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Trump suggests he's smarter than Rex Tillerson

Posted 10/10/2017 in National

President Donald Trump suggested he's smarter than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying in an interview published today that if Tillerson did call him a moron, as reported, the two should "compare IQ tests."



3 new cases of West Nile virus reported in Mississippi

Posted 10/10/2017 in National

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming three new cases of West Nile virus.



Environmental groups denounce Trump override of climate plan

Posted 10/10/2017 in National

A coalition of left-leaning states and environmental groups are vowing to fight the Trump administration's move to kill an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.



Indigenous Peoples Day? Italians say stick with Columbus

Posted 10/9/2017 in National

Is it time to say arrivederci to Christopher Columbus?



Nate marches across East Coast, dumping heavy rains

Posted 10/9/2017 in National

Nate slogged its way across the U.S. East Coast on Monday, dumping heavy rains and bringing gusty winds to inland states as a tropical depression, a day after Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast.



Trump: Hard-line immigration policies are price of DACA

Posted 10/9/2017 in National

President Donald Trump has told congressional leaders that his hard-line immigration priorities must be enacted in exchange for extending protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, many of whom were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.



Diverse United States divided on symbols of patriotism

Posted 10/9/2017 in National

When Afghanistan War veteran Joseph Smith saw NFL players take a knee or raise a fist during the playing of the national anthem last month, he wasn't offended -- he was proud. Where some saw it as disrespectful, he saw it as patriotic.



Debates, protests increase over universities' slavery ties

Posted 10/9/2017 in National

The national debate over removing Confederate symbols from U.S. college campuses is spurring wider questions about university benefactors whose ties to slavery or white supremacy flew under the radar in decades past.



In Vegas, Pence praises US resolve to find hope after horror

Posted 10/9/2017 in National

Vice President Mike Pence praised the heroic response by police and the resolve of the American people at a prayer service Saturday in Las Vegas before organizers released 58 white doves in memory of each victim killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.



Trump's one-two punch hits birth control, LGBT rights

Posted 10/7/2017 in National

In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump's administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and others.



Is NRA move to regulate 'bump stocks' real or a ruse?

Posted 10/7/2017 in National

When the National Rifle Association urged the government to revisit whether "bump stocks" should be restricted, it immediately raised eyebrows.



Stymied police seek help in uncovering Vegas gunman's motive

Posted 10/7/2017 in National

After five days of scouring the life of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock and chasing 1,000 leads, investigators confessed Friday they still don't know what drove him to mass murder, and they announced plans to put up billboards appealing for the public's help.



Trump reaches out to Democrats in bid for 'great' health law

Posted 10/7/2017 in National

Trying to revive health care talks, President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that he had spoken to the Senate's Democratic leader to gauge whether the minority party was interested in helping pass "great" health legislation.



AP-NORC Poll: Disapproval for anthem protest, Trump response

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

Most Americans think refusing to stand for the national anthem is disrespectful to the country, the military and the American flag. But most also disapprove of President Donald Trump's calling for NFL players to be fired for refusing to stand.



Effort to restrict 'bump stock' draws unlikely supporters

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

The National Rifle Association have joined the Trump administration and top congressional Republicans in a swift and surprising embrace of a restriction on Americans' guns, though a narrow one: to regulate the "bump stock" devices the Las Vegas shooter apparently used to horrifically lethal effect.



Las Vegas gunman may have scoped out other music festivals

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

Investigators are looking into whether gunman Stephen Paddock scoped out bigger music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago -- and perhaps Boston's Fenway Park -- before setting up his perch in a casino hotel and raining deadly fire on country music fans.



Are white shooters called 'lone wolves,' by default?

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

When Stephen Craig Paddock -- a white American -- was identified as the gunman who rained bullets on multitudes at a Las Vegas concert, he was quickly characterized as a "lone wolf."



Nate blamed for 22 deaths in Central America

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

Tropical Storm Nate roared toward Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula after drenching Central America in rain that was blamed for at least 22 deaths, and forecasters said it could reach the U.S. Gulf Coast as a hurricane over the weekend.



Science Says: Era of monster hurricanes roiling the Atlantic

Posted 10/6/2017 in National

It's not just this year. The monster hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Jose and Lee that have raged across the Atlantic are contributing to what appears to be the most active period for major storms on record.



Some Republicans open to banning 'bump stocks' used in Vegas

Posted 10/5/2017 in National

Senior congressional Republicans said Wednesday they are open to considering legislation banning "bump stocks" like the shooter in Las Vegas apparently used to make semi-automatic rifles perform more like fully automatic weapons.



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