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George A. Romero, father of the zombie film, is dead at 77

Posted 7/17/2017 in National

George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77.



Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

Posted 7/17/2017 in National

Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994's "Ed Wood," has died. He was 89.



Russia's ban on US adoptions gets snarled in new melodrama

Posted 7/15/2017 in National

More than four years after it was imposed, Russia's ban on adoptions by Americans is back in the news, rekindling frustration and sadness among some of those affected by it.



Russian-American lobbyist says he was at Trump son's meeting

Posted 7/15/2017 in National

A prominent Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet military officer said he was at a meeting between a Russian lawyer and President Donald Trump's son, son-in-law and campaign chairman last year, adding a new wrinkle to the Trump team's evolving explanations about the June 2016 session.



White House pitches revised GOP health bill to skeptical governors

Posted 7/15/2017 in National

The Trump administration is struggling to get support from skeptical U.S. governors for a revised health care bill before the U.S. Senate.



DOJ appeals judge's travel ban ruling to Supreme Court

Posted 7/15/2017 in National

The Trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, appealing a federal judge's order directly to the Supreme Court.



Trustees project biggest Social Security increase in years

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

Millions of Americans who rely on Social Security can expect to receive their biggest payment increase in years this January, according to projections released Thursday by the trustees who oversee the program.



Confidant of Pope Francis condemns US religious right

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

A close confidant of Pope Francis, writing Thursday in a Vatican-approved magazine, condemned the way some American evangelicals and their Roman Catholic supporters mix religion and politics, saying their worldview promotes division and hatred.



Hawaii soldier held without bail on terrorism charges

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

A U.S. soldier accused of wanting to commit a mass shooting after pledging loyalty to the Islamic State group believed the moon landing was faked, questioned the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and thought the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job coordinated by the U.S. government, according to a former Army bunkmate.



Wounded deputy still defying odds a year after deadly ambush

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

Doctors didn't expect Nick Tullier to survive after a gunman shot him in the head, stomach and shoulder during an ambush that killed three other law enforcement officers last summer in Louisiana's capital city.



Iraqi facing deportation after aiding military takes refuge inside church

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

An Iraqi man who fled to the U.S. during the Gulf War and trained tens of thousands of American soldiers is facing deportation orders that could lead to his death in his homeland, his supporters say.



Judge in Hawaii hands Trump latest defeat on travel ban

Posted 7/14/2017 in National

In another setback for President Donald Trump, a federal judge in Hawaii has further weakened his already diluted travel ban by vastly expanding the list of family relationships with U.S. citizens that visa applicants can use to get into the U.S.



Lawmakers reach initial deal to expand GI education bill

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached initial agreement on the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade, removing a 15-year time limit to tap into benefits and boosting money for thousands in the National Guard and Reserve.



McConnell rolling out new GOP health bill to uncertain fate

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

Senate Republican leaders are trotting out their new, but reeling, health care bill and angling toward a showdown vote next week amid signs that they have lots of work ahead to win over GOP lawmakers or face a resounding failure.



Trump says he'll be 'angry' if health bill flops

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will be "very angry" if the Senate fails to pass a revamped Republican health care bill and said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must "pull it off," intensifying pressure on party leaders laboring to win over unhappy GOP senators and preserve the teetering measure.



Face scans for US citizens flying abroad stir privacy issues

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

If the Trump administration gets its way, U.S. citizens boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call a step toward a surveillance state.



FBI nominee rejects Trump claim: Russia probe no witch hunt

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI broke with the president in key areas Wednesday, rejecting the idea that an investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a "witch hunt" and promising not to cave to any pressure from a White House that has challenged boundaries with the nation's top law enforcement agency.



Novel leukemia treatment could be 1st US gene therapy

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

A treatment for a common childhood blood cancer could become the first gene therapy available in the U.S.



Scientists say massive iceberg has broken off in Antarctica

Posted 7/13/2017 in National



Poll: Three-quarters in US say they lack influence

Posted 7/13/2017 in National

Linda Bell, a beekeeper and farmer who makes about $11,000 a year, feels Washington power brokers have no intention of making health care affordable.



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