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Civil Rights Groups Gear Up To Fight Virginia Bathroom Bill

North Carolina in March 2016 became the first state to enact a law that restricts bathroom access for transgender people. Del. Marshall filed House Bill 1612 , titled the Physical Privacy Act , which states " no individual shall enter a restroom or other facility designed for use by members of the opposite sex".

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Paul Ryan vows to defund Planned Parenthood in Obamacare repeal

Ryan spoke after a special House panel issued a report that criticized the organization for providing tissue from aborted fetuses to researchers. Allegations regarding such practices were at the heart of a scandal involving videos filmed by an anti-abortion activists.

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Former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats favored for intel director

He's spent 34 years in public service and was also the ambassador to Germany during the George W. Bush White House. Trump has begun openly feuding with intelligence agencies over their conclusion that Russian Federation hacked into Democratic computers to influence the election.

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Trump to cut 'bloated and biased' Central Intelligence Agency

Donald Trump has spent much of the past month assailing America's intelligence agencies over Twitter . But, he added, "there is no truth to this idea of restructuring the intelligence community infrastructure". Spicer seemed to acknowledge that discussions were taking place, saying, "All transition activities are for information-gathering purposes, and all discussions are tentative".

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United States puts bin Laden's son Hamza on terror blacklist

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, experts have noted Hamza's increasing prominence among extremists in comparison to that of Egyptian leader al-Zawahiri. "Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other USA agencies and other governments". The State Department also imposed penalties Thursday against Ibrahim al-Banna, a senior member of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

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Trump Calls Schumer 'Head Clown' Over Obamacare Stance

Just let that soak in for a minute. "And so you will do your best to hold the seat open?" asked Maddow. But Democrats say they're planning to target eight - a majority - of Trump's announced cabinet selections, which the Washington Post notes represents a startling departure from Senate precedent.

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Kmart in Wilmington to close this spring

The store is expected to close on March 26, an employee at the store told Patch, who said employees were told Wednesday morning that their store would be closing and they would be out of jobs. Penney in April 2015. Workers who are eligible will receive severance and can apply for open positions at other Kmart or Sears stores. The company was advertising the Sarasota Square site for redevelopment at the International Council of Shopping Centers conference in Orlando last summer.

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Will Beyoncé, Jay Z, Stevie Wonder, Usher Attend Obama Farewell Party?

Before they're completely moved out , the Obamas are reportedly hosting one last blowout bash at the White House this week. A moving truck was spotted parked outside the White House Wednesday, a sign of President Obama's imminent departure.

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Tannehill does not practice for Dolphins

They're a different team, too. Gase added that even if the quarterback can only practice for one day before the contest, he'll get the start, because Tannehill knows the offense better than anyone else, Kinkhabwala added. We don't need to mention history, and what happened between these teams during their matchups in previous seasons. Miami's special teams play this season has been nothing short of poor.

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Coast Guard responds to Gulf of Mexico oil platform fire

There are now no injuries reported. The US Coast Guard are at the scene 80 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico. A Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Mobile is enroute. "Clean Gulf, an oil spill response organization, is now enroute to the platform", the Coast Guard said in a statement. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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Jobless Claims Fall Sharply in Last Week of 2016

Initial claims sank to 235,000 from a revised 263,000, the government said Thursday. According to figures released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, November's jobless rate was 3.7 percent, a 0.2 percent decrease from October and a 0.7 percent decrease from the same time previous year.

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Husband 'stabbed and suffocated' ex just 'to watch her die'

But then judge canceled both protective orders before the end of the month for unknown reasons. Lee Johnson contacted League City police on December 12, after his daughter missed a dinner date with him. He stashed Johnson's body in her garage. In Hardy's affidavit he claims Johnson came over for a night of visitation with their son and that at one point after she had been drinking she would not leave and pushed him.

