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Police officers 'keenly aware' they are targets for violence

The detective, a 20-year veteran of the force, was shot as he sat in his vehicle Sunday after making a traffic stop. One died while the other was shot twice in the face but was expected to survive. "Officers are at tremendous and growing risk; they're being targeted because of the uniform they wear and the job they do", said Craig W. Floyd, president of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

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Ohio State University attacker hailed as 'a soldier of the Islamic State'

A police officer fatally shot Artan within a minute of the attack. He was a student at Ohio State who had once criticized the media for its portrayal of Muslims. Artan's mother said she didn't know anything was wrong until police showed up at her door, said Hassan Omar, president of the Somali Community Association, relating an in-person conversation he had with the mother Monday afternoon.

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Dog who loves Santa toy gets to meet the real thing

Kya's owners, John Montaldo, 16, and sister Angelina, 19, of Florida, bought the dog a Santa chew toy past year around Christmas and she fell in love with it. Sitting on her idol's lap was quite an event for Kya, and the pictures have gone viral. The two thought Kya would love to meet Santa Claus, and they were right.

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Vanderbilt beats Tennessee 45-34

CONTAINING DOBBS: Vanderbilt's chances of pulling the upset depend on whether the Commodores can slow down Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs , who has thrown three touchdown passes and has run for two more scores in each of his last two games.

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Local reaction to Mosque hate letters

The letter calls Muslims a "vile and filthy" people and refers to President-elect Donald Trump as the "new sheriff in town". President-elect Donald Trump , who talked of tracking Muslims and barring them from the USA during the campaign, afterward urged everyone to stop spreading hate.

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Plane carrying Brazilian football team crashes in Colombia

According to aviation authorities, the plane declared an emergency at around 10 p.m on Monday due to electrical failure. A plane carrying 72 people on board crashed on its way to Medellin's global airport in Colombia , local authorities said Tuesday.

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U.S. shoppers spend less over holiday weekend amid discounting

More than 122 million consumers plan to take part, up from 121 million a year ago, the NRF said. Holiday shoppers spent less money over the Black Friday weekend than in 2015, another sign that United States consumers remain wary about opening their wallets without deep discounts .

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Oil price rallies as OPEC output cut grows more likely

Within a week, oil was trading above $50. What's more, even if OPEC's membersagree to detailed production cuts , countries could always cheat and fail to reduce output in practice. Some analysts including Morgan Stanley and Macquarie have said oil prices will correct sharply if OPEC fails to reach a deal, potentially going as low as $35 USA per barrel.

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Pelosi's Proposed 'Reforms' Would 'Consolidate Her Power,' Ryan Says

Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.). Supporters said the 76-year-old Pelosi was their best bet to confront a President Donald Trump from a defensive crouch in the minority after Democrats' picked up only a half-dozen seats in the House , far fewer than anticipated.

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Photo shows San Francisco's Millennium Tower sinking from space

The 58-story building has sunk 16 inches since it opened in 2009. Despite numerous lawsuits against the building's developer, and involving the City of San Francisco, the developer, Millennium Partners, reportedly insists Millennium Towers is safe for occupants and suggests that it could withstand an quake.

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Pelosi challenger steps up criticism ahead of leadership fight

The post is held by Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. Pelosi also named two-term California colleague Eric Swalwell to co-chair the panel responsible for making committee assignments. Pelosi's backers reminded detractors that House Democrats are now in a "comeback situation" without a Democratic president in office - a dynamic similar to 2000 when Bush took office after a fiercely partisan, closely contested election.

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Judge grants Dylann Roof's request to act as his own lawyer

Therefore, once Roof was found competent to stand trial on Friday, it was inevitable that the Federal Judge would grant his motion for self-representation. "After carefully considering the record before the court, the relevant legal standards and the arguments of counsel, the court now finds and concludes that the defendant is competent to stand trial ", Gergel said at the competency hearing.

