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Rheta Grimsley Johnson: Sinker cypress and causes

Posted 1/10/2015 in National

THE ATCHAFALAYA SWAMP, La. -- The bridge is closed that leads over Bayou Mercier to Greg's cypress cabin, creating a circuitous detour and an even quieter-than-usual space on the edge of the swamp. I don't mind the detour.

 

Leonard Pitts: Terrorists usher in the 'end of satire'

Posted 1/10/2015 in National

Dear Terrorists: OK, you win. We surrender.

 

Paris attack raises fears of support surge for extreme right

Posted 1/9/2015 in National

A day after terror struck Paris, Europe's far-right and anti-immigrant parties pressed home the message that has fueled their resurgence: The continent's rising numbers of Muslims are dangerous.

 

 

From Egypt's leader, an ambitious call for reform in Islam

Posted 1/9/2015 in National

Egypt's president opened the new year with a dramatic call for a "revolution" in Islam.

 

 

Obama proposes publicly funded community college for all

Posted 1/9/2015 in National

President Barack Obama wants publicly funded community college available to all Americans, a sweeping proposal he argues would strengthen the U.S. workforce.

 

 

Girl says she knows she'll die without chemotherapy

Posted 1/9/2015 in National

A 17-year-old girl being forced by state officials to undergo chemotherapy for her cancer said Thursday she understands she'll die if she stops treatment but it should be her decision.

 

Planned, cold-blooded killings mark French newspaper attack

Posted 1/8/2015 in National

Two heavily armed men in black, their faces hidden by ski masks, take down a police officer on a Paris sidewalk with a spray of bullets.

 

House Republicans try to regroup after divisive speaker vote

Posted 1/8/2015 in National

House Republicans began the new Congress with old divisions on display Wednesday, bitter fallout from a failed rebellion against Speaker John Boehner.

 

 

Ready, set, showdown: New GOP leader, Obama lining up fights

Posted 1/8/2015 in National

Not wasting any time, new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Barack Obama are setting course for showdowns over health care, a big oil pipeline, immigration policy and financing of the agency that tries to protect the U.S. from terrorists.

 

 

Things to look for as govt. writes new dietary advice

Posted 1/8/2015 in National

Whether individuals listen or not, the dietary guidelines affect nutritional patterns throughout the country.

 

 

FBI director gives new clues tying North Korea to Sony hack

Posted 1/8/2015 in National

The FBI director revealed new details Wednesday about the stunning cyberattack against Sony Pictures.

 

Cosby has a 'wonderful time' as returns to stage in Canada

Posted 1/8/2015 in National

Bill Cosby said he had a "wonderful time" and got a standing ovation from polite Canadian fans at his first show following a string of cancellations.

 

Obama: 'America's resurgence is real'

Posted 1/8/2015 in National

Declaring an American economic resurgence, President Barack Obama opened a three-state swing Wednesday aimed at claiming credit for recent growth and blunting the momentum of the new Republican congressional leadership.

 

12 dead in attack on Paris newspaper; France goes on alert

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

Masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper today, killing 12 people before escaping.

 

Rubio understands Americans' frustration with immigrants

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

Looking to connect with the conservative base of his Republican Party, Sen. Marco Rubio says he is sympathetic to Americans who "feel as if we are being taken advantage of" by immigrants in the United States illegally.

 

 

Group seeks new grand jury in Ferguson police shooting case

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

The NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, citing "grave legal concerns," is asking a Missouri judge to convene a new grand jury to consider charges against the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown.

 

 

Obama, Mexico's president meet under shadow of abductions

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

President Barack Obama pledged to stand with Mexico against "the scourge of violence and the drug cartels" as he met Tuesday with President Enrique Pena Nieto.

 

 

House rule sets up election-year battle over Social Security

Posted 1/7/2015 in National

Buried in new rules that will govern the House for the next two years is a provision that could force an explosive battle over Social Security's finances on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.

 

 

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