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Now a front-runner, Carson faces scrutiny that comes with it

Posted 11/8/2015 in National

Ben Carson rose to top the Republican ranks of White House hopefuls as the wise outsider -- a candidate without any experience in office, but one who offers a compelling personal narrative, speaks openly of his deep Christian faith and issues calm-but-tough indictments of the nation's leaders.



Struggling Republicans see reasons to stay in 2016 race

Posted 11/8/2015 in National

For months, Republican presidential candidates with dwindling bank accounts and negligible support in polls have been finding reasons to stay in the 2016 race.



Seeking to regain traction, Sanders plans new policy push

Posted 11/8/2015 in National

Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing an aggressive push to regain ground in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, combining a series of ads, policy speeches and appearances before key groups of voters in a bid to ignite his challenge to front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.



VA secretary says demand outstripping extra resources

Posted 11/8/2015 in National

Veterans' hospitals and clinics are beefing up staff and seeing more patients, but the number of appointments not completed within 30 days continues to grow, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Friday.



Pentagon plan to close Guantanamo expected in coming week

Posted 11/8/2015 in National

The Pentagon's plan outlining the long-stalled effort to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, expected in the coming week, includes details suggesting that the Centennial Correctional Facility in Colorado is one suitable site to send detainees whom officials believe should never be released, administration officials said.


Louisiana police arrest 2 officers in autistic boy's death

Posted 11/7/2015 in National

Louisiana investigators are combing through evidence in the shooting death earlier this week of a 6-year-old autistic boy after authorities charged two law enforcement officers in the shooting.

New NASA photos show massive rocket explosion in Virginia

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

The launch of an unmanned commercial supply rocket on the eastern shore of Virginia was supposed to be a moment of celebration for NASA.

Cop who fatally shot motorist in back cleared of all charges

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

A small-town police officer who fatally shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown on the ground was acquitted Thursday at her murder trial.

Personnel records show years of complaints against officer

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

An Illinois police officer who staged his suicide to make it look like he was murdered had a troubled job history, ranging from numerous suspensions to sexual harassment allegations to complaints that he intimidated an emergency dispatcher with guns, according to his personnel records.


Low polling drags Christie and Huckabee to undercard debate

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

Two candidates who have been part of each of the prime-time Republican debates so far, Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, have been demoted to next week's undercard event because of low national poll numbers, delivering a major blow to their campaigns.



Experts dismiss Carson's belief pyramids used to store grain

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday stood by his belief that Egypt's great pyramids were built by the biblical figure Joseph to store grain, an assertion dismissed by experts who say it's accepted science they were tombs for pharaohs.



Bush '41 unloads: Unsparing critique of Cheney, Rumsfeld

Posted 11/6/2015 in National

Former President George H. W. Bush has finally revealed what he really thinks of his son's presidency.


'Hero' officer staged suicide, embezzled from youth program

Posted 11/5/2015 in National

For weeks, investigators said they were searching for the killers of a small-town police officer known as "G.I. Joe."

Protest against Trump hosting 'Saturday Night Live' grows

Posted 11/5/2015 in National

Pressure continued to mount on NBC to cancel Donald Trump's guest-host appearance on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live" as a coalition of advocacy groups delivered petitions to the network Wednesday calling for him to be dropped from the show.


Poll: Americans souring on Obama's Islamic State plan

Posted 11/5/2015 in National

Americans are souring on President Barack Obama's approach to fighting the Islamic State, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that also found deep pessimism about U.S. prospects for success in Afghanistan and uncertainty about Obama's plan to leave thousands of troops there when he leaves office.



Half of black millennials know victim of police violence

Posted 11/4/2015 in National

Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says.


Official: Illinois cop's death will be declared a suicide

Posted 11/4/2015 in National

Authorities will announce that a northern Illinois police officer whose shooting death led to a massive manhunt in September killed himself, an official briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press.


Policy fights, funding battles still pose shutdown threat

Posted 11/4/2015 in National

Despite a broad budget deal, the White House and congressional Republicans must resolve dozens of policy issues and spending fights if they are to avoid a holiday season government shutdown.


As scientists worry about warming world, US public doesn't

Posted 11/4/2015 in National

Americans are hot but not too bothered by global warming.


Frustrated Republicans agree on push for debate changes

Posted 11/3/2015 in National

Republican presidential candidates have agreed on a series of demands giving them greater control of debates, as the GOP's frustrated 2016 class works to inject changes into the nominating process.



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