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Thousands expected for Obama's tribute to Charleston victims

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

The first black president of the United States is coming to Charleston to eulogize the victims of a mass shooting at a historic African-American church -- a tragedy that one civil rights activist said was a sign of "how far yet" the nation has to go to put racial tensions behind it.



AP sources: Christie prepares to join 2016 field

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest early next week in a far different position than he was in four years ago.



Terror probe after French factory attack leaves 1 beheaded

Posted 6/26/2015 in National

France opened a terrorism investigation after an attack at a gas factory Friday left one person decapitated and several wounded, officials said.


Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

Posted 6/25/2015 in National

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

As South Carolina honors victims, Alabama lowers its flags

Posted 6/25/2015 in National

State senator and pastor Clementa Pinckney was carried Wednesday into the Statehouse where he served the people for nearly 20 years, becoming the first African-American since Reconstruction to rest in honor in the South Carolina Rotunda.


Obama rescues his trade agenda -- with GOP help

Posted 6/25/2015 in National

Two weeks after his own Democratic Party handed him an embarrassing defeat on trade, President Barack Obama maneuvered his way back to victory, salvaging a key piece of his second-term legacy with the extraordinary help of the very Republican leaders he once accused of obstruction.



Guard arrested for aiding convicts faces arraignment

Posted 6/25/2015 in National

A maximum-security prison guard who delivered frozen meat with tools hidden inside to two inmates before they escaped will be arraigned on charges of promoting prison contraband and other offenses.



Marathon bomber 'sorry' for attack after 2-year silence

Posted 6/25/2015 in National

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev broke his silence on the death and devastation he caused two years ago with words that were not a political tirade or a justification.



Stronger economy, cheap gas expected to spur holiday travel

Posted 6/25/2015 in National

A stronger economy, rising consumer confidence and cheap gasoline will likely have Americans traveling in big numbers this Independence Day.



Confederate, Jim Crow tributes go well beyond battle flag

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for removing the Confederate battle flag that flies in front of her state's Capitol. But she hasn't said the Confederate veterans' monument alongside the flag should go.



Years into Common Core, teachers lament lack of materials

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

The learning standards were new. The textbooks were not.


Search for elusive inmates goes back to woods

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

Hundreds of searchers checked ATV trails and logging roads and went door-to-door in far northern New York trying to close in on two murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison more than two weeks ago.

Creator of pink plastic lawn flamingo dies at 79

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

Don Featherstone was a classically trained painter, a talented sculptor and artist who became famous for creating the pink plastic lawn flamingo -- the ultimate piece of American suburban kitsch.


Boston bomber will get chance to break silence at sentencing

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

Will he finally speak?



AP: Husband denied knowing of dead babies in garage

Posted 6/24/2015 in National

Investigators had a hard time believing a Utah man didn't know his wife killed six of their babies and stored them in their garage, but they didn't have any evidence to pursue charges and eventually concluded he may have been so high on drugs he didn't realize what was happening, according to public records obtained by The Associated Press.


GOP candidates embrace SC gov's call on Confederate flag

Posted 6/23/2015 in National

Republicans with presidential aspirations rushed Monday to embrace South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol, eager to move past a vexing issue that challenges the GOP's effort to win over the diverse coalition of voters it likely needs to win back the White House.


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