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Protestors dangle from catwalk during Bears-Vikings game

Initially, no one could tell what it was or why anyone would want to hang from a banner at the top of a giant stadium during a game, but the motives soon became apparent. A statement from U.S. Bank Stadium was handed out in the press box during halftime reading, "Two individuals appear to have climbed over a guardrail to access the ridge truss".

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Trump Says Computers Aren't 'Safe,' Has Information About Russia Hacking Claims

On Sunday, Russian diplomats who were expelled by President Barack Obama left Washington. He said he knows a lot about computer hacking and that it's "a very hard thing to prove". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blamed Obama's foreign policy for allowing Russian Federation to interfere in the U.S. election system, but said the sanctions were "a good initial step".

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Vermont minimum wage increases to $10 per hour in new year

And just in November, voters in four more states - Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington - approved state minimum wages of at least $12 an hour by 2020. In May, though, Trump altered his position, seeming to suggest that he would support an increase in the minimum wage if the states set the levels and that the federal government should not enforce a minimum at all.

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Texas judge issues injunction on transgender health policy suit

Proponents of the law say it is meant to prohibit discrimination by hospitals and doctors against transgender patients. In the suit, Texas and the other plaintiffs argued that a federal regulation prohibiting discrimination against transgender individuals in certain health programs would force doctors "to perform and provide insurance coverage for gender transitions and abortions, regardless of their contrary religious beliefs or medical judgment", according to the order.

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Crews clean up Times Square following New Year's Eve celebration

The 20-ton vehicles will hold an additional 15 tons of sand, the Associated Press reported Thursday night. Hundreds of thousands of merrymakers witnessed the descent of the kaleidoscopic New Year's Eve ball in Times Square at midnight on Sunday, celebrating a century-old NY tradition under an unprecedented umbrella of security.

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Husky Notebook: Things weren't so Peachy at end of game

A victory - over the victor of the other semifinal between Clemson and Ohio State later Saturday - would make them the first 15-0 team in the history of college football's highest level. We saw it as he raced left, then cut back across the field, all the way across, for 33 yards. The second half of the game continued to be all 'Bama. But it all came together this season as the Huskies overcame their lone loss, at home against Southern Cal, to claim the final playoff berth behind a trio of ...

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Watch the ball drop in Times Square to ring in 2017

Beyond Times Square, some of the sanitation trucks will be stationed near a planned fireworks display in Central Park. It is being expected that over one million people are likely to flock midtown Manhattan to watch the event and they being screened at least twice before arriving at the Times Square.

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Duke, UNC, and NC State all lose ACC openers

The player of the game for the Yellow Jackets was without a doubt guard Josh Okogie who made his presence known. He also brought down five rebounds and collected three assists and two steals. They might have seen it and been stunned at the numbers: Georgia Tech 75, North Carolina 63. Pastner on the importance of the win: "That's just a great win.

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Market Square to host New Year's Eve celebration

In addition to the police, the city will be rolling out 65 sand and Sanitation trucks to surround Times Square, to prevent any trucks being used as a weapon, similar to recent terror attacks. Placed in strategic positions, the "blockers" are meant to prevent a repetition of the truck attacks in Berlin and Nice earlier this year, officials said.

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In Australia Country kicks off global New Year party defying terror threat

And the celebrations don't end after you've sang "Auld Lang Syne" with your pals. Normally boisterous Bangkok will see in the new year on a more sombre note, with prayers and candles replacing parties as the nation grieves for King Bhumibol Adulyadej who died in October.

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Mariah Carey ridiculed for botched New Year's Eve performance

As music continued to play with pre-recorded vocals of her playing at certain parts of the song. Watch snippets of the performances here. Carey pretty much gave up trying to keep up, blaming missing vocals, before walking off the stage after a performance that had Twitter raging in the New Year.

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USC players lean Alabama over Washington in Peach Bowl

In the age of spread offenses , tempo and a ton of passes, Alabama (14-0) taught Pac-12 champion Washington (12-2) a lesson in Football 101 on blocking and tackling. It also has won the last three Southeastern Conference championships. After that, Alabama limited Washington to 123 yards on 56 plays, which equates to 2.3 yards a play.

