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Average US price of gas drops 3 cents per gallon to $2.93

Posted 5/20/2019 in National

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline fell 3 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.93.



Biden rejects Democrats' anger in call for national unity

Posted 5/20/2019 in National

His party may be enraged by Donald Trump's presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted Saturday that Democrats will not defeat the Republican president if they pick an angry nominee.



Louisiana governor breaks with Democratic Party on abortion

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

Nearly three decades ago, when Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child, a doctor discovered their daughter had spina bifida and encouraged an abortion. The Edwardses refused.



Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums -- before her colleagues in South Carolina's legislature.



Flooding disrupts farm shipments on the Mississippi River

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season. But there's not much barge traffic this year.



House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas.



Ex-Oregon football star stops armed student at Oregon school

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

A former college football standout at the University of Oregon was credited Friday with tackling an armed student at a Portland, Oregon, high school before anyone was injured.



Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to suspend taxpayer funding of new charter schools and ban those that are for-profit as part of his plan to overhaul public education that he released on Saturday.



Federal appeals court rules against Trump on ending DACA

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

A federal appeals court ruled Friday the Trump administration acted in an "arbitrary and capricious" manner when it sought to end an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation.



China's ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

The halt on China's imports of wastepaper and plastic that has disrupted U.S. recycling programs has also spurred investment in American plants that process recyclables.



Trump lifts tariffs on Mexico, Canada, delays auto tariffs

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America's allies -- lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and Europe.



Missouri's GOP-led Legislature passes 8-week abortion ban

Posted 5/18/2019 in National

Missouri's Republican-led House on Friday passed sweeping legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.



Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run despite GOP opposition

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year.



How 'lunch shaming' is facing scrutiny around the US

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

Denying children a hot meal apparently isn't a popular way for schools to deal with unpaid lunch money.



New Orleans council backs strong short-term rental limits

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

A ban on "whole home" short-term vacation rentals in residential areas of tourism-dependent New Orleans won unanimous backing Thursday from the City Council.



Alabama Sen. Doug Jones calls new abortion ban 'shameful'

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones condemned Alabama's new abortion ban as "extreme" and "irresponsible" Thursday, a day after the state's Republican governor signed the most restrictive abortion measure in the country into law.



Alabama governor invokes God in banning nearly all abortions

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

Alabama's Republican governor has signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases.



Trump plan would shift immigration focus to 'merit'

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said Thursday he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did -- aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach that favors younger, "totally brilliant," high-skilled workers he says won't compete for American jobs.



Trump financial disclosure shows revenue steady at key properties

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

Revenue from President Donald Trump's sprawling business empire largely held steady last year amid his turbulent presidency, according to his financial disclosure Thursday, with a drop in business at his Mar-a-Lago resort and small gains at his Washington hotel and Doral golf club.



I.M. Pei, architect who designed Louvre Pyramid, dies at 102

Posted 5/17/2019 in National

I.M. Pei, the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at age 102.



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