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Thousands of drug inmates approved for early prison release

Posted 10/7/2015 in National

Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners.



AP: Gov't health insurance website getting upgrades

Posted 10/7/2015 in National

Consumers shopping on the government's health insurance website should find it easier this year to get basic questions answered about their doctors, medications and costs, according to an internal government document.



Mother-son bond over guns links Oregon, Connecticut slayings

Posted 10/7/2015 in National

The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012.



US deports fewest immigrants in nearly a decade

Posted 10/7/2015 in National

The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006.



FDA's new anti-smoking campaign uses hip-hop to target youth

Posted 10/7/2015 in National

Government health officials are betting they can adapt the sounds, style and swagger of hip-hop culture to discourage young African Americans, Hispanics and other minority youths from using tobacco.



Bush donors embrace new mantra: He's built to last

Posted 10/7/2015 in National

Jeb Bush's challenge in the first half of the year was daunting yet simple.



Approaching debate, Sanders and Clinton showing differences

Posted 10/7/2015 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton is beginning to draw contrasts with her chief Democratic rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, as they approach their first presidential primary debate next week.



Trump's bluster is heard around the world

Posted 10/7/2015 in National

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is well-known in this serene coastal section of Scotland, where shimmering golden sand dunes meet the ice-blue North Sea and people play on his golf course.



McCarthy's pledge: 'I'm not John Boehner'

Posted 10/7/2015 in National

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is promising conservative GOP lawmakers "I'm not John Boehner" as he seeks their support to replace Boehner as speaker.



Law firm labeled hate group leading Kim Davis' crusade

Posted 10/6/2015 in National

Kim Davis' lawyer stood onstage in a Washington D.C. hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, Mat Staver told the crowd, all there to pray for the Kentucky clerk battling against gay marriage.



In writings, Ore. gunman ranted about having no girlfriend

Posted 10/6/2015 in National

The gunman who killed nine people at an Oregon community college said in writings he left behind that everyone else was "crazy" and ranted about not having a girlfriend, a law enforcement official said Monday.



Boehner: House to vote for new speaker Oct. 29

Posted 10/6/2015 in National

Speaker John Boehner on Monday scheduled the House election to replace him for Oct. 29 and delayed votes for lower-level posts until after that -- a move widely seen as benefiting his preferred successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.



Hunter escapes attack by shoving arm down bear's throat

Posted 10/6/2015 in National

A Montana bow hunter is recovering after he survived a grizzly bear mauling by remembering a tip from his grandmother and shoving his arm down the animal's throat.



Obama: No more temporary spending bills, budget deal needed

Posted 10/3/2015 in National

President Barack Obama said Friday he won't sign another temporary government funding bill after the current one expires Dec. 11, insisting that congressional Republicans and Democrats work out a long-term budget deal with the White House.



Time of tumult for House Republicans seeking new leadership

Posted 10/3/2015 in National

It's a tumultuous time for House Republicans, and leadership elections this coming week may only heighten the disarray.



Vatican upends Davis affair with news of audience with gays

Posted 10/3/2015 in National

he Vatican turned the tables Friday on the pope's meeting with Kim Davis: Not only did it distance the pontiff from her claims that he endorsed her stand on same-sex marriage, it said the only "real audience" Francis had in Washington was with a small group that included a gay couple.



'Here we go again' -- Americans' lament after Oregon shooting

Posted 10/3/2015 in National

The news from Oregon was grim enough in isolation -- nine people shot dead at a community college.



Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives.



Senate panel votes to lift US ban on oil exports

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

The Senate Banking Committee endorsed a bill Thursday to lift the four-decade-old ban on crude oil exports, the latest sign of congressional support for legislation that President Barack Obama opposes.



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