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Bush offers plan to repeal, replace health care law

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush touted on Tuesday his plan to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law with one that would increase tax credits for individuals, allowing them to buy coverage protection against "high-cost medical events.""I ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Wednesday, October 14, the 287th day of 2015. There are 78 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On October 14, 1890, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States, was born in Denison, Texas.On this date:In 1066, Normans under William ...

Cruz calculates a path to nomination

DALLAS - If America's 58th presidential election validates Ted Cruz's audacious "base plus" strategy, he will have refuted assumptions about the importance of independent "swing" voters and the inertia of many missing voters. Critics say his plan for pursuing the Republican nomination precludes ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4505, Increase civil asset forfeiture burden of proof: Passed 38 to 0 in the SenateTo require a more rigorous "clear and convincing" burden of proof standard for police agencies to take ownership of property that has been seized in connection with a possible crime, called ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Monday, October 12, the 285th day of 2015. There are 80 days left in the year. This is the Columbus Day holiday in the U.S., as well as Thanksgiving Day in Canada.Today's Highlight in History:On October 12, 1915, English nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a ...

Escaping Tyranny

WASHINGTON - North Korea is called the "worst place on earth" for good reason. Thousands of people are tortured. Some North Koreans eat rodents to try to survive, and many starve anyway. In winter, they freeze. No one but the dictator has any true freedom, and no one is allowed to leave.One ...

Joaquin and Obama: Two forces of nature

WASHINGTON - Hurricane Joaquin dumped large amounts of rain on the East Coast, but another "force of nature" flooded the country with so much rhetoric it was difficult for most people to keep up.Before barely any facts were known, there was President Obama on camera (when isn't he?) making a ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Saturday, October 10, the 283rd day of 2015. There are 82 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On October 10, 1935, the George Gershwin opera "Porgy and Bess," featuring an all-black cast, opened on Broadway, where it ran for 124 performances.On ...

Spreading the Ugly Truth

WASHINGTON - Political Washington just got a welcome dose of refreshing candor. Democrat Fred Yang, one of the bipartisan team that conducts the respected Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, took a look at the most recent numbers - showing Democratic favorite for 2016, Hillary Clinton, in a ...

If he runs, Biden only Dem backing trade deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden became the only prospective or current Democratic presidential candidate supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday as Hillary Rodham Clinton declared her opposition.A longtime darling of unions, Biden has been skeptical of previous sweeping ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Friday, October 9, the 282nd day of 2015. There are 83 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On October 9, 1940, rock-and-roll legend John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. (On this date in 1975, his son, Sean, was born in New York.)On this ...

Renaissance of Detroit

FLINT - I spent three days this week at an event in downtown Detroit called "Detroit Homecoming." It had nothing to do with football and everything to do with the revitalization of a once great city.What they did is invite 175 ex-pats with Motor City roots - bigwigs and innovators, young and ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Thursday, October 8, the 281st day of 2015. There are 84 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On October 8, 2005, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake flattened villages on the Pakistan-India border, killing an estimated 86,000 people.On this date:In 1869, ...

Trump swagger seen, not always loved, worldwide

BALMEDIE, Scotland (AP) - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is well known in this serene coastal section of Scotland, where shimmering, golden sand dunes meet the ice-blue North Sea and people play on his golf course. He's known in the Himalayas, too, far from any sign with his ...

Charlatans and Sheep

WASHINGTON - The prevailing social dogma of our time - that economic and other disparities among groups are strange, if not sinister - has set off bitter disputes between those who blame genetic differences and those who blame discrimination.Both sides ignore the possibility that groups ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Wednesday, October 7, the 280th day of 2015. There are 85 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On October 7, 1985, Palestinian gunmen hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro (ah-KEE'-leh LOW'-roh) in the Mediterranean. (The hijackers killed ...

Economic problem is a political problem

BERKELEY - You often hear inequality has widened because globalization and technological change have made most people less competitive while making the best-educated more competitive.The tasks most people used to do can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by computer-driven ...

Almanac

By The Associated PressToday is Tuesday, October 6, the 279th day of 2015. There are 86 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On October 6, 1973, war erupted in the Middle East as Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel during the Yom Kippur holiday. (Israel, initially ...

Finding our place in the universe

BALTIMORE - Twinkling stars are pretty but, for astronomers, problematic. Twinkles are caused by the interference of Earth's atmosphere with light radiating throughout the breathtakingly beautiful and unimaginably violent universe. In 1990, however, the Hubble telescope went into orbit 370 ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4193, Allow electronic "proof of insurance" for drivers: Passed 37 to 0 in the SenateTo revise the state's no-fault insurance law to allow "proof of insurance" documents that motorists are required to have when driving to be an electronic communication from the insurance company ...