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High volume on Black Friday lets gun sales slip through background check system

Written by Matt Stroud,
AP writer
Thursday, 27 November 2014 20:18

More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system — 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day — as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.

Back to U.S. Supreme Court: Justices ‘Obamacare’ subsidies

Written by MARK SHERMAN,
AP writer
Monday, 10 November 2014 10:22

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care law — a case that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.

The justices said they will review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld IRS regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal.

U.S. chamber largest overall spender of dark money in midterms

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 31 October 2014 10:46

A report from Public Citizen released on Oct. 31 shows that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is both the largest overall spender in the 2014 congressional elections among outside groups that do not disclose their contributors and the largest such spender in 28 of the 35 races in which it has gotten involved.

The study, "The Dark Side of Citizens United," shows that the chamber has gotten invovled in 16 of the 20 congressional races that have seen the most outside spending for the 2014 midterms. The chamber, according to the report, has spent an average of $908,000 per race. 

Mormons release video explaining 'magic underwear'

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 24 October 2014 06:38

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The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God.

Cleveland police kill boy with fake gun

Written by AP Sunday, 23 November 2014 14:51

A 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun is dead after being shot yesterday by a Cleveland police officer.

Bible Belt Republicans to rule Congress, push far-right agenda

Written by Bill Barrow,
AP writer
Sunday, 09 November 2014 08:12

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy.

National briefs: Maloney demands investigation of benefits to Nazis

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 30 October 2014 19:25

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York has demanded the Justice Department and Social Security Administration launch an immediate investigation of Social Security payments to former Nazis.

Maloney called the payments a “gross misuse of taxpayer dollars.”

White House opposes benefits payments to former Nazis

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 22 October 2014 10:19

Former Nazis should not be getting the Social Security benefits they are receiving as they age overseas, the White House said this week, responding to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to war-crimes suspects and former SS guards who left the U.S. for Europe.

"Our position is we don't believe these individuals should be getting these benefits," said spokesman Eric Shultz when asked about the situation.

Alabama man gets 8 years for dog fighting after 451 pit bulls seized

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 November 2014 20:38

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An Alabama man who organized dog fights where participants often bet $100,000 or more on a single deadly match was sentenced to eight years in prison, four times longer than the penalty for the crime’s most famous defendant, NFL quarterback Michael Vick.

FBI turns animal torture into top-tier felony

Written by The AP Thursday, 30 October 2014 12:13

Jeffrey Dahmer impaled the heads of dogs, frogs and cats on sticks.

David Berkowitz, known as the “Son of Sam,” poisoned his mother’s parakeet.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 30 October 2014 06:38
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Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay.

A closer look at key cases before the Supreme Court

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 06 October 2014 05:54

A look at some of the noteworthy cases the Supreme Court will hear this term, which begins today (Oct. 6):

-Mistaken traffic stop: A broken brake light led a North Carolina police officer to pull over a car in which cocaine was later found. Turns out, the state requires only one functioning brake light. The court is weighing a case about whether a defendant's constitutional protection against unreasonable searches was violated because of the officer's mistaken understanding of the law.