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US troops killed near Bagram, Taliban insurgency intensifies

Posted 12/22/2015 in National

A suicide attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into a joint NATO-Afghan patrol Monday, killing six American troops in the deadliest attack on international forces since August. Two U.S. troops and an Afghan were wounded.

 

Sanders, Clinton move past rancor over voter data breach

Posted 12/21/2015 in National

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton moved past the rancor over a breach of her campaign's valuable voter data, shifting Saturday night's debate into a pointed but polite discussion of national security, Americans' heightened terrorism fears and the economy.

New rules bringing kidneys to hardest-to-transplant patients

Posted 12/21/2015 in National

A shake-up of the nation's kidney transplant system means more organs are getting to patients once thought nearly impossible to match, according to early tracking of the new rules.

 

In budget deal, health law foes took a different path

Posted 12/21/2015 in National

Republican foes of President Barack Obama's health care law may be able to get more by chipping away at it than trying to take the whole thing down at once.

 

 

In Virginia's Bible Belt, an Arabic lesson ignites anger

Posted 12/19/2015 in National

With the nation already on edge after the attacks in California, a teacher's lesson on Islam in Virginia's Bible Belt sparked an angry meeting of outraged parents that mushroomed into a national denunciation of the educator in the form of thousands of angry emails and social media postings.

 

 

Security is focus at churches, mosques amid heightened fears

Posted 12/19/2015 in National

In Alabama, a Presbyterian church wanted to be able to hire its own police for protection.

 

 

Trump's mix of business, politics makes for unorthodox bid

Posted 12/19/2015 in National

It can be hard to see where Donald Trump the business ends and Donald Trump the presidential candidate begins.

 

Data breach jolts Democratic contest ahead of debate

Posted 12/19/2015 in National

After months of relative civility, the Democratic presidential candidates take the debate stage on Saturday night amid an outburst of hostilities surrounding accusations that Bernie Sanders' campaign stole valuable voter information from front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Exec who jacked up price of a lifesaving drug arrested

Posted 12/18/2015 in National

A boyish-looking entrepreneur who became the new face of corporate greed when he jacked up the price of a lifesaving drug fiftyfold was led away in handcuffs by the FBI on unrelated fraud charges Thursday in a scene that left more than a few Americans positively gleeful.

 

Effort to curb painkiller prescribing faces stiff opposition

Posted 12/18/2015 in National

 

 

Buyer of guns used in Calif. massacre faces terrorism charge

Posted 12/18/2015 in National

The man who bought the assault rifles his friend used in the San Bernardino massacre was charged Thursday with a terrorism-related charge alleging he plotted earlier attacks at a college they attended and on a congested freeway.

 

 

AP Interview: Reid: Democrats 'maybe' to blame on gun bill losses

Posted 12/18/2015 in National

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said Thursday his party has tried everything to get gun control legislation through Congress and still keeps losing to the National Rifle Association.

 

AP-GfK Poll: Tough immigration plans not a must for GOPers

Posted 12/18/2015 in National

Retired postal clerk Jerry Wilson likes what he hears from GOP presidential hopefuls about overturning President Barack Obama's executive order easing deportation policies against people in the U.S. illegally.

 

Putin praises Donald Trump as 'bright and talented'

Posted 12/18/2015 in National

In Vladimir Putin's view, Donald Trump is "bright and talented." But as much as those words sound overtly like praise, there are some murky nuances.

 

 

Man to display 'Festivus Pole' at Oklahoma Capitol

Posted 12/17/2015 in National

A Florida man said Wednesday his plan has been approved to display in the Oklahoma Capitol rotunda a "Festivus Pole" based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s sitcom "Seinfeld."

 

 

Lamar Odom's downfall tops Google's list of 2015 searches

Posted 12/17/2015 in National

Lamar Odom's bizarre downfall from a former Los Angeles Lakers star to a lost soul in a Nevada brothel had the world searching Google for answers more than any other topic this year.

 

 

Trump: He's been 'a little bit divisive' in GOP race

Posted 12/17/2015 in National

One day after a debate clash with Jeb Bush, Donald Trump said he's been "a little bit divisive" and wants to see Republicans come together.

 

 

Clinton says she wants to go beyond 'Buffett rule' on taxes

Posted 12/17/2015 in National

With billionaire investor Warren Buffett looking on, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Wednesday she wants to raise taxes on the wealthy and expand upon the so-called "Buffett rule" pushed by the Obama administration to raise tax rates on the richest Americans.

 

 

For GOP candidates, a fight to define party's foreign policy

Posted 12/17/2015 in National

For Republicans, this week's presidential debate highlighted a brewing fight to define the party's foreign policy posture, exposing divisions among candidates about the U.S. role in fostering regime change in the Middle East and tactics to prevent terror attacks at home.

 

 

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