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Minimum wage to increase in 21 states next year

It's the only New England state that follows the federal rate of $7.25 an hour. This year, it went up to $11.52. The state of NY will be raising the minimum pay on New Year's Eve to between $9.70 and $10.50 an hour, depending on the region and employer size.

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Police warn residents of threatening text scam

If you receive this message, police say you should not respond. State police urged anyone receiving the text to not respond to the text, but to simply delete it. People receiving suspicious emails or texts should not respond to them. The bureau said on its Facebook page that the text message is a Trojan Horse Virus.

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8 juveniles charged after massive fight at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora

In several incidents, fights in food courts or other areas of crowded malls led to chaos as rumors spread of shots being fired. Five juveniles were arrested. An initial report of gunfire was quickly found to be false by police. Two other similar incidents were reported at malls in the state. There was no official word on whether any of the fights, which were also reported in Arizona, Texas, Indiana and CT, were connected.

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House GOP Proposes Fines For Livestreaming After Gun Control Sit

So the House Democrats used social media to live-stream their sit-in. The Republicans have now proposed new legislation that would make it against the rules for members to stream live or post photos from the floor of the chamber, according to Variety .

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Green options for your Christmas tree as holiday season ends

Trees should be free from all decorations, stands, and bags. Leader of Program Management for City Waste and Recycling Services Sharon Howland said residents can drop off their trees starting Boxing Day. Longer trees should be cut into sections. Trees must be less than six feet tall. Every year when the farm closes, Paula Jacobs said area fishermen will pull up their pickups to the pile of discarded firs and pines left in the parking lot.

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Woman allegedly stabs black man in hate crime attack on subway

The victim told press, "I got up anyway and said to her that she didn't have to sit next to me". "I took a seat across from her and just forgot all about it". Law enforcement authorities rushed Jarrett to a local hospital. Jarrett said he didn't know if he was also targeted because he's transgender. Police said they didn't have a record of what was said in the verbal dispute.

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South Carolina Rep. Chris Corley arrested, charged with domestic violence

According to the report, the incident happened at their Graniteville home. She said that Corley retrieved a handgun from his vehicle, and then came back into the home and pointed it at her. The woman fled the home with the children to a family member's house across the street, the report said. "Because the matter is still under investigation, further inquiries should be directed to the Second Circuit Solicitor's Office".

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Police Search for Woman and Great Granddaughter Who Went Missing Christmas Eve

They were stopped at an Exxon on Rogers Clark Boulevard in Ruther Glen, Va. Joanna Strange works at the Exxon in Ruther Glen and said she couldn't believe it when she saw Barbara Briley was missing. While she didn't remember her name, she said she wouldn't forget her face. "She's been driving for years, that was her job, she knows what she should've done if she was exhausted, this is just not normal for us to not hear from her", her family said.

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OPEC-fueled oil price rally means higher gas prices

The global crude oil price benchmark has broken $50 a barrel a few times in 2016, but it has struggled to hold that price. Motorists can blame the hike on the rising price of a barrel of oil, GasBuddy.com's Gregg Laskoski said. Average retail gasoline prices in Kentucky rose another 6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.29 a gallon Sunday. After the OPEC deal, "we knew we were likely to see gasoline prices rise nearly immediately", said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst ...

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Boulder weather: Sunny skies with a high of 49 today

Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Wednesday - Partly cloudy with a high near 74. Saturday - Partly cloudy and warm, near 68. Northwest wind 8 to 10 miles per hour. Tuesday: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 47. The strongest winds will be felt across the Champlain Valley, winds sustained between 15-25 miles per hour, with gusts over 45 miles per hour.

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Starbucks offers free tall-sized espresso drinks through January 2

Starbucks is continuing Christmas with the 10 Days of Cheer and free drinks at some locations. The promotion is part of their 10 Days of Cheer campaign, which started December 23 and runs through January 2. The Pop-Up Cheer Parties are a part of Starbucks' 10 days of Cheer imitative where Starbucks locations across the United States are offering customers free espresso beverages from 1pm to 2pm.

