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'A terrible day' -- 9 killed by gunman in Oregon town

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

Armed with multiple guns, a 26-year-old man walked into a morning writing class at the community college in this rural Oregon town and opened fire, hitting some students with multiple gunshots.


Obama decries 'routine' response of country to mass shootings

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

A grim President Barack Obama says the U.S. has "become numb" to mass shootings like Thursday's incident in Oregon, where 26-year-old gunman killed 9 people at Umpqua Community College.



Google: What people search for most on presidential hopefuls

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

Potential voters who take their curiosity about presidential candidates to Google are interested in Hillary Rodham Clinton's age, Jeb Bush's height, Chris Christie's weight, Donald Trump's net worth, Carly Fiorina's marital status and Bobby Jindal's birthplace.



Hurricane and rainstorm are locked in a dangerous dance

Posted 10/2/2015 in National

Hurricane Joaquin is locked in a dance with an extraordinarily heavy rainstorm that is already drenching the Carolinas.



Senators reach deal to reduce prison time for some

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

Some non-violent drug offenders could get reduced prison sentences under a bipartisan Senate package that would overhaul the criminal justice system and encourage rehabilitation.



Vatican observers raise questions over clerk's pope visit

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

The private meeting Pope Francis held with defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is a strong papal endorsement of religious resistance to gay marriage, but it doesn't necessarily mean he approves of how she's waged her fight, experts said Wednesday.



House to vote on defense bill that Obama threatens to veto

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

The defense policy bill is one of the few bipartisan measures in Congress that has readily become law for more than a half-century.


Democrats: McCarthy comments on Clinton are shameful

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

Democrats criticized House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Wednesday after he suggested that the House's Benghazi investigation committee can take credit for Hillary Rodham Clinton's diminished public standing.


No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open -- but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December.



Default rate for repaying student loans drops

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

The Education Department says there's been another drop in the percentage of people who are defaulting on their student loans in the first years of repayment.



Prosecutors decline to charge Caitlyn Jenner in fatal crash

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

Prosecutors declined to charge Caitlyn Jenner on Wednesday in a California car crash that killed another driver, citing insufficient evidence to support a case.



Hurricane Joaquin gains force near Bahamas, heads toward US

Posted 10/1/2015 in National

Hurricane Joaquin grew into a category 3 storm late Wednesday as it approached the central islands of the Bahamas on a projected track that would take it near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend.



Clerk jailed over gay marriage says pope encouraged her

Posted 9/30/2015 in National

A Kentucky clerk who went to jail for defying a federal court's orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses says she met briefly with the pope during his historic visit to the United States.



House, Senate to send Obama temporary spending bill

Posted 9/30/2015 in National

A temporary funding measure that would keep the government open past a midnight deadline should make its way to President Barack Obama today with time to spare.


Facing Congress, Planned Parenthood chief rebuts videos

Posted 9/30/2015 in National

The head of Planned Parenthood defended the women's health organization Tuesday before a Republican-run Congress bent on slashing its federal funding, telling lawmakers that accusations against her group fed by stealthily recorded videos are "offensive and categorically untrue."


GOP field: Tax cuts for all, don't worry about consequences

Posted 9/30/2015 in National

Republicans came into this presidential campaign with painful memories of how, in the last one, Democrats blasted Mitt Romney's tax plan as a giveaway to the rich.



Military favors keeping troops in Afghanistan past 2016

Posted 9/30/2015 in National

In a potential major shift in policy, U.S. military commanders want to keep at least a few thousand American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016.



South Dakota tribe to open nation's 1st pot resort

Posted 9/30/2015 in National

The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota.



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