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Lawmakers Have Competing Ideas About Expanding Yosemite

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Two veteran California lawmakers are at loggerheads over how to expand Yosemite National Park. A House Republican and House Democrat now have competing bills folding nearly 1,600 acres in Mariposa County into the park’s boundaries. They share some ideas. They differ, though, on key questions, including whether to offset the park’s growth […]

Cafe Faces Heat For Adding ‘Minimum Wage Fee’ To Tab

(MCT) — A small cafe in Minnesota has thrown itself into a big battle over that State’s minimum wage increases, inundating the cafe with dozens of phone calls and online comments this week after it tacked on a 35-cent fee to meal tabs. Craig Beemer, owner of Oasis Cafe in Stillwater, said the fee is […]

U.S. Weighing Response To Potential ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ In Iraq

WASHINGTON (MCT) — U.S. officials are “closely monitoring” a potential “humanitarian catastrophe” in northern Iraq but will not be sending combat troops back to the country, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. Earnest said the United States would cooperate with Iraqi military and Kurdish authorities in the volatile region, but he declined to […]

Snowden Granted Residency By Russia, Fueling Tensions With U.S.

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Russia has granted a three-year residency permit to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who has leaked thousands of top-secret documents on the agency’s communications collection programs, his lawyer announced on Thursday. The decision will add new fuel to Cold War-like tensions between Russia and the United States over what the […]

Bergdahl Is Questioned In Army Probe

WASHINGTON (MCT) — Army investigators questioned Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for the first time Wednesday in the Pentagon’s probe of his 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan, subsequent capture and nearly five years in Taliban captivity. Bergdahl’s May 31 release in exchange for five senior Taliban militants set off a political firestorm in Washington, with mainly Republican lawmakers […]

FDA Approves Ebola Virus Test; Vaccine Will Probably Take Until 2015

(MCT) — The Food and Drug Administration has authorized use of an unapproved Ebola virus test under a special emergency-use provision, although efforts to develop a vaccine for the deadly illness are unlikely to bear fruit until 2015, officials say. The test-tube diagnostic test was developed by the U.S. military and is used to detect […]

CDC Ramps Up Ebola Response; WHO Considers Experimental Treatments

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday placed their emergency operations center in Atlanta on the highest response level because of the worsening Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The move comes as more cases of the deadly virus have migrated from rural villages and towns in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra […]

Federal Court Takes Up Gay Marriage Cases From 4 States

(MCT) — A Federal appeals panel in Cincinnati heard arguments Wednesday from six same-sex marriage cases that have worked their way through the courts in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. In all six cases, judges in lower courts have affirmed gay rights by either striking down State bans on same-sex marriage or by requiring State […]

Senator Roberts Holds Off Tea Party Candidate In Kansas GOP Primary

Senator Roberts Holds Off Tea Party Candidate In Kansas GOP Primary

One of the last chances for a Tea Party challenger to oust an establishment Republican came to an end in Kansas on Tuesday night when Senator Pat Roberts defeated Milton Wolf. Another chance will come today, as a Tea Party challenger faces a two-term Senator in Tennessee’s GOP primary.

Nixon Reframes Watergate Scandal In Rereleased 1983 Interviews

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (MCT) — On the eve of Richard Nixon’s resignation 40 years ago, he could hear protesters chanting outside the White House as he retired to the Lincoln Sitting Room to make calls. The distant shouting reminded him of the height of the Vietnam War protests. “Except this time,” he recalled during the […]

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