Claire McCaskill

Democratic Texas State Senators, from left, Kirk Watson, Wendy Davis, Leticia Van de Putte and Royce West in a pro-abortion rally at the state Capitol in Austin, Texas.  (AP Photo/Statesman.com, Jay Janner, File)

Two-woman ticket in Texas goes for history in 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Forget whether Hillary Clinton could win the White House in 2016. Women still have yet to run many statehouses, but in 2014 two Texas Democrats are going for a new kind […]

01/01/2014

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Military sex assault reports jump by 50 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense officials say may suggest that victims are becoming more willing […]

12/27/2013

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Federal data show health disparities among states

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Residents in some parts of the U.S. are signing up for health care coverage at a significantly greater rate than others through the new online insurance marketplaces now operating in […]

12/12/2013

This July 16, 2013 file photo shows Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. listening at a news conference about a bill regarding military sexual assault cases on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Senate showdown over military sexual assault bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has secured public support from nearly half the Senate, but not enough votes, for her proposal to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent […]

11/17/2013

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announces that government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

FAA OKs air passengers using gadgets on planes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline passengers will be able to use their electronic devices gate-to-gate to read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music — but not talk on their cellphones — under much-anticipated […]

10/31/2013

Claire McCaskill

Senator blocks Air Force officer’s nomination

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Claire McCaskill says she’s going to continue to block the nomination of Air Force Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, tapped to serve as vice commander of the U.S. Space Command, over concerns […]

06/07/2013

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House panel moves to curb military sexual assaults

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of a House panel angry over sexual abuse problems in the military are set to vote on a bill that would strip commanding officers of their authority to unilaterally change or […]

05/22/2013

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Sexual abuse cases put Pentagon under fire

WASHINGTON (AP) — One after another, the charges have tumbled out — allegations of sexual assaults in the military that have triggered outrage, from local commanders to Capitol Hill and the Oval Office. But for […]

05/15/2013

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Lawmaker: Another military sex case ‘sickening’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers say they’re outraged that for the second time this month a member of the armed forces assigned to help prevent sexual assaults in the military is under investigation for alleged sexual […]

05/15/2013

Michigan Senator Carl Levin (AP Photo)

Senator says military plagued by sexual assaults

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sexual battery arrest of the Air Force officer who led the service’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit underscores how far the Defense Department has to go in addressing the plague […]

05/07/2013

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Police said to have suspect in mind in ricin case

WASHINGTON (AP) — A letter addressed to President Barack Obama is being checked for a “suspicious substance,” a day after a letter addressed to a U.S. senator tested positive for poisonous ricin, the U.S. Secret Service says.

04/17/2013

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Letter to Miss. senator tests for ricin

WASHINGTON (AP) — An envelope addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi tested positive Tuesday for ricin, a potentially fatal poison, authorities said, heightening concerns about terrorism a day after the Boston bombings.

04/16/2013

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