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Johnny Waller Jr. cooks lunch with his 8-year-old daughter, Alexandria, in his apartment in Kansas City, Mo. Because of his felony drug conviction, Waller was barred from receiving food stamps when he was out of work caring for his son Jordyn, who had cancer. (Brian Turner/Stateline/TNS)

States rethink restrictions on food stamps, welfare for drug felons

Friday, July 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — Johnny Waller Jr.’s 1998 felony drug conviction has haunted him since the day he left a Nebraska prison in 2001. Waller, now 38, applied for 175 jobs without getting one. He had trouble getting a federal loan for college because of his drug conviction, so he started his own janitorial business, in Kansas City, Mo. And when his … 0

Dentist who shot Cecil the lion finds himself in a legal thicket

Friday, July 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — A 115-year-old U.S. law that’s grown like kudzu now hangs over the head of the Minnesota dentist who shot Cecil the lion. But it’s one of the Supreme Court’s newest decisions that could shape how officials may handle angry members of the public who have raged against the bow-and-arrow wielding dentist, … 0

Despite bombing, Islamic State is no weaker than a year ago

Friday, July 31, 2015

WASHINGTON — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. U.S. military commanders on the ground aren’t disputing the assessment, but they point to … 0

Penn. congressman indicted on charges of racketeering

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., and four associates were indicted Wednesday on racketeering conspiracy charges stemming from several alleged schemes to misuse campaign funds and hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grant money to further their political and financial interests. The five schemes include accepting … 0

Olympic officials insist on US bid for 2024 games

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The International Olympic Committee is continuing to pressure the U.S. to submit a replacement for Boston’s failed 2024 Summer Games bid. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, IOC President Thomas Bach said the U.S. Olympic Committee had earlier promised to be part of the bidding cycle. “We are sure the … 0

LAPD investigation into Bill Cosby could help establish pattern of abuse

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Of the many misconduct allegations made by women against Bill Cosby in Los Angeles over the decades, L.A. police are actively investigating only one. It involves claims by a woman who says Cosby, who has … 0

Congress works toward highway fund stopgap before August recess

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — Congress is poised to avert a looming shutdown of federal highway accounts with passage of a temporary measure that will keep operations funded for the next three months, but the move creates a possible new crisis point for the fall. The House approved a compromise stopgap … 0

Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead for 2 years

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital — an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country’s fragile peace process. If … 0

Nation and World Briefs, July 30

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Turkish airstrikes complicate US fight against Islamic State ANKARA, Turkey — President Barack Obama’s stepped-up partnership with Turkey in fighting the Islamic State may come at the cost of alienating another key group he’s counting on for help … 0

Prison worker pleads guilty in killers’ escape

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — A prison worker who was “in over her head” with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who … 0

Obama delivers frank words about Africa’s problems

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Barack Obama arrived in East Africa with no big American aid packages, no ramped up U.S. military resources for fighting terror groups and no new initiatives with billions in government backing. Instead, he … 0

Scientists worry about arms race in AI

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LONDON — Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence. In an open letter with hundreds of signatories, the … 0

Goodell upholds Brady’s suspension

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEW YORK — The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of “Deflategate.” Then the players’ union said it would take it all to court. … 0