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Abilene veterans recognize 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

The attack by Japan left more than 2,300 service people dead and got the U.S into World War II. More than 2,400 troops died in the attack, including 106 from Downing's battleship. "My floor crew was on the Arizona at the time", said Davis. "Mine's a little ways, I'm not ready to go", Richard said. A situation at 98 years old, Garrish will never forget.

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Republican John Kennedy wins Louisiana Senate race in runoff

Republican, John Neely Kennedy, a candidate for the United States (US) Senate, won a runoff election in Louisiana on Saturday against Democrat, Foster Campbell in a race that gives the Republicans a 52-seat majority in the chamber. Along with increasing Republicans' leverage, Kennedy's election pushes the Republicans one step closer to gaining large amounts of power in 2018, when several Democrats in red states will face re-election.

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Energy Dept. refuses to provide names to Trump team

Some of the questions asked left many in our workforce unsettled. The Post notes that while it's extremely hard to fire federal civil servants, a list of those involved in crafting policy that runs counter to the Trump administration's goals could make it much easier to dismiss those voices if and when the next iteration of the DoE pursues more environmentally hazardous projects-a virtual certainty, given both Trump's and Perry's outspoken rejection of climate change science.

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Electoral College Voters Demand More Information on Russian Meddling Before Meeting

And some Democrats were unsatisfied with McConnell's plans for a Senate Intelligence Committee probe. U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Ben Cardin of Maryland and Patrick Leahy of Vermont called for the creation of an independent nonpartisan commission of non-congressional members to conduct the investigation.

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Trump's new pick shows he wants to improve ties with Russian Federation

To Trump, the deals Tillerson has struck around the world for Exxon, and the relationships he has built doing so, are ample preparation for the challenges he would face as the nation's top diplomat. Tillerson's "cozy ties to Vladimir Putin and Russian Federation would represent an untenable conflict at the State Department", Representative Eliot Engel, the ranking Democrat on the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, said in a statement.

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Marco Rubio voices 'serious concerns' about Rex Tillerson for secretary of state

In his new role at the State Department, Trump said Tillerson would "promote regional stability and focus on the core national security interests of the United States". Some notable GOP senators, however, have questioned the choice, citing Tillerson's potential for conflicts of interest and ties to Russian Federation.

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Federal charges for man who fired in pizzeria

Attorney Demian S. Ahn wrote in the request . No one was injured when Welch fired his rifle inside the crowded Washington pizzeria on the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. After Haiti's devastating 2010 natural disaster, he spent weeks there building houses with a church. Family members observed an adjustment in the man charged with firing an assault rifle in a Washington pizza parlor after he hit a 13-year-old pedestrian along with his vehicle in October, his parents said.

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Judge says electors must vote for statewide winner

That includes any contact Trump's campaign had with Russian Federation, his business ties with Russian Federation or anything else that could impact the electors' decision on "whether Mr. She won 65,746,544 votes and Trump won 62,904,682, while Trump won 306 Electoral College votes and Clinton won 232. "Every American should want that information", she said in a phone interview.

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Frozen cameras, cars and bagels to document Standing Rock protests

True Companies, the Wyoming company that operates Belle Fourche, said it's not yet clear why the older pipeline's monitoring equipment didn't detect the leak. "Our members take pride in their work, and we won't just stand by and allow an irresponsible pipeline operator to harm North Dakota's natural resources or damage reputation of our industry", Evan Whiteford, a spokesman for the Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota, told Forum News Service.

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Obama set to sign bill boosting spending on cancer research

It also gives $1 billion for states to help combat the ongoing opioid addiction crisis and loosens restrictions for new drugs to reach the market. The 21st Century Cures Act invests $1.8 billion for a cancer research "moonshot" that is strongly supported by Biden.

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Trump refuses Daily Intelligence Briefings

Historically, Trump and Mr. Pence's predecessors received "daily or near-daily intelligence briefings" between their election and Inauguration day, former Central Intelligence Agency briefer David Priess, the author of a book about PDBs, told Reuters.

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Recount efforts end: Trump wins in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

Election officials from the U.S. state of Wisconsin have certified Donald Trump's victory in the state, as a judge in Pennsylvania stopped a push for a recount there, putting an end to the Green Party candidate's push for a closer look at the November 8 presidential election results.

