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South Carolina Senate votes to take down Confederate flag

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

The push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse is about to clear its first hurdle.



Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could help women's suit

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Bill Cosby's admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women he was pursuing for sex could bolster defamation claims lodged by his accusers, the women's lawyers said after The Associated Press reported on newly released court documents.



San Francisco status as 'sanctuary' criticized after slaying

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up.



The anti-pot taboo shrinks in presidential politics

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.



Heaven scent: Finding may help restore fragrance to roses

Posted 7/4/2015 in National

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.



Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion

Posted 7/4/2015 in National

Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor.



Pope to Christians: Put aside divisions amid persecution

Posted 7/4/2015 in National

Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.


Bubba Watson to remove Confederate flag from 'General Lee'

Posted 7/4/2015 in National

Bubba Watson says he's painting over the Confederate flag on his car made popular in "The Dukes of Hazzard" television series.

Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder

Posted 7/3/2015 in National

Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest.


Rainbow Facebook pics: Armchair activism or shifting tide?

Posted 7/3/2015 in National

You may have noticed your Facebook friends getting considerably more colorful.


USPS to offer Elvis Presley greatest hits CD with stamp

Posted 7/3/2015 in National

The U.S. Postal Service is offering an Elvis Presley greatest hits CD to go along with a new commemorative stamp.


Hispanic leaders say Republican Party must condemn Trump

Posted 7/3/2015 in National

Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump.


Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans

Posted 7/3/2015 in National

Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.


Church fires not usually arson; weather found as cause in SC

Posted 7/3/2015 in National

As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators announced Thursday that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina.



TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns

Posted 7/2/2015 in National

TV Land has dumped "The Dukes of Hazzard."



Polygamous trio applies for wedding license

Posted 7/2/2015 in National

A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.



Many but not all in GOP object as US, Cuba plan embassies

Posted 7/2/2015 in National

Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born.



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