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Trump may pursue border wall without new bill

Posted 1/6/2017 in National

Congressional Republicans and Donald Trump's transition team are exploring whether they can make good on Trump's promise of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without passing a new bill on the topic, officials said Thursday.



Hate-crime charges filed in attack on mentally disabled man

Posted 1/6/2017 in National

Four black people were charged with hate crimes Thursday in connection with a video broadcast live on Facebook that showed a mentally disabled white man being beaten and taunted, threatened with a knife and forced to drink from a toilet.



Historically black college: Band will march at inauguration

Posted 1/6/2017 in National

The marching band of a historically black college in Alabama will perform in President-elect Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inaugural parade, despite a barrage of criticism, the school's president announced Thursday.



How mobile video is changing the way we witness crime

Posted 1/6/2017 in National

Mobile video is changing the way we witness crime, from live footage of a mentally disabled man tortured by four assailants, to a recording that led to the manslaughter conviction of an Israeli soldier, to the body cameras designed to keep police accountable.



GOP has Trump's back as he questions US intelligence

Posted 1/6/2017 in National

A few years ago President Barack Obama came under conservative fire for choosing, at times, to read his daily intelligence briefings, rather than receive them in-person. Republican Rep. Paul Ryan was among those piling on.



Intel chief: No doubt Russia interfered in election

Posted 1/6/2017 in National

Brushing aside Donald Trump's dismissiveness, the nation's intelligence chief insisted Thursday that U.S. agencies are more confident than ever that Russia interfered in America's recent presidential election.



A premonition, a dream: Church slaying victims remembered

Posted 1/6/2017 in National

One by one, friends and family members walked up to the witness stand and testified about the nine black church members gunned down during a Bible study in Charleston on June 17, 2015. They described personalities, future plans and final conversations.



New advice: Peanuts in baby's diet can prevent scary allergy

Posted 1/6/2017 in National

New parents, get ready to feed your babies peanut-containing foods -- starting young lowers their chances of becoming allergic.



Attorney general pick Sessions has dueling images

Posted 1/6/2017 in National

Senators at next week's confirmation hearing will confront competing versions of Jeff Sessions, the Alabama senator who is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for attorney general.



Charleston church gunman insists to jury that he is not mentally ill

Posted 1/5/2017 in National

Dylann Roof spoke Wednesday for the first time to the jurors who will decide whether he should be executed for fatally shooting nine black parishioners during a Bible study, insisting that he is not mentally ill and forgoing a chance to plead for his life.



Israeli soldier's manslaughter conviction divides country

Posted 1/5/2017 in National

The rare manslaughter conviction Wednesday of an Israeli soldier who fatally shot a badly wounded Palestinian attacker exposed a deepening rift between proponents of the rule of law and a burgeoning nationalist movement.



Obama, Pence harden 'Obamacare' battle lines at Capitol

Posted 1/5/2017 in National

Hardening battle lines for the brawl to come, President Barack Obama urged congressional Democrats to "look out for the American people" in defending his legacy health care overhaul, while Vice President-elect Mike Pence stood firm Wednesday in telling Republicans that dismantling "Obamacare" is No. 1 on Donald Trump's list.



Top Senate Dem warns Trump on Supreme Court pick

Posted 1/5/2017 in National

The top Democrat in the Senate is warning President-elect Donald Trump about his eventual Supreme Court choice: Name a "mainstream" nominee or Democrats will oppose the individual "with everything we have."



Tillerson leaving Exxon with $180 million retirement package

Posted 1/5/2017 in National

Rex Tillerson will get a $180 million retirement package from Exxon Mobil Corp. if he is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state.



Police end NAACP sit-in against attorney general nominee

Posted 1/4/2017 in National

The national president of the NAACP and five others were arrested after staging a sit-in Tuesday at the Alabama office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, the nominee for U.S. attorney general, the civil rights group said.



Trump, with 2 tweets, helps push Republican reversal on ethics

Posted 1/4/2017 in National

In a city bound by tradition, every president taps a legislative affairs director to work with Congress.



Trump's picks for TVA board could reshape federal agency

Posted 1/4/2017 in National

Within the next five months, President-elect Donald Trump could appoint a majority of the board for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest government-owned utility.



Out of power, state Democrats frustrated with national committee

Posted 1/3/2017 in National

Democrats around the country are demanding change from a national committee they say has focused too heavily on the White House at the expense of governorships, legislatures and state party operations.



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.



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