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Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees

Posted 1/19/2016 in National

Amid calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over its all-white acting nominees and Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith both announcing they would sit out this year's ceremony, the academy's president said it was time for major changes -- and soon.



Confederate flag's removal turns King Day into celebration

Posted 1/18/2016 in National

Civic leaders, activists, artists and others are celebrating, marching and paying homage today to Martin Luther King Jr., marking the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.



GOP establishment loses hope of winning Iowa, New Hampshire

Posted 1/18/2016 in National

After months of predicting a comeback for their preferred candidates, Republican establishment leaders now concede the first two contests on the presidential election calendar are Donald Trump's and Ted Cruz's to lose.


Race tightens: Clinton, Sanders clash on guns, health care

Posted 1/18/2016 in National

Turning up the temperature, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled repeatedly in Sunday night's presidential debate over who's tougher on gun control and Wall Street and how to steer the future of health care in America.


New Yorkers blast Cruz's comments on 'New York values'

Posted 1/16/2016 in National

When Ted Cruz sneered at what he called Donald Trump's "New York values," some New Yorkers took it very personally.



Senate to take up bill for more scrutiny of Syrian refugees

Posted 1/16/2016 in National

The Senate will consider new rigorous screening procedures for Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking to enter the United States as national security looms large for voters in an election year.



Court overturns tobacco company victory over FDA on menthols

Posted 1/16/2016 in National

A federal appeals court has ruled that tobacco companies had no basis to challenge a Food and Drug Administration report on menthol cigarettes, which the industry alleged was written by experts with conflicts of interest.



Atomic agency chief: Iran has met nuclear deal obligations

Posted 1/16/2016 in National

The U.N. atomic agency announced Saturday that Iran has met all of its obligations under a landmark nuclear deal with six world powers.



Prosecutor: Suspect confesses in prison drone case

Posted 1/15/2016 in National

A man arrested near a maximum-security state prison with an aerial drone and packages of illegal drugs, tobacco and pornographic videos in his pickup truck told police he was part of a ring that flew contraband into the prison, a prosecutor said as the conspiracy trial began Thursday.



Prosecutor: Man walked $1.6M in pills across border on sled

Posted 1/15/2016 in National

Authorities say a Canadian man was arrested while pulling a sled carrying more than 180 pounds of prescription pills across the border into the United States.



Should lottery winners' names be secret? States debate issue

Posted 1/15/2016 in National

Even a jackpot isn't enough to buy anonymity for many lottery winners, whose names are often made public by state law.



Study: Lower pay for poor is widening US income gap

Posted 1/15/2016 in National

The income gap in major U.S. cities goes beyond the trend of rising paychecks for those at the top: Pay has plummeted for those at the bottom.


Trump, Cruz go at each other in year's first GOP debate

Posted 1/15/2016 in National

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz clashed Thursday night over the Texas senator's eligibility to serve as commander in chief and the businessman's "New York values," ending months of civility between fiery contenders seeking to tap into voter anger and frustration.

Alan Rickman, star of stage and 'Harry Potter,' dies at 69

Posted 1/15/2016 in National

British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the "Harry Potter" saga and other films, has died. He was 69.


In record Powerball game, a look at winners and losers

Posted 1/14/2016 in National


$1.6B jackpot goes to 3 winners in 3 states

Posted 1/14/2016 in National

An eye-popping and unprecedented Powerball jackpot whose rise to $1.6 billion became a national fascination will be split three ways.

ATV riders challenge longtime bans on use of public roads

Posted 1/14/2016 in National

When she crashed on an all-terrain vehicle, Megan Cratsley was hurt so badly that doctors had to amputate much of her right arm, a life-altering surgery that launched the teenager on a personal mission to change New York traffic laws to protect other ATV riders.


Ted Cruz bags the endorsement of 'Duck Dynasty' patriarch

Posted 1/14/2016 in National

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has bagged the endorsement of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson after going hunting with him.


La. theater shooter's journal calls US a 'filth farm'

Posted 1/14/2016 in National

The mentally unstable gunman who shot up a Louisiana movie theater last summer left a rambling, hate-filled journal in which he called the U.S. a "filth farm," railed against women, gays and blacks, and thanked a man accused of killing nine churchgoers in South Carolina for his "wake up call."


Republican debate sure to highlight party's fractured field

Posted 1/14/2016 in National

A smaller cast of Republican presidential candidates returns to the main debate stage tonight, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the White House hopefuls to sway voters before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus.



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