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Elijah Cummings calls Obamacare 'first step,' vows universal health care coverage

Sun, 2015-09-27 15:19

BALTIMORE — Rep. Elijah E. Cummings says he believes affordable health care for all Americans is an achievable goal, and cites President Obama's signature law as a good start.

Addressing an audience of hundreds of people Saturday at the Chase Brexton Charm Ball, the longtime Maryland Democrat said the "first ...

Mitch McConnell pushed to resign as Senate Majority Leader

Sun, 2015-09-27 14:30

With John Boehner now departing as House speaker, an influential Republican Party official is now seeking the ouster of another GOP leader who has frustrated conservatives: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"McConnell needs to resign!!" Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere wrote in a Facebook posting.

Mr. Villere isn't just any ...

Pilgrims pack Philadelphia for papal Mass

Sun, 2015-09-27 12:07

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Tens of thousands of pilgrims made their way to Philadelphia for a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the last day of his first-ever visit to the United States. Here are some of their stories:



Dotty Andalora endured tight security and ...

Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential front-runner, defends flip-flopping on issues

Sun, 2015-09-27 11:10

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday defended her record of flip-flopping on major issues including same-sex marriage, the Iraq War and the Keystone XL pipeline, saying she is not "someone who stakes out a position and holds it regardless of the evidence."

Chuck Todd, anchor of NBC "Meet ...

Carly Fiorina, presidential candidate: Descriptions of Planned Parenthood butchering babies are true

Sun, 2015-09-27 09:51

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Sunday that her descriptions of babies being butchered by Planned Parenthood are real and reflect an ongoing atrocity in the United States "every single day."

Ms. Fiorina has described grotesque scenes she has attributed to undercover videos about Planned Parenthood that do not actually ...

Bill Clinton, former president: Republicans waging 'full-scale frontal assault' on Hillary Clinton

Sun, 2015-09-27 09:05

Former President Bill Clinton said Sunday that Republicans are spotlighting Hillary Rodham Clinton's email scandal because they fear her presidential candidacy.

Mr. Clinton told Fareed Zakaria on CNN's "GPS" that Republicans want his wife's campaign "as mangled up as possible" because the Democratic primary race is about issues and substance ...

John Boehner, House speaker, calls hard-line Republicans 'false prophets'

Sun, 2015-09-27 08:42

House Speaker John A. Boehner derided his conservative critics as "false prophets" making impossible promises, even as his shock decision Friday to step down was proving divisive not only on Capitol Hill but on the presidential campaign trail as well.

Mr. Boehner announced his resignation one day after the historic ...

Ben Carson, GOP presidential candidate: Show me an Islamic text that opposes Sharia law

Sun, 2015-09-27 08:19

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson on Sunday stood by his comments that a Muslim should not be president, pointing out that the tenets of Islam come from Sharia law and the Koran.

"What we should be talking about is Islam and the tenets of Islam and where do they come ...

Jeb Bush, GOP presidential candidate: Government shutdown is 'not how democracy works'

Sun, 2015-09-27 07:05

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Sunday that shutting down the government over defunding Planned Parenthood is "not how democracy works."

During an interview on "Fox News Sunday," the former Florida governor said shutting down the women's health group would be "great," but Congress cannot just shut it down over ...

AP News in Brief at 5:58 a.m. EDT

Sun, 2015-09-27 03:00

France fires first airstrikes on extremists in Syria, president's office says

PARIS (AP) - France has fired its first airstrikes in Syria as it expands military operations against Islamic State extremists, President Francois Hollande's office announced Sunday.

The office said that "France has hit Syria" based on information from French ...

Migration crisis proves boon for some businesses

Sun, 2015-09-27 02:12

BERLIN (AP) - People crammed into boats and trekking across borders have become the dominant images of Europe's migrant crisis. In the shadows, however, there are those who are profiting, for whom every migrant is a business opportunity.

The business of migration extends far beyond the human traffickers, who often ...

Hundreds mark anniversary of farmworkers' labor movement

Sat, 2015-09-26 22:03

DELANO, Calif. (AP) - About 1,000 people gathered in California on Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the labor strike that led to the creation of the nation's first farmworkers' union.

The Fresno Bee reports ( ) the event took place in Delano. It was there, on Sept. 8, ...

Australia warns Chris Brown he may not be allowed Down Under

Sat, 2015-09-26 20:34

SYDNEY (AP) - Chris Brown's plans to tour Down Under were in jeopardy on Sunday after the Australian government formally warned the troubled R&B singer that he is likely to be denied a visa because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna.

The immigration department issued Brown a ...

The Latest: Pope Francis wraps up first day in Philadelphia

Sat, 2015-09-26 19:32

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Latest developments in Pope Francis' visit to the United States. All times local:

9:45 p.m.

Pope Francis has wrapped up his first day in Philadelphia after celebrating Mass, giving a speech on religious freedom and attending an event for Catholic families.

Francis left the stage of the ...

Michigan's Darboh becomes US citizen and makes amazing catch

Sat, 2015-09-26 16:02

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Amara Darboh leaped, twisted his torso toward the sideline and snagged a high pass with his right hand.

And it wasn't even the highlight of his week.

Darboh helped Michigan beat No. 22 BYU 31-0 Saturday, two days after becoming a U.S. citizen.

"It was ...

Supreme Court: Intoxication no excuse for shooting at police

Sat, 2015-09-26 13:17

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday overturned an appeals court decision and ruled that getting drunk and taking prescription medications is no excuse for firing a shot at deputies.

David Allen Kershaw was convicted in Shawnee County District Court of four counts of aggravated assault on ...

Colorado clergy hold vigil to honor pope's message

Sat, 2015-09-26 12:35

DENVER (AP) - Clergy and members of the public and congregations from across the state honored the visit of Pope Francis to the United States on Saturday by recognizing people at the edges of society, listening to their stories and washing their feet in front of a Denver immigration and ...

Ted Cruz wins Values Voter straw poll

Sat, 2015-09-26 12:03

GOP White House hopeful Ted Cruz ruled the roost once again at the annual Values Voter Summit by winning the annual presidential preference straw poll here for the third straight year - further cementing his status a favorite among social conservatives that will play a pivotal role in picking the ...

Pope asked to circle Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island

Sat, 2015-09-26 10:26

NEW YORK (AP) - Pope Francis asked to circle the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island on his way out of New York, becoming emotional as the helicopter carried him over the sights that greeted millions of immigrants to America, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said.

Dolan, who joined the pope for ...

Trump: GOP rivals 'want to start WWIII over Syria,' should let Russia fight Islamic State

Sat, 2015-09-26 10:01

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump shared more of his views on foreign policy Friday, telling an audience in Oklahoma his 2016 rivals want to "start World War III over Syria" and suggesting the U.S. let Russia take up the fight against the Islamic State in the region.

"They want to ...

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