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Specialist Michael O'Mara, center, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Stocks are opening slightly lower in the U.S. as energy companies slide along with the price of crude oil. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US stocks drop, led by another fall in the energy sector

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Another bad day for the energy sector pulled down stocks Monday. Energy stocks slumped as the price of oil dropped to its lowest in more than four months. Oil has fallen sharply since the end of June on evidence that a global supply glut is building at the same time demand appears to be slowing. The energy sector is down …

Clinton’s presidential campaign raises profile with TV ads

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Facing increased competition from within her own party, Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. The ads, which start on Tuesday and run statewide, focus on Clinton’s work on behalf of families and relationship …

kentucky: Sheriff sued for cuffing disabled schoolchildren

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A Kentucky sheriff’s deputy shackled two children with disabilities as punishment for their misbehavior at school, an allegedly illegal use of force that traumatized the children, according to a federal lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union and others filed on Monday. The lawsuit asks the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky to declare the officers’ alleged handcuffing of children with …

Maryland governor to close Baltimore detention center

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Maryland’s governor announced plans Thursday to immediately shut down Baltimore’s state-run jail, where inmates and guards ran a criminal conspiracy inside vermin-infested, 19th-century walls and thwarted decades of attempted reforms. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said the state would save $10 million to $15 million a year by closing …

xxx: Highway funding bill passed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Senate passed the 34th stopgap highway funding bill in the past six years to fund roads, bridges and mass transit for three months so Congress can negotiate later over a long-term plan. Senators voted 91-4 Thursday for the measure, which would extend highway spending authority through Oct. …

Outcome of trial on N.C. election law changes will have national effect

Thursday, July 30, 2015

“Our country has changed,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in 2013, when the Supreme Court freed Southern states from the requirement that federal authorities approve any proposed election law change in order to ensure minority voters were not harmed. Republican lawmakers in North Carolina took that as a …

Make that 17 – Jim Gilmore officially launches presidential campaign

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Seventeen is now the total – and likely final – number of 2016 Republicans presidential candidates. Jim Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia, is officially in the running as of Wednesday. Gilmore, who has unofficially been campaigning for …

Sanders house parties help fuel grassroots base

Thursday, July 30, 2015

About 45 people introduced themselves to one another in a Penacook backyard Wednesday night. Despite the 90-degree heat, they all turned out to a house party hosted for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The party in Penacook was …

University of Cincinnati police officer who shot man during traffic stop charged with murder

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted Wednesday on a charge of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop earlier this month. “It was so unnecessary for this to occur,” Joe Deters, …

Shooter’s mom: Silence was his loudest cry for help

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

James Holmes’s mother insisted Wednesday that she would “have been crawling on all fours” to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said …

Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital – an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country’s fragile peace process. If confirmed, the surprising …

Zimbabweans in lion hunt in court; kill was ‘unethical’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A hunting guide and a farm owner appeared in court Wednesday on allegations they helped a U.S. dentist kill a protected lion named Cecil, and the head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the big cat was unethically lured …

A tragic death leaves just four northern white rhinos living and little hope for the species

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The BBC reports that one of the last remaining members of the northern white rhinoceros species has died, leaving just four alive. Nabire, a female, died Monday at just 31 years of age. She was born and died at the Dvur Kralove zoo in the Czech Republic. She …