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Anchorwoman's ouster exposes risks for whites talking race

Posted 4/7/2016 in National

After losing her job as a TV anchor over her Facebook post about a deadly mass shooting in a black neighborhood near Pittsburgh, Wendy Bell was frustrated that those who were offended by what she said had missed her point.



Kasich pitches himself as a sturdy alternative to GOP rivals

Posted 4/1/2016 in National

Often an afterthought in the chaotic GOP presidential contest, John Kasich is soldiering on with the belief that he can convince hundreds of delegates to swing his way at a contested summer convention by warning that the alternative could be detrimental to the party and the country.



Abortion flub shows risks of 'winging it' on policy

Posted 4/1/2016 in National

It was a question sure to come up at some point in the Republican primary campaign.



Trump stumbling in Wisconsin as forces coalesce against him

Posted 4/1/2016 in National

Next Tuesday's Wisconsin presidential primary is emerging as a crucial lifeline for Republicans desperate to stop Donald Trump's march to their party's nomination.



War on women? GOP silent as Trump sounds off on abortion

Posted 3/31/2016 in National

Frustrated Republicans grappled with new fears about Donald Trump's impact on their party Wednesday, as the billionaire businessman's campaign rivals targeted his punitive plan for fighting abortion and extraordinary defense of his campaign manager, who police say assaulted a female reporter.



Secret Service agents didn't flinch at reporter Trump calls threat

Posted 3/31/2016 in National

Donald Trump said he was worried that a reporter walking with him through a ballroom and asking questions earlier this month may have been armed with a bomb or a knife, disguised as a pen.



Top aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigns amid scandal

Posted 3/31/2016 in National

A top political aide to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley resigned Wednesday, a week after he publicly admitted making inappropriate remarks to her but denied the two ever had an affair.



Clinton faces April tests in Wisconsin, New York

Posted 3/31/2016 in National

Hillary Clinton's campaign aims to effectively end the Democratic primaries against Bernie Sanders by early May. But first she needs to navigate tricky contests in Wisconsin and her home state of New York.



FDA grants use of experimental blood test for Zika screening

Posted 3/31/2016 in National

Federal health officials are granting use of an experimental test to screen blood donations for Zika virus, an emergency step designed to protect local blood supplies from the mosquito-borne virus.



Veterans are using marijuana to ease PTSD, despite scant research

Posted 3/31/2016 in National

A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But for many veterans, the debate is already over.



Resolution in FBI-Apple case prolongs larger legal battle

Posted 3/31/2016 in National

The FBI's victory in breaking into a San Bernardino killer's iPhone without Apple's help merely prolongs a battle over how far the government can go to examine private messages, photos and other files.



Squirrel hunters cause lockdown at Arkansas elementary school

Posted 3/31/2016 in National

A report of armed men near an Arkansas elementary school led to a campus lockdown before police confirmed the three were actually pest control employees chasing squirrels.



Last 5 hostages on hijacked Egypt plane recall fear, selfie photo

Posted 3/31/2016 in National

First the hijacker said the women could leave. All the children, too. Then the man in the suicide vest agreed that all Egyptians and others from Muslim backgrounds would be allowed to escape from the plane.



Trump campaign manager charged with battery

Posted 3/30/2016 in National

Police charged Donald Trump's campaign manager with simple battery Tuesday as a videotaped altercation with a reporter transformed what was another messy campaign sideshow into a criminal court summons. Trump decried the charges.



Trump rescinds pledge to back GOP nominee; Walker backs Cruz

Posted 3/30/2016 in National

Donald Trump, turning his focus to Wisconsin even as another controversy cast a shadow over his campaign, said Tuesday he will no longer honor his pledge to support the eventual Republican pick for president.



Rubio working to play a role at GOP national convention

Posted 3/30/2016 in National

Marco Rubio is working to play a role at the Republican National Convention even as his rivals scramble to pick off convention delegates claimed by the Florida senator before he suspended his campaign.



Obama turns attention to growing opioid abuse problem

Posted 3/30/2016 in National

The trajectory of opioid deaths in the United States is trending in the wrong direction and should be atop the federal government's radar screen along with the threat of terrorism, responding to natural disasters and promoting a strong economy, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.



For some Americans, leaving workforce continues years after retiring

Posted 3/30/2016 in National

The transition from employment to retirement used to be marked by a date on a calendar, along with some sheet cake, and a maybe a gold watch. Those days are long gone for most workers in the United States.



Caregivers of people with dementia face financial hardships

Posted 3/30/2016 in National

Many relatives and friends providing financial support or care to people with dementia have dipped into their retirement savings, cut back on spending and sold assets to pay for expenses tied to the disease, according to a survey released today by the Alzheimer's Association.



Study illuminates big performance gap for vehicle headlights

Posted 3/30/2016 in National

There may be a reason why people have trouble seeing while driving at night, and it's not their eyesight. A new rating of the headlights of more than 30 midsized car models gave only one model a grade of "good."



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