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When voters cast ballots for state representatives last fall, millions of Americans essentially had no choice: In 42 percent of all such elections, candidates faced no major party opponents.Political scientists say a major reason for the lack of … more
WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada said Friday he opposes the GOP bill that would scuttle much of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, complicating the task party leaders face in guiding the banner legislation through … more
Keith RidlerAssociated PressBOISE, Idaho — Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound landmark change locations. Especially one that's alive.But workers in Idaho will attempt just that starting Friday. A massive sequoia sent to Boise … more
Donald Trump may be uniquely suited to push for Middle East peace: the Israelis as well as key Arab players, each for their own reasons, are all looking like admirers who seek to please. But out-of-the-box thinking will be needed … more
DETROIT — The Canadian man charged with stabbing a police officer at the Flint airport in a possible act of terrorism was a part-time caretaker at the Montreal apartment building where he lived and had once studied to sell insurance, a … more
LOS ANGELES — Bill Cosby will organize a series of town hall meetings to help educate young people about problems their misbehavior could create, a spokesman for Cosby said Thursday.Cosby is eager to get back to work following a deadlocked … more
HELENA, Mont. — Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer … more
SALEM, Ore. — Some folks in Oregon might not want to ask, when served an elk burger or a venison steak, where the meat came from.Under a roadkill bill passed overwhelmingly by the Legislature and signed by the governor, motorists who crash … more
DENVER — A recent insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana.The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, said in study results released Thursday that collision claims in … more
WASHINGTON — Hypocrisy has always been a vital lubricant to making the gears turn in Washington. Give politicians some power and a job to get done, and they quickly forget their righteous critiques of the seamy practices they denounced when … more
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