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Facebook beefs up suicide prevention focused on live video

Posted 3/2/2017 in National

Facebook is beefing up its suicide prevention tools, including new options for people to report if someone might harm themselves while broadcasting on Facebook Live.



Trump gives GOP leaders rallying cry, roadmap for change

Posted 3/1/2017 in National

President Donald Trump gave Republican congressional leaders a rallying cry and even a roadmap as they try to push through a sweeping and divisive agenda on health care, taxes and more.



Trump signs executive order on black colleges

Posted 3/1/2017 in National

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at signaling his commitment to historically black colleges and universities, saying that those schools will be "an absolute priority for this White House."



As Mardi Gras revelry ends with a party, Lent begins

Posted 3/1/2017 in National

After a day of parades, blaring marching bands, elaborate costumes and crowds screaming for beads, another Mardi Gras celebration is over.



At least 2 dead after tornadoes touch down in central US

Posted 3/1/2017 in National

Tornadoes touched down in the upper Midwest and northern Arkansas on Tuesday, killing at least two people, as a spring-like storm system posed a risk to 45 million people.



Pressure on GOP to revamp health law grows, along with rifts

Posted 2/28/2017 in National

President Donald Trump declared Monday that "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated."



Editor who pushed for justice in civil rights killings dies

Posted 2/28/2017 in National

Mississippi editor Stanley Dearman, who pushed for justice in the murders of three civil rights workers, died on Saturday in Florida.



Mardi Gras crash suspect's alcohol level nearly triple limit

Posted 2/27/2017 in National

The driver accused of plowing into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, police said.



AP sources: White House to propose boosting defense spending

Posted 2/27/2017 in National

The White House will propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year.



AP: VA data show low rate of discipline for drug loss, theft

Posted 2/27/2017 in National

Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs' hospitals were fired or reprimanded in only a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.



Trump says he won't attend correspondents dinner this spring

Posted 2/27/2017 in National

President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won't be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner -- sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes.



New Democratic chairman Perez pledges to repair, unite party

Posted 2/27/2017 in National

Newly elected Democratic national chairman Tom Perez pledged on Sunday to unite a fractured party, rebuild at all levels from "school board to the Senate" and reach out to chunks of rural America left feeling forgotten in the 2016 election.



Trump's choice to be Navy secretary withdraws

Posted 2/27/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests.



In poor Black Belt region, both fears and prayers over Trump

Posted 2/26/2017 in National

Here, in what's left of the Old South's plantation region, the descendants of slaves who picked cotton and worked the dark soil are praying differently since Donald Trump moved into the White House.



Witnesses: Bar gunman shouted 'get out of my country'

Posted 2/26/2017 in National

In the middle of a crowded bar, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to "get out of my country," witnesses said, then opened fire in an attack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help.



Judge won't throw out Bergdahl case over Trump comments

Posted 2/26/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's campaign-trail criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, while "problematic," hasn't prevented the soldier from getting a fair trial on charges that he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, a military judge ruled Friday.



Pre-existing conditions complicate health care replacement

Posted 2/26/2017 in National

As Republicans try to unite around a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, one of the most popular parts of the law will be among the most difficult to replace: the guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.



Trump blasts media, anonymous sources -- after WH uses them

Posted 2/26/2017 in National

President Donald Trump unloaded on the news media Friday for using anonymous sources -- just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.



White House adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

Posted 2/24/2017 in National

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official says.



Administration expects Justice crackdown on legalized marijuana

Posted 2/24/2017 in National

The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal.



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