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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.



Trump targeting IRS rule on churches

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order further weakening already-sparse enforcement of an IRS rule threatening the loss of tax-exempt status for religious organizations that endorse political candidates.



GOP revives struggling health care bill and plans House vote

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

In a startling turnabout, Republicans say they are ready to push their prized health care bill through the House and claim a victory for President Donald Trump, six weeks after nearly leaving it for dead and days after support from GOP moderates seemed to crumble anew.



FBI director defends reopening Clinton email probe

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

FBI Director James Comey told Congress Wednesday that revealing the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email probe just before Election Day came down to a painful, complicated choice between "really bad" and "catastrophic" options.



Tillerson calls for balancing US security interests, values

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

Translating "America First" into diplomatic policy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday declared the United States can't always afford to condition its foreign relationships and national security efforts on countries adopting U.S. values like human rights.



Rumors surround Justice Kennedy exit, but he's not talking

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

As one justice settles into his new job at the Supreme Court, is another about to leave?



Funeral home denies refusing gay man's cremation

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

A south Mississippi funeral home went back on an agreement to cremate an 86-year-old man after he died and paperwork showed he was gay, according to a lawsuit in state court.



Facebook ramps up its response to violent videos

Posted 5/4/2017 in National

Facebook is stepping up its efforts to keep inappropriate and often violent material -- including recent high-profile videos of murders and suicides, hate speech and extremist propaganda -- off of its site.



Trump says he's willing to consider raising gas tax

Posted 5/2/2017 in National

President Donald Trump on Monday said he will explore the possibility of higher gasoline and diesel fuel taxes, suggesting an increase could pay for his ambitious infrastructure plan.



Hey kids, salt stays and grains go in school meals

Posted 5/2/2017 in National

Schools won't have to cut more salt from meals just yet and some will be able to serve kids fewer whole grains, under changes to federal nutrition standards announced Monday.



Washington's hottest ticket? African-American history museum

Posted 5/2/2017 in National

The hottest ticket in Washington, D.C., right now? It's for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, where thousands of tickets are snapped up each month within minutes of being released, a full seven months after the museum opened.



Midwest, South recovering after deadly weekend storms

Posted 5/1/2017 in National

Parts of the Midwest and the South were recovering Monday after a weekend round of storms, winds, hail and isolated tornadoes killed at least 14 people.



Trump to NRA: 'You have a true friend in the White House'

Posted 4/29/2017 in National

For nearly a decade, gun owners felt like they were living on pins and needles, worried about gun rights being taken away and feeling as though their way of life was scorned and under attack.



Marchers use Trump's 100th day to protest climate policies

Posted 4/29/2017 in National

Thousands of people across the U.S. marched Saturday on President Donald Trump's 100th day in office to demand action on climate change.



Pope's timely Egypt visit comforts grief-stricken Christians

Posted 4/29/2017 in National

Pope Francis wrapped up a brief but deeply symbolic visit to Egypt on Saturday with an open-air Mass for the country's tiny Catholic community, defying security concerns to show his support for the Christians of this Muslim majority Arab nation who have increasingly become targeted by Islamic militants.



N. Korean missile test fails hours after UN meeting on nukes

Posted 4/29/2017 in National

A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.



Trump's tweets aren't rocketing quite like they used to

Posted 4/29/2017 in National

His "FAKE NEWS" tweets don't rocket like they once did. His exclamation points (!) don't excite quite the same old way.



Trump won't get OK of health bill before his 100th day

Posted 4/28/2017 in National

President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a major Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year.



Passenger who was dragged off jetliner settles with United

Posted 4/28/2017 in National

The passenger who was dragged off a flight after refusing to give up his seat settled with United for an undisclosed sum Thursday in an apparent attempt by the airline to put the fiasco behind it as quickly as possible.



Dispute over health payments defused, spending bill on track

Posted 4/27/2017 in National

The White House and congressional Democrats on Wednesday defused a tense standoff over payments for the working poor under the health care law, keeping a massive government spending bill on track just days ahead of a shutdown deadline.



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