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  • House bill would cut prison time for some offenders
    Associated Press | October 08, 2015 8:48 am
    In a rare move for the bitterly partisan House, Republicans and Democrats have come together to propose major legislation that would reduce prison sentences for some nonviolent drug offenders.
  • FBI director say US has gotten better at screening refugees
    Associated Press | October 08, 2015 8:40 am
    FBI Director James Comey (KOH'-mee) says the government has learned how to better screen refugees from foreign countries to ensure they don't pose terrorism or other risks to the United States.
  • US general: Most Taliban open to peace talks in Afghanistan
    Associated Press | October 08, 2015 8:36 am
    The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Thursday estimated that more than half of Taliban insurgents could be open to peace talks with the Afghan government.
  • Clinton server hack attempts came from China, Korea, Germany
    Associated Press | October 08, 2015 8:36 am
    Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email server, containing an electronic inventory of some 55,000 pages of emails from her stint as secretary of state, was repeatedly hit by attempted cyberattacks originating in China, South Korea and Germany in 2014, according to a congressional document obtained by The Associated Press.
  • Devastating coral bleaching spreads across globe; scientists blame climate change, El Nino
    Associated Press | October 08, 2015 8:33 am
    Scientists say the bleaching of colorful coral reefs is spreading into a worldwide crisis and likely to get worse.
  • Scientists: Major coral bleaching crisis spreads worldwide
    Associated Press | October 08, 2015 7:12 am
    The bleaching of colorful coral is spreading into a worldwide, devastating crisis, scientists say, and they predict it will likely get worse.
  • House election: Republicans challenge McCarthy for speaker
    Associated Press | October 08, 2015 7:12 am
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is the front-runner in the race to become the next speaker, but he faces two Republican opponents who are trying to draw some of his support.
  • Drop in applications for US unemployment benefits last week
    Associated Press | October 08, 2015 6:45 am
    Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, as employers hold onto workers despite a recent slowdown in hiring because of global pressures weighing on the U.S. economy.
  • Senate Democrats preparing legislative package to curb guns
    Associated Press | October 07, 2015 8:56 pm
    Senate Democrats are preparing a legislative push to curb guns, a week after a mass shooting at an Oregon community college refocused attention on the nation's toll of firearms deaths.
  • Obama apologizes to aid group for US attack on Afghan clinic
    Associated Press | October 07, 2015 8:54 pm
    President Barack Obama apologized to Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday for the American air attack that killed at least 22 people at its hospital in Afghanistan, and said the U.S. would examine military procedures to look for better ways to prevent such incidents.
  • Rupert Murdoch suggests Obama isn't 'real black president'
    Associated Press | October 07, 2015 8:43 pm
    The founder of the global News Corp. media empire, Rupert Murdoch, is suggesting that President Barack Obama isn't a "real black president."
  • EPA investigating VW emissions controls in 2016 diesels
    Associated Press | October 07, 2015 5:42 pm
    Volkswagen plans to withdraw applications seeking U.S. emissions certifications for its 2016 model Jettas, Golfs, Passats and Beetles with diesel engines, raising the possibility that an emissions-rigging device similar to earlier models is also included in its new cars.
  • Ben Carson's advice on mass shooting under scrutiny
    Associated Press | October 07, 2015 5:42 pm
    Ben Carson's call for those caught in mass shootings to rush the attacker is drawing criticism from public safety experts and little support Wednesday from his presidential rivals.
  • Congressional Budget Office: Budget deficit drops to $435B
    Associated Press | October 07, 2015 3:40 pm
    Congressional budget analysts said Wednesday that the federal government ran a deficit of $435 billion in the just-completed budget year, the smallest deficit since 2007 and well below the record shortfalls of President Barack Obama's first term.
  • VW's top US executive learned of emissions issues in 2014
    Associated Press | October 07, 2015 3:29 pm
    Volkswagen's top U.S.-based executive is expected to testify before Congress Thursday that he first learned in 2014 of emissions problems with the German automaker's four-cylinder diesel cars.