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Tractor-trailer hitches could be faulty, 6,000 may be in use

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

On a twisty, snow-lined hill that the locals call "Devil's Backbone," a 12-ton semi-trailer came loose from its tractor and plowed into an oncoming line of pre-dawn commuters.



Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it off, a state official said Tuesday.



Bush likely earned less, paid higher tax rate than Clintons

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

In the first presidential race since Democrats cast the GOP nominee as an out-of-touch millionaire, Republican Jeb Bush is aggressively trying to flip the script.



O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too.



Episcopalians to vote on allowing gay marriage in churches

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

Episcopalians are set to vote today on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.



Federal report faults police actions during Ferguson unrest

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown's death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department draft report that found across-the-board flaws in law enforcement's response.



Obama aims to change conversation around Affordable Care Act

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

President Barack Obama is aiming to use the momentum from a recent Supreme Court victory for his health care law to change the conversation from talk about undoing his signature domestic achievement to talk about how to improve it.


Convicted killer thought fellow escapee was slowing him down

Posted 6/30/2015 in National

Two convicted killers who staged a complicated prison break together and then spent more than two weeks roaming in thick New York woods finally split up when one man decided his companion was slowing him down, going their separate ways a few days before one was shot and the other captured, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.


Rand Paul 1st major-party candidate to court pot donors

Posted 6/30/2015 in National

Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul is courting donors from the marijuana business in a groundbreaking event in Denver.


Woman removes Confederate flag at SC statehouse

Posted 6/27/2015 in National

The Confederate flag was temporarily removed from the front of the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday when a woman climbed the flagpole and -- despite calls by police to get down -- removed the banner.

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

The Supreme Court declared today that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Confederate heritage group loses its Southern influence

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

The Sons of Confederate Veterans knew an attack on their cherished symbols would come after seeing photos of the white man accused of killing nine black churchgoers displaying Confederate battle flags. They just didn't expect it from their right flank.

Vandals target Confederate monuments in half-dozen states

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

Vandals have targeted monuments dedicated to the leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy, painting the slogan "Black lives matter" on memorials in a half-dozen states where the landmarks stand tall in parks and outside government buildings.


Obama and Roberts legacies intertwined in health care law

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

The chief justice who once mangled President Barack Obama's oath of office has once again helped rescue the president's signature achievement, his health care law.



With court defeat, GOP health law effort now aimed at '16

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

The Supreme Court's resounding rejection of a conservative attempt to gut President Barack Obama's health care overhaul won't stop Republicans from attacking the law they detest.



Guard: 'Did not know' he made inmates' escape easier

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

A prison guard who admitted giving two inmates tools, paint, frozen hamburger and access to a catwalk electrical box says he didn't know the killers planned to break out, and investigators say they have no reason to believe he was knowingly involved in the plot.



Thousands expected for Obama's tribute to Charleston victims

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

The first black president of the United States is coming to Charleston to eulogize the victims of a mass shooting at a historic African-American church -- a tragedy that one civil rights activist said was a sign of "how far yet" the nation has to go to put racial tensions behind it.



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