• Donald Trump Sep 3, 2019

    Biden Taps Influence Industry Despite Pledge on Lobbyists

    Joe Biden entered the Democratic primary promising “from day one” to reject campaign cash from lobbyists. “I work for you — not any industry,” he tweeted. Yet hours after his April campaign kickoff, the former vice president went to a fundraiser at the home of a lobbying executive. And in the months since, he’s done it again and again.

  • Donald Trump Aug 30, 2019

    Trump Eyes Mental Institutions as Answer to Gun Violence

    When back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, jolted the nation earlier this month, Trump again spoke of “building new facilities” for the mentally ill as a way to reduce mass shootings. “We don’t have those institutions anymore and people can’t get proper care,” Trump lamented at a New Hampshire campaign rally not long after the latest...

  • Los Angeles Jul 25, 2019

    Weight Loss Among Fat-Acceptance Influencers a Fraught Topic

    Fashion and lifestyle blogger Maui Bigelow has always been curvy and built a social media presence by embracing every pound. Until the worst happened. At nearly 380 pounds, her health took a dive. She was diagnosed with a blood cancer and multiple uterine fibroids that couldn’t be treated due to her weight. That’s when she decided to have bariatric surgery,...

  • attorney general Jul 20, 2019

    Florida's ‘Pill Mills' Were a Gateway to the Opioid Crisis

    The Florida clinics started in the 1990s and began proliferating in about 2003, their parking lots filled with vehicles sporting license plates from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and elsewhere.

  • Northern California Jun 25, 2019

    Tech Makes It Easier to Search Wilderness for Missing People

    More U.S. teams are turning to the technology that combines cellphone GPS with digital maps detailing cliffs, caves, waterways and other hard-to-search terrain. It helps manage the work of large numbers of volunteers. The system showed when Hawaii searchers had covered a 2-mile radius around the car of Amanda Eller, who survived for 17 days after she went missing in...

  • president Apr 5, 2019

    Should the SAT Be Optional? Bribery Scandal Renews Debate

    The most brazen abuses of standardized testing in the college bribery scandal could be chalked up to security lapses: the ringer hired to take the SAT, the proctors paid to look the other way, the accommodations for extra time obtained through false diagnoses of disabilities. But the scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed their children’s way into top schools...

  • Los Angeles Mar 13, 2019

    Bribery Scandal Exposes Sports Side Door to Admissions

    The latest scandal to taint college athletics hit sports far from the spotlight and exposed a seamy side door into some of the nation’s elite universities: coaches taking bribes to recruit non-athletes and help them ease past tough admissions policies. Federal indictments unsealed in Boston on Tuesday outlined a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal that ensnared coaches and officials at...

  • Los Angeles Mar 13, 2019

    Entrance Exam Cheaters Exploited Rules for Disabled Students

    A college entrance exam policy aimed at helping students with disabilities was exploited to enable cheating in what is being described as the biggest school admissions scandal ever prosecuted by federal authorities, according to court papers made public Tuesday. At least 50 people were charged in the scheme, which included not only cheating on the admissions tests but also bribing...

  • NBC Jan 29, 2019

    Tom Brokaw Says He Feels Terrible Commentary Offended Hispanics

    NBC’s Tom Brokaw says he feels terrible that his comments on “Meet the Press” Sunday that Hispanics should work harder at assimilation “offended some members of that proud culture.” The former “NBC Nightly News” anchor tweeted in response to a social media backlash to what he had said earlier in the day during a discussion of the proposed border wall....

  • Governor Nov 10, 2018

    Kemp Pushes Abrams to Concede in Georgia Gubernatorial Race

    Ahead by more than 60,000 votes days after Georgia’s gubernatorial election, Republican Brian Kemp pushed for Democrat Stacey Abrams to concede Saturday as civil rights groups urged her to stay in the fight. Kemp’s campaign issued a statement that said it was mathematically impossible for Abrams to even force a runoff, much less win outright. It called Abrams’ refusals to...

  • Donald Trump Nov 10, 2018

    ‘You Ask a Lot of Stupid Questions': Trump Comments Draw Condemnation From Black Journalists Group

    President Donald Trump continued to berate journalists on Friday, zeroing in on two black women with comments that drew a letter of condemnation from the National Association of Black Journalists. When Abby D. Phillip of CNN asked whether Trump wanted acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to rein in special counsel Robert Mueller, he responded: “What a stupid question that is....

  • Donald Trump Oct 3, 2018

    AP: Security Industry Sells Lawmakers on School ‘Hardening'

    Security companies spent years pushing schools to buy more products — from “ballistic attack-resistant” doors to smoke cannons that spew haze from ceilings to confuse a shooter. But sales were slow, and industry’s campaign to free up taxpayer money for upgrades had stalled.

  • CEO Oct 31, 2018

    Starbucks to Open DC Store Where Baristas Know Sign Language

    This fall, Starbucks will open a store in Northeast Washington where all employees will know American Sign Language.

  • Donald Trump Jul 15, 2018

    US Official: Russia Using Social Media to Divide Americans

    The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” it targeted the 2016 presidential election. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke at a convention of state secretaries of state, an event that’s usually a low-key affair highlighting voter registration, balloting devices...

  • Donald Trump May 24, 2018

    Fox Corrects Mistake on Jemele Hill's Employment Status, But Not on the Air

    The morning show “Fox & Friends” corrected by tweet a segment that described former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill as unemployed, but has not set the record straight on the air.

  • Donald Trump Mar 20, 2018

    White House Pressed to Expand Mental Health Treatment

    Amid the outcry over the Florida school shootings, the Trump administration says it is “actively exploring” ways to help states expand inpatient mental health treatment using Medicaid funds. President Donald Trump again brought up the issue of mental hospitals in a meeting with governors this week, invoking a time when states maintained facilities for mentally ill and developmentally disabled people.

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Again the Question: Could Armed Teachers Stop Shootings?

    Utah teacher Kasey Hansen says carrying a concealed weapon in school is “more of a solution” than hiding in a corner and waiting if an armed intruder enters the classroom. But Texas teacher Tara Bordeaux worries that she lacks “the instincts” of a law enforcement officer and can’t easily see herself carrying a gun in class. Both say carrying a...

  • Governor Jan 22, 2018

    Oregonians to Vote on Medicaid Taxes as Costs Soar

    Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured — one of America’s lowest rates. Now, with the reduction of a federal match that covered those enrollees, the state is calling on voters to decide how to pay for its ballooning Medicaid costs. A special election...

  • officer Jan 9, 2018

    Supreme Court Hears 2 Vehicle Search Cases

    Terrence Byrd was driving his fiancee’s rental car on a Pennsylvania highway when a state trooper pulled him over for an alleged minor traffic violation. He acted nervously during the stop, at one point telling troopers he had a marijuana cigarette in the car, and officers eventually asked to search the vehicle. But because the rental agreement didn’t authorize Byrd...

  • president Jan 4, 2018

    Doug Jones Becomes Only Democratic Senator With a Black Chief of Staff

    Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, freshly sworn in Wednesday after a contentious special election against Republican Roy Moore, tapped former transportation official Dana Gresham as his chief of staff, becoming the only Senate Democrat to have a black chief of staff, according to reports. Jones announced Gresham’s appointment on Tuesday. Only two Senate Republicans also have black chiefs of staff: Sens....

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