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  • FBI: Background checks for gun sales peak on Black Friday
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 5:16 pm
    The FBI processed a record number of firearms background checks on Black Friday, the agency said Tuesday.
  • Planned Parenthood shooting: Domestic terrorism? It's knotty
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 5:04 pm
    The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic brought several guns, ammunition and propane tanks that officials say he assembled around a car.
  • DoD official: US pursuing response to Russia treaty breach
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 4:32 pm
    Faced with rising pressure from Congress, a U.S. defense official said Tuesday that the Obama administration is pursuing ways to counter Russia's violation of a key arms control treaty, but actions will be rolled into a broader response to Kremlin aggression in Ukraine and other parts of the world.
  • US victim laments attacks on free speech in Bangla
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 4:20 pm
    An American-Bangladeshi writer who survived a machete attack by Muslim extremists that killed her husband raised alarm Tuesday about rising intimidation and violence against freedom of expression in the South Asian country.
  • Congress reaches deal on 5-year transportation bill
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 4:08 pm
    The House and Senate have reached agreement on a 5-year, $281 billion transportation bill that would increase spending to address the nation's aging and congested highways and transit systems -- a legislative feat that lawmakers and President Barack Obama have struggled throughout his administration to achieve.
  • Iowa lawmaker supports executing some felons in US illegally
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 3:52 pm
    An Iowa state senator and congressional candidate was criticized by Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday after he said he supports executing immigrant felons who seek to re-enter the U.S. illegally after being deported.
  • In slap at Obama, GOP-led House moves to block climate rule
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 3:40 pm
    As President Barack Obama worked to hammer out a global climate agreement in Paris, Republicans in Congress moved to block his plan to force steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants.
  • State Dept. advises US citizens against going to Mali
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 3:36 pm
    The State Department is warning U.S. citizens against traveling to Mali and is authorizing the voluntary departure of eligible family members and non-emergency personnel from the U.S. Embassy in the African nation's capital.
  • US sending new special ops force to fight Islamic State
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 3:16 pm
    The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against Islamic State militants who are unleashing violence and are determined to hold territory they have seized in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday.
  • Bush: Uncertain I would have attended Paris climate summit
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 3:04 pm
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that he's not so sure he would have attended this week's international climate talks in Paris. The policies being discussed, he said, could hurt the U.S. economy at a time Americans are struggling to recover from the recession.
  • IRS: Won't use phone-tracking technology without warrant
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 2:36 pm
    Internal Revenue Service criminal investigators will not continue to use cellphone-tracking technology without first seeking a warrant, the IRS commissioner told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday.
  • Bush spends millions on TV but has yet to rise in GOP race
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 2:04 pm
    Jeb Bush and his allies are spending circles around his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. Yet for all the money they've invested -- $26 million on television ads alone -- they've yet to see a substantial return.
  • US appeals court reconsiders decision on ex-bin Laden aide
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 1:44 pm
    A federal appeals court is reconsidering the legality of the only remaining conviction of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who once served as Osama bin Laden's personal assistant and media relations secretary.
  • Cybersecurity bill would add secrecy to public records laws
    Associated Press | December 01, 2015 1:08 pm
    A proposed law meant to encourage companies to share information about cyberthreats with the U.S. government includes measures that could significantly limit what details, if any, the public can review about the program through federal and state public records laws.