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House must move fast to oust Obamacare

Sen. Thom Tillis was more direct when asked about where he stands on the competing ideas: "I'm all about flawless, but I'll settle for good". Senator Rand Paul , R-Ken., went in search of the bill on Thursday but was prevented from obtaining a copy of the legislation.

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Clear the air, appoint special commission to probe Russian meddling

The New York Times reported on the Obama administration's late-stage scramble to preserve intelligence linking the Trump campaign to Russian Federation. Hayden said. A "former senior American official" claims Sessions met with the Russian ambassador despite testimony before the Senate that he had no contact with the Russians.

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A Federal Judge Just Ruled Against Trump's New Transgender Policy

Lambda Legal filed the suit in October on behalf of the three students after the district in September adopted Resolution 2, the new policy restricting transgender bathroom use. Hornak granted a preliminary injunction against the district, saying the three had demonstrated a likelihood of success for their claim that it violated their constitutionally-guaranteed rights of equal protection, court documents showed.

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Truck goes airborne, crashes during police chase

It ended when the truck hit spike strips, swerved and went flying into the air, landing on top of another auto. Police stopped the Tacoma for speeding on the highway, while Austin was in the passenger's seat. It ended after the truck ran over spike strips placed in road, causing Austin to lose control of the vehicle and send it flying into the parking lot of a restaurant.

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Passengers kicked off United Airlines flight after asking fellow travelers about bombs

United Airlines spokesman Jonathan Guerin told The Washington Post the man and woman who were escorted off the plane were able to get on a later flight to Houston. "This is not Trump's America", the woman filming him said. In January, a women was kicked off an Alaskan Airlines flight for berating a man who supported President Donald Trump.

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Dylann Roof Plotted a Second Massacre, but Then This Happened

Prosecutors said Roof, now 22, shut off his Global Positioning System device, something they say indicates he stopped the auto. That church also has a predominantly African-American congregation and held a Bible study meeting on the night Roof drove to it.

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Man In Photos Now 'Main Suspect' In 2 Girls' Deaths

Sergeant Kim Riley says evidence has led investigators to believe that the man in a photo released last week, at the very least, participated in the deaths of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams. "He's going to be our main suspect at this time", he said. "Everyone is calling us from everywhere", a spokesperson for the Delphi Police told ABC News .

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Essex DA: 2 people found dead in house in Peabody

The Essex County District Attorney's Office announced that Michael Hebb, 45, of Peabody was taken into custody shortly after noon on Monday without incident in connection with the double homicides that occurred in Peabody over the weekend. Blodgett said police had to use an X-ray machine to identify the victims. "The crime scene is very hard right now, it's quite messy", said Blodgett.

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Officer pushes burning truck away from restaurant

A pickup truck erupted into flames while in the drive-thru lane at a Jack in the Box restaurant. He was able to get his wife and daughter out of the truck safely before it burst into flames. The Glenn Heights Police Department congratulated Womack for ensuring no one was injured in the incident. The Glenn Heights Police Department posted the video on its Facebook and wrote, " I would like to commend Officer Chris Womack ".

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Man convicted of murder almost four decades after NY boy's disappearance

Defense lawyers also pointed to a different man who was long the prime suspect - a convicted Pennsylvania child molester who made incriminating remarks about Etan's case in the 1990s and who had dated a woman acquainted with the Patzes. "The Patz family has waited a long time, but we've finally found some measure of justice for our wonderful little boy, Etan", his father, Stanley Patz, said through his tears.

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Engineers Assess Spillway Problem at Oroville Dam

Cal Fire crews, for instance, have been tapped to clear up to 100 acres of trees and brush between the lip of the emergency spillway and the river. Cracks in the spillway, and a hole estimated to be 300 feet wide, are evident, and water flowing erratically down the spillway was gradually reduced Tuesday until it was shut off completely.

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Arizona mother deported to Mexico in immigration action

Garcia's immigration case underwent review at multiple levels of the immigration court system, including the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the judges held she did not have a legal basis to remain in the US", she said . After reporting for her normal check-in with ICE, she never came out. Her lawyer, Ray Ybarra-Maldonado, said he has submitted a request to stay her deportation.

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Winter Weather Watch Issued for Many Ahead of Big Storm on Thursday

The weather service issued a blizzard warning for some coastal areas. Winter storm watch extends from coastal ME down through southern New Hampshire, northern Maryland - including north of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Inland, the snow will fall heavily, but there will not be as much wind. "A Winter Storm Watch has already been issued for areas north and west of Philadelphia, where over 6" may fall in spots.

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Madeleine Albright, and Mayim Bialik Stand Up to Muslim Ban

Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. During his campaign, Mr. Trump promised to enforce "extreme vetting" and suspend immigration from certain Muslim countries, so it would not be surprising if he were to issue an executive action on Muslims entering the US, aimed at bolstering national security.

