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Sen. Boxer, liberal lion from California, to retire after 2016

The news that Sen. Barbara Boxer would not run for her Senate seat again after nearly four decades in public life was a watershed moment for California and for her fellow Democrats, signifying the end of a political career that has come to embody Bay Area liberalism.<p>Her announcement also set off a …

Calif. liberal Barbara Boxer to retire from Senate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Barbara Boxer, one of the Democratic Party's staunchest liberals, announced Thursday she will not seek re-election in 2016.<p>The California senator, first elected in 1992, is currently in her fourth term. She previously served 10 years in the U.S. House of Representatives.<p>"I am …

OBAMA: Enjoy Your Gas Savings Because They Won't Last Forever

The decline in gas prices has effectively served as a tax cut for American consumers.<p>But President Barack Obama is warning Americans that this won't last forever.<p>In an interview with The Detroit News' David Shepardson, Obama said Americans should use the savings wisely.<p>"I would strongly advise …

CONAN O'BRIEN: Paris Shooting 'Hits Home'

He continued by saying that no one should have to "think twice before making a joke":<p>In this country, we take it for granted it's our right to poke fun at the untouchable or the sacred, but today's tragedy in Paris reminds us, very viscerally, that it's a right some people are forced to die for. So …

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Couple accused of burning child with lighter plead not guilty

A man and his girlfriend pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging they used a lighter to burn his 6-year-old daughter in February.<p>Appearing in …

Zimmerman Trail closure highlights need for alternate route

The closure in March of Zimmerman Trail for a stabilization project after a rock slide has drawn attention to alternative routes connecting Molt Road …

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Jon Stewart Shames The NCAA: 'If They're Broke, Why Fix It?' (VIDEOS)

"The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart brilliantly went after the NCAA on Thursday. Using the recent comments by UConn basketball star Shabazz Napier about athletes going to bed hungry as a starting point, Stewart tore into the NCAA. From its lucrative television contract for March Madness to its …

Sebelius out, Obama nominates new health secretary

President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who currently directs the White House budget office, to be the next health secretary, the Cabinet official who's ultimately responsible for overseeing Obamacare.<p>Obama praised the outgoing secretary, Kathleen …