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Cruz no favorite with fellow Republican senators

Posted 1/22/2016 in National

Republican senators are confronting an unsettling possibility: Sen. Ted Cruz, their least favorite colleague, stands within reach of becoming the party's presidential nominee and standard-bearer.


Would Flint crisis happen in wealthier, whiter community?

Posted 1/22/2016 in National

Ever since the full extent of the Flint water crisis emerged, one question has persisted: Would this have happened in a wealthier, whiter community?


Kerry: Some Iran sanctions relief likely to go to terrorists

Posted 1/22/2016 in National

It's likely that some of the billions of dollars in sanctions relief granted to Iran under a landmark nuclear deal will go to groups deemed to be terrorists, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.



Trump touts 'a good day' after Palin endorsement

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

Donald Trump brandished the endorsement of conservative Republican firebrand Sarah Palin at an Iowa rally Wednesday in the increasingly intense 2016 GOP presidential sweepstakes.



Sanders health plan would be more generous than Medicare

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his plan for a government-run health care system from cradle to grave is like Medicare for all.



Attorney General defends executive actions on guns as legal

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Barack Obama's executive actions curbing guns, telling lawmakers Wednesday that the president took lawful, common-sense steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly.


Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq razed by Islamic State militants

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

The Obama Administration and the Vatican condemned the Islamic State group Wednesday for razing Iraq's oldest Christian monastery, a 1,400-year-old structure that survived assaults by nature and man for centuries before it was deliberately destroyed by extremists.


Prosecutor: Cosby wants special treatment, case should go on

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

Prosecutors pursuing sex-assault charges against Bill Cosby say he wants special treatment in trying to have the case thrown out even before the first evidence hearing.



Senate Democrats want vote on religious test for immigrants

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

Senate Democrats maneuvered Wednesday to put Republicans on the spot with an election-year vote on legislation barring a religious test for immigrants.


NOAA, NASA: 2015 was Earth's hottest by a wide margin

Posted 1/21/2016 in National

Last year wasn't just the Earth's hottest year on record -- it left a century of high temperature marks in the dust.

Sarah Palin: Trump 'would let our warriors do their job'

Posted 1/20/2016 in National

Donald Trump is brandishing the endorsement of conservative Republican firebrand Sarah Palin in the increasingly intense 2016 GOP presidential sweepstakes.


Calls for boycott of Oscars grow over diversity of nominees

Posted 1/19/2016 in National

Amid calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over its all-white acting nominees and Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith both announcing they would sit out this year's ceremony, the academy's president said it was time for major changes -- and soon.



Confederate flag's removal turns King Day into celebration

Posted 1/18/2016 in National

Civic leaders, activists, artists and others are celebrating, marching and paying homage today to Martin Luther King Jr., marking the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.



GOP establishment loses hope of winning Iowa, New Hampshire

Posted 1/18/2016 in National

After months of predicting a comeback for their preferred candidates, Republican establishment leaders now concede the first two contests on the presidential election calendar are Donald Trump's and Ted Cruz's to lose.


Race tightens: Clinton, Sanders clash on guns, health care

Posted 1/18/2016 in National

Turning up the temperature, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled repeatedly in Sunday night's presidential debate over who's tougher on gun control and Wall Street and how to steer the future of health care in America.


New Yorkers blast Cruz's comments on 'New York values'

Posted 1/16/2016 in National

When Ted Cruz sneered at what he called Donald Trump's "New York values," some New Yorkers took it very personally.



Senate to take up bill for more scrutiny of Syrian refugees

Posted 1/16/2016 in National

The Senate will consider new rigorous screening procedures for Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking to enter the United States as national security looms large for voters in an election year.



Court overturns tobacco company victory over FDA on menthols

Posted 1/16/2016 in National

A federal appeals court has ruled that tobacco companies had no basis to challenge a Food and Drug Administration report on menthol cigarettes, which the industry alleged was written by experts with conflicts of interest.



Atomic agency chief: Iran has met nuclear deal obligations

Posted 1/16/2016 in National

The U.N. atomic agency announced Saturday that Iran has met all of its obligations under a landmark nuclear deal with six world powers.



Prosecutor: Suspect confesses in prison drone case

Posted 1/15/2016 in National

A man arrested near a maximum-security state prison with an aerial drone and packages of illegal drugs, tobacco and pornographic videos in his pickup truck told police he was part of a ring that flew contraband into the prison, a prosecutor said as the conspiracy trial began Thursday.



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