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Tennessee Wildfires: Memphis couple missing in Gatlinburg

The fire was exacerbated on Tuesday by what authorities have described as "hurricane-force" winds of up to 87 miles per hour. By late Tuesday night, officials estimated that 15,000 acres had burned during the previous two days at a quick rate.

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Despite disenchantment, House Democrats re-elect Pelosi

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, of Wisconsin, is refusing to say whether he voted for Nancy Pelosi to return as House minority leader. " Nancy Pelosi has been a true friend to the House Republicans, helping us achieve the largest majority since the 1920s", said NRCC Communications Director Katie Martin.

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Schumer Congratulates Elaine Chao on Transportation Nomination

Trump is planning to appoint Chao , who served under former President George W. Bush, to the post atop the transportation department on Tuesday afternoon, according to the reports . Chao's ethnicity has made her a target by McConnell's political foes in Kentucky. She updated overtime regulations for "white-collar" workers and rules meant to force unions to disclose more details on their financial condition to members.

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Carrier Says They Will Keep Some Jobs in Indiana

United Technologies collects about $5.6 billion in annual revenue from USA government contracts, according to company filings, which is equal to about 10% of its overall revenue. IN is home to some glaring examples. United Technologies has also planned to shutter a plant in Huntington, Ind., and transfer 700 jobs south of the border.

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Workers at O'Hare airport expected to strike over wages

A national "Fight for $15" protest November 29, that had many taking to the streets, found many commenting on Twitter as well. KSDK-TV reporter Casey Nolen tweeted that roughly two dozen protesters were arrested for blocking Hampton Avenue.

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House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader

However, because the vote will be held on a secret ballot , there is a though that the vote could be a lot closer than what is expected. The Democrats' difficulties can be seen elsewhere on Capitol Hill as well. The leadership vote revealed fractures in a House of Representatives Democratic caucus that's struggled to win seats as it becomes increasingly liberal and coastal, with the last white Democrat from the Deep South defeated in 2014 and the group of "blue dog" conservative/centrists ...

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Closing arguments set in trial in black motorist's death

After five week's of trial, Savage closed by asking the jury to question the message that would be sent to other officers if Slager is convicted of murder. As Mr. Slager reached for his radio, he claims Mr. Scott was able to pull the Taser from his hands and use the weapon against him. Slager is the white former North Charleston patrolman who repeatedly shot Walter Scott in the back a year ago as the unarmed black motorist tried to run from a traffic stop.

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Schumer Pushes Trump-pick Haley on Israel

Haley, an outspoken Trump critic throughout much of the presidential race, would become his first female - and first minority - Cabinet-level official if confirmed by the Senate. Ms Haley now resides in the Governor's Mansion in Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband Michael, her daughter Rena, her son Nalin and their dog Bentley.

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One dead, nine hurt in New Orleans' French Quarter

State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson called the shooting "horrific", but said there was "an enormous police presence" in the area when it occurred. The two shooters are still on the loose after the fight and shootout that happened on Bourbon Street near Iberville Sunday morning. Officers arrived at the scene and found nine victims with gunshot wounds of varying severity.

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Bourbon Street Shooting in New Orleans Leaves 1 Dead, 9 Others Injured

The shooting victims' ages ranged from 20 to 37. Victims included two women and eight men. Police say a man shot a bouncer after a fight at a nightclub. 27, 2016, in New Orleans . "This place is a crime scene", one officer said. New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison commented on the tragedy , per CNN .

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OSU attacker shouldn't have been in U.S.

Sandra Pavelka, vice-president of FGCU's faculty senate, said Tuesday. A March evaluation said Horujko dealt professionally with the university community and made sound decisions despite being a new officer. The top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence Committee says it seems clear that the attacker at Ohio State University had been radicalized online.

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Governor Pat McCrory files election complaints in 12 Eastern North Carolina counties

A formal protest was filed with the Bladen County Board of Elections to challenge several hundred absentee ballots, alleged to be fraudulent on Tuesday. "Any claims of "malfeasance" are nothing more than a desperate attempt by the McCrory campaign to overturn results of an election they have lost". The governor trails Democrat Roy Cooper by about 5,000 votes now.

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Son charged with killing, dismembering parents in Tennessee

Investigators said they each had multiple stab wounds and had been dismembered. The suspect attended LSU until past year. The bodies were dismembered and some of the remains were placed in an acid-based solution, authorities said. He lived in Baton Rouge, where he attended college, but had been visiting his parents over the Thanksgiving weekend, MacLean said. MacLean said that signs in the house indicate that his parents put up a struggle.

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Focus shifts to finding abductors after Sherri Papini returns home

Phone numbers for Papini and some of her family rang through Friday. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office listed Papini as a missing person who was at risk and search-and-rescue teams conducted both ground and aerial searches throughout the area, authorities said in a news release at the time.

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The flag burning controversy has Dallas roots

There is no enforcement mechanism. "It's very clear in the Constitution that they'll have to deal with that and wrestle with that, but we as Americans need to understand, and Trump needs to understand, that a ruling by the Supreme Court is not settled law".

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Donald Trump Wants To Outlaw Burning The American Flag

If it's burned again, it should be flown again. Click inside for more reactions from celebrities... Just three weeks after winning the election, Donald Trump tweeted a terrifying proposal for American flag burners to have their citizenship revoked.

