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Obama calls for shorter prison sentences for nonviolent convicts

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

Calling it an issue America can't afford to ignore, President Barack Obama laid out an expansive vision Tuesday for fixing the criminal justice system by focusing on communities, courtrooms and cellblocks.



Court: New health law doesn't infringe on religious freedom

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

The federal health care law doesn't infringe on the religious freedom of faith-based nonprofit organizations that object to covering birth control in employee health plans, a federal appeals court in Denver ruled Tuesday.


Japanese firm to apologize to US WWII vets

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

A major Japanese corporation will offer a landmark apology this weekend for using U.S. prisoners of war for forced labor during World War II, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center that is hosting the event.


Lower oil prices may trickle out of Iran deal

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

Oil prices that slumped steeply earlier this year may decline again once a historic deal between the West and Iran allows that country to start pouring more crude into a market already brimming with supply.



GOP candidates slam Iran deal, but will it play in 2016?

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

The Iran nuclear deal was only a few hours old when Republican White House hopefuls began vowing to overturn it.



Justice Dept.: Food companies risk prosecution for outbreaks

Posted 7/15/2015 in National

Following a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream, the Justice Department is warning food companies that they could face criminal and civil penalties if they poison their customers.



Harper Lee's town joyful, anxious over 'Mockingbird' sequel

Posted 7/14/2015 in National

Judy May and her sister Julia Stroud drove back to their hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, and snatched up the first two copies as Harper Lee's new novel "Go Set a Watchman" as the book went on sale at midnight.



Son of Boston police captain charged in extremist bomb plot

Posted 7/14/2015 in National

The son of a Boston police captain has been accused of plotting to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and to broadcast the killings of students live online, extremist acts aimed at supporting the Islamic State group, authorities said.



After deal, Israel still vows to block an Iran nuclear bomb

Posted 7/14/2015 in National

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called today's nuclear deal with Iran a mistake of "historic proportions" and vowed to keep up efforts to block the Islamic Republic from obtaining an atomic bomb.



18-day negotiation yields landmark Iran nuclear accord

Posted 7/14/2015 in National

After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions -- an agreement designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Muslim world.



Military announces plan to lift transgender ban

Posted 7/14/2015 in National

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, saying the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military need to be examined.



Under fire for data breach, Obama personnel chief steps down

Posted 7/11/2015 in National

The embattled head of the government's personnel office abruptly stepped down Friday, bowing to mounting pressure following the unprecedented breach of private information her agency was entrusted to protect.



FBI: Roof shouldn't have been able to get gun

Posted 7/11/2015 in National

The gunman charged in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre should not have been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack, FBI Director James Comey said Friday as he outlined a series of "heartbreaking" missed opportunities and background check flaws that allowed the transaction to take place.



GOP White House hopefuls scramble for anti-abortion vote

Posted 7/11/2015 in National

Trying to distinguish themselves in front of an important group of social conservative activists, Republican White House hopefuls on Friday used the National Right to Life Convention to share personal stories and detail the abortion restrictions they've helped write into law.



New Harper Lee novel presents an unsaintly Atticus Finch

Posted 7/11/2015 in National

Harper Lee's unexpected new novel offers an unexpected and startling take on an American literary saint, Atticus Finch.



House scraps vote on Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

The Republican-controlled House scrapped a vote on permitting the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries on Thursday, a retreat under fire that only escalated a ferocious attack by Democrats complaining the banner celebrates a murderous, racist past.



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.



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