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Some military discharges mean no benefits after service ends

Posted 12/30/2015 in National

No medical or mental health care. No subsidized college or work training. For many who leave the U.S. military with less-than-honorable discharges, including thousands who suffered injuries and anguish in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, standard veterans benefits are off limits.


AP-NORC Poll: Religious rights most vital for US Christians

Posted 12/30/2015 in National

Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than for other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new survey.



Trump says criticism of Bill Clinton is fair

Posted 12/30/2015 in National

Donald Trump is reviving memories of Bill Clinton's affair with a White House intern and his turbulent interactions with black voters during South Carolina's 2008 primary as the ex-president prepares to campaign for his wife in New Hampshire.



Calm urged after Ohio grand jury doesn't indict officers

Posted 12/29/2015 in National

Officials are urging calm as they brace for expected protests after a grand jury voted not to indict a white Cleveland police officer for fatally shooting a 12-year-old black boy who was carrying what turned out to be a pellet gun.



AP-Times Square poll: Shootings weighed on Americans in 2015

Posted 12/26/2015 in National

Mass shootings and attacks weighed heavily on the minds of Americans in 2015, according to a new poll that found most believe this year was worse for the world than last year.



Christie-backed changes in gun rules get mixed reaction

Posted 12/26/2015 in National

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie has received mixed reviews among gun rights advocates in a key primary state for regulatory changes he backed this week in his home state of New Jersey.



On Muslims, Democrats find an unlikely ally: George W Bush

Posted 12/26/2015 in National

Taunted by Republicans to declare war on "radical Islamic terrorism," Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush.


Rudolph's shiny red nose may be tied to eyes that glow blue

Posted 12/24/2015 in National

Everyone knows Rudolph has a red nose but what about his eyes?


Democrats grapple with Trump effect as primary draws near

Posted 12/24/2015 in National

Months of intense focus on the Republican race -- and front-runner Donald Trump -- have reverberated through the Democratic field, prompting front-runner Hillary Clinton to turn her attention to her would-be GOP challengers and leaving her chief rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, gasping for airtime.



Report: More young adults signing up for Obama health law

Posted 12/23/2015 in National

Midway through sign-up season, more young adults are getting coverage through President Barack Obama's health care law.


Bowe Bergdahl arraigned at North Carolina Army base

Posted 12/23/2015 in National

Wearing a dress blue uniform, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faced a military judge Tuesday for the first time since the U.S. Army decided to proceed with a military trial that could result in a life sentence for his disappearance in Afghanistan in 2009.


Kim Davis reflects on her role in same-sex marriage debate

Posted 12/23/2015 in National

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, said she prayed for those who disagreed with her and feels the pace of social change has "awakened" Christians across the country.



Danish 'Graceland' museum changes name after lawsuit

Posted 12/23/2015 in National

Denmark's Elvis museum, a replica of Presley's Graceland Mansion home in Memphis, is changing its name after a lawsuit for infringement of the "Graceland" trademark.



Zatarain's recalls Red Beans and Rice

Posted 12/23/2015 in National

Zatarain's is voluntarily recalling its 8 ounce boxes of Red Beans and Rice Original because the product may contain undeclared dairy ingredients that could prompt serious or life-threatening allergic reactions.



Support for legal abortion at highest level in 2 years

Posted 12/22/2015 in National

Support for legal abortion in the U.S. has edged up to its highest level in the past two years, with an Associated Press-GfK poll showing an apparent increase in support among Democrats and Republicans alike over the last year.


Lindsey Graham ends his 2016 presidential campaign

Posted 12/22/2015 in National

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham ended his 2016 campaign for president Monday, saying he remains committed to working to achieve security for the American people and helping the GOP expand its base.


Regime change debate creates unusual 2016 alliances

Posted 12/22/2015 in National

America's 2016 presidential candidates are split on promoting regime change in the Middle East, but not along the usual party lines.



Trump calls Clinton a 'liar' over video claim

Posted 12/22/2015 in National

Democrat Hillary Clinton says Republican Donald Trump has become recruiting fodder for Islamic extremists, and Trump calls her a liar, in what could be a preview of the 2016 general election campaign for president.



Obama: Trump exploiting blue-collar fears in campaign

Posted 12/22/2015 in National

President Barack Obama, in a broadside against the leading Republican presidential candidate, says billionaire Donald Trump is "exploiting" the fears that working-class men in particular have about the economy and stagnant wages.



Prosecutor: No indictment in Bland jail death

Posted 12/22/2015 in National

A grand jury decided that neither sheriff's officials nor jailers committed a crime in the treatment of a black woman who died in a Texas county jail last summer, but has not yet determined whether the state trooper who arrested her should face charges, a prosecutor said.



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