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Jill Stein won't appeal rejection of hand count request

Stein's campaign expressed disappointment that the state would give counties the option of a hand recount or a machine recount, but said it would press ahead nonetheless. Twelve counties (Dunn, Forest, Green, Kewaunee, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Pepin, Racine, Rock, Sheboygan, Vilas and Waukesha) are doing recounts entirely by feeding ballots into an optical scanner, constituting 36 percent of ballots.

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Conflict rules hardly the same for president, others

Thomas Simons, money market economist with the Jefferies in NY, characterized the plans as containing "a lot of things that sound good" but offered few details about how they will be executed. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross talks with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in NY. Mnuchin says he and Ross are joining Trump's Cabinet, pending confirmation by the Senate.

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Tornado kills 3 in Alabama as storms cross South

In Ider, Alabama, four children and several adults were injured when a tornado flattened a daycare center, the National Weather Service said. Tornado warnings were also issued for two storms in north central MS, one northeast of Grenada and one moving east from Vaiden.

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FBI says Ohio State attacker may have been inspired by Islamic State

For about a half hour, officials took questions from the press and discussed the ongoing investigation of Abdul Razak Ali Artan. "We only believe he may have been inspired" by the group and Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric who took a leadership role in al-Qaida before being killed in 2011, said Angela Byers , an FBI agent leading the investigation.

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Trump Picks 2 Women for His Cabinet

President-elect Donald Trump is poised to offer the position of commerce secretary to the head of a private-equity firm, Wilbur Ross. Readers may recall how in May state lawmakers voted to override Haley's veto of providing $40 million in aid to SC farmers following the October 2015 floods.

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House Democrats re-elect Nancy Pelosi as leader

Supporters said the 76-year-old Ms Pelosi was their best bet to confront Donald Trump from a defensive crouch in the minority after Democrats picked up only half a dozen seats in the House, far fewer than anticipated. The party's new leaders will be chosen in a private meeting using secret ballots Wednesday, after current leaders made a decision to to push back the voting amid rumblings from some members that a pause and possibly a new leadership could be good for their caucus.

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1 of 2 inmates who escaped from California jail recaptured

A 35-year-old woman was arrested on Monday on suspicion of helping Chavez to escape, the Mercury News reported. A tip led authorities there, Neusel said, and some of $20,000 reward money will be shared with the person or people who helped the sheriff's office, he said.

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Southern Indiana woman missing in Florida

Numerous neighbors are still in shock, hopeful the woman will soon be found. Rachel Madison, 44, had been reported missing by her aunt after she didn't return from her run on the beach November 27. "We know generally that in the past [Jarvis] has been drawn to state parks and 24-hour businesses, like gas stations, but there are a lot of those between in and elsewhere".

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North Dakota borrows $7M more for pipeline protest costs

The Standing Rock Sioux tribe has opposed the project since its proposal in 2014. On Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered a letter to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stating that protesters will no longer be allowed in a portion of "Corps-managed federal property north of the Cannonball River " starting December 5.

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Child, mother file lawsuit in Chattanooga crash

He was jailed on $107,500 bail for a court appearance November 29 on charges that also included reckless driving and reckless endangerment. The driver of a school bus which crashed and killed five children in Chattanooga, Tennessee allegedly asked the children on board "are y'all ready to die?" before the collision, according to reports on Wednesday (23 November).

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Ohio St attacker died of gunshots to head, chest

Artan was shot and killed by a local policeman about a minute into the morning attack, officials said . Artan drove a vehicle up onto a sidewalk and plowed into a group of pedestrians shortly before 10 a.m. "It's the media that put that picture in their heads so they're just going to have it and it, it's going to make them feel uncomfortable", he is quoted as saying in the profile.

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Another death confirmed in Tennessee wildfires

Many buildings in Gatlinburg have been burned to their foundations, and hotel fire alarms echoed through empty streets lined with burned-out cars. Strong winds pushed the fires from the mountains into the more-inhabited areas Monday afternoon, destroying the homes and businesses in the Gatlinburg area, officials said .

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Wisconsin recount over suspected hacking will not be by hand

Stein _ who received just a tiny piece of the national vote _ also plans to ask for a recount in MI on Wednesday. "It's important if [Stein's] going to bring that, that the Clinton campaign be there". Their analysis showed Clinton could have lost up to 30,000 votes, a figure that would have caused her to win the state. And different counties have different deadlines - in fact, the Jill Stein campaign has said that some of the deadlines might already have passed in a few of the precincts.

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Massachusetts Rep. Moulton backs Ryan bid to lead House Dems

Ryan's argument hinges largely on the message that Pelosi and her top deputies - all in their 70s, all hailing from coastal states - are out of touch with rural middle-class voters, including the Rust Belt workers Ryan represents in his Youngstown district.

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Civil defence in Syria's rebel-held east Aleppo says fuel reserve exhausted

Civilians were also fleeing south to the remaining rebel-held districts with little more than the clothes they wore, an AFP correspondent said. The Russian Defense Ministry also said Syrian government troops had pushed the rebels from Qadisia which it described as the "key neighborhood of eastern Aleppo ".

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North Dakota governor orders pipeline protesters expelled

Dalrymple on Monday issued a "mandatory evacuation" for the camp "to safeguard against harsh winter conditions". With a winter storm raging outside the press conference at the Prairie Knights Casino on the Standing Rock Reservation, Young says she is not concerned about the threat, adding "we have lived for generations in this kind of setting and we have survived".

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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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