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High court takes up fight over health law subsidies

Posted 3/4/2015 in National

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people.

 

 

Congress sends Homeland bill to Obama without conditions

Posted 3/4/2015 in National

Bitterly admitting defeat, the Republican-controlled Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama on Tuesday that funds the Department of Homeland Security without any of the immigration-related concessions they demanded for months.

 

 

US considers banning type of popular rifle ammo

Posted 3/3/2015 in National

The Obama administration is considering banning a type of ammunition used in one of the most popular types of rifles because it says the bullets can pierce a police officer's protective vest when fired from a handgun.

 

 

Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes' list of billionaires

Posted 3/3/2015 in National

The world's richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time.

 

Leonard Nimoy, famous as Mr. Spock on 'Star Trek,' dies

Posted 3/2/2015 in National

In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, "I Am Not Spock" -- an attempt to show the world he had many more facets than the pointy-eared character that had come to define him.

Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse worth a fight, no big deal

Posted 2/27/2015 in National

Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about.

 

Automakers hire rocket firm to probe air bag problems

Posted 2/27/2015 in National

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding out why some air bags explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter.

 

 

Feds: Three accused in Islamic State plot had vocalized beliefs

Posted 2/27/2015 in National

Two men arrested on charges of plotting to help the Islamic State group were vocal both online and in person about their commitment and desire to join the extremists.

 

 

Activists: Number of Christians abducted by IS rises to 220

Posted 2/26/2015 in National

he number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220 in the past three days, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river, activists said Thursday.

 

 

White House threatens veto of bill to overhaul education law

Posted 2/26/2015 in National

The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort "a significant step backwards."

 

 

Experts: Insanity case as in 'American Sniper' hard to win

Posted 2/26/2015 in National

The former Marine convicted of killing "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man was hospitalized multiple times for psychiatric treatment and was prescribed medication to treat schizophrenia.

 

 

Ex-Marine convicted in 'American Sniper' trial faces life in prison

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

A Texas jury has rejected the insanity defense of a former Marine in the deaths of famed "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man.

 

Homeless people need libraries, and libraries need them, too

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library.

Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

 

Justice Dept.: No federal charges in Trayvon Martin death

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in a 2012 confrontation with the teenager, will not face federal charges, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

 

 

Massachusetts man selling, shipping snow from his yard

Posted 2/25/2015 in National

A Massachusetts man has found a way to profit from the several feet of snow in his yard: He's shipping it to people in warmer climates for the bargain price of $89 for six pounds.

 

 

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