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Cancer is in remission for teen forced to undergo chemo

Posted 3/10/2015 in National

A 17-year-old Connecticut girl who was forced to undergo chemotherapy by the state after she and her mother refused treatment is happy her cancer is in remission but still upset she had no choice in the matter.



Raccoon's freedom costs San Francisco carpenter his job

Posted 3/10/2015 in National

A carpenter has been fired for freeing a raccoon that had been trapped by exterminators at the San Francisco construction site where he worked.


Baby improving after 14 hours in overturned car in icy river

Posted 3/10/2015 in National

Police responding to a report from a fisherman about an overturned car in an icy Utah river were stunned to discover an 18-month-old girl dangling in a car seat inside, unconscious but alive.


Extent of Obama's executive reach often in eye of beholder

Posted 3/9/2015 in National

When it comes to President Barack Obama exerting presidential powers, Republicans have made it clear they want to keep him in check. Except when they don't.



Value of presidential polls? Not much, and not for a while

Posted 3/9/2015 in National

Wondering who's up and who's down in the 2016 presidential race? Go for a run, tend the garden, clean the closet, remove the lint from the dryer, and then do it all over again because it's going to be a long time before the polls will tell us much about who's likely to be our next president.



Divided GOP empowers Democrats in political minority

Posted 3/7/2015 in National

Winners in a bruising struggle with Republicans over homeland security funding and immigration, minority Democrats had unity on their side, along with a politician's understandable fear of terrorist attacks and the Constitution's separation of powers.


Selma civil rights milestone marked by first black president

Posted 3/7/2015 in National

America's racial history "still casts its long shadow upon us," the nation's first black president said Saturday as he stood in solidarity and remembrance with civil rights activists whose beatings by police a half-century ago galvanized people against racial oppression and hastened passage of historic voting rights for minorities.


Church: Abducted Seattle missionary released

Posted 3/7/2015 in National

A 71-year-old Seattle missionary abducted last month from a school in Nigeria has been released and is safe, the Free Methodist Church USA said Friday.


US: North Korea response to attack on ambassador 'callous'

Posted 3/7/2015 in National

The United States on Friday condemned North Korea's "callous" reaction to the knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to South Korea that has added to tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula.


US, Europe show solidarity on Iran nuclear negotiations

Posted 3/7/2015 in National

U.S. and European diplomats said Saturday they are united in their strategy and goal in trying to achieve a nuclear deal with Iran.



Major survey shows most Americans support same-sex marriage

Posted 3/6/2015 in National

In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it's now favored by clear majority of Americans.



Knifed US ambassador to Seoul in pain as officials investigate

Posted 3/6/2015 in National

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea struggled with pain as he recovered Friday from a knife attack, while police searched the offices of the anti-U.S. activist who they say slashed the envoy while screaming demands for Korean reunification.


Dog stable after being shot, tied to Florida train tracks

Posted 3/6/2015 in National

A dog that was tied to railroad tracks and shot was expected to survive Thursday after being found by police.

50th anniversary of Selma march rekindles Ferguson comparisons

Posted 3/6/2015 in National

In only a few minutes on national television, the beatings of civil rights marchers by police on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, dragged the inhumanity of Southern segregation into America's living rooms as never before.

Philadelphia officer shot dead while trying to stop robbery

Posted 3/6/2015 in National

A Philadelphia police officer was shot in the head and killed after he and his partner exchanged gunfire with two suspects trying to rob a video game store, city officials said Thursday.


Experts: Ferguson must move quickly to rebuild public trust

Posted 3/6/2015 in National

The federal government's withering report on the Ferguson Police Department issued a stern mandate to city leaders: Reform your law-enforcement practices and rebuild relations with the black community.



Iraqi forces push on to Tikrit as IS destroys ancient site

Posted 3/6/2015 in National

Iraqi forces pressed their offensive against the Islamic State group today, expecting to reach the outskirts of the militant-held city of Tikrit within hours, a day after the extremists reportedly "bulldozed" a famed archaeological site in the area.



Accused rapist dragged from prison and killed by Indian mob

Posted 3/6/2015 in National

A mob stormed a prison in northeastern India, dragged away and lynched a man accused of rape, police said Friday.


Attack on US envoy part of S.Korea's violent protest history

Posted 3/5/2015 in National

A knife attack today that injured the U.S. ambassador to South Korea is only the latest act of political violence in a deeply divided country where some protesters portray their causes as matters of life and death.


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