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Donald Trump Isn't on Metro's Inauguration SmarTrip Card

Metro has launched sales of one-day passes for people planning to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump . The cards are a special promotion that the system does for major special events. The cards contain graphics of the White House and the American flag and commemorate the 58th presidential inauguration. While the card does mention it to commemorate the "58th presidential inauguration celebration", the card does not mention who is being inaugurated.

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Mom beat kids for opening Christmas gifts early, police say

When she returned, she heard the boys crying and they sounded like they were in pain. "We try to see that it was just a kid's excitement and that is what we want for them to have, excitement around Christmas time", said Towle. The sister also revealed the police that Collins" calls her mentally disabled son "retarded' whenever she is mad at him, the documents read. Neighbors say they can't imagine how Collins could do this to her children.

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Fort Worth PD Responds to Viral Video Posted on Facebook

During the entire incident, the man who choked the 7-year-old boy stands by and watches. "My daughter and son came home, saying that this man grabbed him and choked him", the mother said as her daughter recorded. A video of the incident was posted on Facebook has been viewed more than 1.1 million times by noon Thursday. They've both been booked on charges of resisting arrest.

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Mormon Tabernacle Choir to Sing at Donald Trump's Presidential Inauguration

When the choir sang its signature song "Battle Hymn of the Republic" during the inaugural parade for President Reagan in 1981, he dubbed the choir "America's Choir". Barbra Streisand performed at George Bush's inauguration and Bob Dylan stood in front of the Lincoln memorial at Bill Clinton's in 1993, while even Ricky Martin and Jessica Simpson performed during the inauguration of infamous George W.

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Florida woman allowed to keep 6-foot gator Rambo as pet

The "trained" gator has even been photographed "riding an ATV" along with her on her motorcycle, Thorn said. Since she adopted him more than 10 years ago, Rambo has grown to be over 6 feet, and a newly added permit condition requires gators that size to live on properties with at least 2.5 acres of open space.

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Winter weather advisory heading into Christmas weekend

It's looking like the midstate, and almost all of Pennsylvania, is in for a sunny and somewhat mild Christmas, not a white one, according to forecasters with AccuWeather and the National Weather Service in State College. The Press and Journal reported yesterday how serious delays to Christmas travel were to be expected as Storm Barbara batters the north of Scotland.

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Mike Wallace wants to say Merry Christmas to Steelers with TD

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been looking all season for someone to step into the No. 2 wide receiver spot behind All-Pro Antonio Brown. The Steelers defense looks much more formidable now than it did when Pittsburgh lost to the Ravens earlier in the season.

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Trump Tweets US 'Must Greatly Strengthen' Nuclear Capabilities

The Trump transition team did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for further comment on whether Trump was advocating an expansion of the USA nuclear arsenal or modernization as he advocated on the campaign trail. Previously suspended in 2011, NSEERS registered some 85,000 people and removed about 13,000 immigrants, majority Muslim, from the United States - though it never produced a single terrorism-related prosecution.

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Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Fayetteville

Robinson fired two shots, hitting Ortiz in the torso. The parking lot in front of the Tire Tracks store at 800 S. School Ave. was marked off with tape and a man's body was covered with a white sheet at 2:30 p.m. Police said 25-year-old Benjamin Ortiz was killed after Corporal Brad Robinson said Ortiz lunged at him with a knife. Robinson did not have any interaction with the man before the incident occurred, according to the post.

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The Growth is Gone: Freddie Mac's Portfolio Rate Drops

In fact, overall mortgage applications increased 2.5% for the week ending December 16 from one week earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey. Several closely watched refinance rates rose today. "I'm not surprised to see the spike in applications this time of year", Downey tells NerdWallet.

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Price Target Overview of Gramercy Property Trust Inc. (NYSE:GPT)

Liberty Property Trust is a real estate investment trust. The Weekly and Monthly Volatility stands at 3.44% and 2.60%. State Street Corp raised its stake in shares of Essex Property Trust by 3.9% in the second quarter. Now the company has earned "Buy" from 6 equity analysts. The reverse share split is expected to take effect at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST on December 30, 2016.

