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2014 US health spending grew at fastest rate of Obama years

Posted 12/3/2015 in National

U.S. health care spending last year grew at the fastest pace since President Barack Obama took office, driven by expanded coverage under his namesake law and by zooming prescription drug costs, the government said Wednesday.



Ex-wife says Colorado suspect vandalized another clinic

Posted 12/3/2015 in National

The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic left a decades-long trail of broken marriages, scant social connections and a reputation for religious zealotry that didn't match his yen for gambling and extramarital affairs.



Senate GOP health law repeal delivers wins to party's wings

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

Senate Republican leaders seem to have carried out a delicate balancing act in their drive to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law and close the federal funds spigot to Planned Parenthood.



US sending new special ops force to fight IS

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against Islamic State militants who are unleashing violence and are determined to hold territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday.



Planned Parenthood shooting: Domestic terrorism? It's knotty

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic brought several guns, ammunition and propane tanks that officials say he assembled around a car.



Chicago mayor fires police chief in wake of video release

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

Rahm Emanuel sought for months to keep the public from seeing a video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.



House to vote on No Child Left Behind rewrite

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

The House is ready to vote today on a long-sought rewrite of the 2002 No Child Left Behind education law that would roll back the federal government's authority to push academic standards and tell schools how to improve.



Voters wonder if Cruz can heal Washington's bitter divisions

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

Iowa Republican Sharon Gilbert thinks her party veered off course in the past two presidential elections by nominating candidates who were too moderate.



Bush spends millions on TV but has yet to rise in GOP race

Posted 12/2/2015 in National

Jeb Bush and his allies are spending circles around his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. Yet for all the money they've invested -- $26 million on television ads alone -- they've yet to see a substantial return.



Black pastors press Trump on tone during closed-door meeting

Posted 12/1/2015 in National

Dozens of black pastors pressed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday to address what some called his use of racially charged rhetoric, with several describing a meeting that became tense at times as attendees raised concerns about his blunt language.



GOP leader defends House Planned Parenthood investigation

Posted 12/1/2015 in National

A Republican congressional leader on Monday defended a House investigation of Planned Parenthood's provision of fetal tissue to researchers, offering no suggestion that last week's shooting deaths at one of the group's clinics will cause the GOP to retreat from that probe.


Suspect in Planned Parenthood attack makes first appearance

Posted 12/1/2015 in National

The man accused in the shooting rampage at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic made his first court appearance Monday and learned that he will face first-degree murder charges in the deaths of three people killed in the standoff with police.


GOP rhetoric on Muslims seen as having little cost

Posted 11/28/2015 in National

Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words they might use with more caution against any other group for fear of the political cost.



Protest over Chicago teen's shooting ties up retail district

Posted 11/28/2015 in National

Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down traffic in Chicago's ritziest shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the 2014 police killing of a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer.



Police: Three killed in attack at Planned Parenthood clinic

Posted 11/28/2015 in National

The man who police say staged a deadly shooting attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic that offers abortion services said "no more baby parts" after his arrest, a law enforcement official said Saturday.



As many African-American see it, there are two Ben Carsons

Posted 11/28/2015 in National

Ayauna King-Baker loved Ben Carson's "Gifted Hands" memoir so much that she made her daughter Shaliya read it.



France honors attack victims in city subdued by mourning

Posted 11/27/2015 in National

A subdued France paid homage today to those killed two weeks ago in the attacks that gripped Paris in fear and mourning, honoring each of the 130 dead by name as the president pledged to "destroy the army of fanatics" who claimed so many young lives.



Trump called out for appearing to mock disability

Posted 11/27/2015 in National

Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the "poor guy" and make fun of him.



In 2016 campaign, both parties want reform in justice system

Posted 11/27/2015 in National

On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it was a generation ago.



Clinton proposes tax break for caregivers

Posted 11/25/2015 in National

Pledging to invest in the "caring economy," Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed a new tax break Sunday for people caring for aging parents and grandparents.



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