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Charleston Shooting Accused To Represent Himself At Trial

Seven potential jurors have been qualified in the federal death penalty trial of the white man accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners at a SC church. With considerable reluctance, the judge in the case has granted a motion by the defendant to allow him to act as his own attorney. Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that provides information and analysis about the death penalty, said it was not common for ...

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Trump Savors Seductive Dinner Date With Beaten Dog

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney arrives to talk with reporters after eating dinner with President-elect Donald Trump at Jean-Georges restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. Bob Corker, who is also being considered more seriously for the diplomatic post, and Mitt Romney , who has become a symbol of the internal divisions agitating the transition team.

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Parade of Lights, Santa visit set for Saturday

Those wishing to enter a float in the parade are asked to call Fryer at 217-248-9755 or send her an email at annefryer9755@gmail.com. The parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Black and Deb Schultz were the only committee members this year, but had help from the Boy Scouts Troop 52 and Sigourney High School Key Club and other volunteers to help the event run effectively.

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Pelosi challenger: House Dems need new message and messenger

One former House Democrat, speaking anonymously on the sensitive subject, said by that measure alone Pelosi deserves to remain in place. It was the most serious leadership challenge the 76-year-old Pelosi has faced during the 14 years she's led the House Democrats as they have moved from the minority into the majority and then back into the minority.

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Pelosi re-elected to US House Democratic leadership post

Ryan, an Ohio Democrat, announced plans earlier this month to challenge Pelosi, the California Democrat who served four years as speaker before Republicans won back the House in 2011. The efficacy of the ruling party typically plays an important role in deciding down ballot races, so the first two years of Donald Trump's administration may have a deciding factor in the Democrats' success.

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Roof must deal with judge after firing lawyers

More than two-dozen more will be called to court on Wednesday. Roof joins a long line of high-profile defendants who acted as their own attorneys, often with poor results. The self-described white supremacist who dismissed his nationally recognized defense team can not rely on them as co-counselors as he faces trial in the killing of nine black parishioners, the federal judge overseeing the case made clear Tuesday morning.

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France says USA must comply fast with WTO Boeing ruling

Boeing, however, responded that the filing applied to a portion of one complaint from the European Union as part of a long-running spat between the Chicago-based company and French rival Airbus. The ruling from a WTO panel is the latest blow in a drawn out transatlantic battle between the aviation industry's two titans, which has seen both Airbus and Boeing score points along the way.

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Justice Scalia on Why Americans Can Burn the Flag

The president-elect's tweet is a direct conflict with free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. In the 1989 case "Texas v. It's a pattern of pushing back against fundamental pillars of our democracy: elections, free speech, Supreme Court decisions . "I do not approve of burning the flag", McCain told Raju .

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Cyber Monday sales biggest online shopping day in U.S. history

Sony's PlayStation 4 was the most popular electronics item on Cyber Monday. And Black Friday shopper visits were flat with 2015. Now, more retailers are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day and starting their discounting earlier in the month.

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Tuesday weather: Glimpses of the sun, with highs in the 50s

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 63. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 10 miles per hour in the morning. Thursday night: Mostly clear with a low around 34. Tonight Cloudy, with a low around 35. Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Sunday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

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Cirque du Soleil "Luzia" employee dies in San Francisco

A call was made to 911 at 6:30 p.m., police said. He was a technician, Cirque du Soleil told KRON4. Cirque du Soleil released a statement about the death late Tuesday night. It could not provide further information about the employee because his family had not been reached. The incident comes just days after former Australian Olympic gymnast Lisa Skinner was injured in a fall during a Cirque du Soleil show in Brisbane, according to worldwide media reports.

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Governor Dalrymple: Supplies Will Not be Blocked from DAPL Protesters

On Nov. 24, the Army Corps of Engineers announced orders to evacuate the Standing Rock Sioux encampment to established "free speech zones" instead, saying anyone located at the camp after December 5 could be charged with trespassing. The current proposed route, however, would take it through four states, stretching 1,172 miles to connect areas with oil in North Dakota to southern IL.

