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New report: Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974

Posted 1/18/2017 in National

Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S. has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974.

 

 

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning's sentence

Posted 1/18/2017 in National

Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence.

 

 

Trump tries to calm tensions after Rep. Lewis squabble

Posted 1/17/2017 in National

Donald Trump spoke of national unity to a son of Martin Luther King Jr., seeking to ease friction over the president-elect's squabble with Rep. John Lewis, a protege of the slain civil rights leader.

 

 

King Day highlights transition from Obama to Trump

Posted 1/17/2017 in National

As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation's first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters.

 

 

GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes

Posted 1/17/2017 in National

In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

 

 

Istanbul gunman captured after more than 2 weeks on run

Posted 1/17/2017 in National

Turkish police captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, with officials saying today that he's an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre.

 

 

Arkansas tries to strip Gen. Lee from Martin Luther King Day

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

Every third Monday in January, Arkansas state offices are closed in observance of an unlikely holiday: the shared birthdays of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

 

 

Revelers, rally-goers to clog DC for Trump's inauguration

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation's capital for Donald Trump's inauguration and a major demonstration the day after, but how many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question.

 

 

Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition.

 

 

The big top comes down: Ringling Bros. circus is closing

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth."

 

 

Inauguration in sight, Trump continues Twitter assault

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

His inauguration days away, President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to lash out at critics in the intelligence community and Democrats in Congress who are vowing to skip his swearing-in ceremony.

 

 

World diplomats tell Trump, Israel: Mideast needs peace

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

Sending a forceful message to Israel's prime minister and the incoming Trump administration, dozens of countries called Sunday on Israel and the Palestinians to revive work toward long-elusive peace -- including an independent Palestinian state.

 

 

Trump unleashes Twitter attack against civil rights legend

Posted 1/14/2017 in National

Donald Trump tore into civil rights legend John Lewis for questioning the legitimacy of the Republican billionaire's White House victory.

 

 

Personalized IRS letters nudge uninsured to get coverage

Posted 1/14/2017 in National

If you haven't signed up for health insurance, you may soon be getting a not-too-subtle nudge from the taxman.

 

 

Early win on budget pressures Republicans to deliver on health care

Posted 1/14/2017 in National

Republicans have won a gateway victory in Congress in their seven-year trek toward scuttling President Barack Obama's health care law.

 

 

Surge in traffic deaths outpaces increase in travel

Posted 1/14/2017 in National

Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year.

 

 

GOP leaders look to early health care bill, details vague

Posted 1/13/2017 in National

Under mounting pressure from Donald Trump and rank-and-file Republicans, congressional leaders are talking increasingly about chiseling an early bill that dismantles President Barack Obama's health care law and begins to supplant it with their own vision of how the nation's $3 trillion-a-year medical system should work.

 

 

Week 1: Dems find Trump's picks more reasonable than Trump

Posted 1/13/2017 in National

The lack of fireworks surrounding Senate consideration of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet picks may reflect a belief by minority Democrats that the people chosen are more reasonable than Trump.

 

 

Watchdog to probe Comey's, FBI's actions before election

Posted 1/13/2017 in National

In yet another aftershock from the chaotic presidential campaign, the Justice Department inspector general opened an investigation Thursday into department and FBI actions before the election, including whether FBI Director James Comey followed established policies in the email investigation of Hillary Clinton.

 

 

Secret police file: Trump sure of presidential win -- in 1996

Posted 1/13/2017 in National

Nearly 30 years ago, Donald Trump was confident he would win the U.S. presidential election -- as an independent in 1996, according to recently uncovered files from Czechoslovakia's Communist-era secret police.

 

 

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