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 A canoe passes under early-turning fall leaves at North Park Lake last year.

Almanacs predict fair fall, wicked winter for large parts of U.S.

For now, relax and enjoy what will be a colorful, crisp fall season.

about 20 hours ago


 This 2009 photo shows Omar Gonzalez, who authorities have identified as the man who got into the White House after scaling a fence Sept. 19.

White House intruder called threat

White House fence-jumper had 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car.

about 20 hours ago


U.S. holds 3 AWOL Afghan officers

State police: 3 Afghan Army officers missing from US base in custody at Canadian-US border.

about 20 hours ago


Support for gay marriage may be ebbing, survey says

Backing for gay marriage has dropped 5 points to 49% in polling by Pew.

about 20 hours ago


America ramping up nuclear arms renewal

Modernization and expansion plan comes during tenure of a president who campaigned for a “nuclear-free world.”

about 20 hours ago


National briefs: Wesleyan orders frats to go coed

Plus: iPhone rollout: 10 million; tour bus crash probed; reporter quits on TV; bank linked to terror;

about 20 hours ago


 The fast food protest movement, which is backed financially by the Service Employees International Union and others, has gained national attention at a time when the wage gap between the poor and the rich has become a hot political issue.

Anti-business movements unlikely to change politics

Historians and political experts say “anti-business” sentiment is unlikely to translate into votes for this fall’s congressional midterms.

1 day ago


Throngs demand climate change action

New York City’s People’s Climate March drew more than 310,000 people this weekend, organizers said, tripling the original forecast.

1 day ago


 In this 2013 photo from a video produced by the Los Angeles Police Department, officers ride on an armored medical rescue vehicle in a drill simulating a terrorist attack in downtown Los Angeles.

Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

The lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a military surplus gear program under review.

1 day ago


More drought forecast next year across West

Below-normal precipitation and normal or above-normal temperatures are forecast in the week ahead, the National Weather Service said.

1 day ago


White House security may check tourists blocks away

The Secret Service is considering screening visitors at checkpoints before they enter the public areas in front of the White House.

1 day ago


National Briefs: Wildfire wreaks destruction

PLUS: U.S gas prices fall; UAW pay changes to come; celebrities photos leak

1 day ago


 U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton

U.S. attorney to attack fraud in health care

U.S. Attorney David Hickton is ramping up a team — backed by the FBI — whose focus will be fighting crime in the medical industry.

2 days ago


 Archbishop-Designate Blase Cupich, right, greets Cardinal Francis George during a news conference on Saturday in Chicago. Bishop Cupich, who served as bishop in Spokane, Wash., will succeed Cardinal George, who has been fighting a long battle with cancer, to become the ninth archbishop of Chicago. This is the first time in the history of the Chicago Archdiocese that a new leader has been appointed while the former is still alive.

Chicago archbishop selected

As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road.

2 days ago


Hidden costs in health care blindside patients

But in an increasingly common practice, assistants, consultants and other hospital employees are charging patients or their insurers hefty

2 days ago


Congress tightens rules for hospices

Hospice agencies must subject themselves to government inspections at least once every three years under new legislation OK’d by Congress.

2 days ago


Dems look to elders for impact on vote

Democrats are being spurred by polls showing the party has regained some support lost in the Obama years.

2 days ago


National Briefs: GM recalls 130,000 cars due to defects

PLUS: White House breach; wildfires ravage forests; injured firefighter dies.

2 days ago


Alibaba stock soars in debut

The mammoth IPO offered eager investors seemingly unlimited growth potential and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.

3 days ago


 High-wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla.

Wallenda to walk high in Windy City

Nik Wallenda is all about spectacle, a showman who crossed Niagara Falls and an Arizona gorge on a high wire.

3 days ago


Astronauts getting 3-D printer at space station

The printer is among more than 5,000 pounds of cargo that is stuffed into a SpaceX Dragon capsule for a pre-dawn liftoff today.

3 days ago


FDA to revise food safety law at behest of farmers

The revisions are the latest change to a national food safety overhaul that was first signed into law in 2011.

3 days ago


White House seeks to end campus rape

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden launched the “It’s On Us” initiative.

3 days ago


Al-Qaida spokesman admits 1998 embassy plot

But U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan declined to accept Adel Abdel Bary’s plea.

