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Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons

Posted 1/26/2016 in National

President Barack Obama says he will ban the use of solitary confinement for juvenile and low-level offenders in federal prisons, citing the potential for "devastating, lasting psychological consequences" from the use of the isolation as punishment.



Justices extend bar on automatic life terms for teenagers

Posted 1/26/2016 in National

More than 1,000 prison inmates, some behind bars more than 50 years for murders they committed as teenagers, will get a chance to seek their freedom under a Supreme Court decision announced Monday.



Police charge 17-year old in Canada after 4 shot dead

Posted 1/23/2016 in National

Police on Saturday charged a 17-year-old boy with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in a mass shooting at a school and home in an aboriginal community in western Canada, officials said.



Lost amid the US-Iran news, $1.7B deal now raising questions

Posted 1/23/2016 in National

The Obama administration's $1.7 billion payment to Iran to settle an arcane, decades-old financial dispute is prompting questions among Republican lawmakers trying to piece together the full scope of last weekend's dramatic U.S.-Iranian prisoner swap and the lifting of many American sanctions on Tehran.


Lead pipes lurk in older neighborhoods across the nation

Posted 1/23/2016 in National

Lead pipes like the ones that led to contamination of the tap water in Flint, Michigan, carry water into millions of older homes across the U.S. every day, a legacy of an era before scientists realized the severe long-term health consequences of exposure to the heavy metal.


Cruz offers his vision for election face-off with Clinton

Posted 1/23/2016 in National

Even before the first primary votes are cast, Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is dreaming of a face-off with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.



Clinton faces challenge in Iowa reminiscent of 2008

Posted 1/23/2016 in National

Recall this 2008 storyline: Hillary Clinton enters the presidential campaign as the Democratic front-runner, runs into an inspirational candidate who generates big crowds and enthusiasm. And she winds up in a dogfight in Iowa.



Trump, GOP leaders realizing they may need each other

Posted 1/23/2016 in National

Donald Trump and some mainstream Republicans are engaged in a long-distance flirtation. Both sides are coming to the realization that they'll need each other if the billionaire businessman becomes the party's presidential nominee.



AP sources: Bloomberg eyeing independent White House bid

Posted 1/23/2016 in National

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking early steps toward launching an independent campaign for president, seeing a potential path to the White House amid the rise of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders.



Ex-Oklahoma officer gets 263 years for rapes, sex assaults

Posted 1/22/2016 in National

A former police officer convicted of raping and sexually victimizing women while on his beat in a low-income Oklahoma City neighborhood was ordered Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison.


Clinton's response to Sanders has some Democrats worried

Posted 1/22/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton has questioned Bernie Sanders' electability. She's criticized his plans for health care, foreign policy and Wall Street. And she's tagged him with flip-flopping on gun control.


Donald Trump: 'A little establishment' doesn't hurt

Posted 1/22/2016 in National

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday there's nothing wrong with a little deal-making to get things done.



Cruz no favorite with fellow Republican senators

Posted 1/22/2016 in National

Republican senators are confronting an unsettling possibility: Sen. Ted Cruz, their least favorite colleague, stands within reach of becoming the party's presidential nominee and standard-bearer.


Would Flint crisis happen in wealthier, whiter community?

Posted 1/22/2016 in National

Ever since the full extent of the Flint water crisis emerged, one question has persisted: Would this have happened in a wealthier, whiter community?


Kerry: Some Iran sanctions relief likely to go to terrorists

Posted 1/22/2016 in National

It's likely that some of the billions of dollars in sanctions relief granted to Iran under a landmark nuclear deal will go to groups deemed to be terrorists, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.



Trump touts 'a good day' after Palin endorsement

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

Donald Trump brandished the endorsement of conservative Republican firebrand Sarah Palin at an Iowa rally Wednesday in the increasingly intense 2016 GOP presidential sweepstakes.



Sanders health plan would be more generous than Medicare

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his plan for a government-run health care system from cradle to grave is like Medicare for all.



Attorney General defends executive actions on guns as legal

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Barack Obama's executive actions curbing guns, telling lawmakers Wednesday that the president took lawful, common-sense steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly.


Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq razed by Islamic State militants

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

The Obama Administration and the Vatican condemned the Islamic State group Wednesday for razing Iraq's oldest Christian monastery, a 1,400-year-old structure that survived assaults by nature and man for centuries before it was deliberately destroyed by extremists.


Prosecutor: Cosby wants special treatment, case should go on

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

Prosecutors pursuing sex-assault charges against Bill Cosby say he wants special treatment in trying to have the case thrown out even before the first evidence hearing.



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