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8:29 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Mass. Rep In Russia For Marathon Investigation

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U.S. Representative William Keating says a congressional committee's investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings has reinforced that the biggest threat to the U.S. is the radicalization of homegrown terrorists.

The Massachusetts Democrat spoke by phone Monday from Moscow, where he and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, are looking into the marathon bombings and reviewing security procedures in Sochi ahead of the Olympics.

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12:35 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

CDC Official Urging Flu Vaccinations This Season

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  An official with the Centers for Disease Control says so far the flu season has been spotty, with more cases reported in the South than in the Northeast. Dr. Alicia Fry, the team leader with the Prevention branch of the CDC’s Influenza Division, says the worst is still to come since the flu season usually peaks between January and March, and is urging everyone who has not been vaccinated to get a flu shot.

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6:15 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Gov't Diagnosis: HealthCare.gov On The Mend

WASHINGTON (AP) — Computer crashes should be giving way to insurance coverage — if the government's diagnosis of its health care website is correct.

The Health and Human Services Department released a progress report Sunday on its effort get the troubled HealthCare.gov website up to snuff. Administration officials say the worst of the online glitches, bugs and delays may be over and the site is on the mend.

Yet officials acknowledged more work remains on the website.

How much work? That's the key question before the next crucial deadline on Dec. 23.

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8:23 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Joseph Paul Franklin Put To Death

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White supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin has been put to death in Missouri. It was the state's first execution in nearly three years.

The 63-year-old Franklin targeted blacks and Jews in a cross-country killing rampage from 1977 to 1980. But he was sentenced to death for just one of the killings — a sniper shooting outside a suburban St. Louis synagogue in 1977.

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8:05 am
Mon November 18, 2013

UPDATE: Neighborhoods Leveled

Entire blocks in Washington, Ill., are leveled after tornadoes and other fierce storms ripped through 12 states in the Midwest yesterday.

Washington resident Curt Zehr says his wife and adult son scrambled into their basement when Zehr spotted a funnel cloud.

Zehr says moments later, the house was gone, but his family was uninjured. Forecasters say Illinois was the hardest hit and the National Weather Service say up to 40 tornadoes may have hit the Midwest.

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7:59 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Senate Showdown Over Military Sexual Assault Bill

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has secured public support from nearly half the Senate for her proposal to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent route outside the chain of command for prosecutions.

But the New York Democrat is short of the necessary votes.

Her solution appears to have stalled in the face of opposition from the Pentagon's top echelon and its congressional allies, including two female senators who are former prosecutors.

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3:35 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

GOP Rival Romney: Obama Dishonest on Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney is accusing President Barack Obama of being "dishonest" about his health care law.

Romney says Obama knew people would lose their private insurance coverage under the law. He criticizes Obama for promising that people could keep their existing plans if they wished.

In an interview on CBS This Morning  Friday, Romney said several times that Obama had been "dishonest." He says, quote, "What starts twisted, stays twisted."

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7:44 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Gay Couples Wed As NJ Recognizes Nuptials

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Gay couples have begun exchanging wedding vows in New Jersey as the state began recognizing their marriages.

Under a court order, same-sex marriages became legal at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Couples joining in early-morning ceremonies in Newark, Elizabeth and other communities became the first to take advantage of their new status.

Beth Asaro and Joanne Schailey of Lambertville were among the first to be wed. The pair also was joined in a civil union the minute they became legal in 2007.

New Jersey is the 14th state to recognize same-sex marriage.

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2:44 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Suspect Dead, Two Police Officers Injured In Chase At U.S. Capitol

A police officer checks out a car on grass with his canine near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The Capitol and the White House were placed on lockdown after an 'active shooter' situation was reported.
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Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:39 am

We last updated this post at 7:19 p.m. ET.

A woman who authorities say tried to ram a security barrier outside the White House led the Secret Service and U.S. Capitol Police on a high-speed chase that ended near Capitol Hill, where gunshots were fired by police. Congressional lawmakers were briefly ordered to shelter in place, but by 3 p.m. ET, police had lifted the lockdown.

The incident left a suspect dead and two police officers injured. The 1-year-old child who was in the car with the suspect is OK and in protective custody.

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3:02 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Schumer: Better Communication Needed Between State, Federal Offices

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In the wake of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard last week that left 12 people dead, New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling for increased communication between law enforcement and Veterans Affairs medical centers.

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