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AAA: Cold weather can cut electric car range over 40 percent

Posted 2/8/2019 in National

Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found.



Parkland attack fueled big shift in America's gun politics

Posted 2/8/2019 in National

Last year's shooting at a Florida high school sparked a movement among a younger generation angered by gun violence and set the stage for a significant shift in America's gun politics.



Former Rep. Dingell, US's longest-serving lawmaker, dies at 92

Posted 2/8/2019 in National

Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history and a master of legislative deal-making who was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, has died. The Michigan Democrat was 92.



Still no verdict at US drug-trafficking trial of El Chapo

Posted 2/8/2019 in National

Jurors at the U.S. trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman ended their first week of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict, making the day more noteworthy for Guzman's buoyant demeanor and the antics of a courtroom spectator.



Anti-abortion bills: odds good in GOP states, not Congress

Posted 2/7/2019 in National

President Donald Trump's call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court.



Financial watchdog to gut most of its payday lending rules

Posted 2/7/2019 in National

The nation's federal financial watchdog said Wednesday that it plans to abolish most of its critical consumer protections governing payday lenders.



Virginia's top 3 elected officials engulfed in scandal

Posted 2/7/2019 in National

The political crisis in Virginia spun out of control Wednesday when the state's attorney general confessed to putting on blackface in the 1980s and a woman went public with detailed allegations of sexual assault against the lieutenant governor.



Some workers still unpaid after shutdown, dread what's next

Posted 2/7/2019 in National

Nearly two weeks after the end of the longest government shutdown in U.S history, many federal workers still have not received their back pay or have only gotten a fraction of what they are owed as government agencies struggle with payroll glitches and other delays.



Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration

Posted 2/6/2019 in National

Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside "revenge, resistance and retribution" and end "ridiculous partisan investigations" in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable moment for his presidency.



In Democratic response, Abrams sharply rebukes Trump

Posted 2/6/2019 in National

Stacey Abrams harnessed the frustration of Democrats on Tuesday with a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump for abandoning working Americans and fomenting partisan and cultural discord.



Women in white: Democrats draw contrast at Trump's address

Posted 2/6/2019 in National

The women of the House wore white. The men wore dark suits. And the contrast laid bare the growing gender gap between Democrats and Republicans.



Virginia's highest office frozen as Northam weighs next move

Posted 2/6/2019 in National

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's office put much of the business of governing on hold Tuesday as the Democrat privately weighed whether he can stay in the job despite the uproar over a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.



Yearbook staff disagree on whether racist photo was mix-up

Posted 2/6/2019 in National

The racist yearbook photo that could sink Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's career may have been mistakenly placed on his profile page -- but even if it were put there intentionally, it's unlikely that many students would have noticed, according to alumni who put together the publication or submitted pictures to it 35 years ago.



Trump plan to stop HIV epidemic targets high-infection areas

Posted 2/6/2019 in National

President Donald Trump is launching a campaign to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, targeting areas where new infections happen and getting highly effective drugs to people at risk.



Pope publicly acknowledges clergy sexual abuse of nuns

Posted 2/6/2019 in National

Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church's abuse crisis -- and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement.



Man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin girl to appear in court

Posted 2/6/2019 in National

A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.



White House: Hysteria over Trump presidency spurred subpoena

Posted 2/6/2019 in National

A federal subpoena seeking documents from Donald Trump's inaugural committee is part of "a hysteria" over the fact that he's president, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday.



Health tips from Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen for 2-5-19

Posted 2/5/2019 in National



Trump to call for unity, face skepticism in State of Union

Posted 2/5/2019 in National

The White House says President Donald Trump will call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address, using the moment to attempt a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and deeply personal attacks.



Turmoil over governor tests Democrats' zero-tolerance policy

Posted 2/5/2019 in National

The denunciations began within hours of the disclosure that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page featured a person in blackface standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.



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