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Donald Trump report: Bombshell claims Vladimir Putin blackmailed Trump to presidency

The current president, Barack Obama made a statement late Tuesday refusing to comment in the wake of the released information. Intelligence officials have briefed both President Barack Obama and his successor Donald Trump on a unverified report claiming Russian spies have "compromising" personal and financial information about the president-elect, U.S.

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Mark Zuckerberg just nabbed Uber's head of policy for his charity work

David Plouffe was the mastermind behind the historic victory of President Barack Obama when he first ran for office back in 2008. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr Priscilla Chan have hired President Barack Obama's former campaign manager David Plouffe to lead policy and advocacy at their non-profit Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

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More Athletes Allege Sexual Abuse Against Ex-US Gymnastics Doctor

Most were minors "cloaked with innocence and trust of their youth", attorney Stephen Drew told reporters. "When we first learned of athlete concerns regarding Dr. The newspaper's report led to more than 60 of Nassar's former patients filing police reports alleging sexual assault. Court documents show she told trainers at the university about the assault but was told Nassar was a "world renown doctor" and "she should continue seeing him for treatment".

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WEATHER: Return of the rain

A band of snow showers moved across the region Tuesday morning bringing a mix of snow and sleet to the area. South wind 11 to 15 miles per hour becoming north in the afternoon. Only subtle change is for coastal areas to see some snow to start off, but as the southerly winds ramp up driving in warmer air, snow changes to rain fairly quick a the coast, and then progressively inland.

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Advocates ready to defend Kentucky's right-to-work law

Bevin is also expected to sign that into law as well, which would make Kentucky the 27th right-to-work state in the country. Right-to-work laws are usually straightforward - they give employees the right to keep their jobs without paying dues or being part of labor unions.

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Avalanche Forces Closure Of I-70 At Vail Pass

Westbound lanes were closed at Copper Mountain (mile marker 195) and eastbound lanes were closed in Vail (mile marker 176) because of the avalanche about 3 a.m. An avalanche stranded numerous truckers along I-70 in Colorado today. Several motorists were also seen receiving tickets from the Colorado State Patrol, likely for driving too fast for the conditions, according to one eye witness who was in the canyon at the Grizzly Creek staging area at the time.

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Al Franken Tears Into Sessions Over Civil Rights Claims

Sessions added, "We can never have a political dispute turn into a criminal dispute". "I would not commit to that at this time of appointing a special counsel when I'm not aware of precise facts of the situation that would be in play", Sessions said in response to a question by Sen.

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Top Senators Said To Be Negotiating An End To Illinois' Budget Stalemate

It was positioned for a floor vote by late Monday, but since the session ends Tuesday, there's no time to push the plan to the House. Sen. Pamela Althoff (AWL'-tawf) says Democratic Senate President John Cullerton and GOP leader Christine Radogno (ruh-DOHN'-yoh) have been working to break a two-year budget standoff.

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Watch Jeff Sessions face 5 tough questions at his Senate hearing

Sessions also stressed law and order themes in his opening remarks, the Washington Post reports. In 1986, the Senate Judiciary Committee axed Sessions' nomination to a District Court seat after his confirmation hearings were tinged with allegations of racism.

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Janesville School District selects next Superintendent

SLPS was last fully accredited in 2000. The district improved student attendance and graduation rates as well as its use of data to lead improvement efforts. "In 2007, when the Special Administrative Board was appointed, we faced what quickly became a 67 million dollar deficit". He said the state already set aside funds to make sure the Robeson County School District can get back on its feet.

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D.A. McMahon praises Gov. Cuomo's proposals to combat opioid crisis

Cuomo's other key initiatives for New York City include expanding access to affordable healthcare with a $50 million investment in the Bronx's Montefiore Health System, reforming the criminal justice system with such measures as raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, and establishing Brooklyn as a center of community health and wellness with several pilot programs.

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Korver's debut a dud, Cavs lose in Utah

Getting traded to the Cavs from the Hawks in a deal for Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams and a first-round pick on Saturday, Kyle Korver has yet to play for his new team. It may not be sage advice, but that's the first thing James told Korver when he joined the Cavs. "Shoot the ball as soon as it touches your hands", James said.

