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10-year-old gets high school diploma in California

Posted 6/12/2014 in National

A 10-year-old Northern California boy is celebrating a milestone most people don't reach until they are in their late teens.

 

Bush bash: Elder ex-president turns 90

Posted 6/12/2014 in National

Former President George H.W. Bush is celebrating his 90th birthday at his family's seaside retreat in Maine, where he has spent his summers since he was a boy.

 

Bergdahl writing, posts show frustration, struggle

Posted 6/12/2014 in National

In Facebook posts written before he vanished from his military base in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl spoke of his frustration with the world and his desire to change the status quo.

 

Romney tries to re-emerge as GOP force

Posted 6/12/2014 in National

Once fearing he would be viewed as "a loser for life" if he failed to win the presidency, Mitt Romney is trying to re-emerge as a force in Republican politics.

 

Senate Republicans block student loan bill

Posted 6/12/2014 in National

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates, a pre-ordained outcome that gave Democrats a fresh election-year talking point against the GOP.

 

 

Federal views diverge on proper use of painkillers

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

How do you have a conversation about prescription drugs that provide critical pain relief to millions of Americans yet also cause more fatal overdoses than heroin and cocaine combined?

 

Wildfire sparks amazing wedding photo

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

A wildfire that disrupted an Oregon couple's wedding also gave them the photograph of a lifetime.

 

Insurers will propose changes to health law

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

Insurers want to change President Barack Obama's health care law to provide financial assistance for people buying bare-bones coverage. That would entice the healthy and the young, the industry says, holding down premiums.

 

 

Congress moving to ensure speedier vet care

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

United in response to a national uproar, Congress is suddenly moving quickly to address military veterans' long waits for care at VA hospitals.

 

House Majority Leader defeated in primary

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

In an upset for the ages, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned Tuesday by a little-known, tea party-backed Republican primary challenger carried to victory on a wave of public anger over calls for looser immigration laws.

 

5 troops killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

Five American troops with a special operations unit were killed by a U.S. airstrike called in to help them after they were ambushed by the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, in one of the deadliest friendly fire incidents in nearly 14 years of war, officials said Tuesday.

 

Hagel to testify on Taliban prisoner swap

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will face angry lawmakers as he becomes the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban.

 

Police: Teen gunman kills student at Oregon high school

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a 14-year-old student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

 

Gunman made no secret of extreme views

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

Jerad Miller was ready to share his anti-government views with just about anyone who would listen, views that telegraphed his desire to kill police officers and his willingness to die for what he hoped would be a revolution against the government.

 

Clinton declined Obama '08 request to attack Palin

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she refused an Obama campaign request in 2008 to attack Sarah Palin, the new Republican vice presidential candidate on the ticket with Sen. John McCain.

 

 

Southern Baptists choose Arkansas pastor for president

Posted 6/11/2014 in National

An Arkansas megachurch pastor was elected Tuesday to lead the country's Southern Baptists as the conservative denomination tries to turn around declining membership, church attendance and baptisms and faces increasing conflict with mainstream culture, especially over its conviction that gay sex is immoral.

 

 

Report: Social Security judges rubber-stamp disability claims

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

Four Social Security judges are headed to Capitol Hill to face accusations they rubber-stamped claims for disability benefits, approving billions of dollars in payments from the cash-strapped program.

 

 

VA official concedes 'integrity issue,' apologizes

Posted 6/10/2014 in National

A top Veterans Affairs Department official is acknowledging "an integrity issue here among some of our leaders" as the embattled agency reels from mounting evidence that workers fabricated data on veterans' waits for medical appointments in an effort to mask frequent, long delays.

 

 

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