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House to vote on No Child Left Behind rewrite

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

The House is ready to vote today on a long-sought rewrite of the 2002 No Child Left Behind education law that would roll back the federal government's authority to push academic standards and tell schools how to improve.



Voters wonder if Cruz can heal Washington's bitter divisions

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

Iowa Republican Sharon Gilbert thinks her party veered off course in the past two presidential elections by nominating candidates who were too moderate.



Bush spends millions on TV but has yet to rise in GOP race

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

Jeb Bush and his allies are spending circles around his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. Yet for all the money they've invested -- $26 million on television ads alone -- they've yet to see a substantial return.



Black pastors press Trump on tone during closed-door meeting

Posted 12/1/2015 in National

Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language.



GOP leader defends House Planned Parenthood investigation

Posted 12/1/2015 in National

A Republican congressional leader on Monday defended a House investigation of Planned Parenthood's provision of fetal tissue to researchers, offering no suggestion that last week's shooting deaths at one of the group's clinics will cause the GOP to retreat from that probe.


Suspect in Planned Parenthood attack makes first appearance

Posted 12/1/2015 in National

The man accused in the shooting rampage at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday and learned that he will face first-degree murder charges in the deaths of three people killed in the standoff with police.


GOP rhetoric on Muslims seen as having little cost

Posted 11/28/2015 in National

Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words they might use with more caution against any other group for fear of the political cost.



Protest over Chicago teen's shooting ties up retail district

Posted 11/28/2015 in National

Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down traffic in Chicago's ritziest shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the 2014 police killing of a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer.



Police: Three killed in attack at Planned Parenthood clinic

Posted 11/28/2015 in National

The man who police say staged a deadly shooting attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic that offers abortion services said "no more baby parts" after his arrest, a law enforcement official said Saturday.



As many African-American see it, there are two Ben Carsons

Posted 11/28/2015 in National

Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson's "Gifted Hands" memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it.



France honors attack victims in city subdued by mourning

Posted 11/27/2015 in National

A subdued France paid homage today to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning, honoring each of the 130 dead by name as the president pledged to "destroy the army of fanatics" who claimed so many young lives.



Trump called out for appearing to mock disability

Posted 11/27/2015 in National

Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the "poor guy" and make fun of him.



In 2016 campaign, both parties want reform in justice system

Posted 11/27/2015 in National

On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago.



Clinton proposes tax break for caregivers

Posted 11/25/2015 in National

Pledging to invest in the "caring economy," Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed a new tax break Sunday for people caring for aging parents and grandparents.



Marco Rubio finesses his abortion stance

Posted 11/25/2015 in National

When Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio staked out a hard-line position on abortion in the first GOP debate, Hillary Rodham Clinton took notice.



Wooing blacks, Sanders reframes, but doesn't change argument

Posted 11/25/2015 in National

Bernie Sanders acknowledges that he needs more support from black voters to have any chance of defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.



US traffic deaths rise sharply after small decline in 2014

Posted 11/25/2015 in National

After declining for most of the past decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call from the nation's highway safety chief to find ways to reduce the human errors that cause most fatalities.


Officer charged with murder in teen's death; video released

Posted 11/25/2015 in National

The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The graphic video of the slaying has been made public. And in the hours after the footage was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint.

Official: Paris attacks organizer was planning more carnage

Posted 11/25/2015 in National

The man believed to have planned the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more had likely planned to carry out another suicide bombing days later in the French capital's business district, the Paris prosecutor said Tuesday.


Thanksgiving flying: Tips to survive the travel madness

Posted 11/25/2015 in National

If you're braving the airports this Thanksgiving, you won't be alone.



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