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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.



In GOP response to Obama, SC governor defends immigrants

Posted 1/13/2016 in National

Americans should resist "the siren call of the angriest voices" in how the nation treats immigrants, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday as the GOP used its response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to try softening the tough stance embraced by some of its leading presidential candidates.



Obama warns against giving into election year cynicism

Posted 1/13/2016 in National

Eyeing the end of his presidency, Barack Obama urged Americans Tuesday night to rekindle their belief in the promise of change that first carried him to the White House, declaring that the country must not allow election-year fear and division to put economic and security progress at risk.



With Democratic race narrowing, Clinton rips into Sanders

Posted 1/13/2016 in National

Facing a narrowing primary contest, Hillary Clinton ripped into rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, saying the Vermont senator was offering unrealistic policies and overstating his anti-establishment credentials.


US Navy sailors held by Iran released with their boats

Posted 1/13/2016 in National

All 10 U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran after drifting into its territorial waters a day earlier have been freed, the U.S. and Iran said today.


Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina cut from main GOP debate lineup

Posted 1/12/2016 in National

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former technology executive Carly Fiorina will not appear on the primetime debate stage when the Republican Party's 2016 presidential class faces off later this week in South Carolina.



Underdog candidates keep powering along the campaign trail

Posted 1/12/2016 in National

Running as an underdog presidential candidate isn't always glamorous.



Sean Penn: Nothing to hide over drug lord interview

Posted 1/12/2016 in National

Actor Sean Penn said he has "nothin' to hide," after images published Monday indicated he was under surveillance when he met with the Mexican actress who led him to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman -- and the pair was apparently followed and photographed as they set out for the supposedly secret meeting with the drug lord.



Task force: Mammograms an option at 40, do more good at 50

Posted 1/12/2016 in National

Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50.


Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman recaptured by Mexican marines

Posted 1/9/2016 in National

The world's most-wanted drug lord was recaptured in a daring raid by Mexican marines Friday, six months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in a made-for-Hollywood escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States.


Refugee program decried after Iraqis' terror-related arrests

Posted 1/9/2016 in National

The U.S. refugee program came under fresh criticism Friday after federal authorities revealed that two Iraqi-born men arrested on terrorism-related charges had come to America as refugees.



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