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The US Supreme Court is seen August 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
The US Supreme Court is seen August 1, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON—On the campaign trail, among candidates of both parties, the idea of locking up drug criminals for life is a lot less popular than it...

  • This combination made from file photos shows bank branches of, clockwise from top left, Bank of America, Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citibank. A new economics report found that recessions don't need to be followed by periods of slow economic recovery. (AP Photo)

    Banks Thanksgiving 2015: Wells Fargo, Chase, Citibank, Bank of America, TDBank – Hours, Any Open?

    Thanksgiving is Thursday, Nov. 26, and it’s a federal holiday in the United States. That means pretty much every single bank in the U.S. is... Read more

  • President Barack Obama, with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (R), delivers a statement in the Roosevelt Room following a national security meeting in the Situation Room at the White House November 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama said the American people should continue with their Thanksgiving holiday plans and 'We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe'. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Obama: No Credible Intelligence About Plot Against US

    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama said there currently is no “specific and credible” intelligence indicating a terrorist plot against the United States, as he sought to reassure... Read more

  • Family members of Jamar Clark are overcome with emotion as they said their goodbyes during his funeral services at Shiloh Temple International Ministries Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 in Minneapolis. (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)

    Mourners Vow to Seek Justice for Slain Minneapolis Man

    MINNEAPOLIS—Hundreds of people filled a Minneapolis church on Wednesday for the funeral of a black man whose death in a confrontation with police has sparked... Read more

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    Activists Say Whole Foods Thanksgiving Turkeys Endure ‘Horrific conditions’ in Calif. Farm

    Advocacy group Direct Action Everywhere, known as “DxE,” says some turkeys supplied to Whole Foods live in crowded barns with feces covering the floor. They... Read more

  • FILE - This July 11, 2013, file photo shows Blake Beckett of West Central Cooperative as he sprays a soybean field, in Granger, Iowa. Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide _ and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist it. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

    EPA Moves to Withdraw Approval of Controversial Weed Killer

    WASHINGTON—The Environmental Protection Agency is taking steps to withdraw approval of a controversial new weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans... Read more

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    How Deadly Are ‘Kissing Bugs’ Really?

    A doctor with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that people probably should not worry about reports of bites from “kissing... Read more

  • President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, to brief the public on the nation's homeland security posture heading into the holiday season, following meeting with his national security team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    Obama: No Credible Intelligence About Plot Against US

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said there currently is no “specific and credible” intelligence indicating a terrorist plot on the United States, as he sought... Read more

  • In this picture taken with a mobile phone on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, a Syrian boy Abdulhamid Khanfoura, 16, background, helps his wounded mother Zahra Khanfoura, 48, who was burned by a Russian airstrike that hit her house in the central Syrian village of Habeet, as she lies on her hospital bed in the southern city of Kadirli, Turkey. Zahra's granddaughter Raghad was among dozens of civilians who activists say have been killed in the Russian air campaign in Syria, which Moscow says is aimed at crushing the Islamic State group and other Islamic militants. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    U.S.-Russia Alliance in Syria Looking Unlikely Because of Civilian Casualties

    Russia’s increasingly large role in the Syrian civil war would get even bigger if the U.S. became an ally, but that’s become increasingly unlikely because... Read more

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    Cheap Gas Fueling Expanded Thanksgiving Travel Day

    LOS ANGELES—An expanded version of America’s annual Thanksgiving travel saga has begun with gas prices low and terrorism fears high. An estimated 46.9 million Americans... Read more

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    Chicago Live Updates: Protests After Laquan McDonald Shooting Video, Riots Feared

    A number of protesters took to the streets in Chicago after police released the video of an officer shooting and killing a black teenager.  At... Read more

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    Video Shows Laquan McDonald Getting Shot 16 Times by Chicago Police Officer

    The Chicago Police Department released the video (the video can be seen below) showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald on Tuesday evening. The video... Read more

  • Protestors, activists, and community members listen to speeches at a candlelight vigil held for Jamar Clark outside the 4th police precinct in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Nov. 20, 2015. Activists are keeping up pressure for more information about the shooting death of Clark by a Minneapolis police officer. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

    Group Raised Suspicions Before 5 Were Shot at Police Protest

    MINNEAPOLIS—Protesters demanding justice for a black man fatally shot by Minneapolis police were settling in for their ninth night of demonstrations when something just didn’t... Read more

  • Traffic is backed up on the New York State Thruway in Harriman, N.Y., due to a fatal crash on the northbound side of Interstate 87 in Woodbury on Sept. 18, 2010. Government estimates show U.S. traffic deaths rose 8 percent for the first six months of 2015, following a slight decrease in 2014, according to a report released Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    US Traffic Deaths Rise Sharply After Small Decline in 2014

    DETROIT—After declining for most of the past decade, traffic deaths spiked 8 percent in the first half of this year, prompting a call from the... Read more

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    ‘Terrorism Propaganda’ Assignment in Utah High School Prompts Outrage

    After they found out their children had been assigned to draw a “terrorism propaganda poster,” a group of parents in Salem, Utah expressed their outrage... Read more

  • French President Francois Hollande (L) and President Obama shake hands during a joint press conference at the White House on Nov. 24, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Obama and Hollande Pledge Solidarity Against Islamic State

    WASHINGTON—In a show of Western solidarity, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande vowed Tuesday to escalate airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) and... Read more

  • Dean Angelo, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #7 president, right, talks to reporters after a bond hearing for Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, on murder charges in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Officer Charged With Murder in Teen’s Death; Video Released

    CHICAGO—A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released... Read more

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