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Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder

Posted earlier today in National

Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest.

Editorial cartoon for 7-3-15

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Rainbow Facebook pics: Armchair activism or shifting tide?

Posted earlier today in National

You may have noticed your Facebook friends getting considerably more colorful.

 

USPS to offer Elvis Presley greatest hits CD with stamp

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The U.S. Postal Service is offering an Elvis Presley greatest hits CD to go along with a new commemorative stamp.

 

Hispanic leaders say Republican Party must condemn Trump

Posted earlier today in National

Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump.

 

Obama draws sharp contrasts with 'mean' Republicans

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Wading into presidential politics, President Barack Obama on Thursday promoted his brand of middle-class economics by drawing sharp contrasts with "mean" Republicans in a state whose GOP governor was preparing to enter the vast 2016 presidential field.

 

Church fires not usually arson; weather found as cause in SC

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As social media buzzed about church fires in the South, investigators announced Thursday that weather caused a destructive blaze at a predominantly black church in South Carolina.

 

 

TV Land pulls 'Dukes of Hazzard' reruns

Posted yesterday in National

TV Land has dumped "The Dukes of Hazzard."

 

 

Polygamous trio applies for wedding license

Posted yesterday in National

A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife.

 

 

Many but not all in GOP object as US, Cuba plan embassies

Posted yesterday in National

Loud but hardly universal catcalls from Republicans underscored the obstacles and opportunities ahead as U.S. and Cuban leaders announced an opening of embassies in Havana and Washington and a resumption of diplomatic relations severed the year President Barack Obama was born.

 

 

Macy's dumps Trump; NYC reviewing contracts

Posted yesterday in National

The Macy's department store chain joined an ongoing exodus from association with Donald Trump and New Mexico's governor and New York City's mayor slammed him over his comments on Mexican immigrants.

 

 

Tractor-trailer hitches could be faulty, 6,000 may be in use

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

On a twisty, snow-lined hill that the locals call "Devil's Backbone," a 12-ton semi-trailer came loose from its tractor and plowed into an oncoming line of pre-dawn commuters.

 

 

Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled it off, a state official said Tuesday.

 

 

Bush likely earned less, paid higher tax rate than Clintons

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

In the first presidential race since Democrats cast the GOP nominee as an out-of-touch millionaire, Republican Jeb Bush is aggressively trying to flip the script.

 

 

O say can you breathe? Fireworks pollute air, study says

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too.

 

 

Episcopalians to vote on allowing gay marriage in churches

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

Episcopalians are set to vote today on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.

 

 

Federal report faults police actions during Ferguson unrest

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown's death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department draft report that found across-the-board flaws in law enforcement's response.

 

 

Obama aims to change conversation around Affordable Care Act

Posted 7/1/2015 in National

President Barack Obama is aiming to use the momentum from a recent Supreme Court victory for his health care law to change the conversation from talk about undoing his signature domestic achievement to talk about how to improve it.

 

 

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