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Obama defends Black Lives Matter movement

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Defending the Black Lives Matter movement, President Barack Obama said Thursday the protests are giving voice to a problem happening only in African-American communities, adding, "We, as a society, particularly given our history, have to take this seriously."



Donald Trump moving in on Bush, Rubio turf in Florida

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Floridians know two of the Republicans presidential candidates very well: Jeb Bush led the state as a two-term governor and Marco Rubio has been a senator since 2011.



Senate bill could cut nonviolent drug offenders' sentences

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Nonviolent drug offenders could be eligible for shorter prison sentences under legislation approved by a Senate panel Thursday, as Congress took initial steps to change the nation's criminal justice system.



Obama says US will tackle prescription drug abuse

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

Traveling to a region in the throes of a drug abuse crisis, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to use his bully pulpit and federal programs to try to combat the "epidemic" of heroin use and prescription painkiller abuse that is upending communities across the country.



Stakes high for Clinton, GOP as Benghazi takes center stage

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

After months of buildup, Hillary Rodham Clinton finally takes center stage as the star witness in the Republican-led investigation into the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.


In speaker bid, Rep. Ryan sparks debate on work-life balance

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan is likely to become the next speaker of the House. He's already an unlikely spokesman for balancing family life with work.


Close calls with drones spur federal registration of owners

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

Concerned about rising reports of close calls and safety risks involving drones, the government announced Monday it will require many of the increasingly popular unmanned aircraft to be registered.



Obama to veto $612 billion defense bill over funding, Cuba

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

The White House says President Barack Obama will veto a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill, citing objections over how the measure is funded.



House GOP floats debt limit alternatives as deadline looms

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

Washington is barreling toward a deadline to raise the government's borrowing cap and avert a first-ever default on U.S. payments, but there's no sign yet on Capitol Hill of a viable solution.



Spokesman: As boy departs, Muslims feel 'under siege'

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

The decision by the family of a Texas teenager to move to Qatar is not surprising in light of lingering anti-Muslim sentiment that makes many U.S. followers of Islam feel as if they are "under siege," a spokesman for a national Muslim-American group said Wednesday.


Teen recounts deadly beating inside secretive church

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

Called to a meeting in the sanctuary of their church, teenage brothers Christopher and Lucas Leonard were told to stand and answer for what they had done. When the answers didn't come, the beatings began.


Man charged in Albuquerque road-rage killing of 4-year-old

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

A 32-year-old man is facing murder charges in the road-rage killing of a 4-year-old Albuquerque girl, who was shot in the backseat of her father's truck -- a death that horrified the public.


Joe says no: Biden won't run in 2016 race, a boost for Clinton

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

After months of tortured indecision, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he won't be a candidate in the 2016 White House campaign, solidifying Hillary Rodham Clinton's status as the Democratic front-runner and the party's likely heir to President Barack Obama's legacy.


Marijuana use in US adults doubles in decade, surveys show

Posted 10/22/2015 in National

Marijuana use among U.S. adults doubled over a decade, rising to almost 10 percent or more than 22 million mostly recreational users, government surveys show.



Mormon leader: Ky. clerk taking wrong approach on gays

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

The Mormon Church staked a deeper claim to middle ground in American society on Tuesday, advocating for compromises between protecting religious liberties and prohibiting discrimination, and criticizing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to license gay marriages.



Trump's Republican critics pushing for GOP-backed takedown

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Don't expect Democrats to take down Donald Trump. If the GOP's baffled establishment wants to dismiss their party's billionaire presidential front-runner, it appears they'll have to do it themselves.


Poll: After debate, voters say Clinton most electable

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Democrats appear to be rallying around Hillary Rodham Clinton after her commanding performance in the party's first presidential debate, with strong majorities viewing her favorably and more saying she can win the White House than any of her rivals, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows.

Webb dropping out of Democratic race for president

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said Tuesday he is dropping out of the Democratic race for president and is considering his options about how he might "remain as a voice" in the campaign.

Ryan to seek speakership if House GOP unifies behind him

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told GOP lawmakers late Tuesday that he will run for speaker, but only if they embrace him by week's end as their consensus candidate -- an ambitious bid to impose unity on a disordered and divided House.


Eyeing settlement, states move quickly in VW case

Posted 10/21/2015 in National

With billions of dollars at stake in restitution and penalties, U.S. states are moving quickly to try to hold Volkswagen accountable for its emissions-cheating scandal.



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