February 13, 2016

National News

Black Democrats question Sanders' commitment to Obama

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign enlisted the support of black Democrats on Friday to undermine Bernie Sanders' push to claim a piece of President Barack Obama's legacy, arguing she is the rightful heir to the nation's first black president.

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Diplomats aim for temporary Syria ceasefire in a week

BEIRUT -- A diplomatic push for a temporary pause in Syria's civil war and the delivery of humanitarian aid faced huge hurdles Friday, with Russia saying it would continue its airstrikes and government planes dropping leaflets urging rebels to surrender because "the belt is narrowing around you."

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Texas 1st state to recommend ban on bite mark evidence

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas became the first state Friday to call for banning bite mark analysis in criminal cases, dealing a major credibility blow to a technique that critics rebuke as junk science and will now likely encounter greater skepticism in courtrooms across the U.S.

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What are Einstein's gravitational waves?

WASHINGTON -- Astronomers on Thursday announced that their new billion-dollar U.S. observatory has detected a gravitational wave, a phenomenon Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of general relativity. Here's what that breakthrough means.

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With FBI ring tightening, last Oregon occupiers give up

BURNS, Ore. -- With the FBI tightening its ring around them, the last four holdouts in the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered Thursday, ending a 41-day standoff that left one man dead and exposed simmering anger over the government's control of vast expanses of Western land.

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Congress OKs banning local Internet taxes

WASHINGTON -- Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

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Clinton: Sanders making promises that 'cannot be kept'

MILWAUKEE -- Hillary Clinton embraced rival Bernie Sanders' call for fixing a "rigged" economy that favors the wealthy in Thursday night's Democratic debate, but said the Vermont senator's plans to pay for it add up to promises "that cannot be kept."

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