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Attorney general pick Sessions has dueling images

Posted 1/6/2017 in National

Senators at next week's confirmation hearing will confront competing versions of Jeff Sessions, the Alabama senator who is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.



Charleston church gunman insists to jury that he is not mentally ill

Posted 1/5/2017 in National

Dylann Roof spoke Wednesday for the first time to the jurors who will decide whether he should be executed for fatally shooting nine black parishioners during a Bible study, insisting that he is not mentally ill and forgoing a chance to plead for his life.



Israeli soldier's manslaughter conviction divides country

Posted 1/5/2017 in National

The rare manslaughter conviction Wednesday of an Israeli soldier who fatally shot a badly wounded Palestinian attacker exposed a deepening rift between proponents of the rule of law and a burgeoning nationalist movement.



Obama, Pence harden 'Obamacare' battle lines at Capitol

Posted 1/5/2017 in National

Hardening battle lines for the brawl to come, President Barack Obama urged congressional Democrats to "look out for the American people" in defending his legacy health care overhaul, while Vice President-elect Mike Pence stood firm Wednesday in telling Republicans that dismantling "Obamacare" is No. 1 on Donald Trump's list.



Top Senate Dem warns Trump on Supreme Court pick

Posted 1/5/2017 in National

The top Democrat in the Senate is warning President-elect Donald Trump about his eventual Supreme Court choice: Name a "mainstream" nominee or Democrats will oppose the individual "with everything we have."



Tillerson leaving Exxon with $180 million retirement package

Posted 1/5/2017 in National

Rex Tillerson will get a $180 million retirement package from Exxon Mobil Corp. if he is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state.



Police end NAACP sit-in against attorney general nominee

Posted 1/4/2017 in National

The national president of the NAACP and five others were arrested after staging a sit-in Tuesday at the Alabama office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, the nominee for U.S. attorney general, the civil rights group said.



Trump, with 2 tweets, helps push Republican reversal on ethics

Posted 1/4/2017 in National

In a city bound by tradition, every president taps a legislative affairs director to work with Congress.



Trump's picks for TVA board could reshape federal agency

Posted 1/4/2017 in National

Within the next five months, President-elect Donald Trump could appoint a majority of the board for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest government-owned utility.



Out of power, state Democrats frustrated with national committee

Posted 1/3/2017 in National

Democrats around the country are demanding change from a national committee they say has focused too heavily on the White House at the expense of governorships, legislatures and state party operations.



House GOP votes to gut independent ethics office

Posted 1/3/2017 in National

House Republicans on Monday voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and corruption scandals sent members to prison.



Roof found competent for sentencing

Posted 1/3/2017 in National

After a judge ruled Monday that Dylann Roof is competent to represent himself, the same jury that last month unanimously found him guilty in the slayings of nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church will return to court to begin contemplating his punishment.



In red states, businesses gearing up to fight bathroom bills

Posted 1/2/2017 in National

Sean Henry, the president of Tennessee's NHL team, is stunned he even has to explain why he hopes state legislators will snub bills similar to North Carolina's transgender bathroom law, which has consumed that state for months and scared off businesses and sporting events.



1 of Chicago's bloodiest years ends with 762 homicides

Posted 1/2/2017 in National

One of the most violent years in Chicago history ended with a sobering tally: 762 homicides, the most in two decades in the city and more than New York and Los Angeles combined.



Trump still not sold on Russian link to hacking

Posted 1/2/2017 in National

President-elect Donald Trump says that "no computer is safe" when it comes to keeping information private, expressing new skepticism about the security of online communications his administration is likely to use for everything from day-to-day planning to international relations.



In 2017, GOP sees mandate to undo Obama's agenda

Posted 1/2/2017 in National

Republicans' grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama's agenda.



Lawsuit: Dude ranch owner asked chef for 'black people food'

Posted 1/2/2017 in National

Madeleine Pickens wanted the African-American chef she recruited from the country club she owns in Southern California to cook "black people food" -- not "white people food" -- at her rural Nevada dude ranch and wild horse sanctuary, according to a federal lawsuit accusing her of racial discrimination.



Medicare launches revamp for heart attacks, hip fractures

Posted 1/2/2017 in National

Heart attacks and broken hips cause much suffering and worry as people grow older.



Concussions on the brain: Pushing for more research on women

Posted 1/2/2017 in National

Katherine Snedaker says she has had 20 concussions, the first three decades ago from a car accident when she was 16.



Shootings drive up number of police killed in line of duty

Posted 12/31/2016 in National

Ambushes in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and other shootings around the country led to a sharp increase in the number of police killed in the line of duty this year.



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