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Sheriff: Fla. man kills 6 grandchildren, daughter

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

about 8 hours 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.

about 8 hours 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.

about 8 hours 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.

about 8 hours 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.

about 8 hours 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

about 8 hours 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

1 day 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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.

2 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

2 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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.

3 days 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

3 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days ago


Health law has caveat on renewal of care coverage

Millions of consumers will soon receive notices from health insurance companies stating that their coverage is being automatically renewed.

4 days ago


Immigration isn't gaining any midterm traction

The hot-button issue Congress has debated for the last 18 months is increasingly becoming a hot potato.

4 days ago


National Briefs: Agencies curb Calif. wildfire

PLUS: Low angina rate for stent; Detroit cop faces trial; man dies making bomb; 6 injured in shooting.

4 days ago


Democrats tilt courts, building Obama’s legacy

Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives.

5 days ago


 Gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court in Washington.

Same-sex marriage heading for Supreme Court vote?

A decision to get involved could come as soon as the end of the month

5 days ago


 T.J. Lane during court proceedings in 2013. Lane, 19, was  convicted of killing three students at an Ohio high school cafeteria in 2012.

Escaped Ohio inmates transferred to higher-security prison

The three inmates, including school shooter T.J. Lane, escaped Thursday night from a prison in Lima and were caught on Friday.

5 days ago


Charges in dead babies case; neighbors soul-search

Mother charged with fetal death concealment after three infants’ bodies are found in Massachusetts home.

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Man wins fight to get same-sex union recognized

Federal judge lets a man be listed as spouse on his late male partner’s death certificate in Arizona, despite state’s bar on same-sex

6 days ago


Hillary Clinton returns to Iowa, trailed by criticisms about 2008 loss

Hillary Rodham Clinton journeys to Iowa this weekend for first time since 2008 campaign to be part of Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry.

6 days ago


National briefs: Hillary Clinton among speakers at Maya Angelou memorial

Plus: 2 Navy fighter jets crash into Pacific; Yosemite wildfire crews also battling bears on fire lines; Wisconsin to enforce voter ID rule

6 days ago


 President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the White House on Wednesday.

Congress backs Obama on plan to attack Islamic State

It’s unclear how soon Congress will act on President Barack Obama’s request to authorize arming and training moderate Syrian rebels.

1 week ago


New terror fight casts shadow over 9/11 commemorations

Ongoing terror war casts shadow on 13th anniversary commemorations of Sept. 11 attacks.

1 week ago


Study: Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene

Benzene exposure is cancer threat for some oil and gas fracking workers, says agency.

1 week ago


Both parties grandstand for the voters

Each congressional chamber is pushing measures their leaders know cannot succeed.

1 week ago


National briefs: Retailer’s hacking identified

Plus: Union rejects rail accord; Abortion curb prevails; Lifetime alimony ends; Killing suspect is ex-con.

1 week ago


 Friends and family of Wayne Russo hold up photographs of him as his name is read aloud during memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York today. Russo was killed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. From left to right are Allison Sommer, Arlene Russo, Lynne Linale, Mario Linale, Brian Sommer and Lito Deleon.

President Obama, nation mark 13th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

The National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum — which includes gut-wrenching artifacts and graphic photos of the attacks — is open.

1 week ago


 Janay Rice, left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks to the media in February about an incident between them that took place on an elevator in Atlantic City, N.J. Since then, a new video has been released showing Mr. Rice knocking Ms. Rice, his then-fiancee, unconscious inside the elevator.

Ray Rice case draws national attention to domestic violence, why some victims stay

#Why I Stayed hashtag on Twitter attracts more than 100,000 tweets in wake of the running back’s indefinite suspension by the NFL.

1 week ago


 Family members and friends linger Wednesday evening after carrying in luminaries to the victims' wall at the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Capitol flag from 9/11 will serve as tribute to Flight 93

Bells tolled and the names of the victims were read at 10:03 a.m., the moment the airliner crashed in a Somerset County field.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the White House Wednesday night.

Pennsylvania lawmakers react to Obama's speech

Even the harshest administration critics among them, though, said the president is right to intervene.

1 week ago


 Nineteen-year-old T.J. Lane escaped along with two other inmates.

Police: Convicted killer of 3 Ohio students escapes from prison

Nineteen-year-old T.J. Lane escaped along with two other inmates and one of the inmates was captured, Lima police Sgt. Andy Green said.

1 week ago


 Photos of Timothy Ray Jones Jr.’s children are shown Wednesday during a news conference at the Lexington County Sheriff's Dept. Training Center in Lexington, S.C.

Dad held in slaying of 5 children

Police have charged a South Carolina father with driving for days and hundreds of miles with their bodies before dumping them in Alabama.

1 week ago


 Rosemary Anderson of Watsonville, Calif., testifies Wednesday on Capitol Hill before the Senate Aging Committee hearing to examine older Americans and student loan debt.

Seniors increasingly struggle with student debt

Tens of thousands may see their Social Security benefits docked to make the payments.

1 week ago


Bankruptcy trial for Detroit delayed by insurer accord

If approved, the trial — which is studying Detroit’s plan to exit bank­ruptcy — could get a swift approval from a U.S. bankruptcy judge.

1 week ago


Tea Party, lesson learned, plays nice this time

Republican conservatives don’t want the blame for shutting down the federal government again as they tackle a must-pass spending bill.

1 week ago


National Briefs: Shutdown of nuclear plant rejected

PLUS: Internet neutrality fight; political ads on Facebook; police-killing protest; S.C. House speaker indicted.

1 week ago


 President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the NATO summit in Newport, Wales Friday.

Obama's prime-time address to outline mission to combat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

The president will urge Congress to quickly give him authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces fighting President Bashar Assad.

1 week ago



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