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Roger Ailes, media guru and political strategist, dies at 77

Posted 5/18/2017 in National

Roger Ailes, who transformed TV news by creating Fox News Channel, only to be ousted at the height of his reign for alleged sexual harassment, died Thursday, Fox News reported.



Tests for lead poisoning may be faulty, regulators warn

Posted 5/18/2017 in National

U.S. health agencies on Wednesday warned that certain blood tests for lead poisoning may give results lower than the actual level of lead.



Another round of premium hikes: blame Trump or Obama?

Posted 5/18/2017 in National

Another year of big premium increases and dwindling choice is looking like a distinct possibility for many consumers who buy their own health insurance -- but why, and who's to blame?



White House lurches from crisis to crisis

Posted 5/17/2017 in National

President Donald Trump personally appealed to FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau's investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to notes Comey wrote after the meeting.



US admiral: North Korea's actions 'recipe for disaster'

Posted 5/17/2017 in National

The top American military officer in the Pacific said Wednesday that North Korea's recent military actions are "a recipe for a disaster" and warned against a sense of complacency in the face of increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.



Jailhouse videos show quirks of Charleston church gunman

Posted 5/17/2017 in National

A week before the sentencing phase of his trial, Dylann Roof got a visit in jail from his mother, who pleaded with him to reconsider his decision to act as his own lawyer in the fatal shootings of nine black worshippers at a South Carolina church.



Trump defends sharing terrorism 'facts' with Russians

Posted 5/16/2017 in National

President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his right to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has "an absolute right" as president to do so.



Trump say it's possible he could pick FBI head by next week

Posted 5/13/2017 in National

President Donald Trump said Saturday that "we can make a fast decision" on a new FBI director, possibly by late next week, before he leaves on his first foreign trip since taking office.



Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision

Posted 5/13/2017 in National

Michelle Obama on Friday criticized a Trump administration decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunch healthier, saying kids will end up "eating crap" instead.



Trump: I was going to fire that 'showboat' no matter what

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

Contradicting previous White House explanations, President Donald Trump declared Thursday he had planned to fire FBI Director James Comey all along, regardless of whether top Justice Department officials recommended the stunning step.



US prosecutors told to push for more, harsher punishments

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to send more people to prison and for much longer terms.



Trump launches commission to investigate voter fraud

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday launching a commission to review alleged voter fraud and voter suppression, building upon his unsubstantiated claims that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.



Removal of Confederate icons stirs nuanced, varied reactions

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

The statue of the Confederacy's president had been hoisted from its stone pedestal in the pre-dawn hours and the blue glint of police lights was still visible two blocks away outside the corner laundromat where Carol Patterson sat as diverted rush-hour traffic rolled by.



Mormon church severs some of its ties to the Boy Scouts

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

The Mormon church, the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States, announced Thursday it is pulling as many as 185,000 older youths from the organization as part of an effort to start its own scouting-like program.



Is free speech fading at colleges? Some defenders think so

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

In campus clashes from California to Vermont, many defenders of the First Amendment say they see signs that free speech, once a bedrock value in academia, is losing ground as a priority at U.S. colleges.



More price hikes likely for government insurance markets

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

Early moves by insurers suggest that another round of price hikes and limited choices will greet insurance shoppers around the country when they start searching for next year's coverage on the public markets established by the Affordable Care Act.



New TV ad shows Marines looking for a few good women

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

A Marine in full combat gear moves through dark, frigid water, gripping an M-16 rifle, before plunging under barbed wire and through a submerged drainage pipe.



US Treasury chief to brief key allies on Trump policies

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

Top finance officials from seven advanced economies have gathered to hear more about U.S. President Donald Trump's economic policies on taxation and trade as well as to look for ways to promote growth, combat terrorist financing and stop tax avoidance by major corporations.



Road to passage for Texas 'bathroom bill' getting far harder

Posted 5/12/2017 in National

The path for Texas to enact its version of a North Carolina-style bathroom bill is poised to get far tougher after the Republican-controlled state House ran out the clock Thursday on a key midnight bill deadline.



Before the ax, Comey was pushing Trump-Russia probe harder

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Days before he was fired by Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia's election meddling and the possible involvement of Trump associates, U.S. officials say, fueling concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency.



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