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Tearful friend of Dylann Roof apologizes at sentencing

Posted 3/22/2017 in National

The only person with whom Dylann Roof shared his plans to massacre worshippers at a South Carolina church has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for concealing a crime and lying to the FBI.



Arkansas ends Robert E. Lee-Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

Posted 3/22/2017 in National

Arkansas' governor signed legislation Tuesday ending the state's practice of commemorating Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same holiday as slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., leaving only two states remaining that honor the two men on the same day.



Comey: FBI probing Trump-Russia links, wiretap claims bogus

Posted 3/21/2017 in National

The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump's associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats.



Tennessee teacher had been reported kissing missing student

Posted 3/21/2017 in National

A teacher accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old female student in Tennessee had been investigated by the school system after another student reported seeing him kiss the girl, a lawyer for the missing girl's family said.



Republicans at odds over how to overhaul Medicaid

Posted 3/18/2017 in National

The House GOP health care bill has competition from other Republicans, a group of governors who've made their own proposal about how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people.



Trump sticks to unproved wiretap accusation against Obama

Posted 3/18/2017 in National

President Donald Trump defiantly refused to back down from his explosive claim that Barack Obama wiretapped his phones, and sidestepped any blame for the White House decision to highlight an unverified report that Britain helped carry out the alleged surveillance.



Wheels spinning as GOP looks for traction on health bill

Posted 3/17/2017 in National

Pulling in different directions, Republicans are striving to get traction for a health care overhaul in danger of being dragged down by intra-party differences.



Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban on hold

Posted 3/16/2017 in National

A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations.



Trump's allies melting away on wiretapping claims

Posted 3/16/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's explosive allegation that Barack Obama wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the presidential campaign has left him increasingly isolated, with allies on Capitol Hill and within his own administration offering no evidence to back him up.



Trump announces challenge to Obama-era fuel standards

Posted 3/16/2017 in National

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration will re-examine federal requirements governing the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks, moving forcefully against Obama-era environmental regulations that Trump says are stifling economic growth.



House GOP health bill facing fresh committee test

Posted 3/16/2017 in National

The White House and Republican leaders are talking to rank-and-file lawmakers about revising the GOP health care overhaul, hoping to keep a rebellion by conservatives and moderates from snowballing and imperiling the party's showpiece legislation.



Trump budget: Defense spending a priority over agency money

Posted 3/16/2017 in National

President Donald Trump is unveiling a $1.15 trillion budget, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes a dozen departments to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.



APNewsBreak: Sex assault reports up at Navy, Army academies

Posted 3/16/2017 in National

Reports of sexual assaults increased at two of the three military academies last year and an anonymous survey suggests sexual misconduct rose across the board at the schools, The Associated Press has learned.



Tillerson: NKorea has no need to fear US

Posted 3/16/2017 in National

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on North Korea Thursday to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, saying the isolated nation "need not fear" the United States.



Trump earned $153M and paid $36.5M in taxes in 2005

Posted 3/15/2017 in National

President Donald Trump earned $153 million and paid $36.5 million in income taxes in 2005, paying a roughly 25 percent effective tax rate thanks to a tax he has since sought to eliminate, according to highly sought-after tax documents disclosed Tuesday night.



Analyst: Millions to lose coverage under GOP bill

Posted 3/14/2017 in National

Fourteen million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system, and that number would balloon to 24 million by 2026, Congress' budget analysts projected Monday.



Justice Dept. asks for more time on wiretapping evidence

Posted 3/14/2017 in National

Facing a Monday deadline, the Justice Department asked lawmakers for more time to provide evidence backing up President Donald Trump's unproven assertion that his predecessor wiretapped his New York skyscraper during the election.



Republicans brace for downbeat CBO analysis of health bill

Posted 3/13/2017 in National

Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President Donald Trump's promise of "insurance for everybody."



Media groups push back after fake news defined US elections

Posted 3/13/2017 in National

The Baltimore Gazette had its share of scoops leading up to the 2016 presidential election. But one stands out: Every presidential race since John F. Kennedy's election was rigged.



As incivility hits new depths, many working to combat it

Posted 3/13/2017 in National

In state capitals, lawmakers attend workshops on how to avoid demonizing their opponents. On a college campus, students re-enact hard-fought debates that led to great compromises at the country's founding. Even a summer camp is aiming to give children the tools to show respect in the face of disagreement.



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