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Blackwater contractor's conviction overturned

Posted 8/5/2017 in National

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater security contractor, ordering a new trial for the man prosecutors say fired the first shots in the 2007 slayings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad.



Big rise in number of Justice Department active leak probes

Posted 8/5/2017 in National

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pledged to clamp down in government leaks that he said undermine American security, taking an aggressive public stand after being called weak on the matter by President Donald Trump.



Military scrambles for transgender policy after Trump tweets

Posted 8/4/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's tweets declaring transgender people unwelcome in the armed forces have plunged the Pentagon into a legal and moral quagmire, sparking a flurry of meetings to devise a new policy that could lead to hundreds of service members being discharged.



AP source: Mueller using grand jury in DC in Russia probe

Posted 8/4/2017 in National

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury in Washington as part of an investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, a person familiar with the probe says.



Hacker who helped stop global cyberattack arrested in US

Posted 8/4/2017 in National

Marcus Hutchins, a young British researcher credited with derailing a global cyberattack in May, was arrested for allegedly creating and distributing malicious software designed to collect bank-account passwords, U.S. authorities said Thursday.



Trump promotes technology to improve veterans' health care

Posted 8/4/2017 in National

President Donald Trump announced new efforts Thursday to use technology to improve veterans' health care, saying the programs will greatly expand access, especially for mental health care and suicide prevention.



Girlfriend whose texts urged suicide gets 15 months in jail

Posted 8/4/2017 in National

A young woman who as a teenager encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in jail for involuntary manslaughter.



Boy Scouts: Top leaders didn't call Trump to praise speech

Posted 8/3/2017 in National

Faced with a firm denial from the Boy Scouts, the White House on Wednesday corrected President Donald Trump's claim in an interview that the head of the youth group called him to heap praise on a politically aggressive speech Trump delivered at the Scouts' national jamboree.



Congress OKs big boost in GI Bill college aid for veterans

Posted 8/3/2017 in National

Congress sent President Donald Trump legislation to provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade.



Prosecutors: Alabama shop sold coat of endangered jaguar fur

Posted 8/3/2017 in National

Jaguar fur on a 47-year-old coat has prompted a federal case in which prosecutors accuse an Alabama clothing consignment shop of violating the Endangered Species Act.



Sessions: US prosecutors will help addiction-ravaged cities

Posted 8/3/2017 in National

The Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addiction who will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams that are fueling the nation's drug abuse epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday.



Lawsuit: Fox News coordinated with White House on false story

Posted 8/2/2017 in National

A lawsuit filed Tuesday lays out an explosive tale of Trump allies, the White House and Fox News Channel conspiring to push a false story about Democratic leaks and an unsolved killing in order to distract attention from the Russia investigation that has been swirling around the president.



GOP shows signs of reaching out to Democrats on health care

Posted 8/2/2017 in National

Republicans showed signs Tuesday of reaching out to Democrats for a joint if modest effort to buttress health insurance markets, four days after the GOP effort to unilaterally uproot and reshape the Obama health care law crumpled in the Senate.



Inmates used peanut butter to fool guard

Posted 8/1/2017 in National

A dozen inmates escaped from an Alabama jail by using peanut butter to change the numbers above a door and trick a new employee into opening another door that led outside, a sheriff said Monday.



Kelly shows his clout: Scaramucci out as White House chief moves in

Posted 8/1/2017 in National

Firmly taking charge in an unruly White House, former Gen. John Kelly moved in Monday as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff and immediately made sure that Trump's profanity-spouting new communications director was shown the door, ignominiously ousted after less than two weeks on the job.



Father, son prepare for eclipse after missed 1979 viewing

Posted 8/1/2017 in National

The last time a total solar eclipse blacked out the sun in Oregon nearly 40 years ago, Gene Brick was working in a timber mill that refused to shut down for the spectacle.



Trump on tricky legal ground with 'Obamacare' threat

Posted 8/1/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's threat to stop billions of dollars in government payments to insurers and force the collapse of "Obamacare" could put the government in a tricky legal situation.



AP Analysis: Most automakers slow to fix dangerous air bags

Posted 8/1/2017 in National

A government effort to speed up recalls of more than 21 million of the most dangerous Takata air bag inflators is falling short, according to an analysis of completion rates by The Associated Press.



White House to Senate: Pass health bill now or else

Posted 7/31/2017 in National

The White House stepped up demands Sunday for revived congressional efforts on health care and suggested senators cancel their entire summer break, if needed, to pass legislation after failed votes last week.



Trump's new chief of staff takes over a White House in chaos

Posted 7/31/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's new chief of staff is entering a West Wing battered by crisis. Retired Gen. John Kelly, previously the Homeland Security secretary, takes over today from the ousted Reince Priebus.



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