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Mennonite working with drug cartel gets 15 months

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

It was an unlikely alliance that authorities said involved a group of pacifist Mexican Mennonites accused of growing tons of marijuana and working with a notoriously vicious Mexican cartel to ship it across the U.S. border.



Aide resigns over criticism of Obama daughters

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

An aide to a Republican congressman resigned Monday after her Facebook post criticizing President Barack Obama's daughters touched off a backlash.



Bill Cosby resigns from Temple University board

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

Bill Cosby stepped down as a trustee of his beloved Temple University following renewed accusations that he had drugged and sexually assaulted a string of women over many years.


Congress crams unfinished agenda into final days

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

Lame-duck lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday for a two-week session in which they hope to prevent a government shutdown and renew tax breaks for individuals and businesses.

Court considers Facebook threats case

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

From the violent lyrics of rap music to the crude comments of teenagers in video-game chat rooms, the Supreme Court struggled Monday over where to draw the line between free speech and illegal threats in the digital age.


No Child Left Behind gets renewed focus

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

The No Child Left Behind education law could be making a political comeback.



Regulators investigating child car seat recall

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it is investigating whether Graco took too long to report a safety defect in its child car seats.



Feds impose new rules to protect bluefin tuna

Posted 12/2/2014 in National

New restrictions are being placed on fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast to protect the prized bluefin tuna species from being overfished.



Magicians stage effort to restore Houdini's grave

Posted 11/29/2014 in National

Nestled next to the late Lewins, Blums and Levys in a spooky old cemetery in New York City lies the final resting place of America's most legendary magician, interred under a granite monument that bears his stage name in bold letters: Houdini.



Immigration plan good, not great for economy

Posted 11/22/2014 in National

President Barack Obama's expansive executive action on immigration is good for the U.S. economy -- just not as good as partnering with Congress on broader reforms.



Report questions role of wealth in Sandy Hook shooter's care

Posted 11/22/2014 in National

A new report asks whether the race and affluence of Adam Lanza's family influenced decisions about how to care for his mental health problems.



Ferguson grand jury unusual in many ways

Posted 11/22/2014 in National

Not much is normal about the Missouri grand jury responsible for deciding whether to charge a suburban St. Louis police officer for fatally shooting Michael Brown.



For one night on stage, embattled Cosby his old self

Posted 11/22/2014 in National

The protesters didn't show, the would-be hecklers didn't take the bait, the weeks of headlines about sexual assaults disappeared and Bill Cosby, for 90 minutes at least, regained the revered status he long enjoyed.



Obama spurns Republicans with expansive immigration orders

Posted 11/21/2014 in National

Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night.



Hearing draws apology, admission in air bag mess

Posted 11/21/2014 in National

The global quality chief of Takata Corp. apologized and an official from Honda acknowledged the automaker broke a disclosure law as a Senate committee put the spotlight on a growing problem with exploding air bags.



Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

Posted 11/21/2014 in National

Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent.


Judge says crowing Oregon rooster must go

Posted 11/21/2014 in National

It was just the first of Mr. Rooster's problems that he was first believed to be a Ms.


Florida woman latest to accuse Cosby of forced sex

Posted 11/21/2014 in National

A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.



Thanksgiving getaway: 46.3 million to hit the road

Posted 11/21/2014 in National

The good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be on the road.



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