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Panthers need 'sabbatical' after rough season

The Falcons (10-5) can clinch their first NFC South title since 2012 if Tampa Bay loses or ties New Orleans later today. "To me, it's going to be a tough one (at Carolina)". "That's all everybody talked about us doing", Boston said. So was Joshua Perkins , the undrafted rookie tight end who's playing because other tight ends are hurt.

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Santa Monica Synagogue Vandalized at Start of Hanukkah

The synagogue did report the incident to police who plan to have extra patrols in the area. "Beyond that, we're not certain what the motive was or what was behind it". In November the synagogue suffered another racist attack when a man entered while a service was taking place and threw a Nazi salute while shouting 'Heil Hitler!' "It's not nice to do, not just to our synagogue, but any religious institution out there", Tenenbaum said.

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Hazardous Weather Outlook; Wind advisory continues with thunderstorms

New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Tuesday: Rain, mainly before 10am. Other high wind speeds reported were 59 mph in Winthrop, 52 mph at the St. High near 40. South wind 3 to 8 miles per hour. Weather on Tuesday is mostly cloudy and chilly and temperatures are set to significantly drop and approach five degrees Celsius below seasonal average, said Palestine Meteorological Department.

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Five juveniles arrested after fights break out at Aurora mall

In Fayetteville, N.C., Police Lt. Todd Joyce said police were called to Cross Creek Mall around 5 p.m. Monday because of a disturbance. A mall in suburban Cleveland, Beachwood Place, was shut down for the night after a fight broke out in a food court Monday night.

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Reports of mall disturbances light up social media

He said crews evacuated the mall. The injuries were non-life-threatening, Bollwage said. It was not immediately clear what led to the fight. They told Fox 19 the skirmish appeared to have been organized in part on social media. At Wolfchase Galleria, police say a large group of people started a disturbance in the food court area Monday night. Several people called 911 reporting gunshots had been fired.

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Empty Christmas gift boxes could entice thieves

The same rule applies for social media. "Rather than put all of your Christmas boxes out at once, if you have a limited amount of space, only put a few out at a time". Connecticut State Police are advising that you break down any boxes you might have, and store them securely, so that you don't make your home an attractive target.

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Obama Says He Could Have Won 2016 Election, Trump Reacts

In a December 26 exit interview with CNN , lame duck President Barack Obama claimed that he could have beaten current President-elect Donald Trump and secured a third term in office if he was allowed to run again. Obama and Axelrod also discussed some of the difficulties Hillary Clinton faced throughout her presidential campaign. "Despite the election of Trump, Obama insisted during his presidency "[American] culture actually did shift".

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Walmart pulls "Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter" T-shirts after police protest

Just hours after Canterbury's letter , Walmart pulled the shirts from its site, although designs that simply read " Black Lives Matter " are still up. In a statement to CNN, a company spokesman said, "Like other online retailers, we have a marketplace with millions of items offered by third parties that includes Blue Lives Matter , Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter merchandise".

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Astronomer who discovered dark matter dies at 88

Be that as it may, many addressed why she was never granted a Nobel Prize. They found it contains 5 to 10 times as much mass as the luminous galaxy. In the intervening period, not only has the existence of dark matter been confirmed in nearly all large scale astronomical systems, but its nature has been probed by precise observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR), which not only constrain the amount of dark matter , but also the fact that it is not made up of the ...

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50th Anniversary of Kwanzaa Kicks off Monday in LA

The celebration kicked off in Durham Monday at the Hayti Heritage Center with an event that included a session honoring ancestors and elders, a candlelight ceremony and performances from Collage Dance Company and percussion and drum ensemble The Healing Force.

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Cavs win vs. Warriors most watched in 12 years

It was a fittingly dramatic ending to what was a fantastic game, with dramatic turns from both teams. But, he's shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from three-point range while taking 16.8 shots per game (9.4 threes). The two teams next meet on January 16 in Oakland. Durant, after the contest, said he didn't fall on his own . But as the game wore on, a clear difference began to emerge between these two teams.

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Why? Felicia Barahona Harlem woman murdered along with four year old son

She was lying on the living room floor. The four year old toddler was found drowned in the bathtub. She was so in love with him, she even bought wedding rings for both of them in the hope that they would marry. Yet to be necessarily understood is whether police have interviewed the former student with whom Felicia Barahona had an illicit relationship with....

