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Texas House speaker pans bathroom bill, exposes GOP divide

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:23pm

A proposal barring transgender people in Texas from using the bathroom of their choice is unequivocally bad for business, a powerful state Republican legislator said Wednesday, in defiance of conservative leaders who have applauded the measure amid North Carolina's economic upheaval due to a similar law.

Obama calls threat of voter fraud 'fake news,' says US is only democracy that makes it harder and not easier to vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:21pm

Obama calls threat of voter fraud 'fake news,' says US is only democracy that makes it harder and not easier to vote.

Obama defends decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence

Julie Pace and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:11pm

President Barack Obama firmly defended his decision to cut nearly three decades off convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's prison term Wednesday, arguing in his final White House news conference that the former Army intelligence analyst had served a "tough prison sentence" already.

Indian activist Peltier's supporters hope for clemency

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:05pm

Supporters of American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, hope President Barack Obama will grant him clemency and shorten his sentence to the four decades he has already served before Obama leaves office Friday.

School CPR bill delayed by Senate panel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:01pm

A Senate committee has delayed acting on a proposed bill that would require Wyoming students to receive basic instruction in CPR in order to graduate.

Obama says he worries 'moment may be passing' for a two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:01pm

Obama says he worries 'moment may be passing' for a two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Rogue cow injures Mississippi woman before being recaptured

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:01pm

Police have recaptured a rogue cow that roamed near Natchez, Mississippi, for three months, but not before the runaway animal seriously injured a woman.

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Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time,

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:00pm

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that's now gone.

Bobcat that attacked 3 women tests positive for rabies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:55pm

Authorities say a bobcat that jumped on a Connecticut woman and scratched two others who were trying to help her has tested positive for rabies.

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Orlando gunman's widow pleads not guilty to aiding husband

Paul Elias, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:52pm

The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of aiding and abetting her husband's support of the Islamic State group and hindering the investigation of the attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 others.

Chicago mom charged after 5-year-old daughter shoots herself

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:51pm

Police say a 5-year-old Chicago girl is in serious condition after she shot herself in the abdomen with a handgun that she found in her mother's purse.

Man accused of planting note on plane warning of bomb

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:51pm

An airline passenger has been arrested on charges of planting a note on a plane en route from San Diego to Denver that falsely claimed a bomb was on board.

DOE unlikely to meet Idaho nuclear waste cleanup deadline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:41pm

The U.S. Department of Energy is likely to miss another deadline under its 1995 agreement to remove nuclear waste stored in Idaho, according to information from agency and state officials.

Day after giving clemency to Chelsea Manning, Obama says she served 'tough prison sentence,' and justice was 'served'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:41pm

Day after giving clemency to Chelsea Manning, Obama says she served 'tough prison sentence,' and justice was 'served'

UNC president: Job candidates say no, citing bathroom law

Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:41pm

A North Carolina law limiting the legal protections of LGBT people has hampered the public universities that drive the state's economic growth, University of North Carolina President Margaret Spellings said Wednesday.

Idaho exchange's subsidies at risk under health care repeal

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:26pm

Idaho's health insurance exchange would lose $220 million in tax subsidies if President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is repealed, Your Health Idaho Director Pat Kelly said Wednesday.

Former President George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara hospitalized

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:22pm

Former President George H.W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit on Wednesday, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman.

Guantanamo prisoner loses bid for release before Trump era

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:21pm

A Guantanamo prisoner from Algeria has lost a last-minute legal maneuver to go home before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

More clemency coming after Obama shortens Manning's sentence

Josh Lederman and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:10pm

Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning's sentence.

Woman, 85, whose corpse was left in bags had been strangled

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:10pm

An investigation has determined that an 85-year-old New York City woman was strangled before her corpse was placed in plastic bags and left inside her home for five months.