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That Time Punxsutawney Phil Appeared On 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'

Phil, of course, is a woodchuck, a groundhog, and is supposed to be hibernating right now. Many locals will wait earnestly to see if General Beauregard Lee, the state's beloved groundhog, pops his furry head out and notices his shadow today .

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About half of Americans say Trump policies moving too fast

According to PPP, 40 percent of voters favor impeaching Trump, compared to 48 percent who oppose impeachment. "Usually a newly elected President is at the peak of their popularity and enjoying their honeymoon period after taking office right now", said Public Policy Polling President Dean Debnam.

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Former Badger hockey coach Jeff Sauer dies

Sauer thought he was done with coaching after he left the UW, but he told UWBadgers.com that the challenge to coach the sled hockey team rejuvenated him. He followed with another NCAA title in 1990. After 11 NCAA tournament appearances at Wisconsin, Sauer stepped down after the 2001-02 season, replaced by Mike Eaves.

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Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ranked From Worst to Best

Here's everything we know so far about Gaga's 12-minute performance. According to Gaga , there were already a lot of negotiations about the performance even before she signed up for the gig. "Get excited to see something that you haven't seen before", she said. Gaga's post was vague about the show, simply writing, " Houston , you are lovely".

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Grace Notes: At least some folks are curious about Frederick Douglass

President Donald Trump told members of the African American community that a report that he removed a bust of Dr Martin Luther King from the Oval Office was "fake news". "It turned out that that was fake news from these people ", Trump said, referring to the reporters assembled in the room. "I'm not going to sit around and engage with people who have no desire to actually get something right", he said during an event at George Washington University this week.

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Girl denied joining boys' basketball team now kicked out of school

Phillips' family filed a lawsuit, but a judge sided with the school. The family received a letter from a diocesan lawyer Wednesday that said Sydney and her sister were not welcome back at the school. "I'm bummed I couldn't play", Sydney told NBC New York after she was given a custom Liberty jersey. "I find it disgraceful that they're bullying these two children".

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Man charged with strangling woman in robbery, dumping body

Two months after her mysterious disappearance took place, two men have been charged in connection with her murder. Stern was last seen leaving her home in Neptune City on December 2, and her vehicle was later found abandoned on a bridge in Belmar.

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Judge orders halt to Trump's immigration executive order

It also prohibits the canceling of "validly obtained and issued immigrant visas". Goldberg, who has law offices in NY and Los Angeles, said she has some 214 Yemeni clients who have been affected by the travel ban and who are now stranded in Djibouti, unable to return to their war-ravaged country.

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Here's the Latest on the Delaware Prison Hostage Situation

Thursday from the building where the hostages had been held and were being held elsewhere at the prison. Later, Delaware Online received another phone call explaining the actions of the inmates and listing demands. The C building, where the situation occurred, houses 120 inmates, all of whom are now considered suspects in the violence. The state Department of Corrections has released few details about the situation at the prison in Smyrna.

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Threats to repeal Obamacare may be pushing enrollment higher, officials say

This in turn led to an influx of new members signing up out of the fear of being without insurance. President Trump has already put the repeal of the Affordable Care Act process in motion with no proposal for replacement. As of Tuesday, more than 3.6 million New Yorkers had enrolled in health insurance programs offered through the exchange. She also said the government should continue a second form of subsidy, known as cost-sharing reductions, that now benefit almost 6 million lower-income ...

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Groundhog Day: 5 Fast Facts On The Big Prediction

This tracks with the early drafts of the script, which made Groundhog Day much, much more darker than the final product. Here's a link to the AMC schedule for today , featuring " Groundhog Day " ALL DAY LONG. For more details on what to expect, check back for AccuWeather's full 2017 spring forecast on February 8. Since 1988, the groundhog was " right " 14 times and "wrong" 15 times.

