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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

Cosby team’s PR move may be too late

Monday, July 27, 2015

NEW YORK — Bill Cosby’s legal team is not going to take it anymore. Last week, a new public face appeared in Monique Pressley, defending the once-beloved comic performer now beleaguered by allegations of sexual assault from dozens … 0

Judge says she did not involuntarily commit Louisiana theater gunman

Monday, July 27, 2015

CARROLLTON, Ga. — The gunman responsible for last week’s deadly attack in a Louisiana movie theater was delivered by deputies to a hospital for a mental evaluation in 2008 after his family said he was a danger to … 0

FDA bans some Mexican cilantro after feces found in fields

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration is banning imports of some fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico, after a government investigation found human feces and toilet paper in growing fields there. The FDA announced the partial ban Monday after cilantro imported from the state of Puebla was linked … 0

S.C. senator proposes $100M to help cops buy body cameras

Monday, July 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — After several violent high-profile incidents involving police and citizens in his home state and around the country, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., on Monday announced a $100 million proposal to help local police agencies buy body-worn cameras … 0

Nation and World Briefs, July 28

Monday, July 27, 2015

NSA to stop using, eventually destroy American calling records WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining — and will ultimately destroy — millions of American calling records it collected … 0

Planned Parenthood videos: No sign of issue fading

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WASHINGTON — Two stealthily recorded videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they provide aborted fetal organs for research. The videos have put the group and its Democratic allies on the defensive. It’s unclear how long the political … 0

Ruling unlikely to free immigrant families from detention soon

Sunday, July 26, 2015

HOUSTON — A federal judge has ruled that hundreds of immigrant women and children held in U.S. detention facilities should be released because their detention violates conditions of a 1997 court settlement that put restrictions on how migrant children are held. The ruling Friday was the latest blow … 0

2016 Republicans use Trump, TV to make debate cut

Sunday, July 26, 2015

AMES, Iowa — Rick Perry is attacking Donald Trump’s credibility and branding the billionaire businessman “a cancer on conservatism.” Rick Santorum, a conservative stalwart, popped up on a TV program popular with liberals. Lindsey Graham set his cellphone … 0

Obama: Kenya at ‘crossroads’ between peril and promise

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya — Declaring Kenya at a “crossroads” between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father’s birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal citizens, and take responsibility … 0

141 civilians die in Yemen attack, by Saudi coalition say medics

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SANAA, Yemen — The death toll in a Saudi-led coalition bombing in Yemen’s central province of Taiz has risen to at least 141 civilians, medical workers said Sunday. The attack Saturday in Taiz’s port town of Mokha was … 0