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US provides marriage benefits to gay couples in all states

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

Same-sex married couples can start applying for Social Security and veterans benefits for spouses in all 50 states, but there are still issues to resolve as the federal government works to implement the Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to marry nationwide.

 

 

Jeb Bush's new challenge: How to spend $114M

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

Jeb Bush has shattered political fundraising records with a $114-million haul in the first six months of the year, an extraordinary total designed to instill a sense of shock and awe into his Republican competitors.

 

 

Alexander Hamilton's descendant rankled at $10 bill change

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

Doug Hamilton is just fine with the plans to put a woman's portrait on U.S. paper money. But he'd like the Treasury Department to leave the $10 bill alone.

 

 

FBI: Potential July 4 violence plots stopped

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the agency believes it stopped potential acts of violence in the month before the July 4 holiday.

 

 

Personnel chief resists calls to resign amid data hack

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

The head of the U.S. government's personnel office is rejecting bipartisan calls for her resignation following revelations that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people on her watch.

 

 

American Samoa questions gay marriage validity in territory

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

American Samoa stands as the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.

 

 

House moves to ban Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

The House has voted to ban the display of Confederate flags at historic federal cemeteries in the deep South -- a low-profile move that prompted an outcry from supporters of the flag.

 

Confederate flag's days are numbered in South Carolina

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the state is getting ready to remove the rebel banner.

 

Overflowing GOP presidential field has Fox News in demand

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

It's the stuff of Republican nightmares: Fox News runs out of advertising time.

 

 

Wartime suicide attempts most common in newer soldiers, study finds

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

War-time suicide attempts in the Army are most common in newer enlisted soldiers who have not been deployed, while officers are less likely to try to end their lives.

 

 

Medicare's end-of-life counseling policy may find acceptance

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

Six years ago, a proposal for Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling touched off a political uproar that threatened to stall President Barack Obama's health care law in Congress.

 

 

Army troop cuts could grow if budget impasse persists

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

In the midst of a war against the Islamic State that the Obama administration says will last many years, the Army is moving ahead with big troop cuts.

 

 

No Child revision barely passes House, goes next to Senate

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

The focus is on the Senate as it considers a rewrite of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, a day after the House narrowly passed a Republican-led measure that dramatically lessens the federal role in education policy.

 

 

O'Malley to lay out plan for debt-free college

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

Democrat Martin O'Malley is calling the high cost of college a "crisis" as he lays out a goal of debt-free tuition for all students at public colleges and universities within five years if elected president.

 

 

Rubio jabs both parties in economic pitch

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio called for lower corporate tax rates, looser Internet regulation and broader college accreditation on Tuesday.

 

 

AP Source: US agent's gun used in San Francisco pier slaying

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

A law enforcement official says the weapon used in the shooting death of a woman on a San Francisco pier belonged to a federal agent -- the latest twist in a case that has become a flashpoint in the country's debate over immigration.

 

 

New charges in Charleston church shooting: Attempted murder

Posted 7/8/2015 in National

The man accused of killing nine people attending Bible study at a historic black church in Charleston has been indicted on three new charges of attempted murder, prosecutors said Tuesday.

 

 

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