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1984 tops Amazon's charts as Trump continues to lie

The boost in popularity is likely due to numerous comparisons between Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway's "alternative facts" and the " newspeak " rhetoric used by the authoritarian government in the novel. 1 spot on the Amazon list? "This brings us to "1984" doublethink, where war is really peace, where starvation is really plenty. That's what's happening here", political historian Allan Lichtman added.

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4 dead after tornado rips through south Mississippi

Photos posted on the university's Twitter feed showed vehicles in a parking lot flipped over and parts of a brick building ripped down. Mississippi Power Company said 8,314 customers were without power after the storm. The university tweeted that the Hattiesburg campus is closed until further notice: "Students are being escorted from campus". A tornado watch was in effect for parts of Alabama through most of Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said.

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North country residents gear up for Washington Women's March

I'm planning to go the Women's March in Montreal, held at the same time as the larger demonstration in D.C. Of course, the Women's March - which is set to be held the day after Donald Trump's inauguration - is a big deal... "I'm wanting my presence to make a statement", she said. "I've seen a very different grassroots response from the general public on a wide scale to the refugee crisis, and I think that that shows where Canadian values truly are".

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Taylor Trupiano, Michigan man, ticketed for warming vehicle in driveway

Using a remote starter is okay because the key isn't in the auto. "I was furious when I saw it", Taylor said. "I was in and out in probably about seven to eight minutes", Trupiano said. Despite the dozens of questions raised about the ticket, local law enforcement said they're standing by it. Taylor, 24, left the vehicle idling unlocked at his girlfriend's house on a frigid morning last week.

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Honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King

Day holiday on Monday and that will affect local garbage pick up. The Plainfield Area Club of Frontiers International will hold its Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty and staff are invited to the 2017 UW-Madison MLK Day Celebration from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan.

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Mom, boyfriend charged in 'rape-murder fantasy' death of teen girl

Sara Packer was also charged Saturday with 17 criminal counts, including homicide, kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, several counts of conspiracy and other offenses, and was expected to be arraigned in district court on Sunday afternoon. In the days before her daughter's limbless body was discovered, Packer was captured on CCTV buying a bow saw and two extra blades at a tractor supply store in Richland Township.

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Lakeland Square mall losing anchor with Macy's closure

Although Macy's has been doing well online, traffic continues to decline in brick-and-mortar stores, which Macy's relies on for the majority of its business, Lundgren said. "I don't think there are any happy endings", said Mark Cohen, a retail studies professor at New York's Columbia Business School and a former Sears Canada CEO.

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Inmate climbed basketball hoop, scaled fence to escape, police say

Two Wyatt employees have since been placed on administrative leave, warden Daniel Martin said. They say he escaped from a detention center in Central Falls, Rhode Island during recreation time. Lugo said she last saw Morales walking toward a Tedeschi convenience store. Morales remains on the run and police said he may be in MA, or he could also be in another state by now.

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Cotton Bowl: 5 NFL Draft Prospects to Watch

Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl. Wisconsin scored on its first two drives and pushed the Broncos off the ball at the point of attack. Coach P.J. Fumagalli caught six passes for 83 yards on the day, including a 26-yard reception on third down that allowed the Badgers to run the final couple minutes off the clock.

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Several people stuck on Knott's Berry Farm ride in California

Eighteen adventure seekers at Knott's Berry Farm got a taste of real-life terror Friday as they were stranded for hours 125 feet above the ground aboard a malfunctioning ride. The theme park was unable to lower it, and had to call firefighters for help. Fire crews tried several mechanical methods to get the people out - but finally made a decision to use ropes with a 9,000-pound test strength.

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Neighbors anxious for missing Mays Landing woman and great-granddaughter still not found

Neighbors on Mimosa Court are concerned for Barbara Briley, 71, who was reported missing with her 5-year-old great-granddaughter on Christmas Day. Police have said they were toldthe two appeared to be in good health when seen at the station.

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Kettle campaign goes over the top

The money raised by the campaign provides funding for programs from drug rehabilitation and the homeless shelter to job skill training and utility assistance. But Dobbs said the Salvation Army has been seeing about double that number since the end of October. "We don't want anybody to be in danger". With just five days left in 2016, the Salvation Army is hoping that folks will consider them when it comes to their year-end donations.

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Bears close out season with 31-12 victory over Boise State

Assistant coach Phil Bennett finally got his defensive unit to step up, forcing three Boise State turnovers and recording four sacks on the night. McNichols has rushed for 1,663 rushing yards and a conference-leading 23 rushing touchdowns this season.

