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Obama defends decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence

Julie Pace and Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:53pm

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


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.


Obama meets press for final time as President

Kevin Liptak, CNN  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:51pm

President Barack Obama is taking reporters' questions for a final time Wednesday from the White House briefing room, his last official event before Donald Trump replaces him in two days.

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'

Indian activist Peltier's supporters hope for clemency

Steve Karnowski, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:41pm

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, are hoping President Barack Obama will grant him clemency before he leaves office.

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.


Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:11pm

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.

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.

AP-NORC Poll: Americans of all stripes say fix health care

Laurie Kellman and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:10pm

Sylvia Douglas twice voted for President Barack Obama and last year cast a ballot for Democrat Hillary Clinton. But when it comes to "Obamacare," she now sounds like President-elect Donald Trump. This makes her chuckle amid the serious choices she faces every month between groceries, electricity and paying a health insurance bill that has jumped by nearly $400.

Suspect in Florida officer's killing captured after manhunt

Mike Schneider, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:04pm

Authorities asked the courts on Wednesday to deny bond for the suspect in last week's fatal shooting of an Orlando police officer as he remained hospitalized for injuries he got during his arrest.

Justices leery of expanding right to sue top officials

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 11:50am

The Supreme Court sounds leery of expanding the right to sue high-ranking officials in a case that dates to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Texas House speaker pans bathroom bill, exposes GOP divide

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 11:44am

A powerful Texas Republican says a proposal barring transgender people from using public restrooms of their choice statewide is bad for business.