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North Carolina lawmakers meeting to consider HB2 repeal

Posted 12/21/2016 in National

North Carolina's legislature is reconvening to see if enough lawmakers are willing to repeal a 9-month-old law that limited LGBT rights, including which bathrooms transgender people can use in public schools and government buildings.



Wisconsin's Walker asks Trump for more control over refugees

Posted 12/21/2016 in National

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker asked President-elect Donald Trump in a letter delivered Tuesday to give his state more authority in determining how many refugees can come from countries with ties to terrorism.



McConnell rejects calls for select panel on Russian meddling

Posted 12/21/2016 in National

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting bipartisan calls for a special committee to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election, which American intelligence says was aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton.



Deadly Mexico fireworks blast hits market packed for holidays

Posted 12/21/2016 in National

The San Pablito fireworks market was especially well stocked for the holidays and bustling with hundreds of shoppers when a powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through its stalls, killing at least 29 people and leaving dozens more badly burned.



Security tightens up at Christmas markets across Europe after attack

Posted 12/21/2016 in National

Security was tightened at Christmas markets across Europe on Tuesday after a deadly truck attack on a market in Berlin -- and pointed questions arose over why the German capital was vulnerable despite months of warnings.



Revolt fizzles as Trump easily wins Electoral College vote

Posted 12/20/2016 in National

So much for an Electoral College revolt.



North Carolina's 'bathroom bill' set on fast path to repeal

Posted 12/20/2016 in National

North Carolina lawmakers appear poised to repeal a controversial law widely derided as the "bathroom bill" because it requires transgender people to use restrooms corresponding with the sex on their birth certificate in many public buildings.



Trump aides: Democrats' complaints are sour grapes

Posted 12/19/2016 in National

Sour grapes. That's how Donald Trump's closest advisers see Democrats' complaints that Moscow hacked their private emails this election season in a bid to sow discord among their supporters and sway the election toward Republicans.



Electoral College meets amid effort to deny Trump presidency

Posted 12/19/2016 in National

And you thought Election Day was in November.



Trump Cabinet excites his voters

Posted 12/19/2016 in National

As each Cabinet announcement draws fresh criticism of the wealth, connections or opinions of Donald Trump's latest appointees, many Americans who voted for him say the president-elect is doing what he promised to do: draining the swamp.



Gas prices jump 6 cents over 2 weeks

Posted 12/19/2016 in National

The average price of regular-grade gasoline has jumped 6 cents nationally over the past two weeks, to $2.26 a gallon.



Medicare outpatients risk higher bills for some procedures

Posted 12/19/2016 in National

You pay less for outpatient treatment than for a hospital admission, right? Not necessarily in the topsy-turvy world of Medicare billing, according to a government report.



China disputes US claim it's top source of synthetic drugs

Posted 12/19/2016 in National

U.S. assertions that China is the top source of the synthetic opioids that have killed thousands of drug users in the U.S. and Canada are unsubstantiated, Chinese officials told the Associated Press.



US says it will work with Duterte after latest outburst

Posted 12/19/2016 in National

The United States said Sunday that it would work with the Philippine president to address any concerns after he threatened to terminate a pact that allows U.S. troops to visit the Philippines.



Gunmen kill 10, including Canadian, in attacks on Jordanian police

Posted 12/19/2016 in National

Gunmen assaulted Jordanian police in a series of attacks Sunday, including at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, killing seven officers, two local civilians and a woman visiting from Canada, officials said.



Trump's pick for Israel envoy signals break on US policy

Posted 12/17/2016 in National

Donald Trump's selection of a hard-line pro-Israel advocate as his U.S. ambassador to the Jewish state could signal the end of decades of American support for the establishment of an independent Palestine.



Democrats eye fight over Trump's Treasury pick

Posted 12/17/2016 in National

Democrats are eyeing the Senate confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's Treasury secretary pick selection as a prime opportunity to chip away at the Republican's populist appeal with working-class voters and begin rebuilding their own party's economic message.



Politicians bypass press, control message

Posted 12/17/2016 in National

To deliver his first extensive remarks on the contentious Dakota Access oil pipeline, all the new North Dakota governor needed was a camera and a Facebook account.



Official: FBI backs CIA conclusion on Russian hacking motive

Posted 12/17/2016 in National

The FBI is supporting the CIA's conclusion that Russia interfered in the presidential election with the goal of supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump.



Roof won't use mental health experts to try to save his life

Posted 12/17/2016 in National

Dylann Roof doesn't want jurors to consider his mental health when they decide next month whether he should face the death penalty for killing nine black Charleston church worshippers, according to a handwritten motion he filed.



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