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House bill would cap expenses for ex-presidents

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff under a bill in the House.

 

Some see differences between perceptions of Waco, Baltimore

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests.

 

House passes another temporary fix to keep highway aid going

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

States would continue to receive highway and transit aid for another two months under a bill the House passed Tuesday.

 

 

Amid criticism, Clinton sticks to low-key campaign strategy

Posted 5/20/2015 in National

During two days of campaigning this week in Iowa, Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't make a formal speech.

 

 

Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate

Posted 5/19/2015 in National

President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday.

 

 

Fall of Ramadi raises doubts about US strategy in Iraq

Posted 5/19/2015 in National

The Islamic State group's capture of Ramadi, a key provincial capital in western Iraq, calls into question the Obama administration's strategy in Iraq.

 

 

Feds propose multi-pronged plan to bolster decline in bees

Posted 5/19/2015 in National

The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations by making more federal land bee-friendly, spending more money on research and considering the use of less pesticides.

 

B.B. King viewing set for Las Vegas ahead of Mississippi funeral

Posted 5/19/2015 in National

A public viewing for blues legend B.B. King will be held in Las Vegas before his body is sent to Mississippi, where plans are being made for services in his hometown next week, King's business manager said Monday.

 

State Dept. plans release of Clinton emails by next January

Posted 5/19/2015 in National

The State Department has proposed releasing portions of 55,000 pages of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by next January.

 

 

'Justice': Jury orders death for the Boston Marathon bomber

Posted 5/16/2015 in National

After slouching through his trial for months with a bored look on his face, the defendant was ordered to rise.

 

A look back 35 years after Mount St. Helens' deadly eruption

Posted 5/16/2015 in National

Thirty-five years ago, Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington state erupted, killing 57 people, blasting more than 1,300 feet off the top and raining volcanic ash for miles around.

 

Survey: School bullying at lowest ebb in 10 years

Posted 5/16/2015 in National

Nearly 1 in 4 surveyed U.S. students say they have been bullied in school. That's an improvement, but the prevalence reinforces just how difficult the problem is to solve.

 

'Blues can never die': B.B. King reigned but music lives on

Posted 5/15/2015 in National

B.B. King believed anyone could play the blues, and that "as long as people have problems, the blues can never die."

 

Investigators look at why train sped up before derailment

Posted 5/15/2015 in National

In the moment the Amtrak train that derailed at a curve this week was supposed to be slowing down, it was accelerating, investigators said Thursday.

 

 

San Francisco police department under fire for racist texts

Posted 5/15/2015 in National

The original charges were shocking: Six San Francisco police officers were accused of stealing from drug dealers. Then federal prosecutors released racist and homophobic text messages.

 

 

House set to pass defense policy bill opposed by Obama

Posted 5/15/2015 in National

The House is on track to pass a nearly $612 billion defense policy bill, a measure that usually garners bipartisan support but this year has drawn a veto threat from President Barack Obama, angered a Shiite cleric in Iraq and has Democrats fighting Republicans over federal spending caps.

 

 

Official: VA improperly spends $5 billion a year on health

Posted 5/15/2015 in National

The Department of Veterans Affairs is improperly spending at least $5 billion a year for medical care and supplies being purchased in violation of required practices for competitive bidding and written contracts, a senior VA official said Thursday.

 

 

House approves GOP bill banning most late-term abortions

Posted 5/14/2015 in National

Republicans finally won House approval Wednesday for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female GOP lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat.

 

 

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