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Study: Fewer struggle with medical costs as coverage grows

(WASHINGTON, AP) — Not only do more Americans have health insurance, but the number struggling with medical costs has dropped since President Barack Obama’s health care law expanded coverage, according…

Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

(WASHINGTON, AP) — Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term…

Pope on climate change: Man has ‘slapped nature in the face’

By NICOLE WINFIELD (ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is “mostly” man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on…

Salman Rushdie, threatened over book, defends free speech

By WILSON RING (BURLINGTON, Vt., AP) — Author Salman Rushdie, who lived for years under a death threat after his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” drew the wrath of Iranian religious…

Ohio bartender accused of threatening to kill John Boehner

(CINCINNATI, AP) — An Ohio bartender with a history of psychiatric illness was indicted on a charge of threatening to murder House Speaker John Boehner, possibly by poisoning his drink…

St. Louis archaeological society faces censure

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — A national archaeological group has censured its St. Louis chapter over the sale of 4,000-year-old Egyptian artifacts to a New York museum. The Archaeological Institute of…

Missouri’s Blunt to chair US Senate rules committee

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri will chair the Committee on Rules and Administration during the next session of Congress. The full Senate confirmed the…

Wintry weather around US brings fatalities, school closings

By DAVE COLLINS Associated Press Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. Throw in the snow…

Bitterly cold air stretches from Dakotas to Alabama

The Associated Press Frigid air is blowing across the United States, dropping temperatures in many areas into the single digits and leading weather monitors to issue wind chill advisories and…

Big threat for Obama’s climate efforts from GOP-run Congress

(WASHINGTON, AP) — President Barack Obama’s determined efforts to combat global warming face their biggest trial yet as Republicans take full control of Congress this week. The GOP vows to…