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Tourist in NYC to Propose to Girlfriend Stabbed in Back of Head

Officials said 23-year-old Connor Rasmussen, of Puyallup, Washington, was wandering through the area with a female friend, when a man approached them and told Rasmussen to stop. "I pull my hand out and look-it's a freaking knife, like a steak knife in my hand that I just pulled from my head". "I was so confused". Rasmussen told the Daily News he didn't realize at first that he had been stabbed.

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Obama Just Made it Harder for Trump to Create a Muslim Registry

The Obama administration's decision to formally end the program drew praise from critics who said it was discriminatory. Since the registry, known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), has been dormant since 2011, the move seems meant to make it more hard for President-elect Donald Trump to reinstate it when he takes office, as he has suggested he may do.

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Man killed stepmom for gloating about Dallas Cowboys win, police say

After the win, his stepmother, Magdalena Ruiz, began gloating and celebrating the win and teasing her husband and Jones. Jones reportedly told investigators he had first made a decision to break his sister's neck, but later changed his mind and planned to injure his stepmother, 35-year-old Magdalena Ruiz, instead, according to the American-Statesman.

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Search Warrant in Clinton Email Probe Exposes FBI Director 'Impropriety'

Government". It was the discovery of the e-mails that prompted FBI director James Comey, just 11 days before the election, to send a letter telling lawmakers the FBI was reopening its investigation into Clinton's e-mails. From Mr. Clapper's recent public statements, it appears doubtful he ever provided such a certification: During recent congressional testimony , for example, he was asked about the Clinton email investigation, and said nothing about ever personally certifying the DOJ's ...

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Weather: Freezing rain, snow may impact Christmas weekend travel

In fact, we'll see more dry time than wet! WHAT WE'RE LOOKING INTOBetter weather Friday with some sun. Depending on the track of the system, some areas could see sleet or freezing rain, which would bring less snow to those areas "but still the impact is just as bad if it was heavy snow", Kaiser said.

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Trump reacts to Colorado electors' attempt to suspend state law

The electors were required to swear an oath of office on Monday, promising to vote for the victor of the popular vote, which opens the potential for perjury charges. Electors had challenged the oath in court and the Colorado Secretary of State issued a new rule with new language.in accordance with a judge's ruling.

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Highlights | U of L takes down United Kingdom, 73-70

The Bears (12-0) shot 59 percent from the field, including 8-for-14 from 3-point range. "It means a lot to me". We're talking step-back, cross-over, jacked-up (shots). "Last year, he didn't play very well in this game, and he just kept talking to me about, 'I need to get 'em back this year.' He did just that". Center Bam Adebayo also pulled down seven rebounds.

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Rate Of Health Care Inflation In Wisconsin Down Since Obamacare Began

The final numbers on enrollment in the health exchange programs, including re-enrollment by persons already with ObamaCare plans, will be tallied and released in January, Burwell said. It's unclear what might replace the law if it is repealed. About two dozen people joined together December 20 to voice their support for the Affordable Care Act.

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Red Kettle donations needed in final days of campaign

Donations were down this year and that kind of anxious me. "It's great to do something and give back to the community". Volunteer bell ringer Jessica Stow spent Wednesday afternoon jingling away. "It is probably the foundation for what we do here besides volunteers", Brooke Barrett with Salvation Army said. She says they believe the water contamination may have had an effect on donations towards the red kettle fund this year, as numerous red kettle volunteers had to trade in their red ...

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Minimum Wage Lawsuit in Arizona

Arizona officials said last Thursday they would give those contractors more money to cover costs, the Arizona Republic reported . The state Medicaid program has made a decision to increase the rates it pays to nursing home, home health aide and developmentally disabled program providers on January 1.

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Nevada shows uptick in enrollments for Affordable Care Act

Department of Health and Human Services. About a week after the largest-ever open enrollment day for Affordable Care Act coverage, federal health officials are reporting a year-to-year enrollment increase, with states including Nevada posting an uptick.

