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  • Political standoffs in D.C. could impede economic growth in '15

    Political standoffs in D.C. could impede economic growth in '15
    The economy boomed through most of last year, a time when the nation's capital was devoid of major budget fights and threats of government shutdown. Economists worry, though, that the accelerating recovery could soon slow down with new standoffs in...
  • Organized 'crash-and-grab' burglaries using vehicles plague Chicago

    Organized 'crash-and-grab' burglaries using vehicles plague Chicago
    The burglars decided against subtlety. Using a white Dodge Grand Caravan, they jumped the curb and crashed through the front of a Neiman Marcus store at 4 a.m., grabbing high-end handbags and other items. The Dec. 10 burglary on Chicago's upscale...
  • U.S. politics shift out of midterm mode in 2015, but 2014 issues remain

    The year 2014 turned to 2015 with a fierce flip of the page, at least when it comes to national politics. The last year was dominated by a midterm election that proved to be an extravaganza for Republicans, who won control of the Senate and expanded...
  • Capital punishment in U.S. continues its decline

    The death penalty continued its slow and steady two-decade decline this year, as fewer convicted murderers were sentenced to die and most executions were limited to just three states, according to a report to be released Thursday. The number of new...
  • Panel calls for Secret Service reforms, including new White House fence

    An independent panel created after multiple security failures by the Secret Service released its findings Thursday, calling for a series of improvements, including a redesigned White House fence, the appointment of a new director from outside the agency,...
  • Teen's exoneration in 1944 slaying comes as relief to surviving relatives

    Aime Ruffner recalled helping her 14-year-old brother, George Stinney Jr., graze the family cow one day in March 1944 in the tiny South Carolina town of Alcolu, deep in the Jim Crow South. Ruffner, then 8 years old, testified at a court hearing in...
  • In Ferguson's shadow, two lawsuits focus on inequalities

    In Ferguson's shadow, two lawsuits focus on inequalities
    The St. Louis area first faced outrage in the streets after the police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Now, discontent has moved to the courts — and the issues have little to do with the police use of force. A pair of lawsuits filed...
  • College ratings system may rank loan repayments, graduation statistics

    College ratings system may rank loan repayments, graduation statistics
    The Obama administration on Friday is releasing the rough outlines of a much-anticipated college ratings system that may grade schools on such factors as graduation rates, loan repayments and post-graduation income. Many details remain to be decided...
  • Obama says change in Cuba is inevitable, though pace is uncertain

    Obama says change in Cuba is inevitable, though pace is uncertain
    Two days after announcing the end of a half-century-long diplomatic freeze with Cuba, President Obama warned Friday that the pace of reform in the communist island nation would be uncertain but that change was inevitable. In a wide-ranging news...
  • Parties unite for congressional lawmakers' farewell speeches

    Parties unite for congressional lawmakers' farewell speeches
    Along with acrimonious backroom deals, late-night hours and stale take-out dinners is another tradition of the final days of Congress: the goodbyes. This year's farewell addresses offered an alternative view of the era of divided government — a...
  • Two police officers 'simply assassinated' in Brooklyn

    A man who posted anti-police rants online shot dead two New York City policemen as they sat in their patrol car Saturday, an attack that further shook a city where community-police relations have been tense following the deaths of unarmed black men at the...