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Trump questions university funding after violence at Berkeley

Authorities couldn't guarantee security for Yiannopoulos and the attendees of the event so made a decision to call it off. There were no immediate reports of arrests or serious injuries. One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down'. The Berkeley College Republicans said its "constitutional right to free speech was silenced by criminals and thugs".

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Groundhog Day Marks Anniversary of Coldest Temperature in DFW

Every year, February second is the day when Punxsutawney Phil determines whether or not our winter weariness will be relieved. Will Ms. G see her shadow and predict another six weeks of winter today? "Spring is arriving 20 days earlier than a long-term average (1981-2010) in much of the Southeastern U.S.", USA-NPN concludes.

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Freezing Rain Expected To Come Back To Eugene This Week

Snow chances will increase later in the day on Friday with precipitation expected to continue throughout the weekend and into early next week. The Wyoming Department of Transportation road conditions website shows highways north, south and east of Cody are slick with snowfall; there is black ice in the Powell, Lovell and Deaver area; and travelers going north out of Greybull will find snowfall and blowing snow.

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Honesty will undergird U.S. foreign policy -- Tillerson

While ExxonMobil CEO, Tillerson was often at odds with the Barack Obama administration while it pursued harsh economic sanctions on Russian Federation in retaliation for its annexation of Crimea and support for rebels in eastern Ukraine, costing Tillerson's former company billions of dollars in contracts.

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Punxsutawney Phil's Forecast: Like It or Not

Queen Charlotte is taking this year off after refusing to come out of her cage during last year. In addition to Concord Charlie, other groundhogs that will be delivering predictions tomorrow include Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania, Staten Island Chuck in New York, General Beauregard Lee in Georgia and Jimmy the Groundhog in Wisconsin.

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Congress scraps Obama rules on coal mining, guns

The regulation was issued in the final months of President Barack Obama's term. The background checks rule established the criteria the Social Security Administration will follow when forwarding names for the criminal background check system.

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Trump Seeks to Take Wrecking Ball to Division Between Church and State

Wade and legislation that would permit anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of religious liberty. On the subject of the draft executive order on "religious freedom" that has been circulating, Perkins declared himself "optimistic that this administration is going to address that".

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Iran put 'on notice' by Trump administration after missile test

Donald Trump's White House signaled a tougher stance toward Iran on Wednesday, condemning a recent missile test and declaring America was putting the Islamic republic "on notice". German newspaper Die Welt , citing unspecified intelligence sources, reported on Thursday that Iran had recently tested another system, a cruise missile called "Sumar", that was capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

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Clubview fifth-grader wins Muscogee County spelling bee

The 14 contestants in the seventh-grade had obviously studied, as this Bee spelldown lasted the longest. After Wood's opponent misspelled the word "geisha", the door was open for Wood to claim her crown. The victor of that will represent the area at the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, set for May 28 to June 4 in the Washington, D.C., area. Carson Valley Middle School seventh-grader Ruby Jacobsen won her grade on "prodigious", again after five rounds in the finals.

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Congress Members Are Trying To Sell Millions Of Acres Of Public Land

Chaffetz has also made it clear that he aims to dismantle Teddy Roosevelt's legacy elsewhere, by attacking national monuments and the Antiquities Act and promoting other measures created to starve national federal lands of law enforcement resources needed to prevent vandalism and protect wildlife".

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Groundhog Day: Don't dig too deep into rodent-themed tradition

Most people see February 2, Groundhog Day, as winter's half-way point. Phil spends February 2 in his temporary home at "Gobbler's Knob" as thousands of residents gather round to wait for his decision on the weather. Based on Thursday's weather forecasts, there's a fifty-fifty chance as to whether Sam and Willie will see their shadows , he said. It was two years after the legendary film " Groundhog Day " made its debut, and interest in Punxsutawney Phil was at an all-time high.

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Punxsutawney Phil Says It'll Be Six More Weeks Of Winter

German immigrants took this idea and used a hedgehog for their weather prediction. On Feb. 2, the groundhog wakes up from hibernation. No matter how much of an expert Phil may be, we all know spring officially starts on March 20th and if you're counting with me, that's 46 more days! This has become an American tradition.