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Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting Suspect Appears in Court

Weinstein. The charges carry a maximum penalty of death or life in prison. "Authorities have cleared the terminal around gates D4 and D5, located at the north side of the airport", says WSVN7 News Miami . Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief characterized the attacker as a "lone shooter" and said authorities did not immediately know the motive behind the attack.

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Texas legislative session is underway

Straus touched on some of his top issues he wants lawmakers to address: mental health, improving the public school finance system and fixing Child Protective Services. "I think the top priority for the House is working on issues that protect Texas children", Wu said. Straus previously has suggested that it's not a top priority.

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5-Year-Old Girl Missing in North Canton

A search was under way at the family's apartment early Tuesday evening after the discovery of Ashley's body. Ashley is the 5-year-old girl who went missing Monday from a Jackson Township restaurant. The Jackson Township Police Department has reported that little Ashley was murdered by her mother, Ming Ming Chen. Zhao performed CPR on her, but was unsuccessful.

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U.S. may hold fire on 'non-threatening' N Korea missiles

President-elect Donald Trump responded with a tweet, saying "It won't happen!" but did not indicate how his administration would prevent it. Meanwhile, US officials have also criticized Iran for conducting ballistic missile tests, although the Islamic Republic has said its program is defensive and isn't created to carry nuclear warheads.

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Barack Obama set to bid farewell in his home city of Chicago

He is expected to be joined on stage by his wife, Michelle, who gave her farewell speech as first lady last week. The speech from the Windy City also comes on the same day that CNN added a new dimension to the ongoing political hacking scandal by claiming Trump and Obama were both recently shown evidence by intelligence chiefs that "Russian operatives" said to have "compromising personal and financial information about the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host".

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Barack Obama prepares for farewell address in Chicago

Yet Americans remain deeply divided over Mr Obama's legacy, with fewer than half saying they are better off eight years later - or that Mr Obama brought the country together. "He [Barack Obama] lived the same life, essentially, professionally that I did, and we became friends", said Dillard. It was his role in Chicago politics that led him to the White House, starting first as an Illinois State Senator for the 13th District.

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NJ High School Investigating Girls Basketball Team's Find of Hanging Black Dummy

Someone on the team photographed the dummy and posted the image on Facebook . Plainfield High School and Arthur L. Johnson High School administrators have not yet responded to Mic's request for comment. Plainfield first-year head coach Keshon Bennett confirmed that the incident occurred, and said his team played the game after seeing the dummy, losing 64-20.

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Supreme Court temporarily blocks North Carolina special elections

Supreme Court considers the appeal of whether the district court was correct to order special elections in 2017", said Anita Earls, executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, which has battled the legislature over the way districts were drawn.

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LL Bean on defensive after Linda Bean's political donation

Bean as a supporter of any political agenda ". "If L.L. Bean thinks a part-owner and board member can engage in this activity and have it not affect their bottom line, that's very naive". This may be my ME bias showing, but it seems rather counter-productive to order a boycott of a company that is committed to keeping jobs in the United States and still makes all of its boots in a factory in Maine.

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Jabrill Peppers says he's declaring for the National Football League draft

Peppers is the No. 1-ranked draft-eligible safety, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. "I was torn between the two". Sports Illustrated had the exclusive interview and announcement from Peppers, and released the story in correlation to a Tweet from Peppers.

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Wednesday To See Highs In Low 70s

Otherwise, we'll see mostly cloudy skies. Tuesday also has a mix of sun and clouds with comfortable highs in the mid-50s. The frigid temps are on hold for now, with mild temperatures taking over starting Wednesday . Tonight will be partly cloudy and colder with temperatures falling into the upper teens by early Wednesday . Clouds return overnight , bringing another round of rain on Thursday - which will start the temps descending down to normal levels by the weekend.

