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Vatican: Pope was not singling out Trump with his remarks

Posted 2/20/2016 in National

A spokesman for Pope Francis insisted Friday the pontiff was "in no way" launching an attack on Donald Trump, a U.S. presidential candidate, nor was he trying to sway voters by declaring someone who advocates building walls isn't Christian.



Bush, seeking a much-needed revival in SC, calls in family

Posted 2/20/2016 in National

Jeb Bush has long kept his family at arm's length in his effort to become commander-in-chief, but with the South Carolina primary looming, he's embracing them like never before in the state that has historically stood by the Bush family in its previous White House bids.



Clinton wins Nevada caucuses in narrow contest with Sanders

Posted 2/20/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton pulled out a crucial victory in Nevada's Democratic caucuses Saturday, overcoming an unexpectedly strong surge by Bernie Sanders and potentially easing the anxiety of some of her supporters.



Some want to limit justices to 18 years on Supreme Court

Posted 2/19/2016 in National

Justice Antonin Scalia's sudden death a month before his 80th birthday and the potential impasse over replacing him is giving new impetus to an old idea: Limiting the service of Supreme Court justices.



Cruz looks to replicate Iowa ground game in S.C.

Posted 2/19/2016 in National

For months, Ted Cruz's campaign has touted an expensive and sophisticated get-out-the-vote operation as its antidote to Donald Trump's broad populist appeal.



Superdelegates help Clinton despite NH loss

Posted 2/19/2016 in National

So much for Bernie Sanders' big win in New Hampshire.



Pope vs. Trump: 'Not Christian' to only build border walls

Posted 2/19/2016 in National

Thrusting himself into the heated American presidential campaign, Pope Francis declared Thursday that Donald Trump is "not Christian" if he wants to address illegal immigration only by building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.



For some, desire to work past 65 can often be problematic

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

Earl Johnston was 12 when he got his first job, a paper route that he quickly expanded by "buying out" additional routes from other, less industrious boys.



Cracks emerge in GOP refusal to consider Supreme Court pick

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

Concerted Republican opposition to considering President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court showed early signs of splintering on Wednesday as a handful of influential senators opened the door to a possible confirmation hearing.



2015 saw largest increase in traffic deaths in 50 years

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

The number of traffic deaths in the United States rose 8 percent from 2014 to 2015, the largest year-to-year percentage increase in a half-century, according to preliminary estimates Wednesday by the National Safety Council.



Nevada race tightens: A big test for Clinton's campaign

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

Nevada was supposed to be one of Hillary Clinton's safest bets.



Republican feud escalates; SC Gov. Haley backs Rubio

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

A three-way feud among the GOP's leading White House contenders escalated Wednesday, with Republican Ted Cruz daring Donald Trump to sue him and dismissing Marco Rubio's charges of dishonesty just days before South Carolina's high-stakes primary.



Cruz may be first Hispanic president, but rejects the label

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

After his big win in the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz is one step closer to becoming the first Hispanic president in U.S. history.



How Apple ended up in the government's encryption crosshairs

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

As the maker of trend-setting gadgets like the iPhone and iPad, Apple has changed the way people use technology in their daily lives.



Southern Poverty Law Center notes uptick in hate, extremist groups in 2015

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

The number of hate groups and anti-government organizations in the United States jumped sharply in 2015 as political speech became more divisive, violent encounters between police and black men were increasingly publicized, and attacks in Paris and California spurred widespread fears of terrorism, a civil rights advocacy group said Wednesday.



IS faces budget crunch, killing perks and slashing salaries

Posted 2/17/2016 in National

Faced with a cash shortage in its so-called caliphate, the Islamic State group has slashed salaries across the region, asked Raqqa residents to pay utility bills in black market American dollars, and is now releasing detainees for a price of $500 a person.



Before Supreme Court nod, an intrusive interrogation

Posted 2/17/2016 in National

Did you ever buy porn, sniff glue, have sex in junior high? Exactly how many times? White House lawyers are scouring a life's worth of information about President Barack Obama's potential picks for the Supreme Court, from the mundane to the intensely personal.



Obama chides senators to 'do their job,' vote on Suprme Court pick

Posted 2/17/2016 in National

President Barack Obama is challenging Republicans to live up to their avowed adherence for the Constitution and agree to vote on his nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.



Despite friction with some, Cruz has allies in Congress

Posted 2/17/2016 in National

Sen. Ted Cruz's rivals like to say he doesn't have any friends in Washington. That's not true.



GOP candidates in high-stakes chess match in S.C.

Posted 2/17/2016 in National

Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio are locked in a high-stakes political chess match in South Carolina, strategically moving money and other campaign resources around in a bid to pull ahead in the Republican primary race -- or at least keep their campaigns afloat if they don't.



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