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Clerk jailed over gay marriage says pope encouraged her

Posted 9/30/2015 in National

A Kentucky clerk who went to jail for defying a federal court's orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses says she met briefly with the pope during his historic visit to the United States.



House, Senate to send Obama temporary spending bill

Posted 9/30/2015 in National

A temporary funding measure that would keep the government open past a midnight deadline should make its way to President Barack Obama today with time to spare.


Facing Congress, Planned Parenthood chief rebuts videos

Posted 9/30/2015 in National

The head of Planned Parenthood defended the women's health organization Tuesday before a Republican-run Congress bent on slashing its federal funding, telling lawmakers that accusations against her group fed by stealthily recorded videos are "offensive and categorically untrue."


GOP field: Tax cuts for all, don't worry about consequences

Posted 9/30/2015 in National

Republicans came into this presidential campaign with painful memories of how, in the last one, Democrats blasted Mitt Romney's tax plan as a giveaway to the rich.



Military favors keeping troops in Afghanistan past 2016

Posted 9/30/2015 in National

In a potential major shift in policy, U.S. military commanders want to keep at least a few thousand American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016.



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.



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