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Busy year for protests could cost Washington millions

Posted 4/21/2017 in National

The major protests in Washington that have greeted President Donald Trump's first year in office are set to return in force, continuing an already expensive year for city officials who work to keep people safe during mass gatherings.



AP-NORC Poll: Black teens most active on social media apps

Posted 4/21/2017 in National

Teenagers and their technology are inseparable, but a new poll shows black teens are the most likely to have access to smartphones -- which could explain why they're the biggest and most frequent users of mobile-friendly social media apps Snapchat and Instagram.



Gunfire sensors credited with quick arrest in Fresno rampage

Posted 4/21/2017 in National

Acoustic sensors mounted on lampposts and telephone poles picked up the crack of gunfire and rapidly enabled police to zero in on where it was coming from.



Missing Tennessee student found with teacher in California

Posted 4/21/2017 in National

After being missing for more than a month, a 15-year-old Tennessee girl was found near a cabin in a remote part of northern California and the 50-year-old teacher accused of kidnapping her was arrested, authorities said.



UC Berkeley flip-flops on Ann Coulter, proposes May date

Posted 4/21/2017 in National

University of California, Berkeley officials said Thursday they have a "grave concern" of violence on campus if Ann Coulter follows through on her vow to speak next week at the university.



Unusual April tropical storm forms far from land

Posted 4/21/2017 in National

A rare April tropical storm has formed over the north Atlantic.



Huge indeed: $107 million in donations for Trump's inaugural

Posted 4/20/2017 in National

It was huge. Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump's inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts -- to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations.



Fox News Channel dismisses O'Reilly, its biggest star

Posted 4/20/2017 in National

Fox News Channel's parent company fired Bill O'Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into harassment allegations, bringing a stunning end to cable news' most popular program and one that came to define the bravado of his network over 20 years.



Pesticide maker tries to kill risk study

Posted 4/20/2017 in National

Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.



Israeli defense officials: Assad still has chemical weapons

Posted 4/20/2017 in National

Syria still has up to three tons of chemical weapons, Israeli defense officials said Wednesday in the first specific intelligence assessment of President Bashar Assad's weapons capabilities since a deadly chemical attack earlier this month.



Arkansas execution plan again thrown into doubt

Posted 4/20/2017 in National

An aggressive effort by the state of Arkansas to carry out its first executions since 2005 stalled for the second time this week as courts blocked lethal injections planned for Thursday, prompting Gov. Asa Hutchinson to express frustration at legal delaying tactics.



How dangerous air bags can find their way into used cars

Posted 4/20/2017 in National

A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government's efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There's nothing that prevents the devices from being taken from wrecked cars and reused.



Federal utility CEO: Coal plants not reopening under Trump

Posted 4/19/2017 in National

The CEO of the nation's biggest public utility said Tuesday that the agency isn't going to reopen coal-fired power plants under President Donald Trump, who has promised a comeback for the downtrodden coal industry.



Police: Fresno gunman targeting whites chose 3 men at random

Posted 4/19/2017 in National

Three men were having a seemingly ordinary day in downtown Fresno, California, before they were singled out at random and killed by a black gunman targeting white victims, police said.



Trump targets visa program he says hurts American workers

Posted 4/19/2017 in National

Turning back to the economic populism that helped drive his election campaign, President Donald Trump signed an order Tuesday he said should help American workers whose jobs are threatened by skilled immigrants.



McDonald's order trips up Facebook slaying suspect

Posted 4/19/2017 in National

Facebook slaying suspect Steve Stephens was undone by a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and an order of fries.



VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

Posted 4/19/2017 in National

From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.



United CEO says no one will be fired for dragging incident

Posted 4/19/2017 in National

The CEO of United Airlines says no one will be fired over the dragging of a man off a plane -- including himself.



Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez dead after hanging self in cell

Posted 4/19/2017 in National

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said.



Border wall could leave some Americans on 'Mexican side'

Posted 4/18/2017 in National

The last time U.S. officials built a barrier along the border with Mexico, they left an opening at the small road leading south to Pamela Taylor's home on the banks of the Rio Grande.



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