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Why the US military is trying to streamline its misconduct cases
Misconduct investigations can drag on for a long time, but there's no common set of guidelines on what should happen to officers in the meantime – or how they should be punished if found guilty.

In rare bipartisan success, Congress passes major mental health bill
The $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act, which the Senate passed by a vote of 94 to 5 today, includes the most significant mental healthcare legislation in 20 years.

McKnight shooting raises questions on 'stand your ground' law
Ronald Gasser, who is white, shot the black football star in a deadly act of road rage. While the sheriff's office has dismissed race is a factor in the case, others have said not so fast. 

Trump's national security adviser pick promotes 'fake news,' too
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's son persisted in promoting a conspiracy theory that inspired a gunman in Washington, D.C. But the elder Flynn is no stranger to conspiracy theories himself. 

SFO recruits adorable therapy pig to soothe tense travelers
LiLou, the first known airport therapy pig in the US, joins the ranks of animals dedicated to making travel less stressful. But taking a pig home isn't for everyone.

Supreme Court effectively broadens definition of insider trading
Prosecutors can prove someone committed insider trading without proving they received anything in return for leaking nonpublic information to an investor, the justices ruled.

Ohio lawmakers await Kasich's decision on 'heartbeat' abortion bill
Ohio lawmakers on Tuesday passed a controversial bill that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. 

Trump introduces Mattis as Defense pick, lays out foreign policy doctrine
At a 'thank you' tour stop in North Carolina on Tuesday, the president-elect promised to get Congress to waive restrictions that would keep the recently retired general from serving as Defense secretary.

Why Time picked Donald Trump as its 'Person of the Year'
The title is given annually to a person who has had huge influence on world events 'for better or for worse,' according to the magazine's editors.

Has Trump already sold his stock shares?
A Donald Trump spokesman said Tuesday that the president-elect had moved to sell his stock shares in June, which could help to disentangle the real estate mogul from some potential conflicts of interest while in office.

Pearl Harbor: an uneasy peace 75 years after the 'Day of Infamy'
Seventy-five years after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the work of Honolulu and Japanese mayors edges the two nations toward a tentative reconciliation.

What might school choice look like under Trump?
Supporters of charter schools, vouchers, and other forms of school choice anticipate a friendlier climate with President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos to serve as secretary of Education.

Partisan or racial gerrymandering? Supreme Court asked to parse.
The Supreme Court heard two cases on Monday regarding accusations that North Carolina and Virginia engaged in racially-motivated gerrymandering.

After a delayed win, North Carolina Gov. Cooper looks to the future
Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper finally Tuesday got to bask in his victory in the close race for North Carolina governor, telling supporters his narrow triumph is a victory for the middle class and for the state's diverse population.

Trump criticizes and congratulates US business deals in one day
Trump plainly telegraphed that when he takes office in six weeks he'll take an interventionist role in the nation's economy — as well as play showman when he sees a chance.

GOP spending bill has mixed reviews – even among fellow Republicans
The legislation would prevent the government from shutting down this weekend and buy several months for the new Congress and incoming Trump administration to wrap up more than $1 trillion worth of unfinished agency budget bills.

Do as I say? Parents get as much daily screen time as their teens
American parents and teens both spend about nine hours a day gazing at screens, a study finds.

Ohio Supreme Court rules that police dashcam videos are public records
Could the decision preview how the justices might rule on a separate case regarding body cameras, as police departments and lawmakers nationwide grapple with changing technology?

Walter Scott mistrial: early test for Trump on civil rights
The mistrial in the case of a police officer who shot a fleeing black man has turned attention to an upcoming federal civil rights case. How Trump handles it could be revealing. 

Florida voters sue for recount: A call to address election issues? (+video)
Three Florida voters have sued for a recount of all paper ballots in Florida, adding to growing pressure for change before the 2018 election.

Why Trump says he wants to ditch plans for new Air Force One (+video)
Donald Trump tweeted that Boeing’s contract to build the next Air Force One should be canceled due to its high price tag.

Republican elector refuses to vote for Trump
Christopher Suprun has appealed to his fellow elector's constitutional duty 'vote their conscience.'

Why a top Democrat is open to Trump's pick for Pentagon
Congress would need to issue a waiver to allow Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of Defense, a civilian position.

Who should pay for security at Trump Tower? (+video)
Mayor Bill de Blasio is reportedly sending a $35 million invoice to the White House for the cost of securing Trump Tower up through inauguration day.

US teens slip behind in global math scores. Is that a good benchmark?
The US ranked 35th in math on an international exam given to 15-year-olds in 2015. But some experts warn the American education system is too varied to make sweeping comparisons to other nations. 

