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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.



US troops killed near Bagram, Taliban insurgency intensifies

Posted 12/22/2015 in National

A suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol Monday, killing six American troops in the deadliest attack on international forces since August. Two U.S. troops and an Afghan were wounded.


Sanders, Clinton move past rancor over voter data breach

Posted 12/21/2015 in National

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton moved past the rancor over a breach of her campaign's valuable voter data, shifting Saturday night's debate into a pointed but polite discussion of national security, Americans' heightened terrorism fears and the economy.

New rules bringing kidneys to hardest-to-transplant patients

Posted 12/21/2015 in National

A shake-up of the nation's kidney transplant system means more organs are getting to patients once thought nearly impossible to match, according to early tracking of the new rules.


In budget deal, health law foes took a different path

Posted 12/21/2015 in National

Republican foes of President Barack Obama's health care law may be able to get more by chipping away at it than trying to take the whole thing down at once.



In Virginia's Bible Belt, an Arabic lesson ignites anger

Posted 12/19/2015 in National

With the nation already on edge after the attacks in California, a teacher's lesson on Islam in Virginia's Bible Belt sparked an angry meeting of outraged parents that mushroomed into a national denunciation of the educator in the form of thousands of angry emails and social media postings.



Security is focus at churches, mosques amid heightened fears

Posted 12/19/2015 in National

In Alabama, a Presbyterian church wanted to be able to hire its own police for protection.



Trump's mix of business, politics makes for unorthodox bid

Posted 12/19/2015 in National

It can be hard to see where Donald Trump the business ends and Donald Trump the presidential candidate begins.



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