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Supreme Court orders stay of execution

FILE – In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo released by the Missouri Department of Corrections is death-row inmate Herbert Smulls who is scheduled to die by injection one minute after midnight Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 for killing St. Louis County jeweler Stephen Honickman in...

FACT CHECK: Obama and Medicare premiums

President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool) President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress...

Americans react to Obama’s address to nation

President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool) President Barack...

Editorial: In the State of the Union, opportunities to work together

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S patience with Congress is at an end. Or so he and his aides made it appear before his State of the Union address last night. The talk emanating from the White House was of executive action to boost the economy and fight inequality — measures the president...

Motley Crue retiring, plans 72 goodbye concerts

AP Photo/Richard Shotwell LOS ANGELES (AP) — Motley Crue is hanging up its guitars for good. The heavy metal band plans to say goodbye with 72 concerts in the United States and Canada before retiring. The rockers made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday in...

12 artists inducted into Musicians Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Musicians Hall of Fame inducted 12 new members across the genres, including bluesman Buddy Guy, British rock guitarist Peter Frampton and pedal steel player and country singer Barbara Mandrell. Also inducted during Tuesday’s ceremony in...

FACT CHECK: Less than meets eye in Obama speech

President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool) President Barack Obama delivers the State of Union address before a joint session of Congress...

Meyerson: Money made at others’ expense

“Sore winners” was the phrase critic John Powers came up with to describe the George W. Bush administration, but the term seems more lastingly applicable to those members of the 1 percent who decry the broad economic populism across the land. The most notoriously sore winners are...

Parker: The diminishing returns of a college education

President Obama is correct in wanting to make higher education more affordable and accessible, but Americans would also be correct in wondering just what they’re paying for. The need for a better-educated populace is beyond dispute. Without critical thinking skills and a...

Marcus: Republicans and the media flub their lines to women

When it comes to dealing with women — in particular, when it comes to dealing with issues of women, power and sexuality — there is a surprising parallel between bumbling Republicans and bumbling media. Republicans have a hard time talking about women and sexuality. The media have...