States is coming to Charleston to eulogize the victims of a mass shooting at a historic African-American church -- a tragedy that one civil rights activist said was a sign of "how far yet" the nation has to go to put racial tensions behind it.



AP sources: Christie prepares to join 2016 field

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest early next week in a far different position than he was in four years ago.



Terror probe after French factory attack leaves 1 beheaded

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

France opened a terrorism investigation after an attack at a gas factory Friday left one person decapitated and several wounded, officials said.


Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

Posted 6/25/2015 in National

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

As South Carolina honors victims, Alabama lowers its flags

Posted 6/25/2015 in National

State senator and pastor Clementa Pinckney was carried Wednesday into the Statehouse where he served the people for nearly 20 years, becoming the first African-American since Reconstruction to rest in honor in the South Carolina Rotunda.


Obama rescues his trade agenda -- with GOP help

Posted 6/25/2015 in National

Two weeks after his own Democratic Party handed him an embarrassing defeat on trade, President Barack Obama maneuvered his way back to victory, salvaging a key piece of his second-term legacy with the extraordinary help of the very Republican leaders he once accused of obstruction.



Guard arrested for aiding convicts faces arraignment

Posted 6/25/2015 in National

A maximum-security prison guard who delivered frozen meat with tools hidden inside to two inmates before they escaped will be arraigned on charges of promoting prison contraband and other offenses.



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