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President jokes about Obamacare, gridlock

President jokes about Obamacare, gridlock

From the bungled rollout of “Obamacare” to New Jersey gridlock to the hue of John Boehner’s tan, all was fair game for President Barack Obama and his spirited but pointed humor when he took center stage as comedian in chief. At the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday, Obama observed that the House […]

Judge finds Arkansas voter ID law unconstitutional

Judge finds Arkansas voter ID law unconstitutional

An Arkansas judge on Friday again found the state’s new voter ID law to be unconstitutional but said there wasn’t enough time to prohibit officials from enforcing it during this month’s primary election. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox ruled that the law requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot violates the […]

Surge in consumer spending in April

Surge in consumer spending in April

U.S. consumers ramped up their spending in March at the fastest pace in 4½ years, a sign that the economy is gaining momentum after its winter slowdown. The Commerce Department said Thursday that consumer spending rose 0.9 percent, the largest monthly gain since April 2009. The department also revised up its estimate of the spending […]

Teenager sought to kill family, bomb schools

Teenager sought to kill family, bomb schools

Authorities said Thursday that they prevented an “unimaginable tragedy” by foiling a teenager’s elaborate plot to kill his family and bomb the junior and senior high school in the southern Minnesota city of Waseca. Police arrested the 17-year-old suspect Tuesday and charged him in juvenile court Thursday with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, six […]

Feds probing 55 colleges over sexual assaults

Feds probing 55 colleges over sexual assaults

Some of the 55 colleges and universities facing federal investigation for their handling of sexual abuse allegations say they’re cooperating with the U.S. Education Department, though few are offering details about what information the agency is seeking. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is one of only a handful of schools named by federal […]

White House wants more data privacy laws

White House wants more data privacy laws

The White House is asking Congress to pass new privacy laws that would add more safeguards for Americans’ data and provide more protections for emails sought in the course of a law enforcement investigation. The recommendations are among six offered by President Barack Obama’s counselor John Podesta in a report released Thursday. While large sets […]