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Vegas shooter had interest in guns, video poker, real estate

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

Stephen Paddock had a penchant for guns, high-limit video poker and real estate deals. His father was a notorious fugitive bank robber. He had a recent live-in girlfriend and two ex-wives and seemed to live a comfortable life in a Nevada retirement community.



Without evidence, Islamic State claims Las Vegas shooting

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

Without providing any evidence to support the claim, the Islamic State group on Monday said the gunman in the mass shooting in Las Vegas was "a soldier" from its ranks who had converted to Islam months ago.



Many Puerto Ricans angry over Trump's comments on island

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

Outside of official events, many Puerto Ricans say they won't be welcoming President Donald Trump with open arms during his visit to the storm-wracked island on Tuesday.



Trump heads to Puerto Rico to survey damage

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

President Donald Trump is heading to San Juan on Tuesday to meet with some of the 3.4 million Puerto Ricans struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria, as criticism that the federal government's response has been sluggish continues.



Tom Petty, down-to-earth rock star, dies at 66

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

Tom Petty, an old-fashioned rock superstar and everyman who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy and produced new classics such as "Free Fallin,' "Refugee" and "American Girl," has died. He was 66.



Navy: 2 dead as training plane crashes in Tennessee

Posted 10/3/2017 in National

An instructor and a student pilot died in the crash of a military training jet in southeastern Tennessee, U.S. Navy officials confirmed Monday.



At least 50 killed as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert

Posted 10/2/2017 in National

A gunman perched high on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino unleashed a shower of bullets down on an outdoor country music festival below, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 200 as tens of thousands of frantic concert-goers screamed and ran for their lives, officials said Monday. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.



Hurricane Maria a reminder of 'second-class' status for some Puerto Ricans

Posted 9/30/2017 in National

Xavier Totti moved to the mainland United States from his native Puerto Rico 43 years ago. He is still asked routinely if he is "legal," and when he mails packages to relatives back home, he has to fill out an international form.



Trump lashes out at San Juan mayor who begged for more help

Posted 9/30/2017 in National

President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at the mayor of San Juan and other officials in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, contemptuous of their claims of a laggard U.S. response to the natural disaster that has imperiled the island's future.



Trump's health secretary resigns in travel flap

Posted 9/30/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's health secretary resigned Friday, after his costly travel triggered investigations that overshadowed the administration's agenda and angered his boss.



Air Force Academy leader delivers powerful speech on race

Posted 9/30/2017 in National

The leader of the Air Force Academy delivered a poignant and stern message on race relations in a speech to thousands of cadets after someone wrote racial slurs on message boards outside the dorm rooms of five black students.



Trump promotes 'giant, beautiful, massive' tax plan

Posted 9/30/2017 in National

President Donald Trump said Friday that the centerpiece of his plan to help American businesses and workers "thrive, compete and grow" is a "giant, beautiful, massive, the biggest ever in our country, tax cut."



Tillerson says US has direct channels to talk to North Korea

Posted 9/30/2017 in National

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Saturday that the United State is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea even as tensions rise over the North's nuclear and missile programs and the countries' leaders spar through bellicose name-calling.



Job in jeopardy, HHS chief promises to repay costs for charter flights

Posted 9/29/2017 in National

Fighting to keep his job, health secretary Tom Price said Thursday he'd write a personal check to reimburse taxpayers for his travel on charter flights taken on government business and pledged to fly commercial -- "no exceptions."



Supreme Court, new term near, to hear challenge to unions

Posted 9/29/2017 in National

Its conservative majority restored, the Supreme Court said Thursday it will return to an issue with the potential to financially cripple Democratic-leaning labor unions that represent government workers.



Trump to promote tax plan in address to manufacturers group

Posted 9/29/2017 in National

President Donald Trump will promote his plan for a sweeping rewrite of the tax code to an audience eager for the proposed change.



Nevada officer on leave after joking about shooting student

Posted 9/29/2017 in National

A university police officer in Nevada joked about shooting a graduate student and former football player during a peaceful traffic stop, leading the department to place him on paid leave during an investigation.



Puerto Ricans say US relief efforts failing them

Posted 9/29/2017 in National

The Trump administration declared Thursday that its relief efforts in Puerto Rico are succeeding, but people on the island said help was scarce and disorganized while food supplies dwindled in some remote towns eight days after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of 3.4 million people.



FAA bans drone flights near major US landmarks

Posted 9/29/2017 in National

The Federal Aviation Administration is banning drone flights within 400 feet of several national landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.



Senator slams Twitter over suspected accounts tied to Russia

Posted 9/29/2017 in National

Social media giant Twitter told congressional investigators it has suspended at least two dozen accounts that may have been tied to Russia, but the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee was anything but satisfied.



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