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US asked Mexico to extradite drug lord before escape

Posted 7/18/2015 in National

Just weeks before Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman sneaked out of a maximum security prison in Mexico, the U.S. government had requested formally that the drug kingpin be sent to the United States to stand trial on a variety of drug trafficking and conspiracy charges, the Justice Department said on Friday.



Clinton keeps her focus on the GOP

Posted 7/18/2015 in National

Ignoring her primary challengers, Hillary Rodham Clinton focused instead on the expanding field of Republican contenders as she and her fellow Democrats tried to impress influential party activists in Iowa.


AP-GfK Poll: Americans divided over same-sex marriage

Posted 7/18/2015 in National

People in the United States are evenly divided over the Supreme Court case that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.


MTV causes stir with film on white people

Posted 7/18/2015 in National

One of the challenges for makers of the MTV documentary "White People" was getting folks to talk about race when they didn't feel the issue concerned them -- like those quoted as saying they consider white the "default race" or "normal."



Spanish town's summer advice: Don't skip your siesta

Posted 7/18/2015 in National

The heat is on, and a Spanish town is taking its afternoon siesta seriously.


Little known about suspect in fatal shooting of Marines

Posted 7/17/2015 in National

The man who authorities say killed four Marines in an attack on a military recruiting center and another U.S. military site was a 24-year-old, Kuwait-born engineer who had not been on the radar of federal authorities until the bloodshed.

Obama visits prison to call for a fairer justice system

Posted 7/17/2015 in National

Peering from the back seat of his armored black limousine, President Barack Obama rode into a razor wire-surrounded federal prison Thursday and said he met young inmates "who made mistakes that aren't that different than the mistakes I made."


TLC cancels '19 Kids and Counting,' plans education push

Posted 7/17/2015 in National

After weeks in limbo stemming from revelations of sexual misconduct by one of its stars, the TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting" is officially dead.



'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 24 Emmy Award nominations

Posted 7/17/2015 in National

The Emmys, television's highest-profile awards, could have seized the moment with Thursday's nominations to fully acknowledge the wealth of diverse talent adding to the medium's vibrancy and relevance.



Jury quickly convicts Colorado theater shooter of murder

Posted 7/17/2015 in National

Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was convicted Thursday in the chilling 2012 attack on defenseless moviegoers at a midnight Batman premiere after jurors swiftly rejected defense arguments that the former graduate student was insane and driven to murder by delusions.



Obama: No mechanism to revoke Cosby's Medal of Freedom

Posted 7/17/2015 in National

President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea of revoking Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations.



Conservatives: IRS could target gay marriage opponents

Posted 7/17/2015 in National

A brief exchange during Supreme Court arguments in the same-sex marriage case has exploded into a full-blown crisis for some conservatives who warn that the IRS could start revoking the tax-exempt status of religious groups that oppose gay marriage.



Senate OKs revised No Child education law, compromise needed

Posted 7/17/2015 in National

More than a decade after No Child Left Behind established a stronger federal role in public education, the Senate on Thursday approved a rewrite of the much-criticized education law that would return much of that power to the states.



Judge sets trial for Charleston church shooting suspect

Posted 7/17/2015 in National

The man accused of killing nine people at a church in Charleston last month will stand trial next July, a judge ruled Thursday.



GOP sees Iran nuclear deal as chance to gain Jewish voters

Posted 7/17/2015 in National

Republicans are trying to seize on President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and strained ties with Israel's leader to cultivate Jewish voters, reasoning that a small shift in the margins could help them in battleground states like Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.



Congressional panels will probe Planned Parenthood video

Posted 7/16/2015 in National

The searing political conflict over abortion flared anew Wednesday as three Republican-led congressional committees said they will investigate whether Planned Parenthood is selling organs from aborted fetuses.



Justice Kennedy compares gay marriage uproar to flag burning

Posted 7/16/2015 in National

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday likened controversy over the court's decision to allow gay marriage to public reaction over the 1989 ruling that said burning an American flag was protected free speech.



Colorado rejects pot use for PTSD

Posted 7/16/2015 in National

Colorado is known for pushing boundaries on marijuana, but a recent decision from the state health officials rejecting pot as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder shows the issue is far from settled.



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