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Mardi Gras: Last tipsy revelers sent home, trash swept up

Posted 2/18/2015 in National

Mardi Gras 2015 is officially over and the last tipsy revelers in New Orleans have been cleared from city streets.



Holder to make case for success of drug sentencing policies

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

The share of federal drug offenders subject to mandatory minimum sentences that critics call unduly harsh has plunged in the last year.



Push to boost defense spending puts GOP in budget bind

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

Pressing Pentagon demands in a time of terror threats and Islamic State militants have put newly empowered congressional Republicans in a bind.



Federal judge stalls Obama's executive action on immigration

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

A federal judge in South Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.



Authorities: Man killed, officer hurt in Walmart shootout

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

A man was killed and a police officer was injured after what began as a traffic pursuit ended with an exchange of gunfire inside a Walmart store in northeastern Mississippi.



Now someone can manage your Facebook account after you die

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife.


'It's My Party' singer-songwriter Lesley Gore dies at 68

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," died Monday. She was 68.


Study: Teens getting less & less sleep

Posted 2/17/2015 in National

U.S. teens are getting sleepier: Many lack even seven hours of shut-eye each night and the problem has worsened over two decades, a study found.


Egypt strikes IS group in Libya after video of mass killing

Posted 2/16/2015 in National

Egyptian warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday in swift retribution for the extremists' beheading of a group of Egyptian Christian hostages on a beach, shown in a grisly online video released hours earlier.

'SNL' celebrates its big 4-0 with an anniversary special

Posted 2/16/2015 in National

With a measure of anniversary hoopla perhaps exceeded only by the nation's bicentennial, "Saturday Night Live" celebrated its 40th season on Sunday with a 3-hour gala of stars, laughs and memories.


Schools start treating e-cigarettes as drug paraphernalia

Posted 2/16/2015 in National

Some schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes.



Democrats seek relief from health law penalties

Posted 2/16/2015 in National

The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama's health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.



Security firm: Hackers steal up to $1B from banks

Posted 2/16/2015 in National

A hacking ring has stolen up to $1 billion from banks around the world in what would be one of the biggest banking breaches known.



Alabama's stand against gay marriage crumbles

Posted 2/14/2015 in National

Alabama's stand against gay marriage crumbled Friday as judges in most counties sided with federal courts rather than their own chief justice.



One dead in Copenhagen cafe shooting in 'likely' terror attack

Posted 2/14/2015 in National

At least one gunman opened fire Saturday on a Copenhagen cafe, killing one man in what authorities called a likely terror attack.


Vaccine opposition has ebbed and flowed over centuries

Posted 2/14/2015 in National

They're considered one of mankind's greatest medical achievements, yet people have balked at vaccines almost since the time of the first vaccination.


Frustrated Republicans taste limits of majority control

Posted 2/14/2015 in National

Congressional Republicans returned to their districts for a weeklong recess Friday no closer to a solution to keeping the Homeland Security Department funded past this month.



Shadow of Clinton war vote hangs over other 2016 contenders

Posted 2/14/2015 in National

In 2002, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cast a vote in favor of the Iraq war that would later come to haunt her presidential campaign.



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