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Obama commutes 330 drug sentences

Posted 1/20/2017 in National

In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

 

 

Mexican drug kingpin "El Chapo" to appear in US courtroom

Posted 1/20/2017 in National

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious drug kingpins, is finally headed for a court date the United States sought for two decades while he made brazen prison escapes and spent years on the run in Mexico.

 

 

AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care

Posted 1/19/2017 in National

Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump.

 

 

In inaugural speech will Trump call on our better angels?

Posted 1/19/2017 in National

Tradition suggests it's time for Donald Trump to set aside the say-anything speaking style and rise to the inaugural moment.

 

 

Trump's Treasury pick facing criticism over foreclosures

Posted 1/19/2017 in National

Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department, Stephen Mnuchin, built his reputation and his fortune as a savvy Wall Street investor.

 

 

Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized

Posted 1/19/2017 in National

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted Wednesday to the intensive care unit of a Houston hospital with pneumonia, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing, a spokesman said.

 

 

Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time

Posted 1/19/2017 in National

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone.

 

 

New report: Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974

Posted 1/18/2017 in National

Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S. has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974.

 

 

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning's sentence

Posted 1/18/2017 in National

Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence.

 

 

Trump tries to calm tensions after Rep. Lewis squabble

Posted 1/17/2017 in National

Donald Trump spoke of national unity to a son of Martin Luther King Jr., seeking to ease friction over the president-elect's squabble with Rep. John Lewis, a protege of the slain civil rights leader.

 

 

King Day highlights transition from Obama to Trump

Posted 1/17/2017 in National

As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation's first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters.

 

 

GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes

Posted 1/17/2017 in National

In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities.

 

 

Istanbul gunman captured after more than 2 weeks on run

Posted 1/17/2017 in National

Turkish police captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, with officials saying today that he's an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre.

 

 

Arkansas tries to strip Gen. Lee from Martin Luther King Day

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

Every third Monday in January, Arkansas state offices are closed in observance of an unlikely holiday: the shared birthdays of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

 

 

Revelers, rally-goers to clog DC for Trump's inauguration

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation's capital for Donald Trump's inauguration and a major demonstration the day after, but how many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question.

 

 

Thousands rally to resist Republican health law repeal drive

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition.

 

 

The big top comes down: Ringling Bros. circus is closing

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth."

 

 

Inauguration in sight, Trump continues Twitter assault

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

His inauguration days away, President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to lash out at critics in the intelligence community and Democrats in Congress who are vowing to skip his swearing-in ceremony.

 

 

World diplomats tell Trump, Israel: Mideast needs peace

Posted 1/16/2017 in National

Sending a forceful message to Israel's prime minister and the incoming Trump administration, dozens of countries called Sunday on Israel and the Palestinians to revive work toward long-elusive peace -- including an independent Palestinian state.

 

 

Trump unleashes Twitter attack against civil rights legend

Posted 1/14/2017 in National

Donald Trump tore into civil rights legend John Lewis for questioning the legitimacy of the Republican billionaire's White House victory.

 

 

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