Hottest ticket in Washington is pope's Sept. appearance at the Capitol

Written by Donna Cassata
and Andrew Taylor,
AP writers
Saturday, 15 August 2015 13:18

Rep. Peter Welch’s sister, Maureen, had better intelligence than the five-term Vermont congressman about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the United States and his historic address to Congress.

Bearded brotherhood clubs making a difference in their communities

Written by Andy Kerstetter,
Gillette News Record
Saturday, 08 August 2015 05:58

The style of beard doesn't matter.

Goatee. Chinstrap. Muttonchops. Soul Patch. French fork. The Phil Robertson.

Obama commutes sentences, seeks fairer system

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 01:29

President Barack Obama is pushing for bipartisan action to change the criminal justice system in ways that go far beyond the limited executive powers that he’s used to reduce harsh prison sentences for dozens of non-violent offenders.

Study: foreclosures fueled racial segregation in U.S.

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 July 2015 08:17

The housing crisis in which some 9 million American families lost their homes fueled racial segregation in many of the nation’s communities, according to a new analysis from Cornell University.

“Neighborhood Foreclosures, Racial/Ethnic Transitions and Residential Segregation,” published in the American Sociological Review, noted the housing crisis spurred one of the largest migrations in U.S. history, leading to changes that could alter the complexion of American cities for a generation or more.

Fetal tissue is critical for medical researchers

Written by AP Tuesday, 11 August 2015 06:05

For decades, U.S. scientists have been using cells from aborted fetuses in medical research to develop vaccines and seek treatments for a host of ailments, from vision loss and neurological disorders to cancer and AIDS.

Woman turns Texas cattle ranch into vegan animal sanctuary

Written by Ian Goodrum,
The Facts
Monday, 03 August 2015 15:06

Renee King-Sonnen -PHOTO: Rowdy Girl Sanctuary

For generations, Sonnen Ranch has been a place for raising livestock — where animals, though treated humanely, were destined to be used for meat or dairy products. Now, after several rounds of fundraising, the ranch has been transformed into Rowdy Girl Sanctuary, a safe haven for farm animals, allowing the creatures to live out their lives without distress.

Poll: Support for same-sex marriage falls, Republicans say religion trumps gay rights

Written by David Crary
and Emily Swanson,
AP staff writers
Monday, 20 July 2015 10:06

The Supreme Court’s ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide has left Americans sharply divided, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that suggests support for gay unions may be down slightly from earlier this year.

U.S. trails other nations in voter turnout

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 July 2015 07:55

The "land of the free and the brave" ranks No. 31 among 34 democratic countries in an analysis of voter turnout by the Pew Research Center.

One contributing factor: U.S. citizens aren’t required to vote.

Happy birthday and many more: Social Security turning 80

Written by The AP Monday, 10 August 2015 09:01

As Social Security approaches its 80th birthday Friday, the federal government's largest benefit program stands at a pivotal point in its history.

Relatively modest changes to taxes and benefits could still save it for generations of Americans to come, but Congress must act quickly, and even limited changes are politically difficult.

'Pro-life' woman will stand trial for threatening to kill doctor

Written by Roxana Hegeman,
AP writer
Thursday, 30 July 2015 05:02

Scott Roeder, the convicted killer of a Wichita abortion doctor. -PHOTO:

A Kansas abortion opponent must stand trial over a letter she sent to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under the doctor’s car, a federal appeals court ruled.

Republican Senators seek to roll back auto, rail safety regulations

Written by Joan Lowy
and Tom Krisher,
AP writers
Friday, 17 July 2015 17:32

At a time of record auto recalls and high-profile train wrecks, Republicans are working on legislation to roll back safety regulation of the auto and railroad industries.

Congressional women introduce Equal Access to Abortion bill

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 July 2015 06:51

Democratic women in the U.S. House on July 8 introduced legislation that would ensure women have access to health insurance coverage for abortion care and remove a federal policy denying many poor women access to abortion services.

The legislation comes as Republican leaders in some states, including Wisconsin, continue to push measures intended to restrict women’s access to care. U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee of California, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois and Diana DeGette of Colorado are the chief sponsors of the federal Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act.