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Cracks emerge in GOP refusal to consider Supreme Court pick

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

Concerted Republican opposition to considering President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court showed early signs of splintering on Wednesday as a handful of influential senators opened the door to a possible confirmation hearing.



2015 saw largest increase in traffic deaths in 50 years

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

The number of traffic deaths in the United States rose 8 percent from 2014 to 2015, the largest year-to-year percentage increase in a half-century, according to preliminary estimates Wednesday by the National Safety Council.



Nevada race tightens: A big test for Clinton's campaign

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

Nevada was supposed to be one of Hillary Clinton's safest bets.



Republican feud escalates; SC Gov. Haley backs Rubio

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

A three-way feud among the GOP's leading White House contenders escalated Wednesday, with Republican Ted Cruz daring Donald Trump to sue him and dismissing Marco Rubio's charges of dishonesty just days before South Carolina's high-stakes primary.



Cruz may be first Hispanic president, but rejects the label

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

After his big win in the Iowa caucuses, Ted Cruz is one step closer to becoming the first Hispanic president in U.S. history.



How Apple ended up in the government's encryption crosshairs

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

As the maker of trend-setting gadgets like the iPhone and iPad, Apple has changed the way people use technology in their daily lives.



Southern Poverty Law Center notes uptick in hate, extremist groups in 2015

Posted 2/18/2016 in National

The number of hate groups and anti-government organizations in the United States jumped sharply in 2015 as political speech became more divisive, violent encounters between police and black men were increasingly publicized, and attacks in Paris and California spurred widespread fears of terrorism, a civil rights advocacy group said Wednesday.



IS faces budget crunch, killing perks and slashing salaries

Posted 2/17/2016 in National

Faced with a cash shortage in its so-called caliphate, the Islamic State group has slashed salaries across the region, asked Raqqa residents to pay utility bills in black market American dollars, and is now releasing detainees for a price of $500 a person.



Before Supreme Court nod, an intrusive interrogation

Posted 2/17/2016 in National

Did you ever buy porn, sniff glue, have sex in junior high? Exactly how many times? White House lawyers are scouring a life's worth of information about President Barack Obama's potential picks for the Supreme Court, from the mundane to the intensely personal.



Obama chides senators to 'do their job,' vote on Suprme Court pick

Posted 2/17/2016 in National

President Barack Obama is challenging Republicans to live up to their avowed adherence for the Constitution and agree to vote on his nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.



Despite friction with some, Cruz has allies in Congress

Posted 2/17/2016 in National

Sen. Ted Cruz's rivals like to say he doesn't have any friends in Washington. That's not true.



GOP candidates in high-stakes chess match in S.C.

Posted 2/17/2016 in National

Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio are locked in a high-stakes political chess match in South Carolina, strategically moving money and other campaign resources around in a bid to pull ahead in the Republican primary race -- or at least keep their campaigns afloat if they don't.



Senate GOP to Obama: Don't bother nominating to Court

Posted 2/16/2016 in National

Senate Republicans united behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in insisting that President Barack Obama's successor fill the Supreme Court vacancy after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.


New tarantula species named after singer Johnny Cash

Posted 2/16/2016 in National

A tarantula named after singer Johnny Cash is among 14 new species identified by scientists who spent a decade collecting the hairy spiders and studying nearly 3,000 of them.


Justice Scalia said to have died of 'natural causes'

Posted 2/15/2016 in National

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died of natural causes and no autopsy was necessary, a judge has told The Associated Press.



Into the mosh pit: Republican campaign talk gets nastier

Posted 2/15/2016 in National

In 2011, eyebrows shot up when former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used a salty acronym -- WTF -- to mock the policies of President Barack Obama.



Court vacancy is tangible test for candidates

Posted 2/15/2016 in National

The presidential election just got real.



AP Fact Check: Republicans debaters on Supreme Court, Syria

Posted 2/15/2016 in National



Odd but true: Suspect in 4 heists needed money for kitty litter

Posted 2/13/2016 in National

Authorities say a Pittsburgh woman jailed in four recent store robberies told police she needed money for dog food and kitty litter.



Pope gives tough love to Mexico's political, church elite

Posted 2/13/2016 in National

Pope Francis issued a tough-love message to Mexico's political and church elites Saturday, telling them they have a duty to provide their people with security, justice and courageous pastoral care to confront the drug-inspired violence and corruption that are tormenting the country.



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