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No mistrial for Dylann Roof after church shooting survivor calls him 'evil'

Testimony has concluded for the day in Roof's federal trial in which he faces 33 counts, including hate crimes, stemming from the church shootings. Forty-five minutes into the interview, an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent made a decision to tell him nine people died in the June 17, 2015, shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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Russian Vote Hacking Accusation Is 'Rank Speculation,' AG Writes To Federal Court

In Pennsylvania, a federal judge was scheduled to hear arguments on Friday afternoon in a lawsuit brought by Stein seeking to begin a statewide recount there. Brinckerhoff was referring to a ruling by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the recount should continue in MI. As the recount process is underway in Wisconsin, turns out that it has after all not only had errors, but has as well undercounted Trump's votes.

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Jurors see dashcam video of Roof apprehension

Jurors in the federal trial of a man accused of killing nine people in a black SC church in 2015 saw surveillance footage Thursday that allegedly showed Dylann Roof entering the church and leaving again after the mass shooting. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, a college enrollment counselor; retired pastor the Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons Sr., 74; and Myra Thompson, 59, an English teacher and guidance counselor.

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Victory in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin reaffirms Trump's win in US election

The US state of Wisconsin has ended a recount of presidential election votes, certifying President-elect Donald Trump as the victor. Trump picked up a net 131 votes and the final results changed just 0.06%. The Green Party posted on Twitter after the decision: "Our elections will remain tainted until we get money out of them, abolish the electoral college, & implement proportional representation".

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Midwest Snow Storm Grounds Hundreds Of Chicago Flights

A winter-weather advisory was in effect for Sunday night into Monday in parts of Montana, with forecasts of up to a foot of snow in the mountains. According to the Flightaware tracking service, at least 1,200 flights into and out of O'Hare were scratched as of Sunday afternoon, while close to 200 Midway flights were canceled.

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Teenage Drug Use Down in America

The percentage of 8th-graders who reported using marijuana in the past month fell from 6.5% in 2015 to 5.4% this year. For example, 14 percent of 12th graders said they used an illicit drug, compared to 18 percent in 2013. "Daily use of any substance, including marijuana, places individuals at high risk for addiction", he said. Marijuana was particularly popular among teens in states with medical marijuana laws.

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Fire erupts during party at Oakland, killing at least 9

The fire broke out around 11:30 p.m.at a warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship". Media in Oakland named Derick Ion Almena as the co-operator of the collective with his partner, Micah Allison. But at least two dozen more remain missing, he said. David Clines, 35, Oakland, Calif . Online records listed the building's owner as Nar Siu Chor.

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Syrian says 98 percent of east Aleppo retaken

Jens Laerke, U.N. humanitarian spokesman, said that it looked like "a complete meltdown of humanity in Aleppo". "The crushing of Aleppo, the immeasurably terrifying toll on its people, the bloodshed, the wanton slaughter of men, women and children, the destruction - and we are nowhere near the end of this cruel conflict", U.N.

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Michigan recount expands, Pennsylvania sets federal hearing

Goldsmith lifted an order that forced a statewide review of millions of ballots. Though no evidence of hacking was found, some vulnerabilities were discovered in Michigan's election process. Croix County, which the county attributed to a technician not having replacement seals on hand while servicing them. She has suggested, without evidence, that the votes were susceptible to hacking.

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Mitt Romney Out of Race to Be Trump's Secretary of State

He should be commended, not mocked, for that instinct. During the election season, the former MA governor and Republican presidential candidate harshly criticized Trump, calling him a "con man" and "a fake". He was unwilling to use what political clout he had remaining to resist a candidate whose capacity for vileness he'd experienced up close. Mitt Romney (L) leaves after meeting with United States President-elect Donald Trump (R) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (unseen) at the ...

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Boeing to move defense unit headquarters to Washington, DC

Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday. On February 2016, Leanne Caret was appointed to take charge of the Defense, Space and Security unit, which was worth $30 billion and include 50,000 staff. "It is driven by our commitment to improve our ability to engage with customers and decision-makers in Washington", defense unit spokesman Todd Blecher said.

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NYC police: Teen went to Trump Tower with knife, handcuffs

According to the New York Daily News , Alexander Wang , a student at Baruch College, showed up to the building's security checkpoint at 6:35 PM ET yesterday and his backpack set off the metal detector. The Republican US president-elect has spent the majority of his time at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue since his shock victory last month over Democrat Hillary Clinton after a bitterly divisive election campaign.

