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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.



As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Worried about "Republican-on-Republican violence," top party donors are taking action, with one firing off a letter calling for more civility and another seeking to block businessman Donald Trump from the debate stage altogether.



Congress heads back to work with looming funding deadline

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Members of Congress return today from July Fourth fireworks and parades facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall.



New Orleans: Officer arrested for obstruction of justice

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

New Orleans police have arrested one of their own for obstruction of justice as they investigate last month's shooting death of another police officer.



South Carolina Senate votes to take down Confederate flag

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

The push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse is about to clear its first hurdle.



Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could help women's suit

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Bill Cosby's admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women he was pursuing for sex could bolster defamation claims lodged by his accusers, the women's lawyers said after The Associated Press reported on newly released court documents.



San Francisco status as 'sanctuary' criticized after slaying

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

The killing of a woman at a sightseeing pier has brought criticism down on this liberal city because the Mexican man under arrest was in the U.S. illegally, had been deported five times and was out on the streets after San Francisco officials disregarded a request from immigration authorities to keep him locked up.



The anti-pot taboo shrinks in presidential politics

Posted 7/7/2015 in National

Presidential candidates are talking about marijuana in ways unimaginable not long ago.



Heaven scent: Finding may help restore fragrance to roses

Posted 7/4/2015 in National

Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.



Forgiveness of Charleston church shooter prompts discussion

Posted 7/4/2015 in National

Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night's revival to ponder the idea of forgiving the white man accused of killing nine of the historic black church's members, including the pastor.



Pope to Christians: Put aside divisions amid persecution

Posted 7/4/2015 in National

Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.


Bubba Watson to remove Confederate flag from 'General Lee'

Posted 7/4/2015 in National

Bubba Watson says he's painting over the Confederate flag on his car made popular in "The Dukes of Hazzard" television series.

Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder

Posted 7/3/2015 in National

Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest.


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