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Hastert to make 1st court appearance in hush money case

Posted 6/9/2015 in National

Dennis Hastert is set to appear in court Tuesday for the first time since an indictment nearly two weeks ago alleged the former U.S. House speaker agreed to pay $3.5 million to someone from his days as high school teacher not to reveal a secret about past misconduct by the Illinois Republican.



Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at AMA meeting

Posted 6/9/2015 in National

With one out of four U.S. doctors older than 65, the American Medical Association adopted a plan Monday to help decide when it's time for aging senior physicians to hang up the stethoscope.



Harper Lee misses induction into Ala. Writers Hall of Fame

Posted 6/9/2015 in National

"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee missed her induction as an inaugural member of the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on Monday just weeks before the release of her second book.



This May was wettest in US records

Posted 6/9/2015 in National

Feeling soggy? Last month was the wettest on record for the contiguous United States, according to federal meteorologists.


AP Exclusive: Abortions declining in nearly all states

Posted 6/8/2015 in National

Abortions have declined in states where new laws make it harder to have them -- but they've also waned in states where abortion rights are protected, an Associated Press survey finds.


How do justices weigh loss of health insurance for millions?

Posted 6/8/2015 in National

The Supreme Court could wipe away health insurance for millions of Americans when it resolves the latest fight over President Barack Obama's health overhaul.


'Napalm girl' photographer returns -- with iPhone

Posted 6/8/2015 in National

He stands in the northbound lane of Vietnam's Highway 1, traffic swirling around him, horns honking. He is pointing. Right there, he says -- that's where it happened. That's where the screaming children appeared. That's where I made the picture that the world couldn't forget.


Answers sought in NY 'Shawshank Redemption'-style escape

Posted 6/8/2015 in National

Two murderers who escaped from a prison by cutting through steel walls and pipes remain on the loose as authorities investigate how the inmates obtained the power tools used in the "Shawshank Redemption"-style breakout.



Report: Social Security overpaid nearly half on disability

Posted 6/6/2015 in National

Social Security overpaid nearly half the people receiving disability benefits over the past decade, according to a government watchdog, raising questions about the management of the cash-strapped program.


American Pharoah becomes 1st Triple Crown winner in 37 years

Posted 6/6/2015 in National

At long last, the Triple Crown drought is over.


Poll: Most back legal status for immigrants in US illegally

Posted 6/5/2015 in National

A majority of Americans support allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to stay and be granted legal status, according to a new poll released Thursday.



Clinton: GOP trying to make it difficult for people to vote

Posted 6/5/2015 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton accused potential Republican presidential rivals such as Jeb Bush of Florida and Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Thursday of trying to make it more difficult for millions of Americans to vote, laying down an early marker on voting rights in her Democratic presidential campaign.


Family of man shot by terror investigators shocked by claims

Posted 6/5/2015 in National

A Boston man shot to death by terrorism investigators showed no signs of radicalization, and his family was completely shocked by allegations that he planned to kill police officers, the family's attorney said.


Hacked: Massive data breach could affect every federal agency

Posted 6/5/2015 in National

China-based hackers are suspected once again of breaking into U.S. government computer networks, and the entire federal workforce could be at risk this time.



FBI: Boston suspect talked of a beheading, killing officers

Posted 6/4/2015 in National

A knife-wielding man killed by terror investigators had planned to behead an unidentified victim, then changed his mind and said he wanted to kill police officers, the FBI said.



US official: Airstrikes killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters

Posted 6/4/2015 in National

A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance.



McConnell's role in surveillance bill bewilders his friends

Posted 6/3/2015 in National

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, generally seen as a master congressional deal-maker, walked into a legislative dead end on domestic surveillance that left some of his friends bewildered.



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