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Government says students can apply earlier for college aid

Posted 9/18/2015 in National

Aspiring college students will be able to apply for federal financial aid three months earlier than now and submit a previous year's tax return, changes aimed at helping more people pay for school, the White House said Sunday.


Analysis: Trump underwhelms, Fiorina shines in GOP debate

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

Republican voters fed up with Washington and anyone with a background in politics have cheered billionaire businessman Donald Trump as the ultimate 2016 outsider, making him the front-runner for the GOP nomination.

Takeaways from the GOP's undercard presidential debate

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

The four Republican presidential candidates who didn't make the cut for the 11-person prime-time GOP debate met Wednesday for an undercard event at the Ronald Reagan presidential library, each searching for a breakout moment.


Feds investigate friend of Charleston shooting suspect

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

A friend of the white man accused of shooting nine black churchgoers to death in Charleston is being investigated by federal authorities, an official said Wednesday.


Outcry after Muslim teen is detained over homemade clock

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

A 14-year-old Muslim boy became a sensation on social media Wednesday and got an invitation to the White House after word spread that he had been placed in handcuffs and suspended for coming to class with a homemade clock that school officials thought resembled a bomb.


US general: Only handful of Syrian fighters remain in battle

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

No more than five U.S.-trained Syrian rebels are fighting the Islamic State, astoundingly short of the envisioned 5,000, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East told angry lawmakers on Wednesday. They branded the training program "a total failure."



Hearing set to debate Bergdahl charges

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

Lawyers for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who faces military charges for leaving his post in Afghanistan, are likely to argue at his initial court hearing that his years of being held captive by the Taliban were punishment enough, according to legal experts.



Census: Income, poverty numbers stay just about the same

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

The wallets of America's middle class and poorest aren't seeing any extra money, the U.S. Census reported Wednesday, a financial stagnation experts say may be fueling political dissent this campaign season.



Ag secretary Vilsack announces goal for cutting food waste

Posted 9/17/2015 in National

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a goal Wednesday to cut the amount of food that Americans waste by 50 percent by 2030.



Shifting debate strategies, GOP hopefuls to take on Trump

Posted 9/16/2015 in National

In the first Republican presidential debate, most candidates took a hands-off approach to Donald Trump and hoped the brash billionaire would hurt himself. Instead, he only got stronger.


Subway: Co-founder of sandwich chain DeLuca dead at 67

Posted 9/16/2015 in National

Subway co-founder Fred DeLuca, who turned a sandwich shop he started as a teenager into the world's largest fast-food chain, died Monday evening. He was 67.


Panel backs aspirin for heart health only in certain adults

Posted 9/16/2015 in National

A government task force says a daily low-dose aspirin could help certain people in their 50s and 60s prevent a first heart attack or stroke -- and they might get some protection against colon cancer at the same time.



Republicans oppose new rules on offshore drilling

Posted 9/16/2015 in National

Republican lawmakers on Tuesday criticized an Obama administration move to toughen standards for offshore drilling, saying the new rules would be costly for drillers and threaten to shut down oil and gas exploration off the nation's coasts.



Stark contrasts in Europe's welcome to migrants

Posted 9/16/2015 in National

The bleary-eyed travelers arriving in Malmo's glass-and-steel train station agreed on one thing: Sweden was a better place to go than Denmark, which has cut welfare benefits for refugees.


Amid Trump bombast, Ben Carson rises in GOP field

Posted 9/16/2015 in National

Amid all the bombast in the Republican race for president, Ben Carson comes across more like a whisper.


Anti-abortion videos draw scrutiny to fetal tissue brokers

Posted 9/16/2015 in National

Covert videos released by an anti-abortion group have opened a window on a largely unknown corner of science: the middlemen who supply researchers with human fetal cells from elective abortions.


Senate Democrats block vote to disapprove of Iran deal

Posted 9/16/2015 in National

For the second time, Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a vote to move forward on a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, protecting President Barack Obama's key foreign policy initiative.


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