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No shutdown, no default: Congress leaders, Obama back deal

Posted 10/28/2015 in National

Striving to end a cycle of crisis, congressional leaders and the White House united Tuesday behind an ambitious budget and debt deal aimed at restoring a semblance of order to Capitol Hill and ending the threat of government shutdowns and defaults until well after a new president takes office.



Carson enters GOP debate with momentum; Bush seeks jumpstart

Posted 10/28/2015 in National

The Republican candidates for president will gather tonight for their third debate amid fresh volatility in an already chaotic race, with Ben Carson surging past Donald Trump in Iowa and one-time front-runner Jeb Bush under pressure to prove he's still a viable candidate for the GOP nomination.


Fiorina needs 3rd debate to help regain momentum

Posted 10/28/2015 in National

Carly Fiorina's standout performance in the first undercard GOP primary debate made her a contender.


AP-GfK Poll: Trump is hard sell for Hispanics

Posted 10/28/2015 in National

Republican front-runner Donald Trump is widely unpopular among the nation's Hispanics, a new AP-GfK poll finds, challenging the billionaire's oft-repeated assertion that he will win the Hispanic vote if he becomes his party's nominee.


Arrest of girl who texted in class prompts civil rights case

Posted 10/28/2015 in National

A girl who refused to surrender her phone after texting in math class was flipped backward and tossed across the classroom floor by a sheriff's deputy, prompting a federal civil rights probe on Tuesday.


Air Force picks Northrop Grumman to build next big bomber

Posted 10/28/2015 in National

The Air Force said Tuesday it chose Northrop Grumman Corp., maker of the B-2 stealth bomber, to build its next-generation bomber, a highly classified, $80 billion project designed to replace the aging bomber fleet with an information-age aircraft that eventually may be capable of flying without a pilot aboard.


UN agency links hot dogs and other processed meat to cancer

Posted 10/27/2015 in National

Bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts are under fire: The World Health Organization threw its global weight behind years of experts' warnings and declared Monday that processed meats raise the risk of colon and stomach cancer and that red meat is probably harmful, too.

AP-GfK Poll: Use default, shutdown threats to cut spending

Posted 10/27/2015 in National

A divided public thinks it's worth shutting the government or halting its ability to borrow to pay bills unless President Barack Obama consents to spending cuts, an Associated Press-GfK poll has found.

Prosecutor: Driver in parade crash went around barricade

Posted 10/27/2015 in National

A woman accused of driving her car into a crowd of people at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade ran a red light, "purposely" went around a barricade and drove over a police motorcycle before crashing into the spectators, a prosecutor said Monday.

Obama encouraging limits on standardized student tests

Posted 10/26/2015 in National

Addressing one of education's most divisive issues, President Barack Obama on Saturday called for capping standardized testing at 2 percent of classroom time and said the government shares responsibility for turning tests into the be-all and end-all of American schools.


For sluggish Bush, some backers fret it may soon be too late

Posted 10/26/2015 in National

For months, Jeb Bush's campaign insisted it was too early.


Carson: Can a man of great surgical skill lead a nation?

Posted 10/26/2015 in National

Ben Carson is the only 2016 candidate for president who has never led a state or company or run for political office. No matter, he says. Surely someone who can perform life-or-death surgeries can run the country.


AP-GfK Poll: Republicans say Trump tops list of electable

Posted 10/26/2015 in National

A majority of Republican voters view only four of their party's presidential contenders as potential general election winners, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that reflects the sustained strength of the GOP's outsider candidates.


Trail hiker pleads guilty to wire fraud in embezzling case

Posted 10/25/2015 in National

A Kentucky accountant who spent much of six years as a fugitive hiking the Appalachian Trail pleaded guilty Friday to a wire fraud count and agreed to pay back money embezzled in an $8.7 million case.

Carter: Soldier heroically entered Kurdish-IS firefight

Posted 10/25/2015 in National

The U.S. soldier fatally wounded in a hostage rescue mission in Iraq heroically inserted himself into a firefight to defend Kurdish soldiers, even though the plan called for the Kurds to do the fighting, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.


Ryan prepares to ascend to speaker

Posted 10/25/2015 in National

The honeymoon might be over before it even begins for House Speaker-in-waiting Paul Ryan when he is elevated to the top job this coming week.



Democrats to stay on Benghazi panel -- for now

Posted 10/25/2015 in National

Democrats on the House Benghazi committee said Friday they are staying -- for now -- on the Republican-led panel, despite calling it a "fishing expedition to derail" Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid.



Colorado theater shooter James Holmes assaulted in prison

Posted 10/25/2015 in National

Officials say an inmate assaulted theater shooter James Holmes and a security officer at the Colorado State Penitentiary.



Pentagon: American killed in raid to free Iraqis held by IS

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Acting on word of an "imminent mass execution" by Islamic State militants, dozens of U.S. special operations troops and Iraqi forces raided a northern Iraqi compound Thursday, freeing approximately 70 Iraqi prisoners in an operation that saw the first American killed in combat in the country since the U.S. campaign against IS began in 2014, officials said.


Police officer's slaying puts 'drug courts' under scrutiny

Posted 10/23/2015 in National

Arrested in a 19-person drug sweep, Tyrone Howard was one of only three who got sent to drug court, which offered him treatment instead of prison.


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