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Comcast founder Ralph Roberts dies at 95

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

Ralph Roberts, a cable pioneer who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into an entertainment and communications behemoth, has died. He was 95.


Trade dispute exposes House Democrats' turmoil, challenges

Posted 6/20/2015 in National

Congress' upheaval over trade has exposed turmoil within a House Democratic caucus that's grown smaller and more liberal in recent years as moderates have been ousted in successive election bloodlettings.



Clinton says US must face 'hard truths' about guns, race

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday the country has to face "hard truths" about guns and race in the wake of a shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina that left nine dead.


Gunman feared 'blacks were taking over the world'

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

A former friend who had reconnected with the man accused of a shooting massacre inside a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, said Dylann Storm Roof had become an avowed racist.


Brian Williams' rehabilitation efforts begin today

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

After NBC's decision to remove Brian Williams as "Nightly News" anchor and reassign him to MSNBC, the embattled news reader faces a quest to rebuild his credibility and dignity in a role that is a marked comedown from his old one.


Across US, over 130 prison escapees on the loose

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

Somewhere out there are an admitted killer who crawled through a Texas prison's ventilation ducts, a murderer who apparently escaped from an Indiana institution in a garbage truck, and a Florida convict who got other inmates to put him in a crate at the prison furniture shop and had himself delivered to freedom by truck.


Lawyer: Man shocked by wife's role in prison escape plot

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

A woman charged with helping two convicted murderers escape from prison told her husband that when she backed out of a plan to be the getaway driver the inmates threatened his life, the husband's lawyer said.



US agrees to pay millions for Agent Orange claims

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

Ending years of wait, the government agreed Thursday to provide disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue on airplanes used in the Vietnam War.



Inside Islamic State group's rule: Creating a nation of fear

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

When the Islamic State fighters burst into the Iraqi village of Eski Mosul, Sheikh Abdullah Ibrahim knew his wife was in trouble.



For cigarette smuggler, a perilous life under Islamic State

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

It was a heart-racing moment. The cigarette smuggler was stuck in line at a checkpoint as, up ahead, Islamic State militants were searching cars.



Which woman should appear on $10 bill? Lew will weigh ideas

Posted 6/19/2015 in National

Harriet Tubman? Eleanor Roosevelt? Rosa Parks?



Prosecutor: Worker discussed having convicts kill husband

Posted 6/18/2015 in National

Authorities said a woman who provided hacksaw blades, chisels and other tools to two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum-security prison discussed having them kill her husband.



Senate to vote on defense policy bill

Posted 6/18/2015 in National

Over White House objections, the Senate is poised to pass a $612 billion defense policy bill that calls for arming Ukraine forces, prevents another round of base closures and makes it harder for President Barack Obama to close the prison for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.



Treasury says woman will be picked for $10 bill

Posted 6/18/2015 in National

Alexander Hamilton, who has been featured on the $10 bill since 1929, is making way for a woman.



US wonders: Why stolen data on federal workers not for sale?

Posted 6/18/2015 in National

The Obama administration is increasingly confident that China's government, not criminal hackers, was responsible for the extraordinary theft of personal information about as many as 14 million current and former federal employees and others, The Associated Press has learned.



House ready to repeal pieces of Obama health care law

Posted 6/18/2015 in National

Despite White House veto threats, the House is ready to vote to repeal taxes on medical devices and kill a Medicare advisory board that foes say would ration health care as the chamber aims its latest whack at President Barack Obama's health care law.


Pastor, 8 others, fatally shot at church in Charleston, SC

Posted 6/18/2015 in National

An intense manhunt was underway today for a white man who joined a prayer meeting and then opened fire inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston, killing nine people, including the pastor. Authorities called it a hate crime.


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