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3 killed as two small planes collide midair

According to worldwide media, the accident took place near the 500 block of North Custer Road on Saturday evening. "They were making a turn and one of the planes slid into the other", said witness Rodney Livermore. The FAA is on scene investigating and is coordinating with the National Transportation Safety Board. KPRC2 will provide more information as the story develops.

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Fiesta Bowl betting preview: Ohio State vs Clemson

The Tigers snarled out of Arizona like an agitated fighter who lost a split decision. "You've got to get yourself in position to do that". Maybe, but Alabama better watch itself, too. Barrett was hassled with three sacks and came up with only 137 yards passing. By the time the Buckeyes opened the 2003 season, the pizza restaurant was completely overrun with Ohio State fans hoping for a taste of home.

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Church communities to gather for Watch Night services on December 31

For more information, call (336) 722-6171. Sunday worship services at St. John's Lutheran Church , 5300 9th Ave. Park Place Baptist Church, 721 Park Ave., will hear Brother Coy Sample speak on "A New Beginning" at 10 a.m. For more information, contact the church at 404-608-1905 or visit www.nvcc3.org. Highway 42 in Rex, has a clothes closet open for residents of Clayton County from 3 to 5 p.m.

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911 call, dashcam reveal new information in case against legislator

The operator in the initial call, clearly shaken, calls the Aiken County 911 operator , in order to get deputies on the scene. "Please." The call was ended after just 30 seconds and no one can be heard talking directly to dispatchers, who sent deputies to the address after the call was made to check the situation.

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Bruins battle back for 4-2 victory over Buffalo Sabres

Overall, I liked Bailey's game and thought he generated some nice pressure and looked strong against the boards. The teams came out for the second period, and it all unraveled. It's got to come from us, got to come from the start of the game, but it's unacceptable. With just three days left in 2016, the Sabres had two matchups with the Boston Bruins- who now occupy the last playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.

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Amber Alert issued in Mercer County

Suspect: Antonio Velazquez-Rupert, 36 years old Hispanic male, 5 foot 10 inches tall, driving a Green Ford Explorer with OH plates GGD-7760. He may be operating a dark green Ford Explorer, Ohio registration GGD-7760. People who have information are asked to contact Sharpsville Police by calling 911. Police believe he is armed and unsafe and warn to use caution if the suspect is encountered.

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Next man up: Georgia Tech vs. Kentucky in TaxSlayer Bowl

They're also 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. After a down year where they only won three games, Georgia Tech rebounded in 2016 and will be a tough out in the TaxSlayer Bowl on New Year's Eve.

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Arizona vandals turn family's hanukkia into swastika

Before the incident, despite learning about the Holocaust and Nazis, the Ellis' three children, aged 5, 7, and 9, had never seen the Nazi party's symbol . When an officer arrived on scene around 30 minutes later, officials said he helped the residents take down the swastika, after taking the initial report.

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Huskers wrap 2016 toe-to-toe with Tennessee

With Armstrong trending in the wrong direction, coach Mike Riley is working under the belief that fellow senior Ryker Fyfe will make his third career start; the former walk-on threw for 220 yards and a score in a win against Maryland in his only previous 2016 start on November 19.

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Russian Hackers Penetrated A US Electric Utility In Vermont

Burlington Electric said in a statement that the company detected a malware code used in the Grizzly Steppe operation in a laptop that was not connected to the organization's grid systems. Vermont utility officials identified the code within their operations and reported it to federal officials Friday, the official said. While U.S. lawmakers of both parties have backed Obama's actions, President-elect Donald Trump has expressed skepticism at the conclusion of intelligence agencies that ...

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Cannabis: teenage consumption increases following legalization in the United States

Even as voters in more USA states approved legalized recreational marijuana this November - and 28 states have legalized medical marijuana - the federal government still lists marijuana as an illegal drug. Marijuana legalization won its biggest victories yet in the US and across the world in 2016 as more research suggests possible health and societal benefits.

