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AP: Disabled often banned from voting

Posted 7/10/2014 in National

At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation's largest county.

 

 

Confederate flags on Va. campus to be moved

Posted 7/10/2014 in National

Washington and Lee University is drawing praise from some and complaints from others after announcing that it will remove Confederate battle flags from a chapel on the Virginia campus where Robert E. Lee is buried.

 

Hospital pharmacist charged in theft of 200K pills

Posted 7/9/2014 in National

A pharmacist who oversaw a major hospital's vault of drugs stole nearly 200,000 powerful painkillers he was supposed to safeguard and dispense, narcotics prosecutors said Tuesday as they unveiled a case that makes unusual use of a state drug-kingpin law.

Government made $100B in improper payments

Posted 7/9/2014 in National

By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them -- tax credits to families that didn't qualify, unemployment benefits to people who had jobs and medical payments for treatments that might not have been necessary.

Patrol head says he's shocked by beating video

Posted 7/9/2014 in National

The head of the California Highway Patrol said he was shocked and the agency's reputation is hurt by a video showing an officer repeatedly punching a woman he pinned on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

 

Report: Prison health-care costs stabilize

Posted 7/9/2014 in National

States are spending slightly less on prisoner health care after nearly a decade of steady increases, according to a report released Tuesday.

 

 

Pope: Bishops must be held accountable for abuse

Posted 7/8/2014 in National

Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of pedophile priests.

 

 

Obama highlights push for better skilled teachers

Posted 7/8/2014 in National

President Barack Obama brought forward a new administration effort Monday to place quality teachers in schools that need them the most.

 

 

63 escape Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria

Posted 7/8/2014 in National

More than 60 Nigerian girls and women abducted two weeks ago by Islamic extremists have managed to escape, officials said Monday, though more than 200 girls kidnapped in April still remain missing.

 

Israel launches offensive against Gaza

Posted 7/8/2014 in National

The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip today striking at least 50 sites in Gaza and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.

 

Some U.S.-bound air travelers must turn on phones

Posted 7/7/2014 in National

Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights. The measure is intended to enhance aviation security at a time of increased threats.

 

 

States look to gun seizure law after mass killings

Posted 7/7/2014 in National

As state officials across the country grapple with how to prevent mass killings like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and near the University of California, Santa Barbara, some are turning to a gun seizure law pioneered in Connecticut 15 years ago.

 

 

Poll: Most still align with Democrats or GOP

Posted 7/7/2014 in National

Whether it's the Republicans or the Democrats, America's political parties are far from beloved. Yet most people continue to align with one or the other.

 

 

U.S. survivors of WWII battle recall Saipan attack

Posted 7/7/2014 in National

Even after seven decades, Wilfred "Spike" Mailloux won't talk about surviving a bloody World War II battle unless longtime friend John Sidur is by his side.

 

 

Nonprofits' contraceptive cases next for justices

Posted 7/7/2014 in National

How much distance from an immoral act is enough? That's the difficult question behind the next legal dispute over religion, birth control and the health law that is likely to be resolved by the Supreme Court.

 

 

Four confirmed dead in Independence Day boat collision

Posted 7/7/2014 in National

Three boats collided near a Miami marina around the end of a fireworks display, killing four and injuring a dozen others in a chaotic scene that left bodies and survivors tossed overboard.

 

Officials: Rancher must be held accountable

Posted 7/7/2014 in National

U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials say they agree with a Nevada sheriff's position that rancher Cliven Bundy must be held accountable for his role in an April standoff between his supporters and the federal agency.

 

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