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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.



Big Senate vote propels stopgap spending bill

Posted 9/29/2015 in National

The Senate is set to pass a spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this week over the opposition of the most conservative Republicans in the chamber.


Worker who helped 2 killers escape gets up to 7 years

Posted 9/29/2015 in National

A sobbing former prison worker who helped two murderers escape from a maximum-security lockup said she regretted her "horrible mistake" as she was sentenced Monday to up to seven years behind bars as part of a plea deal.

Senate GOP leader seems safe for now after Boehner departure

Posted 9/29/2015 in National

Try as they may, there's no sign that conservatives chirping over the departure of House Speaker John Boehner will be able to claim Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as their next pelt.


Ex-House Speaker Hastert lawyers talking plea deal

Posted 9/29/2015 in National

A possible plea agreement is being negotiated in the hush-money case of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.


Bush: US should open overseas markets to US oil, gas

Posted 9/29/2015 in National

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says ending the ban on U.S. oil exports and easing restrictions on natural gas exports will unleash the nation's economy.

Trump proposes tax cuts for all

Posted 9/29/2015 in National

After weeks of vowing to raise taxes on "hedge fund guys" and high-income earners, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump unveiled a tax plan Monday that would cut rates across the board and reduce the amount paid by wealthiest Americans and corporations into the U.S. Treasury.

Pope Francis wraps up joyful US visit with big open-air Mass

Posted 9/28/2015 in National

Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to "miracles of love," closing out his joyful six-day trip with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child sexual abuse and a warning to America's bishops.


Boehner slams some GOP hard liners as 'false prophets'

Posted 9/28/2015 in National

Speaker John Boehner is embarking on his final month in Congress by moving to complete unfinished business and vowing not to leave his successor with a politically gridlocked House.


Stargazers witness rare event in supermoon eclipse

Posted 9/28/2015 in National

Stargazers were treated to a rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon.


Nonprofits seek Supreme Court review of contraceptives case

Posted 9/28/2015 in National

Religion, birth control and President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are about to collide at the Supreme Court yet again.



Shell says it will cease Alaska offshore Arctic drilling

Posted 9/28/2015 in National

Royal Dutch Shell will cease exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska's coast following disappointing results from an exploratory well backed by billions in investment and years of work.


Conservatives to 2016 GOP field: Defy us at your own peril

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

The Republican Party's conservative wing, pumped up by House Speaker John Boehner's stepping down, is warning the 2016 presidential candidates that defying its wishes will come at their peril.

'I believe in the Bible': Trump courts Christian right

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Donald Trump recently showed up at a gathering of Iowa conservative Christian voters with a copy of the Bible in hand.


Clerk Kim Davis switching parties to become a Republican

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Defiant Kentucky clerk Kim Davis stood on a stage in a Washington, D.C., hotel Friday night and spread her arms triumphantly.


Next in line? McCarthy is realist with conservative appeal

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Rep. Kevin McCarthy has risen to the upper reaches of House leadership mostly on the basis of his people skills and political smarts rather than his policy chops.


Congressman grabs drinking glass used by pope, takes sip

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

Pope Francis wasn't the only person to drink from the glass of water he used during his speech to Congress.



'Blood Moon' seen as sign of end times by some Mormons

Posted 9/26/2015 in National

A rare confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon set to happen this weekend has prompted such widespread fear of an impending apocalypse that the Mormon Church was compelled to issue a statement cautioning the faithful to not get caught up in speculation about a major calamity.



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