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John Glenn to lie in state in OH capital

Almost 20 years later, he's still the oldest person to have ever been to space. Earlier this year, the Port Columbus International Airport was renamed after Glenn . He also holds an Air Medal with 18 clusters for his service in Korea and during World War II. The late space hero and former U.S. Sen. Glenn made history in 1962 as the first NASA astronaut to circle the planet - as a follow-up to Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's orbital feat a year earlier, plus two USA suborbital ...

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Search continues in Adirondack High Peaks for lost hikers

Papadosio is from Niskayuna, and Alois is from Schenectady, according to their respective Facebook pages. The DEC received a phone call from concerned family members Sunday night saying they had not received any communication from the hikers since noon Sunday.

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Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd arrested for alleged DUI

Monday morning. Police say Floyd was arrested for DUI and failure to obey a police officer. He was booked and released from the Scottsdale jail at 4:58 a.m., police said. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told the media on Monday afternoon he has spoken to Floyd, and was "disappointed" about the incident. Arians said he doesn't think the league can act until the court case is over.

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Wintry mix moves in this morning

Wednesday ... Mostly sunny, and about 17 for the high temperature. An upper-level meteorology pattern called the polar jet stream locks in the cold air to the Arctic. Winds that night will cause the wind chill to be about -10 to -20! Sunday looks much milder with highs near 50 and showers/rain. Clouds will begin to break up later today as well.

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Watch Dolly Parton's telethon for Tenn. fire victims on KHOU.com

The 2016 Great Smoky Mountains wildfires are caused by Chimney Tops 2 Fire and Cobbly Nob blaze, which have claimed 14 lives, injured 145 people, and destroyed 2,400 buildings. The three-hour event, which will benefit families affected by the devastating forest fires in Sevier County, Tennessee, will air on Great American Country, AXS TV , RFD and The Heartland Network , and will be simulcast on radio as well.

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Michigan's largest county starts its recount

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is taking her bid for a statewide recount of Pennsylvania's November 8 presidential election to federal court. The appeals court told the MI elections board to reconsider Stein's petition and reject it. The state Court of Appeals encouraged Michigan's Board of State Canvassers to reject Stein's recount petition.

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Trump wants Ivanka and Jared 'involved' in Washington

Although it's for a great cause, at $50,000 the estimated value of the prize is pretty steep - especially given that the coffee date will only last 30 to 45 minutes. Mr Trump previously announced plans to hand over his business empire to his elder children Ivanka , Donald Jr and Eric Trump, but told a Fox News interviewer on Sunday that his transition team was trying to engineer daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, a job in Washington.

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Team activities suspended over racist, sexist messages

The messages surfaced in a report in a student publication, The Indicator , which reported on a series of emails and messages sent from 2013 to 2015. She stated that in the coming days, "more details about the situation" would be released by Amherst College . "By looking past the behavior of these men and continuing to engage with them socially women athletes actively aid in the normalization and perpetuation of this toxic culture on campus", Blake said, adding: "this kind of behavior does ...

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Manslaughter Conviction In Death Of Ex-NFL Star Will Smith

Smith died from a road-rage shooting after an altercation with Cardell Hayes in New Orleans on April 9. Of the three charges, Hayes was found guilty of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter. He was the only witness who claimed that Smith was reaching for a gun. "But Mr. Hayes, regardless of that, must face the consequences of his actions under our system of laws".

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Ex-US Ambassador John Bolton: Russian Hacking Reports Could be 'False Flag'

The former United Nations ambassador had claimed the alleged hacks of the DNC and RNC could be a " false flag operation", but on Monday he made clear that a " false flag operation" did not mean it had been carried out by the United States government.

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Rudy Giuliani Removes Himself From President-elect Trump Cabinet Consideration

The president-elect added that he "can see an important place for him in the administration at a later date". Priebus, the outgoing chairman of the Republican National Committee, stated that America's mayor "was vetted by our team for any possible conflicts and passed with flying colors"-despite the payments he and his company Giuliani Partners have received from the Islamic State-funding government of Qatar or the registered terrorist group Mujahedin e-Khalq, a banished Iranian political ...


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