Sen. Markey blocking FDA nominee on opioid approval concerns

Sen. Markey blocking FDA nominee on opioid approval concerns

BOSTON (AP) – U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is blocking Senate confirmation of a new commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration to call attention to the agency’s approval process for opioid painkillers.

The Massachusetts Democrat said Monday he’s placed a … Read Full Story

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AP Poll: Public doubts government’s problem-solving ability

AP Poll: Public doubts government’s problem-solving ability

WASHINGTON (AP) – As the first voting nears in the presidential race, most Americans have little or no confidence in the federal government to confront what they see as the country’s most important priorities, according to a national survey.

The … Read Full Story

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Remembering the Challenger after 30 years

Remembering the Challenger after 30 years

For a dedicated group, the legacy of Christa McAuliffe is defined by her ability to inspire children, not the failed space shuttle launch that claimed her life 30 years ago.

“I feel, here is this vibrant woman who lived for … Read Full Story

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Luso-American surrealism of 21st Century on display at MSU

Luso-American surrealism of 21st Century on display at MSU

Works by more than 20 contemporary American and Portuguese artists will be on display Jan. 21-Feb. 19 in Mississippi State University’s Cullis Wade Depot Art Gallery.

Free to all, the “Luso-American Surrealism from the 21st Century” exhibit features more than … Read Full Story

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Lower pay for poor is widening US income gap, study finds

Lower pay for poor is widening US income gap, study finds

WASHINGTON (AP) – The income gap in major U.S. cities goes beyond the trend of rising paychecks for those at the top: Pay has plummeted for those at the bottom.

Many of the poorest households still earn just a fraction … Read Full Story

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Senator Reed says the US is losing the messaging campaign in Iraq

Senator Reed says the US is losing the messaging campaign in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) – In Iraq, the United States is pounding the Islamic State with air strikes but losing the airwaves.

Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed said Thursday that 80 percent of the news media in Iraq is directly or indirectly … Read Full Story

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IRS chief sets April 18 filing date; promises better service

IRS chief sets April 18 filing date; promises better service

WASHINGTON (AP) – Taxpayers nationwide will get a few days’ grace this year to file their returns thanks to a little-known holiday in the nation’s capital. And the head of the IRS promises 1,000 more customer services representatives will be … Read Full Story

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Trump, Cruz go at each other in year’s first GOP debate

Trump, Cruz go at each other in year’s first GOP debate

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz clashed Thursday night over the Texas senator’s eligibility to serve as commander in chief and the businessman’s “New York values,” ending months of civility between fiery contenders … Read Full Story

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Should lottery winners’ names be secret? States debate issue

Should lottery winners’ names be secret? States debate issue

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Even a jackpot isn’t enough to buy anonymity for many lottery winners, whose names are often made public by state law.

But now it’s becoming increasingly possible for big winners to hide their identity, and … Read Full Story

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In GOP response to Obama, SC governor defends immigrants

In GOP response to Obama, SC governor defends immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans should resist “the siren call of the angriest voices” in how the nation treats immigrants, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said as the GOP used its response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address … Read Full Story

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Analysis: Obama in campaign form in final State of the Union

Analysis: Obama in campaign form in final State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama opened his State of the Union speech saying he’d keep it short, in what must have seemed music to the ears of some in the chamber antsy to get to Iowa to campaign for … Read Full Story

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Obama remarks in State of the Union Address

Obama remarks in State of the Union Address

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

Tonight marks the eighth year that I’ve come here to report on the State of the Union.  And for this final one, I’m going to try to … Read Full Story

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Obama to look beyond his tenure in final State of the Union

Obama to look beyond his tenure in final State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) – Embarking on his final year in office, President Barack Obama will use Tuesday’s State of the Union address to present an optimistic vision built on economic progress under his watch while seeking to ease Americans’ … Read Full Story

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Bristol soldier’s parents to attend State of the Union

Bristol soldier’s parents to attend State of the Union

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The parents of an Army Green Beret who was killed in Afghanistan will be guests at President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address.

Carol and Peter McKenna of Bristol are the parents of U.S. … Read Full Story

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Obama’s executive actions could open a door for successors

Obama’s executive actions could open a door for successors

WASHINGTON (AP) – While the White House has condemned Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslim immigrants as “disqualifying” and “toxic,” President Barack Obama may have only himself to blame if a President Trump ever succeeds in putting his … Read Full Story

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Home values point to a sharp wealth divide within US cities

Home values point to a sharp wealth divide within US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist – basically, the crowd from “Cheers” – to live as neighbors.

That finding by the real estate brokerage Redfin makes the capital … Read Full Story

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US adds foreign students, but few Americans study abroad

US adds foreign students, but few Americans study abroad

Number of students  coming from Brazil spiked in the 2014-15 school year,  from 13,000 to 23,000

BOSTON (AP) – The number of international students studying at U.S. colleges increased by 10 percent last year, marking the largest single-year gain in … Read Full Story

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Debate takeaways: Candidates dive into immigration, spending

Debate takeaways: Candidates dive into immigration, spending

MILWAUKEE (AP) – The fourth Republican debate of the 2016 presidential election had the distinct feel of, well, a real debate.

After Republicans widely panned the moderators at the previous debate for creating a circus-like atmosphere, the candidates -eight, the … Read Full Story

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