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Obama in first presidential podcast: US not cured of racism

Posted 6/22/2015 in National

President Barack Obama said the United States has not overcome its history of racism and is using the N-word to make his case.

 

 

Confederate flag sets off debate in GOP 2016 class

Posted 6/22/2015 in National

Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, called for the immediate removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside the South Carolina Statehouse, scrambling the 2016 GOP presidential contenders into staking a position on a contentious cultural issue.

 

Coordinated ringing of bells sends message of unity, healing

Posted 6/22/2015 in National

For several minutes Sunday, the sweltering skies above this grieving city were alive with the sound of bells: high in steeples and in the hands of toddlers, all ringing and tinkling in unison to honor the nine people cut down during a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

 

Gun rights still trumping gun controls in politics

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

They offered prayers and moments of silence. They sought to comfort. Some flashed with anger and frustration that, once again, America was forced to confront another mass shooting.

 

 

NRA board member blames victim for shooting

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

A Houston attorney on the National Rifle Association's board of directors is blaming the deadly Charleston church shooting on one of the victims.

 

Charleston church victims' families forgive suspect in court

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his sins, and asked for God's mercy on his soul. One even told Dylann Storm Roof to repent and confess, and "you'll be OK."

 

Religion and politics: GOP hopefuls' new insight on faith

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

The 2016 Republican hopefuls are offering new insight into how faith would guide their decisions in the White House.

 

 

Kardashian's spot on public radio angers listeners

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

An appearance by Kim Kardashian on the National Public Radio show "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" has angered some listeners.

 

Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dies at 95

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

Ralph Roberts, a cable pioneer who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into an entertainment and communications behemoth, has died. He was 95.

 

Trade dispute exposes House Democrats' turmoil, challenges

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

Congress' upheaval over trade has exposed turmoil within a House Democratic caucus that's grown smaller and more liberal in recent years as moderates have been ousted in successive election bloodlettings.

 

 

Clinton says US must face 'hard truths' about guns, race

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the country has to face "hard truths" about guns and race in the wake of a shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina that left nine dead.

 

Gunman feared 'blacks were taking over the world'

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

A former friend who had reconnected with the man accused of a shooting massacre inside a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, said Dylann Storm Roof had become an avowed racist.

 

Brian Williams' rehabilitation efforts begin today

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

After NBC's decision to remove Brian Williams as "Nightly News" anchor and reassign him to MSNBC, the embattled news reader faces a quest to rebuild his credibility and dignity in a role that is a marked comedown from his old one.

 

Across US, over 130 prison escapees on the loose

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

Somewhere out there are an admitted killer who crawled through a Texas prison's ventilation ducts, a murderer who apparently escaped from an Indiana institution in a garbage truck, and a Florida convict who got other inmates to put him in a crate at the prison furniture shop and had himself delivered to freedom by truck.

 

Lawyer: Man shocked by wife's role in prison escape plot

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

A woman charged with helping two convicted murderers escape from prison told her husband that when she backed out of a plan to be the getaway driver the inmates threatened his life, the husband's lawyer said.

 

 

US agrees to pay millions for Agent Orange claims

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

Ending years of wait, the government agreed Thursday to provide disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue on airplanes used in the Vietnam War.

 

 

Inside Islamic State group's rule: Creating a nation of fear

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

When the Islamic State fighters burst into the Iraqi village of Eski Mosul, Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim knew his wife was in trouble.

 

 

For cigarette smuggler, a perilous life under Islamic State

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

It was a heart-racing moment. The cigarette smuggler was stuck in line at a checkpoint as, up ahead, Islamic State militants were searching cars.

 

 

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