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AP sources: Concerns over easing transgender ban in military

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has gotten pushback from senior military leaders on whether the Pentagon should lift its ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces.

 

 

'Mad Men' star Hamm has treatment for alcohol addiction

Posted 3/25/2015 in National

"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction, his spokeswoman said.

 

 

Jet crashes in Alps with 150 aboard; no survivors expected

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

A passenger jet carrying at 150 people crashed today in a remote area of the French Alps as it flew from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, authorities said.

 

 

Carter: Troop data in online kill list was not stolen

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

The names, photos and addresses of 100 U.S. military members posted online by a group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division were not stolen from confidential government files, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday.

 

 

CDC: Uninsured drop by 11M since passage of ACA

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

The number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago, according to a pair of reports Tuesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

For business, more women in charge means bigger profits

Posted 3/24/2015 in National

LONDON -- When Rohini Anand took over diversity programs at multinational catering company Sodexo in 2002, she had one goal: To prove that it pays for a company to have equal numbers of male and female managers.

 

Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically.

 

 

Rare Tennessee Williams story published for first time

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

As she takes in the despair of her in-laws' one-room apartment in "A Streetcar Named Desire," Blanche Dubois exclaims: "Only Poe! Only Mr. Edgar Allan Poe could do it justice!" Years earlier, Tennessee Williams channeled Poe for an entire story.

 

 

Sheriff: New Orleans airport attacker had explosives

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

Authorities say the machete-wielding man who was shot at New Orleans' international airport after trying to attack passengers and security agents was carrying explosives at the time.

 

 

State bills would limit access to officer body camera videos

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

State legislators around the country are pushing to make it much harder for the public to obtain police officer body camera videos, undermining their promise as a tool people can use to hold law enforcement accountable.

 

 

Fracking: Rules tightened for chemical disclosure

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.

 

 

Felon using expedited airport screening renews concerns

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

A key lawmaker raised questions about air travel security after a convicted felon and former member of a domestic terrorist organization was able to use an expedited airport security line.

 

 

Judge orders release of military detainee abuse photos

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

The U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners.

 

 

Afghanistan president to embark on landmark Washington visit

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

As the Afghan president heads to the United States on his first trip to Washington as head of state, the landmark visit offers a chance for both sides to start afresh and wipe the slate clean on the legacy of troubled U.S-Afghan relations.

 

 

Divisive issue of abortion stalls human trafficking bill

Posted 3/21/2015 in National

The Senate's 100 members don't agree on much. They agreed they wanted legislation to help the victims of sex trafficking. Then the bill got caught up in the emotional and uncompromising politics of abortion.

 

Ring of light: Total eclipse over Svalbard islands in Arctic

Posted 3/20/2015 in National

Sky-gazers in the Arctic were treated to a perfect view of a total solar eclipse today as the moon completely blocked out the sun in a clear sky, casting a shadow over Norway's remote archipelago of Svalbard.

 

Clinton: US politics could use 'camps for adults'

Posted 3/20/2015 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton says the nation's political class could use "camps for adults" to foster cooperation because too many leaders get backed into partisan corners and refuse to work together.

 

 

Budget spat leaves House GOP leaders facing new discord

Posted 3/20/2015 in National

Whether the issue is immigration or federal budgets, Republicans keep learning a bitter lesson: Their sizable and near-historic congressional majority doesn't necessarily mean they can govern.

 

 

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