Elizabeth Warren, comic book hero? Senator is latest to star

Elizabeth Warren, comic book hero? Senator is latest to star

BOSTON (AP) – Her parents didn’t hail from the planet Krypton, and she was never bitten by a radioactive spider, but that hasn’t stopped Elizabeth Warren from starring as a comic book hero.

“Female Force: Elizabeth Warren” tells the true-life … Read Full Story

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GOP appeal to conservatives with health care, immigrant cuts

GOP appeal to conservatives with health care, immigrant cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to win over conservatives, House Republicans are sweetening their budget proposal by putting several programs on the chopping block, including President Barack Obama’s health care law and tax credits for children of immigrants living in the … Read Full Story

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GOP Congress’ incomplete: Stalled bills, no court nominee

GOP Congress’ incomplete: Stalled bills, no court nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress increasingly is being defined by what it’s not doing this election year.

The Senate returned Monday with a strong majority of Republicans saying no to any consideration of President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court. … Read Full Story

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Seeing holes in effort to bridge ‘word gap’ in poor children

Seeing holes in effort to bridge ‘word gap’ in poor children

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – When former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his foundation was awarding $5 million to launch Providence’s high-tech idea to improve the vocabularies of the city’s youngest children, he said he hoped the pilot could take … Read Full Story

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Effort in 3 US cities to combat extremism off to slow start

Effort in 3 US cities to combat extremism off to slow start

BOSTON (AP) – A federally funded effort in Boston, Los Angeles and Minneapolis to combat extremist recruitment has been slow to start since it was announced a year and a half ago.

Few local programs have been directly created by … Read Full Story

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For Jesuit astronomer, religion fuels scientific research

For Jesuit astronomer, religion fuels scientific research

DRAPER, Utah (AP) – The Catholic pope has a telescope with a mirror that was made by an angel in a synagogue.

If it sounds like the punch line from a joke, it’s not.

It’s just part of the way … Read Full Story

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CAN THEY DO THAT? Great wall of Trump faces great hurdles

CAN THEY DO THAT? Great wall of Trump faces great hurdles

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump promises to build a great wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border and make Mexico pay for it, but it will be a difficult pledge to fulfill.

Can he do it?

Sure, a wall can be … Read Full Story

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A look at Obama’s final budget proposal

A look at Obama’s final budget proposal

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama proposed a record $4.1 trillion budget on Tuesday. Here’s a look at each agency and department:

AGRICULTURE

Up or down? Down 5.3 percent

Highlight:

-Obama’s budget for the Agriculture Department includes a proposed $12 … Read Full Story

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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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