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DHS debacle exposes GOP failure to communicate

DHS debacle exposes GOP failure to communicate

In the heady days after winning control of both congressional chambers, Republican leaders vowed to keep the government funded and to block President Barack Obama from overhauling immigration policies on…

‘American Sniper’ killer convicted, gets life without parole

‘American Sniper’ killer convicted, gets life without parole

A Texas jury has rejected the insanity defense of a former Marine in the deaths of famed “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man. After a two-week trial in…

Criminal justice overhaul advocate is also an offender

Criminal justice overhaul advocate is also an offender

The CEO of a Utah company that has emerged as a key player in a national movement to overhaul the justice system is a repeat offender himself. Sean Hosman’s dual…

What happens if Homeland Security shuts down?

What happens if Homeland Security shuts down?

Spending for the Homeland Security Department expires Friday at midnight if Congress doesn’t act before then. With lawmakers at loggerheads over immigration provisions in the agency’s annual funding bill, it’s…

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…

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…