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New Ten Commandments statue destroyed at Arkansas Capitol

Posted 6/30/2017 in National

A man yelled "Freedom!" as he crashed his vehicle into Arkansas' new Ten Commandments monument early Wednesday, nearly three years after he was arrested in the destruction of Oklahoma's monument at its state Capitol, authorities said.



Mormon church: Female employees can wear pants

Posted 6/30/2017 in National

Women who work at Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City will be allowed to wear pantsuits and dress slacks instead of only skirts or dresses, the church announced Wednesday in a move that one Mormon women's group called a step in the right direction.



Pope's top aide charged in sex assault case

Posted 6/30/2017 in National

Pope Francis suffered a major blow when his top financial adviser, Cardinal George Pell, was charged in his native Australia with multiple counts of sexual assault from years ago, bringing a criminal case in the long-running abuse scandal inside the frescoed walls of the Vatican for the first time.



Partial US travel restrictions going into effect today

Posted 6/29/2017 in National

The Trump administration has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the United States.



Republicans ponder whether Trump helps sell health care

Posted 6/29/2017 in National

It was a platform most politicians can only hope for: A captivated, 6,000-person crowd and more than an hour of live, prime-time television coverage to hype the Republican vision for a new health care system.



Study finds pay for public college presidents up 5.3 percent

Posted 6/29/2017 in National

Presidents of U.S. public colleges and universities saw their earnings climb by 5.3 percent last year, with several of them topping $1 million, according to an annual survey.



Paddington bear creator Michael Bond dies at 91

Posted 6/29/2017 in National

It was a last-minute Christmas gift for his wife that inspired Michael Bond to create Paddington bear, the marmalade-loving teddy in a duffel coat and floppy hat.



Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media

Posted 6/28/2017 in National

For a president seemingly at perpetual war with "fake news," the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a Donald Trump Russian connection is a gift from the political gods when the struggling effort to pass a health bill dominates the headlines.



Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

Posted 6/27/2017 in National

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock.



Budget office: Senate health bill adds 22 million uninsured Americans

Posted 6/27/2017 in National

The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama's health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating GOP leaders' hopes of pushing the plan through the chamber this week.



Donors to GOP: No cash until action on health care, taxes

Posted 6/27/2017 in National

At least one influential donor has informed congressional Republicans that the "Dallas piggy bank" is closed until he sees major action on health care and taxes.



'Like bombs': Takata's air bags still out there

Posted 6/27/2017 in National

Takata's lethally defective air bags proved to be the company's undoing Monday. But it could take years to get the dangerous devices off the road in the U.S. and around the world.



5 GOP senators now oppose health care bill as written

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard.



Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

Vice President Mike Pence's visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family came at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump.



Cindy causes minor flooding across South as rain continues

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Cindy covered timberland and fields across the rural Deep South on Saturday, but the sun peeked out enough to offer hope that the worst was over.



Ferguson attorney: Brown family settles for $1.5M

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

The $1.5 million awarded this week to the parents of Michael Brown is the latest of several large settlements involving killings of black people by police, but it's far from the largest.



Doctors: Officer stabbed in neck at airport recovering well

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

The Flint, Michigan, airport officer stabbed in the neck during what authorities are investigating as a terrorist act is recovering well from a 12-inch "slash" that caused significant bleeding but spared major arteries and a nerve by "millimeters," one of his doctors said Friday.



AP sources: Military to seek delay on transgender enlistees

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

Military chiefs will seek a six-month delay before letting transgender people enlist in their services, officials said Friday.



Trump signs law to make VA more accountable for vets' care

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire employees, part of a push to overhaul an agency that is struggling to serve millions of military vets.



Depp's 'assassin' comments the latest in celebrity anger

Posted 6/24/2017 in National

Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president.



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