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Increase in deaths by violence leads to lowered American life expectancy

Increase in deaths by violence leads to lowered American life expectancy

The United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, due in part to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home…

Biden meets today with pro-gun groups, including bombastic NRA

Biden meets today with pro-gun groups, including bombastic NRA

The Obama administration is sitting down with gun owners groups — including the National Rifle Association — as officials look at ways to curb gun violence. Vice President Joe Biden,…

Obama turns a page at Treasury with Lew nomination

Obama turns a page at Treasury with Lew nomination

Jack Lew, President Barack Obama’s nominee for treasury secretary, is a premier federal budget expert who would take the helm of the government’s main agency for economic and fiscal policy…

Obama’s second-term, reshuffled cabinet taking shape

Obama’s second-term, reshuffled cabinet taking shape

The composition of President Barack Obama’s second term Cabinet became clearer Wednesday, with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis resigning and three other members of the president’s team deciding to stay on…

Scalpers hawking free Obama inauguration tickets online

Scalpers hawking free Obama inauguration tickets online

Tickets to President Barack Obama’s inauguration are supposed to be free, but they’re being peddled on eBay and Craigslist for up to $2,000 apiece. Congressional offices and the Presidential Inaugural…

Biden meeting with gun safety, victims groups

Biden meeting with gun safety, victims groups

Seeking to spur fresh action on gun legislation, Vice President Joe Biden is meeting at the White House with victims groups and gun-safety organizations. Wednesday’s meeting is to be part…

All U.S. troops out of Afghanistan? It’s possible

All U.S. troops out of Afghanistan? It’s possible

The Obama administration says it might leave no troops in Afghanistan after December 2014, an option that defies the Pentagon’s view that thousands of troops may be needed to contain…

National Cathedral in Washington will perform same sex marriages

National Cathedral in Washington will perform same sex marriages

The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages. Cathedral officials tell The Associated Press the church will…

More political scandals for Illinois

More political scandals for Illinois

When Illinois’ new General Assembly takes the oath of office Wednesday, the state that’s still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison will set yet…

A rough confirmation ride predicted for Hagel nomination

A rough confirmation ride predicted for Hagel nomination

President Barack Obama’s pick of Chuck Hagel to helm the Pentagon faces rough going in the Senate as a handful of Republicans quickly announced their opposition to a former GOP…