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Freed Sudanese drew Cotton, Pryor focus

posted: 07/25/2014 3:57 a.m. Comment 1

After more than a year in prison, a woman on death row in Sudan for refusing to convert from Christianity was blessed by Pope Francis on Thursday hours after leaving her home country.

Tornado in Virginia fatal to 2 at RV camp

posted: 07/25/2014 3:48 a.m. Discuss

CAPE CHARLES, Va. -- The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a tornado ripped through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs.

Just brain-dead gasps, judge told

posted: 07/25/2014 3:45 a.m. Discuss

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- As a condemned murderer gasped for more than 90 minutes in the death chamber, a judge convened an urgent hearing in which a state lawyer assured him that the inmate was comatose and not feeling any pain.

Leaner VA bills offered in House, Senate

posted: 07/25/2014 3:44 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program that has faced scrutiny over long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays.

White House said to weigh refugee plan for alien kids

posted: 07/25/2014 3:42 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday.

Ryan plan streamlines anti-poverty programs

posted: 07/25/2014 3:40 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty.

Teen pilot's body found in Pacific

posted: 07/25/2014 3:38 a.m. Discuss

The U.S. Coast Guard has found wreckage from an airplane piloted by a teenager who was killed when he crashed during an around-the-world flight, a Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday.

Cruz: No on envoys till he gets ban details

posted: 07/25/2014 3:32 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker.

The nation in brief

posted: 07/25/2014 3:29 a.m. Discuss

House GOP clears way for Obama-suit vote

Names and faces

posted: 07/25/2014 3:28 a.m. Discuss

Robert Downey Jr. may not be hanging up his Iron Man suit anytime soon.

In the news

posted: 07/25/2014 3:27 a.m. Discuss

• Robert Gates, the former defense secretary, told CBS News he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs and attributed that to the fact that the U.S. has ended or is withdrawing from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in which there is no clear American victory.

State creating own exchange gets price tag

posted: 07/24/2014 3:47 a.m. Comments 7

The director of a state-created nonprofit exploring a possible state-run health insurance exchange said she will recommend next month that the board request $91 million to $133 million in federal grant money to pay for the exchange's setup costs.

House GOP cuts Obama border-funds bid, urges law change

posted: 07/24/2014 3:44 a.m. Comments 17

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders Wednesday proposed giving President Barack Obama less than half of his $3.7 billion emergency request to address an influx of Central American children at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Coin designs honoring U.S. marshals unveiled

posted: 07/24/2014 3:42 a.m. Comments 2

WASHINGTON -- A nod to Fort Smith's history with the U.S. Marshals Service is included in the design for three commemorative coins unveiled Wednesday.

Arizona execution takes two hours

posted: 07/24/2014 3:41 a.m. Comments 15

PHOENIX -- A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode that is likely to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.


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