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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.



Cosby, a year later: Will he seek deal or prepare for trial?

Posted 12/30/2016 in National

Bill Cosby is starting 2017 in a legal dragnet that has only tightened around him since his stunning arrest a year ago.



US senators: Russia should be sanctioned for election hacks

Posted 12/29/2016 in National

U.S. senators visiting eastern European allies to discuss security issues called for sanctions against Russia for interfering in the presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts.



Obama, Netanyahu camp's relations hit rock bottom

Posted 12/29/2016 in National

It took eight years of backbiting and pretending they got along for relations between President Barack Obama's administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to finally hit rock bottom.



Dylann Roof won't work to spare his life in church massacre

Posted 12/29/2016 in National

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof says he won't call any witnesses or present evidence while representing himself during the punishment phase of his death penalty trial, but he is working hard to keep secret potentially embarrassing evidence about himself and his family.



Man suspected of ties to Berlin attacker detained in Germany

Posted 12/29/2016 in National

German prosecutors said Wednesday that they have detained a Tunisian man they think may have been involved in last week's truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.



Russian plane crash probe rules out explosion

Posted 12/29/2016 in National

Flight recorders revealed no evidence of an explosion on board a Russian plane that crashed, killing all 92 on board, but investigators haven't ruled out a deliberate mechanical impact to down the plane, a military official said today.



Growing number of Americans are retiring outside the US

Posted 12/28/2016 in National

Newly widowed, Kay McCowen quit her job, sold her house, applied for Social Security and retired to Mexico.



Trump expands inner circle with new security official, envoy

Posted 12/28/2016 in National

President-elect Donald Trump tapped an experienced hand from the George W. Bush era and a longtime Trump Organization official to become members of his inner circle when he assumes office next month.



For Trump White House, diplomatic security challenges remain

Posted 12/28/2016 in National

Donald Trump hammered rival Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign for failing to prevent the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, when she was secretary of state.



Thousands of faithful celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem

Posted 12/24/2016 in National

Thousands of pilgrims and tourists from around the world together with local Christians gathered in the biblical town of Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus, with spirits lifted by a slowdown in recent violence and cool, clear weather.



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