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VA aims to end veteran homelessness, says it'll take years

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

The new Veterans Affairs chief shares the goal set by former President Barack Obama's administration of ending homelessness among veterans, but says it'll take longer than his predecessor predicted.



Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in April

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

The Dakota Access pipeline leaked 84 gallons of oil in South Dakota early last month, which an American Indian tribe says bolsters its argument that the pipeline jeopardizes its water supply and deserves further environmental review.



Ryan says tax overhaul long overdue

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Noting he had just gotten his driver's license the last time Congress overhauled the nation's tax system, House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday insisted lawmakers will act soon even as he deals with deep divisions in his own Republican Party.



Collapsed interstate bridge in Georgia to open next week

Posted 5/11/2017 in National

Atlanta drivers can resume their commutes on a heavily used interstate by early next week at the latest, Georgia's governor and state transportation officials announced Wednesday, about six weeks since a bridge on the highway collapsed because of a large fire.



Trump firing Comey shrouds Russia probe in doubt, turmoil

Posted 5/10/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's stunning firing of FBI Director James Comey throws into question the future of a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign's possible connections to Russia and immediately raised suspicions of an underhanded effort to stymie a probe that has shadowed the administration from the outset.



Harsher sentences could result from guidance weighed by DOJ

Posted 5/10/2017 in National

Justice Department officials have been weighing new guidance that would encourage prosecutors to charge suspects with the most serious offenses they can prove, a reversal of Obama-era policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population and show more leniency to lower-level drug offenders.



Judge rejects immediate block of Confederate-era monument removal

Posted 5/9/2017 in National

Supporters of Confederate-era monuments slated for removal in New Orleans launched a new court fight Monday to save one of them.



White House: Republicans to be rewarded for health care vote

Posted 5/8/2017 in National

The Republican Party will be rewarded for doing "what's right" by voting to overhaul a "failing and collapsing" health care system, a top aide to President Donald Trump asserted as Democrats and at least one outside group began laying the groundwork to challenge the GOP for control of the House in the 2018 midterm election.



States brace for big decisions under GOP health care changes

Posted 5/8/2017 in National



Appeals court to weigh challenge to revised Trump travel ban

Posted 5/8/2017 in National

After a series of stinging legal defeats, President Donald Trump's administration hopes to convince a federal appeals court that his travel ban targeting six-Muslim majority countries is motivated by national security, not religion.



Experts: Convicting ex-officer in teen's death will be tough

Posted 5/8/2017 in National

Authorities who've charged a white suburban Dallas police officer with murder in a black teenager's death face a tough task in getting a conviction as few of these cases go to trial and, when they do, juries remain reluctant to second guess an officer's decision to use deadly force, legal experts said Saturday.



Crumbling roads and bridges bring higher taxes and fees

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

For the first time in nearly 30 years, Tennessee will soon tax motorists more to fill their tanks. So will California, Indiana and Montana.



US military member killed in Somalia, 1st death since 1993

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

A U.S. service member has been killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab.



Trump order makes some preachers ecstatic, others cringe

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's order to ease limits on political activity by religious organizations is being met with both enthusiasm and dread from religious leaders, with some rejoicing in the freedom to preach their views and endorse candidates and others fearing the change will erode the integrity of houses of worship.



Democrats convinced health bill jeopardizes Republican's monopoly in DC

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

It's "Trumpcare" now, and Republicans have to answer for it.



GOP health victory may be fleeting as wary Senate awaits

Posted 5/6/2017 in National

Senate Republicans wasted no time on Friday showing they have little use for the House bill to repeal and replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act amid fears among Americans that people already sick won't be able to get affordable insurance.



Joyful House GOP votes to repeal reviled 'Obamacare'

Posted 5/5/2017 in National

Delivering at last, triumphant House Republicans voted Thursday to repeal and replace the "Obamacare" health plan they have reviled for so long, overcoming united Democratic opposition and their own deep divisions to hand a major win to President Donald Trump.



Republican health care bill would allow employers to cap benefits

Posted 5/5/2017 in National

The Republican health care plan that passed the House on Thursday targeted a key protection for Americans who get their health insurance through work.



Delta apologizes after family booted from flight

Posted 5/5/2017 in National

Delta Air Lines is offering refunds and compensation to a California family that says they were forced off a plane and threatened with jail after refusing to give up one of their seats on a crowded flight.



Some cling to landlines, but cell-only homes now reign

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group -- people with a landline phone at home.



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