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Obama: U.S. will send fresh help to beleaguered Iraq

Posted 6/13/2014 in National

Less than three years after pulling American forces out of Iraq, President Barack Obama is weighing a range of short-term military options, including airstrikes, to quell an al-Qaida inspired insurgency that has captured two Iraqi cities and threatened to press toward Baghdad.

 

O.J. Simpson case at 20: Views in black and white

Posted 6/12/2014 in National

The O.J. Simpson murder trial exposed many painful truths. None hit harder than the idea that white and black people often look at the same facts and see different realities.

 

Tea party candidates try to build on Cantor loss

Posted 6/12/2014 in National

Conservative insurgents rallied Wednesday to capitalize on the downfall of their party's House majority leader, whose loss to a tea party-backed challenger put the differences dividing Republicans back at the forefront of this year's midterm elections.

 

 

For OPEC, the price of oil is just right, for now

Posted 6/12/2014 in National

The world oil market has set up quite nicely for OPEC.

 

 

Lawmakers push to approve unified veterans' bill

Posted 6/12/2014 in National

After two overwhelming votes in two days, members of Congress say they are confident they can agree on a bill to improve veterans' health care and send it to the president's desk by the end of the month.

 

 

Study: Red meat possibly linked to breast cancer

Posted 6/12/2014 in National

Women who often indulge their cravings for hamburgers, steaks and other red meat may have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests.

 

 

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.

 

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