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Conservatives block budget; Ryan cites anxiety among voters

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

Dealing an embarrassing setback to House Speaker Paul Ryan, tea party conservatives are blocking a leadership-backed budget plan as the candidacy of GOP front-runner Donald Trump stokes anxiety among congressional Republicans facing an angry, anti-Washington electorate.



GOP files more lawsuits seeking Hillary Clinton records

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

The Republican Party filed a flurry of new lawsuits this week seeking reams of government documents related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.



Obama dismayed by vulgarity, violence of campaign

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he was dismayed by "vulgar and divisive rhetoric" directed at women and minorities as well as the violence that has occurred in the 2016 presidential campaign.



North Korea sentences US tourist to 15 years in prison

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

North Korea's highest court sentenced an American tourist to 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion today, weeks after authorities presented him to media and he tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal a propaganda banner.



New faith-based films tone down religion, amp up star power

Posted 3/16/2016 in National

For some filmgoers, hearing a movie described as "faith-based" makes it a must-see. But just as many others find the term a turn-off.



Justice Dept.: States shouldn't jail over fine nonpayment

Posted 3/15/2016 in National

The Justice Department is discouraging state court systems from jailing poor defendants who fail to pay fines or fees, warning against practices that it says run afoul of the Constitution and erode community trust.



Disorder at Trump rallies: As American as cherry pie?

Posted 3/15/2016 in National

Even before the presidential candidate arrived at the rally, the arena seethed. Fistfights broke out as the national anthem played. Supporters tore up demonstrators' signs, beat them with sticks, pummeled them with folding chairs.



Forget favorite candidates, some people voting strategically

Posted 3/15/2016 in National

Kennedy Copeland is a Marco Rubio fan who voted for John Kasich in Ohio.



Benghazi probe: Report by summer, factor for Clinton

Posted 3/15/2016 in National

Nearly two years after it was created, the House Benghazi Committee is plowing ahead -- interviewing witnesses, reviewing documents and promising a final report "before summer" that is certain to have repercussions for Democrat Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency.



Nigeria arrests Mexicans at meth super-lab

Posted 3/15/2016 in National

Nigerian drug agents arrested four Mexicans who were allegedly helping build a "super-lab" capable of producing billions of dollars' worth of methamphetamine, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency said Monday.



Ala. authorities regain control of prison dorm after uprising

Posted 3/15/2016 in National

Dozens of inmates barricaded themselves inside a dormitory at an Alabama prison for more than four hours Monday until authorities were finally able to regain control in what marked the second violent uprising in the same area of the overcrowded correctional facility in three days.



More doctors are prescribing exercise instead of medication

Posted 3/15/2016 in National

When Dr. Michelle Johnson scribbles out prescriptions, the next stop for many of her patients is the gym, not the pharmacy.



Still 'Viva Las Vegas' for Elvis? Less so lately

Posted 3/15/2016 in National

For decades, Las Vegas has loved Elvis Presley tender -- and loved him true -- but the King's presence in modern day Sin City has lately been diminishing, one impersonator at a time.


Slimantics: The case of the missing class ring

Posted 3/14/2016 in National

On a warm spring evening many years ago, a troubled young man arrived at the home of an acquaintance and committed a crime.


Poor offenders pay high price when probation turns on profit

Posted 3/12/2016 in National

When Steven Gibbs couldn't afford the fees demanded by the company supervising his probation, he wound up in jail.



Carson buries 'the hatchet,' endorses Trump for president

Posted 3/12/2016 in National

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he and Donald Trump have "buried the hatchet" after months of political wrangling, and he is endorsing the GOP front-runner's White House bid.



Turning to Ohio and beyond, Clinton must excite voters

Posted 3/12/2016 in National

When it comes to Hillary Clinton, some Ohio voters admit to feeling more lukewarm than fired up.



Protesters cheer when Trump rally canceled

Posted 3/12/2016 in National

Hundreds of jubilant protesters chanted victory cries and jeered at glum Donald Trump supporters as they filed out of an auditorium where the Republican presidential candidate abruptly canceled a campaign rally Friday night.



GOP rivals questioning whether they'd back Trump as nominee

Posted 3/12/2016 in National

Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and John Kasich suggested Saturday they may not support Donald Trump if he becomes the GOP nominee, as violence at the front-runner's rallies deepened the party's chaotic chasm.



Bergdahl lawyers: Trump attacks damage chances of fair trial

Posted 3/12/2016 in National

Donald Trump's ideas for punishing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl include that he "should have been executed," someone should "throw him out of a plane" without a parachute or he should be dropped in terrorist territory "before we bomb the hell out of ISIS."



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