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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.



Probe: Bogus enrollees kept getting 'Obamacare'

Posted 7/16/2015 in National

Phony applicants that investigators signed up last year under President Barack Obama's health care law got automatically re-enrolled for 2015.



Senate to vote on revision to No Child education law

Posted 7/16/2015 in National

The nation's main education law, long overdue for an overhaul, is headed for a major revision in the Senate.



Trump campaign sets his personal fortune at $10B

Posted 7/16/2015 in National

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump unveiled new documents Wednesday setting his personal fortune at more than $10 billion and his annual income at more than $362 million.



Has he got a deal for you: Obama eagerly pitching Iran deal

Posted 7/16/2015 in National

Part pitchman, part physics teacher, President Barack Obama is taking on the job of selling the Iran-nuclear deal with the gusto of a salesman who won't take no for an answer.



Charleston massacre, flag debate put Haley in 2016 spotlight

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

From her public statements of grief to removing the Confederate battle flag from outside her Statehouse office, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has drawn wide praise since the massacre of nine black churchgoers from a historic Charleston congregation.



Presidential election already fueled by $377 million

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

The 2016 presidential contest is barely underway, and already donors have poured some $377 million into it, an Associated Press review shows.



Trump campaign to reveal wealth details: 'I'm really rich'

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

As other presidential candidates fight to raise money, Donald Trump is reminding everyone he's already got a lot of it.



House to take up bill to keep highway aid flowing to states

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

Faced with the prospect of a shutdown in highway and transit aid to states, the House is due to take up a bill to temporarily shore up funding for transportation programs for the 35th time since 2009.



Family: Settlement isn't victory in NY police chokehold case

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

The relatives of an unarmed black man who died after being put in a white police officer's chokehold said Tuesday that the nearly $6 million settlement they reached with the city wasn't a victory as they continued pressing for federal civil rights charges.



Obama calls for shorter prison sentences for nonviolent convicts

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

Calling it an issue America can't afford to ignore, President Barack Obama laid out an expansive vision Tuesday for fixing the criminal justice system by focusing on communities, courtrooms and cellblocks.



Court: New health law doesn't infringe on religious freedom

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

The federal health care law doesn't infringe on the religious freedom of faith-based nonprofit organizations that object to covering birth control in employee health plans, a federal appeals court in Denver ruled Tuesday.


Japanese firm to apologize to US WWII vets

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

A major Japanese corporation will offer a landmark apology this weekend for using U.S. prisoners of war for forced labor during World War II, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center that is hosting the event.


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