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US life expectancy flat for third straight year at almost 79

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday.

 

 

House tightens controls on visa-free travel to US

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

Driven by the Paris terror attacks, the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to tighten controls on travel to the U.S. and require visas for anyone who's been in Iraq or Syria in the previous five years.

 

 

California shooting shows difficulty in identifying attackers

Posted 12/9/2015 in National

By the time the married couple who carried out the deadly San Bernardino attack came to the attention of police, it was far too late.

 

 

Cabinet secretary urges US to avoid suspicion of Muslims

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

Vilifying and casting suspicion on American Muslims would threaten counterterrorism efforts and is un-American, the Homeland Security secretary said Monday.

 

 

Donald Trump's comments escalate GOP rhetoric on Muslims

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

Amid fear of terrorism, the Republican candidates for president for months have escalated their rhetoric about the place of Muslims in the United States.

 

 

Mayor bans Trump after candidate suggests blocking Muslims

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

A Florida mayor says he's banning Donald Trump from his city after the Republican presidential candidate called for the U.S. to stop Muslims from entering the country.

 

Survivors return to Pearl Harbor 74 years after attack

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

A few dozen elderly men who survived the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor 74 years ago gathered at the site to remember fellow servicemen who didn't make it.

 

Republicans assail Obama on ISIS -- despite similarities

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

Minutes after a solemn President Barack Obama spelled out his plans to protect Americans from terrorism, Marco Rubio declared that he "may have made things worse."

 

 

Homeland secretary: US to revise terror alert system

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

The Obama administration will announce changes to the terror alert system "in the coming days," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday.

 

 

FBI: Killers had been radicalized 'for quite some time'

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

The San Bernardino killers had been radicalized "for quite some time" and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one instance just days before the attack that left 14 people dead, the FBI said Monday.

 

 

AP-NORC Poll: Americans want more political donor disclosure

Posted 12/8/2015 in National

Americans want to know the names of donors who are giving to all groups that work to elect candidates -- and by an overwhelming majority believe that requiring disclosure would be an effective way to reduce the influence of money in politics.

 

Liberty president calls for armed Christian campus

Posted 12/7/2015 in National

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged students, staff and faculty at his Christian school to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon on campus to counter any copycat attack like the deadly rampage in California just days ago.

 

Analysis: Obama offers little policy in speech

Posted 12/7/2015 in National

There were no new policy prescriptions, no fresh military strategies and no timelines. When President Barack Obama seized the spotlight for a rare prime time address Sunday night, he came with one major message: It's going to be OK.

 

 

US Muslims struggle with how they should condemn extremism

Posted 12/7/2015 in National

By now, the tableau has become tragically familiar: American Muslims standing before a bank of cameras, condemning an attack linked to Islamic extremism.

 

 

Obama signs 5-year infrastructure spending bill

Posted 12/7/2015 in National

A 5-year, $305-billion bill to address the nation's aging and congested transportation systems was signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama, who said it will put Americans to work and provide states with the federal help they need to commit to long-term projects.

 

 

US can't access NSA phone records in Calif. terror case

Posted 12/5/2015 in National

The U.S. government's ability to review and analyze five years' worth of telephone records for the married couple blamed in the deadly shootings in California lapsed just four days earlier when the National Security Agency's controversial mass surveillance program was formally shut down.

 

 

Texas backs down from effort to block Syrian refugees

Posted 12/5/2015 in National

Texas stopped trying Friday to block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state after suing the U.S. government over fears that new arrivals from the war-torn country could pose a security risk.

 

 

More police charged with murder, manslaughter in 2015

Posted 12/5/2015 in National

The number of U.S. police officers charged with murder or manslaughter for on-duty shootings has tripled this year -- a sharp increase that at least one expert says could be the result of more video evidence.

 

Pious California killer showed no outward signs of violence

Posted 12/4/2015 in National

With a young wife, infant daughter and government job, Syed Farook appeared to have arrived at a sweet-spot in life.

 

Politics of grief, gun control, prayer after latest mass shooting

Posted 12/4/2015 in National

It's a natural reaction in times of grief: Politicians from both parties offered supportive thoughts and prayers for those killed in the San Bernardino shootings.

 

 

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