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Combative Trump concedes Russia's role in election hacking

Posted 1/12/2017 in National

In a combative and freewheeling news conference, President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time Wednesday that he accepts Russia was behind the election year hacking of Democrats that roiled the White House race.



Black lawmakers say Sessions unfit to be attorney general

Posted 1/12/2017 in National

Black lawmakers said Wednesday that Sen. Jeff Sessions at times has shown hostility toward civil rights, making him unfit to be attorney general, as a 1986 letter from the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. surfaced strongly expressing opposition to the Alabama senator.



Newly leaked dossier on Trump circulated in Washington for months

Posted 1/12/2017 in National

It was a bombshell story, emerging on the eve of Donald Trump's first news conference as president-elect: U.S. intelligence officials had presented Trump with unsubstantiated claims that Russia had amassed compromising personal and financial allegations about him.



Pew survey: Officers more reluctant to use force, make stops

Posted 1/11/2017 in National

The so-called "Ferguson effect" -- officers backing off of policing out of fear that their actions will be questioned after the fact -- has been talked about but never really quantified.



Dylann Roof sentenced to death

Posted 1/11/2017 in National

An unrepentant Dylann Roof was sentenced to death Tuesday for fatally shooting nine black church members during a Bible study session, becoming the first person ordered executed for a federal hate crime.



Trump pushes GOP for fast action on health care

Posted 1/11/2017 in National

President-elect Donald Trump pushed Congress on Tuesday to act swiftly to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law and follow up with a replacement.



I'd stand up to Trump as AG, Sessions tells senators

Posted 1/11/2017 in National

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions fervently rejected "damnably false" accusations of past racist comments Tuesday as he challenged Democratic concerns about the civil rights commitment he would bring as Donald Trump's attorney general.



Official: Trump briefed on potentially compromising report

Posted 1/11/2017 in National

Top intelligence officials last week told President-elect Donald Trump about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him, a U.S. official says.



Trump predicts all Cabinet picks will win confirmation

Posted 1/10/2017 in National

Facing a week of high-profile tests for his administration-in-waiting, President-elect Donald Trump predicted Monday that all of his Cabinet picks would win Senate confirmation even as Democrats charged that Trump's team was ignoring standard vetting protocol.



Republican hesitancy grows on health law repeal without substitute

Posted 1/10/2017 in National

Growing numbers of Republicans showed discomfort Monday over obliterating President Barack Obama's health care overhaul without having a replacement to show voters.



US had near record heat, costly weather disasters in 2016

Posted 1/10/2017 in National

With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States.



Fans mourn death of California's famous 'drive-thru' sequoia

Posted 1/10/2017 in National

Joyce Brown was 12 when her parents first took her to visit the "drive-thru tree," a giant sequoia in California famous for a car-sized hole carved into the base of its trunk.



To celebrate inaugural or not? Trump critics are divided

Posted 1/7/2017 in National

It's typically an unquestioned honor to participate in the inauguration of an American president. Who wouldn't want to be part of such a historic event?



FBI: Dylann Roof displaying racist symbols even during trial

Posted 1/7/2017 in National

Dylann Roof is as entrenched in his white supremacist beliefs as ever, even wearing shoes this week with racist symbols drawn on them, an FBI agent testified Friday.



Judge refuses to release four accused of beating disabled youth

Posted 1/7/2017 in National

A Chicago judge refused to allow four black people caught on cellphone footage taunting and beating a mentally disabled white man to post bail and leave jail, saying they are accused of such "terrible actions" that they are a danger to society.



US veteran arrested in airport shooting; 5 dead, 8 wounded

Posted 1/7/2017 in National

An Army veteran who complained that the government was controlling his mind drew a gun from his checked luggage on arrival at the Fort Lauderdale airport and opened fire in the baggage claim area Friday, killing five people and wounding eight, authorities said.



Will Trump's promised wall become taxpayer-funded fence?

Posted 1/7/2017 in National

It was the signature promise of his campaign: Donald Trump vowed to build an impenetrable, concrete wall along the southern border. And Mexico was going to pay for it.



'It is over': Congress certifies Donald Trump's victory

Posted 1/7/2017 in National

Congress certified Donald Trump's presidential victory Friday over the objections of a handful of House Democrats, with Vice President Joe Biden pronouncing, "It is over."



Trump: Only 'stupid' people, fools oppose better Russia ties

Posted 1/7/2017 in National

President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday that "only 'stupid' people or fools" would dismiss closer ties with Russia, and he seemed unswayed after his classified briefing on an intelligence report that accused Moscow of meddling on his behalf in the election that catapulted him to power.



US report: Putin ordered effort to help Trump, hurt Clinton

Posted 1/7/2017 in National

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a hidden campaign to influence America's presidential election in favor of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, U.S. intelligence agencies declared Friday in the government's first formal allegation supporting sensational claims that Trump and his supporters have staunchly resisted.



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