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  • 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.
  • Clinton opposes Pacific trade deal in major break with Obama
    Associated Press | October 07, 2015 3:29 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton declared her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade accord on Wednesday, marking her most significant break with President Barack Obama and the policies she once promoted as his chief diplomat.
  • Lawmakers question effectiveness of dietary guidelines
    Associated Press | October 07, 2015 3:29 pm
    Lawmakers on Wednesday asked federal officials whether Americans should trust the government's dietary guidelines, which inform everything from school lunches to advice from a doctor.
  • If he runs, Biden would be only Dem backing Asia trade deal
    Associated Press | October 07, 2015 3:29 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden became the only prospective or current Democratic presidential candidate supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday as Hillary Rodham Clinton declared her opposition.
  • House conservatives oppose McCarthy, search for alternative
    Associated Press | October 07, 2015 3:29 pm
    The House's most hard-edged conservatives are anxious to derail Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's bid to become speaker, but they're outnumbered and their chosen candidate lacks support. That leaves the Californian the heavy favorite when Republicans pick their candidate to replace John Boehner on Thursday.