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Experts: Report shows Bland may have used pot in jail

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

An initial toxicology report for Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail cell three days after her arrest during a traffic stop, raises the possibility that she may have used marijuana while in custody, two experts said.



Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal 'ridiculous,' 'sad'

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran "ridiculous if it weren't so sad."


Boy Scouts of America to allow gay adult leaders

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

The Boy Scouts of America has ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders but will allow church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.


2016 Republicans use Trump, TV to make debate cut

Posted 7/28/2015 in National

Rick Perry is attacking Donald Trump's credibility and branding the billionaire businessman "a cancer on conservatism." Rick Santorum, a conservative stalwart, popped up on a TV program popular with liberals. Lindsey Graham set his cellphone on fire.



WWE cuts ties with Hulk Hogan amid report that he used slurs

Posted 7/25/2015 in National

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has severed ties with Hulk Hogan amid a report that one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history used racial slurs in a conversation caught on a sex tape.



FBI arrests activists accused of releasing 5,740 mink

Posted 7/25/2015 in National

Two animal-rights activists have been charged with terrorizing the fur industry during cross-country road trips in which they released about 5,740 mink from farms, and vandalized the homes and businesses of industry members, the FBI said Friday.


Theater gunman built reputation as an angry provocateur

Posted 7/25/2015 in National

In 2014, facing eviction from his Alabama home, John Russell Houser set out to make sure no one else could ever live in that house.

Ga. debates Confederate carving set in stone and state law

Posted 7/25/2015 in National

Art, monument or embarrassment?


Texas jail death focuses new attention on suicides

Posted 7/25/2015 in National

When Sandra Bland died in a small Texas jail last week, she became just the latest name on a long list of inmates whose deaths were determined to be suicides.



25 years on, disabilities act has changed lives of millions

Posted 7/25/2015 in National

Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs' world turned upside down.



Debating The Donald: GOP rivals preparing with caution

Posted 7/25/2015 in National

Considered the ultimate wildcard, Donald Trump is complicating debate strategy for Republican presidential candidates now scrambling to prepare for their first face-to-face meeting on national television.



Obama voices support for gay rights as Africa trip nears

Posted 7/24/2015 in National

Ignoring calls from some African leaders to leave some of his opinions at home, President Barack Obama spoke favorably of gay rights as he prepared to visit Kenya and Ethiopia.



Some 'sanctuary cities' fear lawsuits

Posted 7/24/2015 in National

The term 'sanctuary city' has become a rallying cry for conservative Republicans seeking stiffer immigration laws.


Hispanics love me, Trump declares at Mexican border

Posted 7/24/2015 in National

Ever sure of himself, Donald Trump paid a whirlwind visit to the Mexico border Thursday and predicted Hispanics would love him -- "they already do" -- because as president he'd grab jobs back from overseas and give more opportunity to those who live in the U.S. legally.

Police: 3 dead in movie theater shooting, including gunman

Posted 7/24/2015 in National

A lone gunman sitting in a packed movie theater stood up about 20 minutes into the showing of "Trainwreck" and began firing into the crowd, killing two and wounding at least nine others Thursday night before fatally shooting himself, authorities said.


Exercise good for brain, even for those with Alzheimer's

Posted 7/24/2015 in National

Exercise may do more than keep a healthy brain fit: New research suggests working up a good sweat may also offer some help once memory starts to slide-- and even improve life for people with Alzheimer's.



Clinton embraces race as a top issue for 2016

Posted 7/24/2015 in National

In her second bid for the presidency, Hillary Rodham Clinton is discussing "systemic racism" and making the issue a hallmark of her campaign as she looks to connect with the black voters who supported rival Barack Obama in 2008.



Poll: US views of Francis dim; a plunge in approval ratings

Posted 7/24/2015 in National

Two months ahead of his first trip to the U.S., Pope Francis' approval rating among Americans has plummeted, driven mostly by a decline among political conservatives and Roman Catholics, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.



AP: Life sentence urged in peanut salmonella case

Posted 7/24/2015 in National

Federal court officers have recommended a sentence of life in prison for a peanut company executive convicted of selling salmonella-tainted food, a move that attorneys on both sides called "unprecedented" for a food-poisoning case.



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