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Investigators look at why train sped up before derailment

Posted 5/15/2015 in National

In the moment the Amtrak train that derailed at a curve this week was supposed to be slowing down, it was accelerating, investigators said Thursday.



San Francisco police department under fire for racist texts

Posted 5/15/2015 in National

The original charges were shocking: Six San Francisco police officers were accused of stealing from drug dealers. Then federal prosecutors released racist and homophobic text messages.



House set to pass defense policy bill opposed by Obama

Posted 5/15/2015 in National

The House is on track to pass a nearly $612 billion defense policy bill, a measure that usually garners bipartisan support but this year has drawn a veto threat from President Barack Obama, angered a Shiite cleric in Iraq and has Democrats fighting Republicans over federal spending caps.



Official: VA improperly spends $5 billion a year on health

Posted 5/15/2015 in National

The Department of Veterans Affairs is improperly spending at least $5 billion a year for medical care and supplies being purchased in violation of required practices for competitive bidding and written contracts, a senior VA official said Thursday.



House approves GOP bill banning most late-term abortions

Posted 5/14/2015 in National

Republicans finally won House approval Wednesday for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that provoked a rebellion by female GOP lawmakers, forcing party leaders into an embarrassing retreat.



Drilling begins 3 miles from epicenter of BP oil spill

Posted 5/14/2015 in National

Just 3 miles from the catastrophic BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a Louisiana company is seeking to unlock the same oil and natural gas that turned into a deadly disaster.



Gas prices still look low for summer even after spring surge

Posted 5/13/2015 in National

Drivers who have seen a steady rise in the price of gasoline can relax: They will almost certainly be paying far less for gas this summer than they have in at least six years.



Wisconsin's capital faces test after officer shooting decision

Posted 5/13/2015 in National

Some of the Madison Police Department's toughest critics peacefully protested in the hours after a prosecutor said he wouldn't charge a white officer who killed an unarmed biracial man.



Rubio promoting a strong military as part of foreign policy

Posted 5/13/2015 in National

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is outlining a foreign policy doctrine centered on aggressive use of U.S. power, boosting military spending and protecting the rights of minorities around the world.



Bush struggles to clarify stance on wisdom of invading Iraq

Posted 5/13/2015 in National

Struggling with the shadows of Iraq, Jeb Bush said Tuesday he would have made a different decision than his brother to invade Iraq in 2003 had he known what he does now about flaws in the nation's intelligence.



Enrollment in state pre-K inches up but disparities remain

Posted 5/11/2015 in National

Enrollment in state pre-kindergarten programs inched up slightly last year, but there's been little change in the overall percentage of children participating in the programs, according to a national study on early education released Monday.



Synthetic pot leads to nationwide spike in hospitalizations

Posted 5/9/2015 in National

A huge nationwide spike in hospitalizations last month caused by a class of drugs often called "synthetic marijuana" illustrates the potency and dangers of the chemicals used to make them and the shifty tactics authorities believe manufacturers are using to evade regulation.


Man on mission to build tiny houses for Los Angeles homeless

Posted 5/8/2015 in National

After Elvis Summers built a tiny house on wheels for a woman who had been sleeping on the streets, he launched a crowdfunding campaign to construct similar shelters for other homeless people in his South Los Angeles neighborhood.


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