How could the Pentagon have wasted $125 billion?
The Pentagon is reported to have buried a report detailing $125 billion of wasteful bureaucratic spending.

Democrats celebrate rare victory after N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory concedes
North Carolina's governor-elect may nudge the right-drifting state back toward the center, but he faces a Republican-controlled legislature.

Boston high-schoolers stage anti-Trump walkout. A lesson in democracy?
Concerned about their future under a Trump administration, high school students walked out of classes Monday afternoon and marched to the doorsteps of their elected officials.

Mistrial in Walter Scott police shooting sends strong message
Walter Scott's death had been seen as a clear-cut case of police using fatal force unnecessarily. But the mistrial shows how deferential jurors are to police judgment.

Turning schools around, at high speeds
If securing resources for the neediest students is a puzzle, new Topeka, Kan., Superintendent Tiffany Anderson does more than fit the pieces together. She creates pieces where none exist.

Joe Biden in 2020? (+video)
At a public appearance Monday, Joe Biden made a joke – or dropped a hint – about a 2020 presidential run.

Is Dylann Roof trying to sabotage his own trial?
Dylann Roof has elected to represent himself during the sentencing face of his federal trial related to the Charleston church shooting. Is he angling for life in prison or the death penalty?

Among black men, a spark of support for Donald Trump
Donald Trump won a tiny fraction of the black vote, but his economic message resonates among some black working-class men. 

What could US cities expect from Ben Carson as HUD secretary?
Ben Carson's lack of political experience makes him hard to predict. But as the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, he would have the power to shape – and likely shrink – the government's role in housing assistance.

Defense secretary: US, allies must remain in Iraq after ISIS defeat
In a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif., Defense Secretary Ashton Carter stressed the need for US and allied forces to ensure that the Islamic State does not reemerge.

First Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor: Why now?
Shinzo Abe's trip to Hawaii comes six months after President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima.

Who should take responsibility for 'Ghost Ship' fire in Oakland?
In the weeks leading up to the warehouse fire that killed dozens at the so-called Oakland Ghost Ship, city officials had fielded complaints about clutter inside and outside the illegal residence.

Gunman at Comet Ping Pong sought to 'self-investigate' fake Clinton report
A man who fired a semiautomatic rifle inside a Washington, D.C., pizza shop on Sunday said that he was investigating a fake news report that Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief had been running a child sex ring out of the restaurant.

Why are Americans more tolerant of torture than other nations?
Americans are more open to torture than several of its allies and enemies, according to a new report. What does that say about how the US sees global conflict?

Did Petraeus and Clinton risk spilling bigger secrets than Snowden?
The president-elect has called for one prosecution, one execution, and one promotion.

How Bowe Bergdahl's lawyers are preparing for a Trump presidency
If President Obama does not grant Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's clemency request before leaving office, Sgt. Bergdahl's attorneys say they will attempt to get the charges of desertion and misbehavior dismissed. 

Standing Rock: Veterans say they are there to help
The leader of the 'Veterans Stand for Standing Rock' group met with tribal elders, who asked veterans to help out protesters but not directly engage with law enforcement.

As DC prepares for inauguration, Trump opponents prepare too
The inauguration will draw a range of supporters for the new President, but marches in opposition are also planned.

Toll rising as crews dig through Oakland warehouse fire
At least twenty-four have died when a fire broke out at an electronic dance music party in a converted warehouse, known to locals as the "Ghost Ship."

The recount war: why Stein, Trump supporters are fighting out it in court
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced late Saturday she will ask a federal court to force a recount in Pennsylvania, while president-elect Donald Trump and his allies battle vote audits in Wisconsin and Michigan. 

Why several neighbors in Washington, D.C. are raising rainbow flags
Several of Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s new neighbors are flying gay pride flags on their property to show solidarity with the LGBT community and their opposition to Mr. Pence’s policies surrounding gay marriage and rights.

NFL Week 13 picks: New York Giants at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers face a must-win this Sunday as they host one of the NFL’s hottest teams in the New York Giants.

What Louisiana's Senate seat means for Democrats across the country
Celebrities, Democratic heavyweights, and people from across the United States have donated to Democrat Foster Campbell's Senate campaign, in the hope that the party can close the 2016 election season with a runoff victory next week.

Merriam-Webster's plea: It's not too late to block 'fascism' as word of the year
The Merriam-Webster dictionary Tweeted earlier this week that 'fascism' is the most looked-up word so far in 2016, making it likely to become the word of the year.

Will President Obama pardon Bowe Bergdahl?
US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 to draw attention to what he saw as leadership problems.