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Confederate flag's days are numbered in South Carolina

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the state is getting ready to remove the rebel banner.


Overflowing GOP presidential field has Fox News in demand

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

It's the stuff of Republican nightmares: Fox News runs out of advertising time.



Wartime suicide attempts most common in newer soldiers, study finds

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

War-time suicide attempts in the Army are most common in newer enlisted soldiers who have not been deployed, while officers are less likely to try to end their lives.



Medicare's end-of-life counseling policy may find acceptance

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

Six years ago, a proposal for Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling touched off a political uproar that threatened to stall President Barack Obama's health care law in Congress.



Army troop cuts could grow if budget impasse persists

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

In the midst of a war against the Islamic State that the Obama administration says will last many years, the Army is moving ahead with big troop cuts.



No Child revision barely passes House, goes next to Senate

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

The focus is on the Senate as it considers a rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, a day after the House narrowly passed a Republican-led measure that dramatically lessens the federal role in education policy.



O'Malley to lay out plan for debt-free college

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

Democrat Martin O'Malley is calling the high cost of college a "crisis" as he lays out a goal of debt-free tuition for all students at public colleges and universities within five years if elected president.



Rubio jabs both parties in economic pitch

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio called for lower corporate tax rates, looser Internet regulation and broader college accreditation on Tuesday.



AP Source: US agent's gun used in San Francisco pier slaying

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

A law enforcement official says the weapon used in the shooting death of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent -- the latest twist in a case that has become a flashpoint in the country's debate over immigration.



New charges in Charleston church shooting: Attempted murder

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

The man accused of killing nine people attending Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston has been indicted on three new charges of attempted murder, prosecutors said Tuesday.


Confederate flag's fate in hands of South Carolina House

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

The Confederate flag that flies at the South Carolina Capitol could soon be making its last stand.


Report: Number of US heroin users rose 300K over a decade

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among whites, according to a new government report.



Groups call for Hindu, vegan displays at Arkansas Capitol

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

The Arkansas Capitol lawn could soon get crowded: Existing statues that honor Confederate soldiers, fallen firefighters and the nine black children who integrated Little Rock Central High School might be joined shortly by tributes for vegans, a monkey-faced deity and a cloven-hooved demon.



Boycott drive gains strength, raising alarm in Israel

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

Ten years ago, a small group of Palestinian activists had a novel idea: Inspired by the anti-apartheid movement, they called for a global boycott movement against Israel as a nonviolent method to promote the Palestinian struggle for independence.



Senators quiz military chiefs, criticize US fight against IS

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

Facing blistering criticism from Republican senators, Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands of moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against Islamic State militants.



Subway suspends ties with spokesman Fogle

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog, two months after the then-executive director of Fogle's foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.



Bill Cosby's public moralizing was his undoing

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

For decades, Bill Cosby cast himself as America's dad and then as America's granddad, a moralist with tough talk for young people about acting responsibly. It was that image that proved to be his undoing.



Crude oil tumbles 8 pct., points to low gas prices this fall

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

A slew of global economic and geopolitical factors are working to pummel the price of oil and set up U.S. drivers for very low gasoline prices later this year.



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