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  • Scottish lawmakers back independence referendum call March 28, 2017
    Edinburgh, Scotland • Scottish lawmakers voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence, presenting the British government with an unwelcome distraction as it prepares to push the European Union exit button. The Edinburgh-based legislature voted 69-59 to ask the British government to sanction an independence vote that would be held within the next two […]
  • Nunes won't leave Russia probe; Ryan says no need to March 28, 2017
    Washington • House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes rebuffed calls to step aside from the Russia investigation Tuesday as demands grew for him to recuse himself as head of that probe. “Why would I?” Nunes said. The calls for him to resign came after revelations about his meeting with a secret source on White House grounds […]
  • White House eyeing $18 billion list of social program cuts March 28, 2017
    Washington • The White House is following up its longshot roster of budget cuts with a wish list of $18 billion worth of immediate reductions, including cuts to medical research, infrastructure, and community development grants. Like President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget, which was panned by both Democrats and Republicans earlier this month, the proposals have […]
  • Amnesty: US-led coalition not protecting Mosul civilians March 28, 2017
    Baghdad • A recent spike in civilian casualties in Mosul suggests the U.S.-led coalition is not taking adequate precautions as it helps Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State group, Amnesty International said Tuesday. The rights group’s allegations came after the U.S. military acknowledged carrying out a March 17 airstrike in an area of western Mosul […]
  • Leader of Russian anti-corruption protests jailed for 15 days March 28, 2017
    Moscow • Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who organized a wave of nationwide protests against government corruption that rattled authorities, was jailed for 15 days on Monday by a Moscow court for resisting police orders. Navalny was arrested Sunday as he walked to a protest in Moscow and spent the night in jail before appearing […]
  • An atheist mom's challenge: Teaching my daughter that God might be a girl March 28, 2017
    “What does ‘pray’ mean?” My daughter is 4, and with preschool comes playground theology. Explanations of heaven and God get passed around between swings and slides as kids make sense of lost family members and pets. It’s an age that gives me a nervous twinge: I don’t believe anymore, but I don’t want to dictate […]
  • Man arrested in connection with vandalism at Colorado mosque March 28, 2017
    Fort Collins, Colo. • A 35-year-old man was being held Tuesday in connection with vandalism at a Colorado mosque, which left broken glass and Bible inside the building and led to an outpouring of support for Muslims in the hometown of Colorado State University. Joseph Scott Giaquinto, 35, was arrested on suspicion of several charges, […]
  • Study: Lead exposure alters children's lives decades later March 28, 2017
    Children with elevated blood-lead levels at age 11 ended up as adults with lower cognitive function and lower-status occupations than their parents, according to research that offers one of the clearest looks yet at the potential long-term health impact of the potent neurotoxin. The findings, published Tuesday in JAMA, were based on a study that […]
  • Oklahoma may legalize hog hunting from helicopters March 28, 2017
    Tulsa, Okla. • Oklahoma could soon join Louisiana and Texas in allowing hunters to shoot feral hogs from helicopters. The Tulsa World reports that aerial gunners are already used to help control feral swine in Oklahoma, but the work can only be done by trained, licensed contractors with support from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture […]
  • Trump's budget could plunge nation's capital into recession March 28, 2017
    Washington • The booming Washington region would take a big hit from President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. While it’s highly unlikely to be enacted, the budget released by the White House this month would eliminate tens of thousands of federal jobs in the District of Columbia and its suburbs. That would add up to billions […]