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Week's funds for homeland security OK'd

updated: 02/28/2015 2:46 a.m. Comments 14

The Republican-controlled Congress struggled into the night Friday before passing emergency legislation to keep the Homeland Security Department in full funding for one week and avert a partial shutdown at the federal agency with anti-terrorism responsibilities.

Man kills 7, himself in Missouri

posted: 02/28/2015 2:38 a.m. Comment 1

A gunman who shot and killed seven people Thursday night had been feuding with one of them -- a cousin -- for more than a year, the shooter's uncle said Friday.

Leonard Nimoy, Trek's Spock, dies

updated: 02/28/2015 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut Star Trek, died Friday. He was 83.

House education-law vote axed

updated: 02/28/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

House GOP leaders on Friday abruptly canceled a vote on a bill to update the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law after struggling to find support from conservatives.

Jindal unveils bid to close budget gap

updated: 02/28/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

As Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal offers a $24.6 billion state budget proposal, the potential presidential hopeful is seeking to protect his long-standing refusal to raise taxes, while avoiding deep cuts to health care and colleges.

Kerry: Cuba talks, terror review separate

posted: 02/28/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is considering removing Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism in a review that is a "separate process" from talks between the two nations on normalizing diplomatic relations, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.

Charges disputed in FBI bomb sting

posted: 02/28/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

Prosecutors argued Friday that charges against a man accused in a plot to blow up the Wichita airport should not be thrown out, even though the explosives used in a sting operation were fake.

Iran says it test-fired 'strategic' naval weapon

posted: 02/28/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

With an eye on U.S.-led nuclear talks, Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday announced it had test-fired a "new strategic weapon" in the final day of a large-scale naval and air defense drill, saying the system would play a key role in any future battle against the "Great Satan."

Murder suspect’s baby skull a factor

posted: 02/28/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

A fractured skull suffered by an infant nearly two decades ago at the hands of his father might become a factor as lawyers defend the now 19-year-old man against charges connected to the killing of a Las Vegas mother in a neighborhood gunbattle, his lawyer said Friday.

Lawmaker pays up for Downton office decor

updated: 02/28/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock repaid $40,000 from his personal checking account for redecorations to his congressional office in the style of the TV show Downton Abbey, according to financial records.

The nation in brief

updated: 02/28/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Oklahoma Muslim event draws protests OKLAHOMA CITY -- A group of supporters formed a makeshift greeting line to escort Muslims into the Oklahoma Capitol for Friday's first-ever Muslim Day as a smaller group of protesters heckled participants as they arrived.

Names and faces

updated: 02/28/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Alcon Entertainment confirmed Thursday that Harrison Ford would be reprising his role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 classic Blade Runner. The sequel's been in the works for some time now, and shooting is scheduled to begin next summer. However, Scott will not be directing.

In the news

updated: 02/28/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, whose post is similar to that of a prime minister, are to visit the White House next month, with Ghani also accepting an invitation to speak to a joint meeting of Congress.

Getting it straight

updated: 02/28/2015 2:15 a.m. Discuss

The Democrat-Gazette wants its news reports to be fair and accurate. We correct all errors of fact. If you know of an error, write: Frank Fellone Deputy Editor P.O. Box 2221 Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or call 378-3475 during business hours Monday through Friday.

Foreign states' gifts raise new questions for Clinton

updated: 02/27/2015 2:42 a.m. Comments 3

The Clinton family foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with President Barack Obama's administration, foundation officials have disclosed.

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