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State Department Instructs Embassies To Beef Up Screening For Visa Applicants

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:44:00 -0400

The directions, in four memorandums sent last week, require social media checks on certain applicants and instruct consular officials to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny."

Maryland High School Rape Case Highlights Debate Over Immigration

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The nation's emotional debate over immigration is playing out at a high school in Maryland. A student was allegedly raped by two students, and the suspects are not from the U.S.

Too Much Experience To Be Hired? Some Older Americans Face Age Bias

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:43:00 -0400

Americans may see themselves working past retirement age, but to do that, they may face obstacles getting hired. New research shows that can be harder when you're older.

Utah Cuts DUI Alcohol Limit To Lowest Level In U.S.; Law Also Affects Gun Owners

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Utah's new DUI law will also lower the alcohol limit for people carrying guns. The strict law has been controversial in Utah, with hundreds of calls to the governor's office.

Video Captures Police Encounter With Murder Suspect

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:41:07 -0400

On April 16, 2015, police officer Jesse Kidder encountered a murder suspect named Michael Wilcox in Cincinnati, Ohio. The video went viral because of the surprising way the encounter unfolded.

Sen. Schumer Declares Democrats Will Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:41:00 -0400

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday he would support a filibuster to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. After two days before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gorsuch appeared to win no Democratic support. Republicans don't need any Democratic votes to confirm Gorsuch, but they may need eight to block a filibuster.

The $10 Million Lawsuit That Hinges On An Oxford Comma

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:41:00 -0400

For people interested in grammar, there is no fiercer debate over the necessity — or not — of the Oxford comma. It is the final comma in a list of items. A $10 million lawsuit hinges on an Oxford comma.

Schumer Says He'll Oppose Gorsuch Nomination, Sets Up Filibuster Showdown With GOP

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:30:00 -0400

The Senate Democratic leader says Judge Gorsuch is not independent of President Trump.

Outside Witnesses Testify In Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:15:00 -0400

Expert witnesses shared their arguments for and against nominee Neil Gorsuch on Thursday.

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner On Gorsuch Hearing And Health Care Bill

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Republican Sen. Cory Gardner spoke on behalf Judge Neil Gorsuch at his confirmation hearing this week. Steve Inskeep speaks with Gardner about Gorsuch and the health care vote in the House.

Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch Faces Third Round Of Senate Questioning

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:38:05 -0400

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faced questions from senators during the third day of his confirmation hearing.

Senators Question Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch On Day 3 Of Hearings

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:38:00 -0400

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faced another round of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee in day three of his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

Jury Reaches Verdict In New England Compounding Pharmacy Trial

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:38:00 -0400

The head of a New England compounding pharmacy that produced tainted drugs was found not guilty of second degree murder but guilty on other charges. At least 25 patients died, and many others got sick.

Pharmacy Owner Acquitted Of Murder In Meningitis Outbreak That Caused 64 Deaths

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:11:42 -0400

The owner of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy was acquitted of second-degree murder, but guilty of racketeering and fraud in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people.

Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:09:00 -0400

The Senate voted Tuesday to lift a 2016 ban on certain hunting practices — like trapping and aerial shooting — on national wildlife refuges there. Now the bill heads to President Trump to be signed.