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Halftime: Spartans up 42-32 in Bridges' return

Eugene Omoruyi made two free throws on Rutgers' first second-half possession, trimming the deficit to 42-34, but Matt Van Dyk followed a Harris 3-pointer with a layup on Michigan State's next two trips and the Spartans led by double digits the rest of the way.

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Saving Obamacare: the USA president pleads for his legacy

The repeal-first, replace-later strategy could be a risk for Republicans, Curry said. That doesn't mean it will be a speedy process to remove the major legislation, however, as Republicans still haven't agreed on any of the details of how to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Packers Giving Away Gear and Tickets on Wednesday

Due to the fact that NY won the Super Bowl in 2011, many Giants fans are understandably anticipating another unforgettable postseason appearance. The Packers' six-game sprint to the playoffs has been remarkable, but history says they're going to have to play even better to get past the Giants at Lambeau.

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Just 18 Percent of Americans Approve of the Congress Paul Ryan Leads

The dance move - in which a person drops the head while raising an arm and elbow, as if to resemble sneezing - became wildly popular online past year, especially after professional athletes caught onto it. The teenager was tasked with holding the Bible and standing between Mr Ryan and his father during the ceremony. The image soon went viral and Cal Marshall took to social media to garner his new found fame.

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Obama's report on alleged Russian hacks fails to satisfy critics

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Security Agency and Cyber Command Chief Admiral. During a New Year's Eve Q&A with reporters, President-elect Donald Trump suggested that he would be meeting with intelligence officials early this week for a briefing on the alleged Russian cyber attack - which he continues to question.

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Pence, Obama rally troops in Congress as Obamacare showdown looms

Obama's rare legislative pilgrimage coincides with a dueling visit to the Congress by Vice President-elect Mike Pence . "But to say you're going to throw the baby out with the bathwater, repeal the whole thing - here we have the incoming vice president, who had Medicaid expansion in IN, now saying they want to repeal the whole thing".

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New Year's Day crash victim identified

There were two fatalities during the New Year's holiday counting period in Missouri. "We just had an overdose crash last week on OH 19 near Green Springs, where a mom had three kids in the vehicle and rear-ended a auto stopped at a railroad track", Meredith said.

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Former Chicago police officer blasts President-elect Trump

Trump's tweet accurately relayed Chicago's homicide numbers. Trump's suggestion that violence hit a record level in 2016 was off the mark, but homicides indeed rose almost 60 percent from 2015 to the highest levels in 20 years. "But they asked me about Chicago and I think stop-and-frisk with good strong, you know, good strong law and order", Trump said during a September event.

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Four People In Custody After Man Tortured In "Disturbing" Facebook Live Video

Later that day, officers responded to a residence in the 3300 block of Lexington, where there was signs of a struggle and evidence that linked the disoriented man to the location, police said . The incident took place Tuesday in an apartment on the 3400 block of West Lexington on Chicago's West Side, a police spokesperson said. Four people are now in custody, police said.

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Gov. Roy Cooper names new members to his senior staff Monday

Pat McCrory, who left office last weekend, the department was run with a more business-friendly approach that treated those it regulated as "customers". A former North Carolina attorney general, Cooper was sworn in as governor on Monday. Cooper said he plans to file an amendment by Friday with the federal government amending the state's Medicaid plan, and the News & Observer reports that he will ask hospitals to support and pay for the state's share of expansion.

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Pistol-packing granny scares off armed crook at home

She also said the intruder was armed. 'I reached over there (a nearby table) and grabbed this gun. "I tried to kill him, anybody break in on me I'm going to kill them he going to kill me or I'm going to kill him". Bowie County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jeff Neal told KSLA: "Every citizen, according to the Texas penal code, has the right to defend themselves and their family".

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Does Donald Trump like Chuck Schumer better than top Republicans?

At least a portion of those tweets were, of course, mocking the Democrats for stealing the slogan. He added that it was hard for him "to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support" and when asked if he would do his best to hold the seat open, Schumer said, "absolutely".

