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  • GOP stunned Senate hopeful may be short of ballot signatures
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 3:40 pm
    Two top Indiana Republicans said Thursday they were surprised U.S. Senate candidate Todd Young may have failed to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, and the GOP state Senate leader said if the allegation against the congressman is true it may be "one of the most colossal mistakes I've ever seen."
  • As nominee faces heat, Maine governor picks himself instead
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 3:36 pm
    Maine Gov. Paul LePage figured Democrats would shoot down his choice for education commissioner, so he withdrew the nomination. And on Thursday, he named himself to lead the department instead.
  • House bill would allow drug testing for food stamps
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 3:28 pm
    A key House Republican is renewing a GOP push to allow drug tests for low-income food stamp recipients, a move to help states like Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker has sued the federal government to permit screening.
  • The Latest: Trump: Pope is ill-informed on US-Mexico border
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 3:16 pm
    The Latest from the 2016 campaign trail (all times local):
  • Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 3:08 pm
    Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.
  • AP Explains: Just what are Einstein's gravitational waves?
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 2:45 pm
    Astronomers on Thursday announced that their new billion-dollar U.S. observatory has detected a gravitational wave, a phenomenon Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of general relativity. Here's what that breakthrough means.
  • If Ferguson dissolves police department, who would step in?
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 2:32 pm
    As Ferguson prepares to do legal battle with the Justice Department, the city's leaders have acknowledged the possibility that they might someday disband the police department and cede law enforcement to another agency.
  • Clinton aims to boost campaign with focus on black voters
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 2:08 pm
    After an overwhelming loss in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is staking a campaign comeback on her ability to woo black and Latino voters, placing outreach to those communities at the center of her strategy to re-energize her 2016 bid.
  • US criticizes Cambodia for intimidation ahead of PM's visit
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 1:56 pm
    The Obama administration is criticizing Cambodia's government for threats against the political opposition as the Southeast Asian nation's prime minister prepares to make his first official U.S. visit during 31 years in power.
  • Einstein's right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 1:56 pm
    It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again.
  • Cruz app data collection helps campaign read minds of voters
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 1:52 pm
    Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters.
  • Campaign signs get new life to help people with disabilities
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 1:44 pm
    The oversized Carly Fiorina campaign signs along New Hampshire's Route 4 weren't enough to keep the Republican presidential hopeful's campaign alive past Tuesday's primary, but they could end up helping people with disabilities live their lives more independently.
  • US airstrikes target Islamic State in Afghanistan
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 1:40 pm
    The United States has expanded its fight against the Islamic State group in Afghanistan, launching 20 airstrikes in the eastern part of the country in the last three weeks, U.S. officials said Thursday.
  • Judge orders Clinton's last emails public before Super Tues.
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 1:21 pm
    A federal judge has ordered Hillary Clinton's remaining emails from her time as secretary of state to be released by the end of the month, just before the presidential primary day known as Super Tuesday.
  • White House: We agree with Congress on NKorea sanctions
    Associated Press | February 11, 2016 1:12 pm
    The Obama administration says a North Korea sanctions bill that won Senate approval is consistent with U.S. efforts to increase pressure on North Korea over its development of nuclear weapons.