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Joe Biden New Roles at Penn, Delaware Focus on Foreign, Domestic Policy

In a separate announcement, the University of DE said the former vice president will serve as founding chair of the newly created Biden Institute focusing on domestic issues such as the economy, environment, civil rights and criminal justice.

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Sen. Tom Cotton Introducing Legislation to Cut Green Cards by Half

Perdue and Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on Tuesday introduced the RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) Act, which they said would help raise US workers' wages by restoring legal immigration levels to historic norms and by rebalancing the system toward employment-based visas and immediate-family household members.

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Sheriff: Autistic child was caged; Child abuse charges filed

A Tennessee couple face child-abuse charges after deputies found a 10-year-old autistic girl locked in a wooden cage surrounded by dog feces. When officers confronted Laws, she said that the girl 'was autistic and they were able to control the child better by locking her up'.

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Fired Officer Held for Vehicular Homicide After Boy Dies

Police said York was en route to a pedestrian accident when he left the roadway and hit two teens walking on the sidewalk. He was one of two teens hit on January 29 when officer Scott York's vehicle left the roadway and went up on the curb, striking Coreas-Mejia and his cousin, Joel Melendez-Coreas.

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Couple Boycotts Texas Restaurant Because 'The Owner Is Mexican'

However, the owner is 'Mexican, ' we will not return. A restaurant owner is getting overwhelming support from strangers after a patron wrote a racist note Friday on a receipt. He said he believes today's political climate is making people more vocal, but in the end, he said he is just trying to make a living for his family.

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Sheriff Page meets President Trump in Washington, DC

US sheriffs can play a key role in prioritizing different immigration policies. "Our borders are not secure and we applaud your efforts to address this threat to our public safety". Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics show that the United States murder rate in 2015 - the most recent year with available statistics - was 4.9 per 100,000 people.

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Tester meets with US Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch

These times deserve answers and judge Gorsuch did not provide them. There are different kinds of conservative judges, from the pragmatist to the originalist. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to hold a confirmation hearing for Gorsuch in March. Further, more voters support his confirmation than they did for President Barack Obama's nominees.

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These Tweets About The Super Bowl Really Didn't Age Well

Jeffrey Brown has our story. After making it into the store, getting their jerseys and Super Bowl merchandise, they left the ProShop just before noon. Brady kisses Kraft's cheek, and delivers the breaking news: "Somebody stole my game jersey!" "I'm so proud of our guys, our coaches, the team".

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Charlotte one of Top 20 cities in America

It's the second year in a row for Fayetteville to be included near the top of the rankings. Austin, Texas, came in at No. 1, bumping the previous victor, Denver, Colorado, to No. That's in addition to the fact the housing market is affordable and there is a high quality of life. The list, released Tuesday by the publication , was determined through considering Census data, crime data, other rankings from the publication including best high schools and hospitals and surveys.

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San Francisco Will Send Residents to Community College for Free

The city guarantees almost $5.4 million a year to San Francisco City College to pay for residents' tuition beginning this fall. Under the agreement, the city would put up $5.4 million annually to cover the tuition for students at $46 per credit.

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Amber Alert for Staten Island toddler

Her father, Johnny Woo, was last seen driving a 2014 black Kia Sorrento with a NY registration of GHH8886. The father allegedly hit her in the stomach before grabbing the girl out of a vehicle seat and placing her in his auto. Studies show that 9 percent of missing children are kidnapped by a family member in custody dispute, according to the Polly Klass Foundation . She was wearing pink pajamas.

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February 7: High near 80 today; isolated storms possible later

Increasing clouds, with a low around 34. Southeast wind around 8 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. Friday .Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. In the wake of the fast-moving storm system, look for another shot of cold air for Friday along with a clipper system at night.

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Judge orders no sex for Twin Falls man convicted of rape

Herrera was initially sentenced to prison for five to 15 years following his conviction of statutory rape of the 14-year-old girl, but the judge suspended his sentence in favor of a year-long therapeutic prison program. Sanders said she's never seen a ban on sex as part of a probation requirement, calling it "bizarre" and saying it would also raise Fourth Amendment issues.

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'Space capsule' appears near Casa Grande

It had a parachute attached to it and on the side with the words "United States" and "Captain J. Millard" and an American flag. "It appears an artist got creative near Casa Grande and turned a cement truck drum into a space capsule!" Millard said he got permission from the landowner to work on the mixer that was left on the property and began the project February 2 with the help of another artist.

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Tornado watches issued Tuesday in southeast Louisiana, southern MS

Injuries and severe damage are being reported in the New Orleans East area after a tornado tore through the area Tuesday morning. The Causeway was closed around 11 a.m. Video shows a tornado moving through the New Orleans East area on February 7. New Orleans East is a neighborhood in the city's Ninth Ward. Video owned by Sam Girault.

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Homeland Security Sec. Kelly defends travel ban, regrets speedy rollout

Under the measure, people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya - countries that are majority Muslim but were designated as terrorism-prone in McCaul's previous legislation and by the Obama administration - are blocked from entering the country for 90 days.

