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States look for new ways to predict future crimes

States look for new ways to predict future crimes

States are trying to reduce prison populations with secretive, new psychological assessments to predict which inmates will commit future crimes and who might be safe to release, despite serious problems…

Alaska latest state to legalize marijuana

Alaska latest state to legalize marijuana

Alaska on Tuesday became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, but organizers don’t expect any public celebrations since it remains illegal to smoke marijuana in…

Former political boss faces arraignment in New York

Former political boss faces arraignment in New York

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver faces arraignment on bribery charges that spurred his resignation from his role as one of New York’s foremost political powerbrokers. The Democrat was due…

DHS chief says budget impasse threatens security

DHS chief says budget impasse threatens security

The Obama administration is warning states that the possible shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would harm the nation’s ability to counter the extremist appeal of the Islamic State…

Obama open to compromise on military actions on IS

Obama open to compromise on military actions on IS

President Barack Obama is open to negotiating with Congress on his request for new authorization for military force against Islamic State militants, including his proposed three-year time limit on U.S.…

After 50 years, progress & challenge in Appalachia

After 50 years, progress & challenge in Appalachia

The agency created five decades ago to fight poverty in Appalachia has helped county economies grow with nearly $4 billion in spending, but the region still lags in key measures…

Why mothers oppose vaccinations of children

Why mothers oppose vaccinations of children

One is a businesswoman and an MBA graduate. Another is a corporate vice president. The third is a registered nurse. These three mothers — all of them educated, middle-class professionals…

Train derailments a major threat in fuel hauling

Train derailments a major threat in fuel hauling

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion…

America may delay military exit from Afghanistan

America may delay military exit from Afghanistan

  The United States is considering slowing its military exit from Afghanistan by keeping a larger-than-planned troop presence this year and next because the new Afghan government is proving to…

What, exactly, what does it mean to be a Democrat?

What, exactly, what does it mean to be a Democrat?

Democrats are struggling to answer a simple question — “What’s a Democrat?” — and must do a better job of explaining their core values to voters, according to a task…