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Republican debate sure to highlight party's fractured field

Posted 1/14/2016 in National

A smaller cast of Republican presidential candidates returns to the main debate stage tonight, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the White House hopefuls to sway voters before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus.



In GOP response to Obama, SC governor defends immigrants

Posted 1/13/2016 in National

Americans should resist "the siren call of the angriest voices" in how the nation treats immigrants, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday as the GOP used its response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to try softening the tough stance embraced by some of its leading presidential candidates.



Obama warns against giving into election year cynicism

Posted 1/13/2016 in National

Eyeing the end of his presidency, Barack Obama urged Americans Tuesday night to rekindle their belief in the promise of change that first carried him to the White House, declaring that the country must not allow election-year fear and division to put economic and security progress at risk.



With Democratic race narrowing, Clinton rips into Sanders

Posted 1/13/2016 in National

Facing a narrowing primary contest, Hillary Clinton ripped into rival Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, saying the Vermont senator was offering unrealistic policies and overstating his anti-establishment credentials.


US Navy sailors held by Iran released with their boats

Posted 1/13/2016 in National

All 10 U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran after drifting into its territorial waters a day earlier have been freed, the U.S. and Iran said today.


Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina cut from main GOP debate lineup

Posted 1/12/2016 in National

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former technology executive Carly Fiorina will not appear on the primetime debate stage when the Republican Party's 2016 presidential class faces off later this week in South Carolina.



Underdog candidates keep powering along the campaign trail

Posted 1/12/2016 in National

Running as an underdog presidential candidate isn't always glamorous.



Sean Penn: Nothing to hide over drug lord interview

Posted 1/12/2016 in National

Actor Sean Penn said he has "nothin' to hide," after images published Monday indicated he was under surveillance when he met with the Mexican actress who led him to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman -- and the pair was apparently followed and photographed as they set out for the supposedly secret meeting with the drug lord.



Task force: Mammograms an option at 40, do more good at 50

Posted 1/12/2016 in National

Mammograms do the most good later in life, a government task force declared Monday in recommending that women get one every other year starting at age 50.


Drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman recaptured by Mexican marines

Posted 1/9/2016 in National

The world's most-wanted drug lord was recaptured in a daring raid by Mexican marines Friday, six months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in a made-for-Hollywood escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States.


Refugee program decried after Iraqis' terror-related arrests

Posted 1/9/2016 in National

The U.S. refugee program came under fresh criticism Friday after federal authorities revealed that two Iraqi-born men arrested on terrorism-related charges had come to America as refugees.


Obama mocks 'conspiracy' at forum on gun control

Posted 1/8/2016 in National

President Barack Obama mocked conspiracy theorists and tore into the National Rifle Association for pushing "imaginary fiction," as he described his plans to tighten gun control rules as modest first steps toward tackling gun violence in America.


Alabama sues federal government over refugee program

Posted 1/8/2016 in National

Alabama on Thursday became the second state to sue the U.S. government over refugee resettlement, accusing the Obama administration of failing to consult with states on placement of those who have fled their home countries.



Authorities: Terrorism-related arrests made in two states

Posted 1/8/2016 in National

Authorities said Thursday that two people with ties to the Islamic State have been arrested on terrorism-related charges in California and Texas, including a refugee from Syria who is charged with lying to federal investigators about his travels to the civil war in that country.



Sheriff meets with armed group, asks them to leave

Posted 1/8/2016 in National

Three Oregon sheriffs met with leaders of an armed group to try to persuade them to end their occupation of a federal wildlife refuge after many local residents made it plain that's what they want.



Will we ever know if North Korea detonated an hydrogen bomb?

Posted 1/8/2016 in National

It was, North Korea insists, a successful test of the "H-bomb of justice."


EPA says pesticide harms bees in some cases

Posted 1/7/2016 in National

A major pesticide harms honeybees when used on cotton and citrus but not on other big crops like corn, berries and tobacco, the Environmental Protection Agency found.


Cheers for Oregon sheriff who tells armed group to 'go home'

Posted 1/7/2016 in National

Cheers erupted at a packed community meeting in rural Oregon when a sheriff said it was time for a small, armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge to "pick up and go home."



Sister of Sandra Bland: Charge against trooper 'bittersweet'

Posted 1/7/2016 in National

The indictment and expected firing of the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland, a black woman who later died in jail, are "bittersweet" for her sister.



Survey: US progress on health insurance stalled in 2015

Posted 1/7/2016 in National

Going into President Barack Obama's last year in office, progress has stalled on reducing the number of uninsured Americans under his signature health care law, according to a major survey out Thursday.



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