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Obama Expected to Transfer More Guantanamo Detainees in Final Days

On Sunday morning, Obama took his victory tour to Twitter , Trump's favorite mode of communication, where he touted many of his accomplishments like the economic recovery , marriage equality , and moves on clean energy . Mrs. Obama established the recognition ceremony for school counselors to highlight the work they do with young people and the conditions under which they operate.

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Hillary, Bill Clinton to attend Trump's inauguration, reports say

Bush's office said on Tuesday that he would attend Trump's inauguration along with former first lady Laura Bush . But after Trump's surprising victory, Bush released a statement saying he had called Trump and congratulated him on his election.

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Oakland Hires First Woman Police Chief

Emanuel chose not to hire any of the finalists recommended by the Chicago Police Board and instead chose Johnson, a department insider. The Oakland Police Department, which has had approximately 38 permanent chiefs since its inception in the mid-1800s, has never had a woman at the helm.

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Sunny, cold Wednesday with a chance of snow overnight

North wind 5 to 10 miles per hour becoming light after midnight. Thursday night: Snow likely, mainly after 1 a.m. North wind around 5 miles per hour. Cloudy, with a low around 33. Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 29. Tuesday Afternoon: Partly cloudy and chilly. Saturday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.

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When and where is the College Football Playoff National Championship?

What was surprising a year ago was that Watson was able to do all of that damage without his top two receivers - Mike Williams, who missed the game due to an injury, and Deon Cain, who missed the game due to being suspended for breaking team rules.

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The US shouldn't pander to Israel

The charge follows a USA abstention on a U.N. Security Council resolution that condemned Israeli settlement building in occupied West Bank by a 14-0 vote. That is to say, Washington should encourage Israelis to take steps that cause Mahmoud Abbas, Khaled Mashal, Saed Erekat, Hanan Ashrawi, and the rest of that crew to realize that the gig is up, that no matter how many United Nations resolutions are passed, their foul dream of eliminating the Jewish state is defunct, that Israel is ...

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Obama plans farewell address for next week

Earnest answered that the question goes back to some of the rhetoric from the campaign. Obama, in a written statement , explained that the American people have helped him lead during his presidency, a theme he plans to highlight in his speech.

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Democrats criticise Republican plans to weaken ethics body

The secretive attempt to place the Office of Congressional Ethics under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee - in effect, letting the fox guard the hen house - was overwhelmingly criticized, rightly so. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said House Republicans were " gutting its ethics office in the middle of the night". By Tuesday morning, Republicans had reversed their position on the proposal in an emergency meeting before the rules package hit the House floor.

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San Simeon: Car found off cliff in search for missing couple

At least one body has been found about 15 feet from the vehicle, along with a deceased dog. Then, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Vanessa Guzman said she received a call from a reporter about a tan vehicle being found near the coastal highway. The last word from the pair was about 11:40 a.m. December 23, when Gonzalez texted her brother-in-law to say they were about two hours away from Big Sur and a woman reported seeing them that day near where the vehicle was found.

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Minnesota's Nate Mason named co-Big 10 player of week

Vincent Edwards (14 points) and P.J. Thompson (12 points) also scored in double figures. Reid Travis led the Cardinal with 11 points - seven under his season average - before fouling out. "I don't know when the last time we won here". The stretch was part of a 12-0 Purdue run to give Purdue a 50-43 lead. It took a nifty move from Swanigan in the final seconds of regulation to tie the game and force overtime.

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Megyn Kelly Says a Loaded Goodbye to Fox News

According to Mediaite, Lachlan Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, offered Kelly a financial package that included $25 million a year over the next four years if she stayed to host her prime time cable news show. Her last day with the network is Friday. "Now I don't actually know most of you, so perhaps it's not true love". This move CERTAINLY makes sense after Kelly's rough year and a half that included drama with Donald Trump and those disgusting allegations of sexual ...


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