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Stevie Wonder Avenue unveiled in Detroit

The 66-year-old beamed with pride at the unveiling ceremony, held near the spot the 25-time Grammy victor started his unrivaled career. The 66-year-old Wonder, sporting a ski cap and wearing gloves and heavy boots to guard against the cold weather, was clearly overwhelmed by the honor, calling his own street "something I never imagined would happen".

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Four New Officials Face Charges In Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette [official website] on Tuesday announced criminal charges [press release] against four former state officials in connection with the Flint water crisis. "There has been this fixation, nearly this obsession, with balance sheets and metrics and finances and this has been done at the expense of people and health and safety", he said at a press conference Tuesday.

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Police find woman's body in Dorset Quarry

Police say Hadil Marzouq, 21, of Bennington, left the home she was staying Saturday. She was reported missing the following day. Crews continued searching until Wednesday morning, when they found a body in the water of the quarry, state police told necn affiliate NBC 5 News.

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Google Santa Tracker 2016: Where's Santa Claus Right Now?

Now NORAD Tracks Santa's website, www.noradsanta.org, which launched Dec 1, features Santa's North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more. The Eastern Air Defense Sector is a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) headquarters unit located at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, New York.

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Gingrich: Trump doesn't want to 'drain the swamp' anymore

The Constitution gives the president of the United States an extraordinarily wide grant of authority to use the power of the pardon . The Fox News contributor said Congress should adopt new practices that would take Trump's enormous business wealth into account.

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Volkswagen (ETR:VOW3) Strikes Yet Another Emissions Scandal Deal

District Court approved the $14.7 billion settlement with Volkswagen over its "defeat device" software to bypass emissions controls in its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles. Environmental Protection Agency and California state officials. Hopefully we'll get these answers soon. The emissions saga for Volkswagen continues, as the automaker has finally received approvals from German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) for modifications of TDI engines sold in Europe.

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12 die as truck ploughs into crowd at Berlin Christmas market

Along with those who died, another 48 were injured, 18 of them seriously, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said. Police were reportedly searching hospitals in Berlin for the suspect, who is believed to have been injured in a fight with the Polish driver of the lorry, which was hijacked hours before the massacre.

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Quick, someone tell Santa - there's a storm warning in Ireland

Which is exactly how the forecast is shaping up this festive season, with the biggest impacts likely to be felt across the North. London is expected to be hit with torrential rain and strong winds as Storm Barbara makes its way over to the United Kingdom during the festive period.

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Bentley interviews Roy Moore, others for Sen. Jeff Sessions' seat

Governors generally are allowed to replace a U.S. Senator who leaves office before their term is complete, and generally are given wide latitude to do so. Sessions would have been up for re-election in 2020. Attorney General Luther Strange has announced he would run in the special election. Moore is fighting what amounts to a permanent ouster after being convicted of violating judicial ethics rules over his opposition to gay-marriage.

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More than 66000 have signed up for health insurance

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a conference call. This KHN story can be republished for free (details). Not included in Wednesday's tally were the sign-up numbers from Obamacare exchanges run by 11 individual states and the District of Columbia.

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Man charged in church arson has criminal record

No injuries were reported in the blaze, but the arson occurred along with several other high-profile incidents of racially or politically motivated crimes across the country. Glawe wrote in a piece published on November 6. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, was burned and vandalized November 1, a week before the presidential election.

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UM student's claim of threat for wearing hijab is false, police say

Matthew Lige said Wednesday, MLive reported. WXYZ - Ann Arbor police say a report of ethnic intimidation involving a woman wearing a hijab did not actually happen. The woman in that case, Yasmin Seweid , told police and media outlets earlier this month that she was riding the subway home from Baruch College, where she is a student, when three drunk men cornered her and began screaming "Donald Trump!" The woman told police that she removed her hijab and that the suspect fled on foot.

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Ivanov Pleads Guilty In Mukilteo Party Mass Shooting

After Ivanov's arrest, detectives found a written confession. Killed in the attack were Jordan Ebner, Jake Long and Anna Bui, all 19. Preliminary testing also suggests the 20-year-old has the brain development of somebody years younger, defense attorney Walter Peale wrote in court papers.


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