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Texas massacre is seized on by both sides in gun debate

Posted 11/9/2017 in National

Gun-rights supporters have seized on the Texas church massacre as proof of the well-worn saying that the best answer to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.



Gleeful Democrats see political wave; GOP says not so fast

Posted 11/9/2017 in National

Jubilant Democrats across America are declaring their big election victories in Virginia and New Jersey -- their first of the young Trump era -- mark the beginning of an anti-Trump surge that could re-shape the balance of power in Congress in 2018.



New faces to bring new diversity to Virginia lawmakers

Posted 11/9/2017 in National

Danica Roem, a transgender woman whose defeat of an outspoken, socially conservative lawmaker has made news around the world, is just one of several women making history in this week's Virginia elections.



Puerto Rico reports increase in overall deaths after storm

Posted 11/9/2017 in National

The pace of deaths quickened on Puerto Rico immediately after Hurricane Maria -- well beyond the number of deaths officially attributed to the Category 4 storm.



US tightens travel rules to Cuba, blacklists many businesses

Posted 11/9/2017 in National

Americans seeking to visit Cuba must navigate a complicated maze of travel, commerce and financial restrictions unveiled Wednesday by the Trump administration, part of a new policy to further isolate the island's communist government.



Trump optimistic on trade after China talks

Posted 11/9/2017 in National

President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the "very one-sided and unfair" trade relationship between the U.S. and China, but stopped short of castigating Chinese President Xi Jinping by saying he doesn't blame the country for having taken advantage of the U.S.



Texas authorities: We won't mention shooter's name again

Posted 11/7/2017 in National

The shooter's name went unspoken at a news conference on the killings at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and authorities there said they intend to keep refraining from saying it.



Trump says tougher gun laws not answer after Texas shooting

Posted 11/7/2017 in National

President Donald Trump says tougher gun laws would not have prevented a mass shooting at a south Texas church, arguing that more restrictions might have led to more casualties.



In Seoul, Trump calls for N. Korea to 'make a deal'

Posted 11/7/2017 in National

In a striking shift of tone, President Donald Trump abandoned his aggressive rhetoric toward North Korea on Tuesday, signaling a willingness to negotiate as he urged Pyongyang to "come to the table" and "make a deal."



Texas church attack leaves 26 dead, small community reeling

Posted 11/6/2017 in National

A gunman dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a small South Texas church, killing 26 people in an attack that claimed tight-knit neighbors and multiple family members ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old.



House GOP weighs repeal of health mandate in tax bill

Posted 11/6/2017 in National

Republicans are weighing a repeal of a key tenet of the Obama-era health care law in their tax overhaul as the House's tax-writing committee begins work on shaping the bill.



Efforts aim to limit the spread of fire ants in the US

Posted 11/4/2017 in National

They sting, damage crops and wildlife, and are extending their range in the United States.



Female lawmakers allege harassment by colleagues in House

Posted 11/3/2017 in National

For years, Republican Rep. Mary Bono endured the increasingly suggestive comments from a fellow lawmaker in the House. But when the congressman approached her on the House floor and told her he'd been thinking about her in the shower, she'd had enough.



Republican tax plan may offer little aid for many in middle class

Posted 11/3/2017 in National

House Republicans have stressed that the tax plan they unveiled Thursday is tailored to benefit America's middle class. Just how much it would remains uncertain based on the details that have been provided so far.



Suspect walked off job hours before Colorado Walmart attack

Posted 11/3/2017 in National

A man accused of opening fire inside a suburban Denver Walmart, killing three people, abruptly walked away from his roofing company job hours before the attack, his former boss said Thursday.



NFL sidelined pizza sales? Papa John's says yes, others no

Posted 11/3/2017 in National

The CEO of Papa John's slammed the NFL's leadership and blamed protests by football players for pizza sales going cold.



Trump nominates Jerome Powell to be next Fed chairman

Posted 11/3/2017 in National

President Donald Trump tapped Jerome Powell on Thursday to replace Janet Yellen as Fed chair when her term ends in February, choosing a moderate member of the Fed's board who has backed Yellen's cautious approach to interest rate hikes.



Trump's tweets seen as unlikely to slow New York terror case

Posted 11/3/2017 in National

President Donald Trump's tweets calling for the death penalty for the man charged in the New York truck rampage could give defense attorneys grounds to argue that Trump has poisoned the minds of potential jurors.



Cuba official accuses US of lying about sonic attacks

Posted 11/3/2017 in National

Cuba's foreign minister on Thursday accused the United States of lying about mysterious sonic attacks that U.S. diplomats in Havana say left them with ailments including headaches, hearing problems and concussions.



House GOP set to unveil tax overhaul; keeps retirement rules

Posted 11/2/2017 in National

House Republicans are set to unveil their far-reaching tax overhaul today, making major changes yet looking to preserve current tax rules for retirement accounts popular with middle-class Americans and to retain a top income-tax rate for million-dollar earners.



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