3 days ago


White House focused on financial impact of climate change

Forget the national debt. The new budget threat is climate change.

2 days ago


National Briefs: Congress heads home to face voters

PLUS: White House intruder; war on citrus scourge; ex-governor convicted; McDonnell wants new trial; autopsy reviewed.

3 days ago


Sheriff: Fla. man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

Convicted felon shoots, kills his 6 grandchildren, daughter, himself in small Florida town

4 days ago


White House, military divided on use of troops against Islamic State

Discord is mounting between President Barack Obama and military leaders over a blanket presidential prohibition on ground combat.

4 days ago


Federal judge accused of assaulting wife is urged to resign

Alabama’s two U.S. senators urged federal judge in their state to step down after he was charged with battery.

4 days ago


Bill seeks fairer treatment for black lung victims

Sens. Bob Casey and Jay Rockefeller jointly offer bill to provide fair treatment to coal miners pursuing black lung benefit claims.

4 days ago


 Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receives a flu shot from Sharon Bonadies at the conclusion of a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

CDC tells healthy adults not to forget flu vaccine

Flu vaccine season has arrived, and that means different shots for different folks.

4 days ago


National news briefs: 9/19/14

Agents use body-worn cameras; VA to boost salaries; New York terror alert; Man charged in wildfire; Internet boosts economy

4 days ago


House approves Obama’s plan to battle Islamic State

The House votes, 273-156, to authorize President Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in fight against the Islamic State.

5 days ago


Holder asks Congress for help in fighting Wall Street crime

Justice Department wants Congress’ help to improve prospects for successful criminal prosecutions of Wall Street executives.

5 days ago


House opens Benghazi probe

The State Department says it has reformed its protection strategies for high-risk diplomatic posts in the wake of the attacks in Benghazi.

5 days ago


With no consensus on the issue, surrogacy laws vary across the nation

There is no national consensus on how to handle the highly polarizing and controversial practice of surrogacy.

5 days ago


2nd U.S. space group seeks alternative to Russian engines

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is teaming with Boeing and Lockheed Martin in a bid to develop a U.S. alternative to Russian-made rocket engines.

5 days ago


Freshman lawmaker to host security forum

The forum hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger is part of efforts to hear European ongoing concerns about U.S. surveillance programs.

6 days ago


U.S. poverty declines in 2013

The U.S. poverty rate dropped in 2013 for the first time in seven years, and child poverty rate fell for the first time in 13 years.

6 days ago


CDC finds Americans’ bellies are expanding fast

People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines are known to run a higher risk of obesity-related ailments.

6 days ago


Number of prisoners in U.S. grew in 2013

Combined state and federal prison inmate ranks rose slightly because of more state incarcerations after a three-year decline.

6 days ago


Federal auto regulators draw lawmakers’ wrath on ignition switch defect

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration had sufficient information to identify the flaw as early as 2007.

6 days ago


National Briefs: 2 firms win pacts to ferry astronauts

PLUS: Fourth casino goes belly up; immigrants lose insurance; nuclear waste action; 20 years for gun battle; rail service restored

6 days ago


GM expert says 19 deaths eligible for compensation

GM’s compensation chief confirms 19 wrongful death claims in faulty ignition switch cases are eligible for payments.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins on Monday in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

Medals of Honor given to two Vietnam-era soldiers, one posthumously. An act of Congress was needed to honor them both so belatedly.

1 week ago


No D.C. gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

Two liberal causes that have moved forward during President Barack Obama’s tenure are gay marriage and legalization of marijuana.

1 week ago


National briefs: Bond firm agrees to Detroit deal

Plus: ’Net neutrality’ comments; 3 states pass on food aid; Georgia minority voting push; shooting range death

1 week ago


 Sen. Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont.

Liberal Bernie Sanders emerges as Democratic contender for presidency

The Vermont senator could pose a challenge from the left to Hillary Clinton, seen as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nod.

1 week ago


States collaborate to track students into workforce

Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Hawaii recently participated in a pilot project to share data on student outcomes.

1 week ago


Wealth gap putting the squeeze on state funds

As income for the affluent has accelerated, it’s barely kept pace with inflation for most other people. That trend can mean a double-whammy.

1 week ago



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