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George Ciccariello-Maher, Drexel professor, calls for 'white genocide' on Christmas

George Ciccariello-Maher, associate professor of political science, tweeted on Sunday, " All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide ". The Daily Caller noted that Mr. "Ciccariello-Maher also teaches, researches and writes about race, racism, prisons and policing in the USA and internationally, including how race is associated with suspicion and guilt".

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East Tenn. Inmates Escape Through Hole Behind Toilet

Six men escaped a Tennessee prison through a hole behind the toilet on in the early hours of Christmas morning. Three other inmates are still at-large: 28-year-old John Thomas Shehee; 28-year-old Harce Wade Allen; and 54-year-old David Wayne Frazier, who is considered to be risky, according to the sheriff's office.

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Baby dies days after parents' suspected drug overdose deaths

Autopsies were performed Friday morning, which confirmed that the infant died from dehydration and starvation, Lees said. District Attorney Kelly Callihan said during a press conference on Friday that there was a prior history of drug abuse at the home.

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Guardiola describes Hull city clash as tough

The Hull City is standing at the last position of the Premier League Standing Table with the points of 12 in 17 play. And with the last kick of the game, Sterling's run into the area ended with a cross which Curtis Davies turned into his own goal.

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Area weather: Foggy morning warms up to partly sunny skies

Friday night, there is a 20 percent chance of showers, with a low near 36. The high temperature Sunday afternoon reached 71 degrees at the Paducah weather service office, breaking the previous record of 69 degrees in 1982. Tuesday should be nicer, with a high around 52 degrees and calm, sunny conditions, the weather service said. "We will see temperatures slowly easing back toward normal this week and through next weekend", he said.

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Petersburg Bowl, Miami (OH) vs Mississippi State: Highlights, score and recap

The day after Christmas began with cowbells and cold drinks for football fans in St. Petersburg, up early to watch Mississippi State and Miami University of OH duke it out at Tropicana Field. For the second straight year, teams with a losing record are still being rewarded with bowl game appearances. Fitzgerald averaged seven-yards per rushing attempt during the regular season and the Bulldogs go as he goes.

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Trump spokesman does about-face, turns down White House job

Tweets from A.J. Delgado calling Donald's Trump's newly-named White House communications director Jason Miller a "baby daddy" and implying he cheats on his wife. He added that Scavino was the only Trump person to block him. The major themes of the address are expected to be some of the main issues Trump spoke of during the campaign, such as border security, the economy, military preparedness, infrastructure, and the nation's education system.

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Monday forecast: Morning fog then clouds, warm weather

Skies will thicken with clouds to mostly cloudy in the morning and early afternoon hours, but thin out again going into the evening hour to partly cloudy skies. We rebound as we head into Saturday and Sunday with highs in the lower 40s Saturday and upper 40s by Sunday, with another system approaching the area that could give us some light showers late in the day.

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Newt Gingrich: Donald Trump's Twitter Foreign Policy Is 'Brilliant'

The Obama administration last week nixed regulations that could have been used to reboot the George W. Bush administration's program known as NSEERS, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, which required men under 25 from many Muslim-majority countries to register with USA immigration authorities.

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Israeli official claims USA behind United Nations proposal on settlements

The U.S. typically uses its veto power in the Security Council to support its ally Israel, but marked a departure from its usual strategy when it abstained from the vote on the resolution . She noted that since 1967, the only USA president who had not had at least one Israeli-Palestinian-related Security Council resolution passed during his tenure was Barack Obama.

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Could Christmas market killer have posed as a child to enter Europe?

Officials claimed that Amri , who died following a shootout with police on Friday, had sent money to his 18-year-old nephew Fredi to join him in Europe. During a press conference the Italian interior minister said the man is "without a shadow of doubt" the Berlin market attacker. His deportation from Germany was never enforced because of delays by Tunisia in confirming he was one of their nationals.

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No Sign of Survivors After Russia Military Plane Crashes on Christmas Day

It disappeared from radar just two minutes after it took off at 5:25 am (0225 GMT). Russian Federation is beginning a day of mourning for the 92 passengers and crew who died when a military plane en route to Syria crashed into the Black Sea.


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