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Philadelphia is 1st major American city with soda tax

Posted 6/17/2016 in National

Philadelphia became the first major American city with a soda tax on Thursday despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it.



Trump to discuss terrorism, no fly list with NRA

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will be meeting with the National Rifle Association to discuss ways to block people on terrorism watch lists or no fly lists from buying guns as his party scrambles to respond in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.



Sheriff: Charges unlikely after 2-year-old killed by alligator

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

A sheriff said charges are unlikely against a Nebraska couple after an alligator killed their 2-year-old son by snatching him out of shallow water at a Walt Disney World beach, but the entertainment giant is reviewing whether to add gator warning signs.



In wake of mass shootings, Dem senator wages filibuster

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

A Democratic senator who mourned the loss of 20 children in his home state of Connecticut four years ago waged a nearly 15-hour filibuster into the early hours of this morning, demanding votes on gun control measures just days after a mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.



Gunman raged against 'filthy ways of the west'

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

While his victims texted heartbreaking last words to loved ones from the blood-drenched floors of packed bathrooms, Omar Mateen apparently turned to social media to measure the viral shockwaves his attack on a gay nightclub had generated.



Shooter claimed police academy rejection was over religion

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

Omar Mateen graduated from community college with a criminal justice degree, worked as a security guard and wanted to be a police officer.



Muslim view of LGBT people in spotlight after Orlando attack

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

After the massacre in Orlando, the head of a prominent Muslim advocacy group stood before a bank of microphones and made remarks beyond the expected condemnations.



Man arrested in California with weapons faces Indiana charge

Posted 6/16/2016 in National

An Indiana man facing weapons and ammunitions charges in California after telling officers he was headed to a gay pride event was charged Wednesday in Indiana with child molestation -- allegations that apparently spurred his cross-country journey to Los Angeles, a prosecutor said.



Southern Baptists oppose Confederate flag, talk racial unity

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday urged Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag, recognizing that it is perceived by many as a "symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism" that offends millions of people.



Some on terror list can buy guns, and Dems try to capitalize

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

Omar Mateen, investigated twice by the FBI, was on the government's terrorist watch list for 10 months before being removed. Yet even had he remained on that listing, it wouldn't have stopped him from buying the firearms he used in Sunday's Orlando shooting rampage.



Details emerge about nightclub gunman's wife

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

She was a sweet, pretty California girl with Palestinian roots who left an arranged marriage only to find love with a man who committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S history.



FBI looking at whether Omar Mateen led a secret gay life

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

The murky picture of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen grew more complex Tuesday with word that the FBI is investigating whether he had been a regular at the gay dance club he attacked and had been leading a secret life as a gay man.



Orlando shooter pledged loyalty to conflicting organizations

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

The Orlando gunman professed allegiance during the attack on a gay nightclub to the leader of the Islamic State militants, even as he called the Boston Marathon bombers, who had nothing to do with the extremist group, his homeboys.



Tennessee lawmaker receives threats for AR-15 giveaway

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

A Tennessee lawmaker said Tuesday that his office has received threats for planning to give away the same type of semi-automatic rifle used by a gunman in the massacre of 49 people at an Orlando nightclub.



Report: New evidence of rising 'Obamacare' premiums

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

Premiums for popular low-cost medical plans under the federal health care law are expected to go up an average of 11 percent next year, said a study that reinforced reports of sharp increases around the country in election season.



Study: Opioids linked with deaths other than overdoses

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

Accidental overdoses aren't the only deadly risk from using powerful prescription painkillers -- the drugs may also contribute to heart-related deaths and other fatalities, new research suggests.



Beat the press: Trump's contempt for media is calculated

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

Donald Trump's favorite nickname for the news media is the "dishonest press." He swaps in "disgusting press" from time to time.



Democratic Party's computers breached by Russian hackers

Posted 6/15/2016 in National

Sophisticated hackers linked to Russian intelligence services broke into the Democratic National Committee's computer networks and gained access to confidential emails, chats and opposition research on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, people familiar with the breach said Tuesday.



Orlando mourns as possible motives emerge for club gunman

Posted 6/14/2016 in National

As thousands in Orlando turned out to mourn 49 people killed inside a gay nightclub, federal investigators examined possible motives for the gunman who committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.



Assault weapons remain legal and easy to purchase in US

Posted 6/14/2016 in National

Military-style assault weapons like the one Omar Mateen used to blast away at an Orlando nightclub remain legal and easy to purchase -- easier, in Florida, than buying a handgun.



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