Bernie Sanders could pose a challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton, shown speaking Sunday at the Harkin Steak Fry.

Liberal Sanders emerges as Dem contender

Bernie Sanders could pose a challenge from the left to Hillary Clinton, widely seen as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nod.

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States collaborate to track students into workforce

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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National Briefs: Agencies curb Calif. wildfire

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

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Democrats tilt courts, building Obama’s legacy

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

1 day 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

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 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.

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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

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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.

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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

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 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.

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New terror fight casts shadow over 9/11 commemorations

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

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Study: Fracking workers exposed to dangerous amounts of benzene

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

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Both parties grandstand for the voters

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

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National briefs: Retailer’s hacking identified

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

3 days 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

4 days ago

National Briefs: Shutdown of nuclear plant rejected

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

4 days 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.

4 days ago

 Marino Cordoba and Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli talk about their work as union organizers in Colombia that have led to assassination attempts.

Colombia worker advocates seek aid

Colombians are asking Congress to protect workers rights as part of the trade agreement.

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 Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn forms a circle with his fingers Tuesday while asking witnesses about 30mm ammunition during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., about the oversight of military equipment given to state and local police.

Police use of military gear questioned

A Homeland Security aide cited the Boston bombing response as Congress held a hearing to review local police militarization.

5 days ago

 Jose Padilla, center, is escorted to a waiting police vehicle by federal marshals near downtown Miami in 2006. Padilla was sentenced a second time Tuesday by a federal judge because the original prison term of 17 years was deemed too lenient.

Al-Qaida recruit Jose Padilla resentenced to 21 years in jail

The new sentence was in response to a federal appeals court ruling ordering a longer prison term for the 43-year-old U.S. citizen.

5 days ago

 The eastern meadowlark

Habitat loss taking a big toll on birds

Every type of bird except those that inhabit wetlands has been in decline since 1968, threatened by humans.

5 days ago

Public backs war on Sunni jihadis

U.S. public support for airstrikes against the Islamic State has surged to 71 percent, up 26 points since mid-June.

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Lack of sleep partly to blame in UPS plane crash in 2013

The fatigued UPS flight crew omitted key steps that might have prevented the August 2013 crash in Alabama.

5 days ago

NFL TV blackouts may end as FCC votes on rule

The FCC will vote Sept. 30 on nixing sports blackout rules that have kept unsold-out games off local television for almost 40 years.

5 days ago

New Englanders vote in primaries

Tuesday was primary day for New York, Delaware, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

5 days ago

National Briefs: Biden denounces domestic violence

PLUS: Cheney rallies House GOP; hackers hit Home Depot; drug use rises for pilots; U.S aid worker with Ebola.

5 days ago

Text: Obama's speech to Americans on defeating Islamic State

Following is the full text of President Barack Obama's speech to the nation Wednesday, as prepared for delivery:

4 days ago

 NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS on Tuesday that “no one in the NFL, to my knowledge” had seen a new video of what happened on the elevator between Ray Rice and his then-fiancee until it was posted online.

Steelers' Rooney now part of Rice video probe

Steelers president Art Rooney II and New York Giants owner John Mara will oversee an NFL investigation led by a former FBI director.

4 days ago

 Home Depot today confirmed that its payment systems had been hacked, potentially exposing millions of shoppers who used credit and debit cards at its more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian stores.

Home Depot confirms data breach in U.S., Canada stores

The breach in its payment systems could turn out to be one of the biggest in history.

5 days ago

 President Barack Obama speaks last week at Nordea Concert Hall in Tallinn, Estonia.

President Obama to deliver prime-time address on militants

The White House says Mr. Obama will speak from the State Floor at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

5 days ago

 S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, poses on his son, Dan T. Cathy's, Harley Davidson motorcycle which is painted to look like a cow, in front of the company's headquarters in south Atlanta.

Obituary: S. Truett Cathy / Chick-fil-A founder controversial for gay marriage stance

He built a privately held restaurant chain that famously closes every Sunday but drew unwanted attention for opposition to gay marriage.

6 days ago

 Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, discusses the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.

Apple unveils smartwatch, larger iPhones

Apple’s new wearable device is called the Apple Watch, rather than the iWatch that many people had been speculating.

5 days ago

Consumrs can return unused painkiller prescriptions

Drug Enforcement Administration announces new policy to reduce home stockpiles of unneeded medicines, which are often pilfered by teenagers.

6 days ago

NYPD commissioner testifies he'll overhaul officer training after chokehold controversy

William J. Bratton tells City Council that city police will be taught techniques of tension de-escalation and conflict resolution.

6 days ago

Oil and gas production surge is changing economic calculus for old industries and downtrodden cities

Where natural gas is drawn from shale underground, entire sectors such as manufacturing, hotels, real estate and law are being reshaped.

6 days ago

GOP focus on amnesty explains why Obama has stalled easing of deportations

Executive action on immigration issue before the midterm elections could threaten Democratic efforts to retain Senate control.

6 days ago

Congress' agenda for post-recess session: Bare minimum

Lawmakers want to head home quickly for more politicking ahead of the midterm elections.

6 days ago

National briefs: Bush, Clinton kick off program

Plus: VA’s shortage; Campaign finance drive; Gay-marriage bans; $350 million Harvard donation

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