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Internet tax legislation passes House

Mississippians who shop online often find many out-of-state retailers don't charge sales tax. Opponents of the bill asked House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, to label it as a new tax, meaning passage would require a 60 percent supermajority vote.

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Chicago murders up in January 2017 compared to past year

The Chicago Police Department has unveiled new high-tech strategies and equipment for fighting crime as the city deals with increases in homicides and gang violence. Police also said that more guns were taken off the street than in January 2016. Gun arrests have also more than doubled. "We are beginning to see promising results", Chicago police Supt.

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'Madden NFL 17' Predicts Super Bowl LI Winner

He called Tom Brady, a former MI quarterback and the current New England Patriots quarterback , the best player of all time. It's never been done before, so I don't know. I was expecting run. The Falcons will draw first blood, scoring during the first quarter after running back Tevin Coleman takes a pass from the backfield 15 yards into the end zone.

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The Making of SCOTUS! - a Donald Trump Production

Jeff Sessions, Trump's nominee for attorney general, because she has "no confidence" that he will be independent enough from the White House . Trump announced his choice late Tuesday, introducing Gorsuch as a judge the "country needs badly" and comparing him to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat Gorsuch will be filling.

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Florida pastor gets caught with another man's wife; flees nude

According to the woman, Simmons came over to discuss starting a business and providing less fortunate kids with clothes and shoes, but they ended up in bed together. "It hurts me that you have to defend my actions, because when you love somebody you wanna fight for them". The scandal broke during the same week Simmons and the church were celebrating the 11th anniversary of his leadership.

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Senate Committee Approves EPA Nominee, After a Boycott

Pruitt's positions nor assess potential conflicts of interests that would impact his service at the EPA without responses to our questions for the record", Markey said . "We're going to have a meeting today and we're going to make sure that Scott Pruitt is advanced to the floor of the Senate". Tom Carper, the committee' ranking Democrat.

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Trump calls out Chicago violence during Black History Month meeting

During the meeting, the New Revival Center senior pastor told the president that several top Chicago gang members had reached out to him with the desire to work with the president to deal with the rampant violence taking place in the city, according to CBS.

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Obama On Ban: 'American Values Are at Stake'

Mr Trump has rejected accusations his executive order amounts to a "Muslim ban", pointing out that it doesn't include dozens of majority-Muslim countries. The "flow of Iraqi refugees slowed significantly during the Obama administration's review", Finer wrote in an article for Foreign Policy magazine's website, but "there was no outright ban".

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Powerball results for 02/01/17 drawing; jackpot at an impressive $206M

Check your lottery tickets, Kentucky residents: A $1 million Powerball ticket was sold in the Bluegrass State. The ticket must match the five numbers drawn - aside from the final Powerball number - to collect $1 million. In Michigan, one player matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. The cash value of the prize is $124.4 million. Deadline is 7:08 p.m.

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Texas senator behind 'Sanctuary City' bill says it regulates local officials

The latter also prohibits communicating with ICE officials, exchanging information with other governmental entities, and cooperating with a federal immigration officer. "It's very important, specifically in communities like Austin that's very diverse, that we build that trust". "We want that revenue back not for selfish purposes".

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Teacher uses personalized handshakes to connect with each of his students

How does White remember so many handshakes? My man has memorized a unique, complicated, sometimes choreographed handshake for each and every one of his students. White says he wants his students to be excited about school. "I do it so much with them". He added: "You see that bond and how close they are". White says it's all about muscle memory.

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Trump nominee could reshape the Supreme Court - or the Senate

Trump announced he was nominating Gorsuch Tuesday night. Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Republican-leaning OH, already announced he would vote against Gorsuch. But they can't block nominees for four years, and they would be foolish to pass up the chance to put an exemplary judge like Neil Gorsuch on the highest court.


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