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House Republicans have a plan to prevent another Democratic sit

The newly proposed policy, which would have to be approved by the full House when they return in January, would fine a member $500 for the first offense and $2,500 for any subsequent offenses. Angry Democrats chanted "No bill, no break!" and waved pieces of paper with the names of gun victims, continuing their protest in the well of the House even as the House voted on a previously scheduled and unrelated measure to overturn an Obama veto.

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Former Mark Sanford consultant hired for Trump communications office

Miller has reportedly started composing an initial draft of the speech with Trump's transition team, touching upon major themes such as border security, jobs and outsourcing, and the economy. "I anticipate keeping on supporting the President-elect from outside after my work on the Transition finishes up". Speaking with MSNBC, Conway said she expects Trump will ask her to continue serving as a "discreet adviser" and somebody who "supports him in his effective connecting and communicating with ...

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Churches ready for Christmas services

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will hold their annual Christmas Eve Communion service Saturday, Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls , 5023 Lindale: The Very Rev. A casual service with carols and a short devotional will be at 9 a.m. December 25, with Sunday school cancelled. Christmas Day: 8 a.m. Eucharist; 10 a.m.

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Metro Atlanta's Jobless Rate Dips To 4.8 Percent

Monroe County remains with the highest rate in the state at 9.0 percent, down from 9.1 percent in October. Jefferson County: The unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 percent in November from the revised rate of 7 percent in October. Nassau's rate declined from 4.0 percent in October, while Suffolk's declined from 4.2 percent in that month. In November 2015, the metro area registered 5.1 percent unemployment .

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Former E! Reality Star Lisa Marie Naegle Was Found Murdered

They tracked down surveillance video that showed Naegle entering Rogers' black SUV after the party and driving off, her sister, Danielle Naegle-Kaimona, told KABC-TV News. She was last seen with Rogers, 34, and her body was later found near his home. As Radar previously reported, the married former reality show contestant , 36, was reported missing after a night of partying.

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West Virginia loses nearly 10000 residents over past year

Florida is one of the nation's fastest-growing states. Utah topped the list of fastest growing states at 2 percent, and most of the others were in the South and West. New Jersey remained the 11th most populous state, but with a narrowing gap over Virginia. Southwestern Utah was ahead of the statewide growth rate, according to estimates released earlier this month out of the Kem C.

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Taliban video shows sons born to kidnapped US, Canadian couple

Boyle and Coleman were kidnapped by the Taliban while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012, and have remained hostages of the Haqqani network ever since. Coleman and her husband have appeared previously in videos, but this was the first with their children. Canadian Department of Global Affairs spokesman Michael O'Shaughnessy said officials were reviewing the video.

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3-year-old boy killed in apparent road rage incident, police say

The woman drove away unharmed and called police, who arrived later and found the boy in the vehicle outside a department store. No arrest has been made in the case. At least one of the bullets hit the boy. The little boy was rushed to nearby hospital where he was declared dead. Authorities initially said the shooting occurred at the store.

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Dylann Roof trial verdict: Guilty

Jurors may hear directly from Roof later. Sheppard recalled to the jury that Roof said he wouldn't kill her, so that she could tell the story of what happened. "The guilt phase in the case is now complete", judge Richard Gergel said before adjourning the court, and wishing the jurors happy holidays. Bruck attributed much of Roof's behaviors to things he had seen and learned on the Internet, and argued that his perception of reality had been severely warped.

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Area law enforcement looking for impaired drivers this holiday season

If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Arrange for a safe ride home or designate a sober driver before you start the party. Beginning Dec. 9, 2016 and continuing through January 1, 2017, local and state law enforcement officials will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated.

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Doomsday Plan: Who would replace Jim Harbaugh if he left?

Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh says he isn't leaving to coach the St. Louis Rams. Various reports linked Harbaugh as a candidate to replace Jeff Fisher, was was sacked by the Rams on Monday after a 4-9 start. "Try to manipulate them into going to some other school besides MI". "We know them as jive turkeys", Harbaugh said. "He said he's staying here, he ain't going nowhere", MI offensive lineman Erik Magnuson said (per MLive.com).

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Q2 Weather: A Winter Storm Warning continues for the Beartooth Mountains

All of West Michigan is in a winter weather advisory starting at 10 p.m. Saturday , Dec. 10, and lasting until 4 a.m. Monday . The heaviest snowfall rates will occur between 12PM and 6PM Sunday . The Winter Weather Advisory for south central Montana remains in effect until noon Saturday . A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow accumulations that may affect travel, the Weather Service said.

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Here's how early in pregnancy that Ohio's 'heartbeat bill' would ban abortions

On Thursday, the same state passed a second law banning abortion after 20 weeks , which is reflected in 18 other states' laws. The Ohio Senate had previously decided not to act on the twice-defeated bill, but with the election of Donald Trump, Senate President Keith Faber indicated new hope that Trump will appoint at least one anti-abortion justice to the U.S.