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Here's how to plan your ride home this New Year's

All around the country many people are out to have a good time on New Year's Eve. Unsurprisingly, it's a really important night for the company - and it's a hard one to get right. on New Year's. At the time, consumer group Choice urged Uber users needed to be aware of surge pricing and the conditions of using ride sharing apps.

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2 dead after shooting outside Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford

Police were said to have responded to reports at 11:15 p.m. of gunshots being fired at the venue, located on 95 S. Turnpike Road. Officers discovered two dead and say the other two with non-lethal wounds were taken to doctor's facilities. The shootings happened after a show by the rapper at the Toyota Oakdale Theater in Wallingford, according to a statement from the Wallingford Police Department.

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Texas agriculture secretary to meet with Trump's transition team

Miller is meeting with Trump's transition team on Friday afternoon in Florida. And some of his top advisers met with current Texas agricultural commissioner Sid Miller . The secretary of agriculture leads the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Steve Verett with Plains Cotton Growers says he is not surprised Trump is looking to Texas, the second largest agricultural state in the nation behind California, to fill the position.

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Last-minute New Year's Eve ideas (away from Times Square)

New York City's iconic New Year's Eve celebration will be surrounded by sanitation vehicles to stop truck-driving attackers like those in Germany and France. Officers also will make sweeps of area hotels, theatres and parking garages and monitor checkpoints where they scan for radiation and weapons, police said.

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Gas, vehicle registration taxes set to increase Jan

Gov. Rick Snyder signed it in to law later that year and said at the time that MI is making the largest investment in roads and bridges in more than a half-century. Combined with the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents, Pennsylvanians will be paying 76.7 cents per gallon in taxes - the highest in the nation. In 2013 it was 31.2 cents a gallon.

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State trooper shot and killed in Central Pa.

Police are actively searching for Robison, who should be considered armed and risky. Authorities are searching for Jason Robison in connection to the shooting. It is believed that his hair is now dyed purple. A massive search for a shooting suspect is underway near Hesston, Pa. All roads in the area have been closed.

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Rescue Underway After Amusement Park Riders Stranded in Air

Firefighters began evacuating people from the ride around 6:15 p.m. Knott's representatives say their mechanics tried several times to get the enclosed, circular tram down before calling the Orange County Fire Authority to assist. According to Capt. Larry Kurtz, there were 18 people on the Sky Cabin ride at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. The OCFA had four technical rescue trucks on scene.

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Weather Outlook: Lake effect snow warning, advisory still in effect

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the lakeshore counties, plus Lake, Barry, Kalamazoo, Cass and St. Joseph (MI) counties. However, lighter snow is expected to impact all of Northeast Ohio. The reason we are expecting snow is due to a surface short wave that will push through the area tonight.

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Donald Trump accuses President Obama of 'inflammatory' roadblocks

The reversal apparently comes after Trump and Obama spoke privately. "Some vets want to go to the VA", the official told reporters at Mar-a-Lago. "Nobody really knows, and hacking is very interesting", he said on " Fox News Sunday" earlier this month.

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Delay Start of Legal Marijuana Sales

The way the initiative was written, these outlets were expected to be open by January, 2018; roughly a year from now. The bill does not impact personal possession or home-grow provisions which went into effect December 15. Legislators said they had concerns the January 2018 date was too soon to set up the extensive state bureaucracy which would handle licensing, taxation and regulation.

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State trial for Michael Slager now set

Of the 12 jurors, 11 black and one white, one juror, in a note, said he couldn't vote for a conviction and wouldn't change his mind, despite the fact that the judge on the case allowed the jury to consider a lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter.

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Carnegie Deli not for sale; closure still on: Owner

Musovic initially offered $5 million to buy the deli, which the Levine family rejected. The legendary Carnegie Deli, known for its towering hot pastrami and corned beef sandwiches (combine them and you get the famed "Woody Allen") and cheesecake, will serve its last meal at midnight on Friday, after its owner rejected a $10 million bid by Sammy Musovic, who once was employed at the deli as a dishwasher.


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