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Former Senator Al D'Amato Kicked Off JetBlue Flight After Seat Disagreement

Once on board, they were delayed for another half an hour or so, until a member of the flight crew got on the intercom and asked if there were some passengers who'd be willing to move their seats to adjust the plane's weight distribution, enabling them to take off, Galante said.

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Paralyzed New York detective who became voice for peace dies

Flags around New York City were lowered to half staff following the death of Det. Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, called McDonald "a true American hero". Since that fateful day in 1986, Steven dedicated his life to fighting hate and encouraging forgiveness through his actions. In 1986, McDonald was investigating bicycle thefts in Central Park when a 15-year-old shot him three times hitting him in the spine.

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Kelly Says US Border Security Top Priority

Under current practice, he said, "virtually all illegal aliens get a pass until they commit, and are convicted of, a violent crime" but he believes that existing laws would give him the authority, if confirmed, to deport any "foreign nationals without legal status".

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Book by Trump associate Monica Crowley pulled for plagiarism

In other instances, Crowley identified sources but didn't note that she was directly copying text; in other instances she didn't attribute at all. A report by CNN this week said at least 50 instances of plagiarism had been found in the four-year-old book, which is a scathing critique of President Barack Obama's administration.

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Watch President Obama's Farewell Address Live

The whole thing lasted into the early hours of Saturday morning, and apparently, Barack and Michelle Obama were serving up chicken and waffles to their guests. "It's not a victory-lap speech". The speech will recap Obama's accomplishments over the past eight years in office. "The system will respond to ordinary people coming together to try to move the country in a better direction", he said in the video.

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Aaron Hernandez's Tattoos Allowed As Evidence In Double-Murder Trial

Prosecutors say Hernandez got two tattoos added to his body in 2013. One tattoo depicts a revolver with a bullet missing out of the five-chamber gun. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and witness intimidation and is scheduled to go on trial next month. There's a difference between the admissibility of evidence and the weight it will be given.

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Expected snow for tonight increases, could include freezing rain for morning commute

Tuesday , followed by snow, freezing rain and sleet into the evening. The precipitation should change to plain rain after midnight as temps settle into the upper 20s and low 30s in those areas. Sunday , there is a 50 percent chance of rain or freezing rain, with a high of 35, according to the weather service. The high will be near 33. West wind 10 to 15 miles per hour becoming light and variable.

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Rep. Clay Rehangs Painting Showing Cops As Pigs In Capitol Building

He reportedly returned the painting to the wall once again after Lamborn removed it. "This is really not about a student art competition anymore, it's about defending the Constitution", he said . The painting shows police with animal heads who have their guns pointed at black people, with a sign that reads "racism kills". The painting was on display for six months before critics attacked it, in the middle of hundreds of other paintings by high school art contest winners from around the ...

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Sessions Spokeswoman on AG Confirmation

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to be his Senior White House Adviser, a move which will test a 1967 anti-nepotism law. His nomination for a federal judgeship was rejected by the United States Senate in 1986 after several of his former colleagues from the Justice Department testified about his comments and behavior as the United States attorney in Mobile.

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Fla. airport shooting prompts tighter security at Eisenhower

Chicago Police have increased security at O'Hare and Midway airports, after a gunman opened fire at an airport in Florida, killing at least five people and wounding eight others. Passengers must declare a gun with the airline and put it in checked luggage. Investigators are combing through social media and other information to determine Santiago's motive, and it is too early to say whether terrorism played a role, Mr Piro said.

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Jesse Ventura Loses Appeal To Reinstate Verdict

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday shot down former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's attempts to reinstate a $1.8 million defamation verdict against the estate of late " American Sniper " author and Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. In the book, Kyle described punching out a celebrity in a bar, but never identified Ventura as the "celebrity" in question. Still, Ventura said he's not done with his legal campaign against Kyle's estate.

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Maximum security prison in Mass. locked down after riot

The Massachusetts Department of Corrections has released several photos from the incident at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center, where dozens of inmates were involved in an altercation Monday. State Police spokesman David Procopio says troopers were on standby outside the building but didn't enter as corrections officers used de-escalation methods.


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