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Trump looks to loyal voters as support slips, agenda stalls

Posted 8/8/2017 in National

After six months of infighting, investigations and legislative failures, President Donald Trump is trying to combat new signs of weakness in his Republican base and re-energize his staunchest supporters.

 

 

Trump has escaped Washington, but don't call it a vacation

Posted 8/8/2017 in National

President Donald Trump would like to interrupt his vacation to deliver the following message: Don't call this a vacation.

 

 

Hackers demand millions in ransom for stolen HBO data

Posted 8/8/2017 in National

A group of hackers posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday, and demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom from the network to prevent the release of entire television series and other sensitive proprietary files.

 

 

Is there finally some relief from annoying robocalls?

Posted 8/5/2017 in National

For Michael Rizzo, answering the phone is too often a waste of time.

 

 

What's a total solar eclipse and why this one is so unusual

Posted 8/5/2017 in National

Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes the Aug. 21 eclipse so special is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.

 

 

Experts: Lack of remorse could bite 'Pharma Bro'

Posted 8/5/2017 in National

Less than an hour after a U.S. jury convicted Martin Shkreli of securities fraud, the so-called "Pharma Bro" was back at his New York City apartment doing what comes naturally: trash talking in a live-stream on YouTube.

 

 

Attorney General's pot fury not echoed by task force

Posted 8/5/2017 in National

The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing.

 

 

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.

 

 

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