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Calls for US Electoral College out of 'contempt' for US law

The win in MI puts Trump over the 300 mark for electoral votes. "Quite honestly, Mr. Trump is not the president-elect", said Polly Baca, an elector from Colorado, noting that Trump is not technically president-elect until the electoral votes have been compiled by the Electoral College .

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Win Nu Metro Movie Tickets: Fantastic Beasts

There's a lot still to find out about the future of this franchise, but the seeds are all being planted in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in some fashion, starting on November 18. Writing for the New York Post , Kyle Smith claimed the film is a "gay liberation epic" and might be the "gayest superhero movie since X-Men: First Class".

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Romney Totally Changes His Tune After Dinner With Trump

On Tuesday, he met senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The 2010 healthcare overhaul, aimed at expanding insurance coverage to millions more Americans, triggered a long, bitter fight between the White House and congressional Republicans, who said it created unwarranted government intervention in personal healthcare and private industry.

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Donald Trump dines with Mitt Romney as Secretary of State speculation continues

Mitt Romney has huddled twice with President-elect Donald Trump in the past two weeks. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump sits at a table for dinner with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) and his choice for White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L) at Jean-Georges at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in NY, U.S., November 29, 2016.

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Smith goes from caretaker to playmaker in win over Broncos

A 64-yard completion to Emmanuel Sanders in the fourth was followed by a go-ahead 35-yard touchdown to him two plays later. Hill, a former sprinter who combines blazing speed with his skills as a runner and receiver, returned a kick 86 yards for a touchdown, ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass during Kansas City's 30-27 overtime victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.

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President Obama answers rumor of Michelle Obama running for office

But I joke that she's too sensible to want to be in politics". Clinton asked, as a crowd in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, answered with cheers.Mrs. Obama declared the feeling mutual. That I can tell you, ' Obama said. And so I can take great pride in the work we've done. - The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 29, 2016Today, @ FLOTUS welcomed some of our nation's military families for a first look at the White House holiday decor.

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No charges for Charlotte cop in Keith Lamont Scott shooting

R. Andrew Murray, the Mecklenburg County district attorney, said during a news conference that he was "entirely convinced" that Police officer Brentley Vinson "was lawful in using deadly force". Vinson then shoots Scott four times. He pointed to questions surrounding the officers' approach in the moments before the shooting, noting that Rakeyia Scott could be heard on video informing officers that Keith Scott had previously suffered a traumatic brain injury.

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Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag

The politicians were joined by White House chief of staff Reince Priebus for the fancy four-course meal inside the President elect's Trump International Hotel in NY. The former MA governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee called the meeting with Trump a "very thorough and in-depth discussion". She was the first Asian-American woman to serve in a president's Cabinet, as labor secretary under George W.

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Why Trump's Nominee for Health Secretary, Tom Price, Is Completely Terrifying

Trump, a Republican , also announced his choice on Tuesday of Elaine Chao, labor secretary under President George W. Bush, to serve as secretary of transportation, saying in a statement her expertise would be an asset "in our mission to rebuild our infrastructure".

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Trump taps 'Obamacare' foe, champion of privatizing Medicare

But Trump's picks to head the USA health department and its top regulator on Tuesday, along with his recent softening on some aspects of the existing law, is a sign to some sector insiders that instead of chaos, an orderly transition of up to three years to replace it with a plan that healthcare companies actually want could be in store.

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Pitt Hands Maryland Its First Loss, 73-59

When Pitt's Chris Jones crashed to the floor in pursuit of a loose ball and scooped it up with less than three minutes to play, he was greeted at the bench by teammates and coaches standing and emphatically applauding his effort. The ACC-Big Ten Challenge win brought a sly smile to his face, basking in the emotions of a victory in front of a hostile crowd in Pitt's first true road game, yet it was only one checkmark on a to-do list that he hopes ends with proving the Panthers' preseason ...


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