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Crumbling roads and bridges bring higher taxes and fees

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Tennessee will soon tax motorists more to fill their tanks. So will California, Indiana and Montana.



US military member killed in Somalia, 1st death since 1993

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab.



Trump order makes some preachers ecstatic, others cringe

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's order to ease limits on political activity by religious organizations is being met with both enthusiasm and dread from religious leaders, with some rejoicing in the freedom to preach their views and endorse candidates and others fearing the change will erode the integrity of houses of worship.



Democrats convinced health bill jeopardizes Republican's monopoly in DC

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

It's "Trumpcare" now, and Republicans have to answer for it.



GOP health victory may be fleeting as wary Senate awaits

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

Senate Republicans wasted no time on Friday showing they have little use for the House bill to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act amid fears among Americans that people already sick won't be able to get affordable insurance.



Joyful House GOP votes to repeal reviled 'Obamacare'

Posted 5/5/2017 in National

Delivering at last, triumphant House Republicans voted Thursday to repeal and replace the "Obamacare" health plan they have reviled for so long, overcoming united Democratic opposition and their own deep divisions to hand a major win to President Donald Trump.



Republican health care bill would allow employers to cap benefits

Posted 5/5/2017 in National

The Republican health care plan that passed the House on Thursday targeted a key protection for Americans who get their health insurance through work.



Delta apologizes after family booted from flight

Posted 5/5/2017 in National

Delta Air Lines is offering refunds and compensation to a California family that says they were forced off a plane and threatened with jail after refusing to give up one of their seats on a crowded flight.



Some cling to landlines, but cell-only homes now reign

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group -- people with a landline phone at home.



Trump targeting IRS rule on churches

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order further weakening already-sparse enforcement of an IRS rule threatening the loss of tax-exempt status for religious organizations that endorse political candidates.



GOP revives struggling health care bill and plans House vote

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

In a startling turnabout, Republicans say they are ready to push their prized health care bill through the House and claim a victory for President Donald Trump, six weeks after nearly leaving it for dead and days after support from GOP moderates seemed to crumble anew.



FBI director defends reopening Clinton email probe

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

FBI Director James Comey told Congress Wednesday that revealing the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email probe just before Election Day came down to a painful, complicated choice between "really bad" and "catastrophic" options.



Tillerson calls for balancing US security interests, values

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

Translating "America First" into diplomatic policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday declared the United States can't always afford to condition its foreign relationships and national security efforts on countries adopting U.S. values like human rights.



Rumors surround Justice Kennedy exit, but he's not talking

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

As one justice settles into his new job at the Supreme Court, is another about to leave?



Funeral home denies refusing gay man's cremation

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

A south Mississippi funeral home went back on an agreement to cremate an 86-year-old man after he died and paperwork showed he was gay, according to a lawsuit in state court.



Facebook ramps up its response to violent videos

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

Facebook is stepping up its efforts to keep inappropriate and often violent material -- including recent high-profile videos of murders and suicides, hate speech and extremist propaganda -- off of its site.



Trump says he's willing to consider raising gas tax

Posted 5/2/2017 in National

President Donald Trump on Monday said he will explore the possibility of higher gasoline and diesel fuel taxes, suggesting an increase could pay for his ambitious infrastructure plan.



Hey kids, salt stays and grains go in school meals

Posted 5/2/2017 in National

Schools won't have to cut more salt from meals just yet and some will be able to serve kids fewer whole grains, under changes to federal nutrition standards announced Monday.



Washington's hottest ticket? African-American history museum

Posted 5/2/2017 in National

The hottest ticket in Washington, D.C., right now? It's for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, where thousands of tickets are snapped up each month within minutes of being released, a full seven months after the museum opened.



Midwest, South recovering after deadly weekend storms

Posted 5/1/2017 in National

Parts of the Midwest and the South were recovering Monday after a weekend round of storms, winds, hail and isolated tornadoes killed at least 14 people.



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