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Freed Sudanese drew Cotton, Pryor focus

Subscriber onlyAfter more than a year in prison, a woman on death row in Sudan for refusing to convert from Christianity was blessed by Pope Francis on Thursday hours after leaving her home country. Continue reading...

Tornado in Virginia fatal to 2 at RV camp

Subscriber onlyCAPE CHARLES, Va. -- The sky turned black and cellphones pinged with emergency messages. Moments later, a tornado ripped through a sprawling, carnival-like campground Thursday, snapping dozens of trees and flipping over RVs. Continue reading...

Just brain-dead gasps, judge told

As Arizona killer’s life ebbs, state tells hearing he’s pain-free

Subscriber onlyFLORENCE, Ariz. -- As a condemned murderer gasped for more than 90 minutes in the death chamber, a judge convened an urgent hearing in which a state lawyer assured him that the inmate was comatose and not feeling any pain. Continue reading...

Leaner VA bills offered in House, Senate

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program that has faced scrutiny over long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays. Continue reading...

White House said to weigh refugee plan for alien kids

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. Continue reading...

Ryan plan streamlines anti-poverty programs

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty. Continue reading...

Teen pilot's body found in Pacific

Subscriber only The U.S. Coast Guard has found wreckage from an airplane piloted by a teenager who was killed when he crashed during an around-the-world flight, a Coast Guard spokesman said Thursday. Continue reading...

Cruz: No on envoys till he gets ban details

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyHouse GOP clears way for Obama-suit vote Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyRobert Downey Jr. may not be hanging up his Iron Man suit anytime soon. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber only• Robert Gates, the former defense secretary, told CBS News he worries there is a perception of the United States "disengaging" from global affairs and attributed that to the fact that the U.S. has ended or is withdrawing from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in which there is no clear American victory. Continue reading...

State creating own exchange gets price tag

Federal grant as proposed runs $133 million at top end

Subscriber onlyThe director of a state-created nonprofit exploring a possible state-run health insurance exchange said she will recommend next month that the board request $91 million to $133 million in federal grant money to pay for the exchange's setup costs. Continue reading...

House GOP cuts Obama border-funds bid, urges law change

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders Wednesday proposed giving President Barack Obama less than half of his $3.7 billion emergency request to address an influx of Central American children at the U.S.-Mexico border. Continue reading...

Coin designs honoring U.S. marshals unveiled

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- A nod to Fort Smith's history with the U.S. Marshals Service is included in the design for three commemorative coins unveiled Wednesday. Continue reading...

Arizona execution takes two hours

Subscriber onlyPHOENIX -- A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode that is likely to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S. Continue reading...

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