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Gov. Wolf proposes 3rd straight year of increased funding for State System

Tom Wolf presented a $32.3 billion spending plan today that looks to appeal to middle class voters by downsizing state government, raising hourly minimum wages and targeted business tax increases. He is also calling on people who live in municipalities without local police coverage that use the State Police for service to pay a $25 fee. He would raise new dollars through selling off unused state-owned property and leasing a landmark, Harrisburg-area expo hall to a private entity - and then ...

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'Running Nightmare': Cops Say Couple on Killing Spree

They also say Boyette is traveling with 37-year-old Mary Rice, who has dye her hair orange. Authorities believe Boyette stole Broz's vehicle, a 2003 Chrystler Concord, and later abandoned it in Escambia County, Florida near the intersection of I-10 and Nine Mile Road.

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Trump's Dept. of Labor pick admits to once hiring an undocumented immigrant

Previously, Puzder's thoughts, which have been publicized on everything from overtime pay, sick leave and automation, have stirred up a lot of resistance to his nomination. Fast food executive Andrew Puzder, who has not yet undergone a hearing in the Senate for his nomination, said Monday he was not aware of the woman's immigration status and dispatched her quickly when he found out.

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Hazardous weather to bring rain, gusty winds to Napa Valley

It's going to be a warm, windy and mostly sunny week in Colorado Springs. There is a 10 percent chance of rain after 4 p.m. According to the forecast, temperatures are expected to reach 69 degrees Monday with a low Monday night of 56.

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97 tech companies voice legal opposition to Trump's immigration order

Immigration lawyers said the State Department had informed them they should rebook trips for refugees whose plans were canceled after the executive order , which temporarily halted the refugee resettlement program. "You're here arguing on behalf of someone who says we have to protect the United States from these individuals coming from these countries", Robart declared.

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Kobe Bryant memorabilia stolen from ex-NBA star's alma mater

Bryant starred at Lower Merion in the 1990s, starting as a freshman, and finished his high school career with 2,883 points, more than Philadelphia-area legends Wilt Chamberlain and Lionel Simmons. "We're bummed", said Doug Young, Lower Merion's Director of Community Relations, who said he couldn't understand why someone would steal items that don't have a significant monetary value .

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Senate Expected to Vote on DeVos Confirmation as Education Secretary

Schumer said that Republicans should "look into their conscience and cast their votes not based on party loyalty, but based on whether or not Ms. DeVos is qualified to be our nation's leader on education policy". The Senate is expected to approve her appointment Tuesday afternoon in a tight and controversial vote. "She has said education is an industry", Murray continued.

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Burnsville Has Cameo In New Super Bowl Video

One year from now, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington and the entire state of Minnesota will represent extremely well on the world stage. It turned out that was merely the beginning of Handoff Week. Bank Stadium. Thursday is going to see Chad Greenway's Crew 52 surprising Minnesotans throughout the day in the Twin Cities metro area with gifts celebrating the Super Bowl countdown.

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Lawmakers react to Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State proposals

Mary Fallin issued a call to action to lawmakers during her annual State of the State address but left them few specifics. Fallin's call to fix Oklahoma's structural budget deficits and reverse years of funding cuts that are damaging the health and prosperity of our entire state.

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Mostly cloudy and warmer today; storms possible later this week

Wednesday will be mainly dry, but rain will develop Wednesday night and could change over to a wintry mix by Thursday morning. Another warm day with highs in the upper 60s to near 70. A cold front is projected to move through Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, which will change the wind direction from a southerly flow to a northerly flow, helping to filter in some cooler air.

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President Trump Travel Ban Order Headed to Supreme Court

The Trump administration had appealed a temporary order restraining the ban nationwide, saying a federal judge in Seattle overreached by "second-guessing" the president on a matter of national security. Ultimately, legal experts expect that the case could wind up at the Supreme Court in relatively short order. The last immigration case that reached the justices ended in a 4-4 tie.

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Dem Senators To Protest DeVos Vote Throughout The Night

A different scenario could unfold if the Democrats are able to sway one more Senate vote in their favor. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME are breaking ranks and will vote against DeVos. "At the risk of stating the obvious, we must have a Secretary of Education who believes in public education and the need to keep public schools public", he wrote .

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Maxine Waters: 'Eventually,' We'll Have To Impeach Trump

Some Democrats have been more bullish on the possibility of a Trump impeachment. Waters cited "investigations" going on in both the Senate and House, suggesting possible "collusion" between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Republicans have largely ignored Democrats' efforts to investigate how Trump's businesses might be influencing his decision making as president. Launching the impeachment process would require a House member to introduce a resolution requiring the Judiciary ...

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Pa. Senate bill would financially punish cities that counter federal immigration policies

The bill is ultimately expected to reach Wolf's desk, but it's not clear that supporters can override his expected veto. There is a "strong possibility" the bill will get a final Senate vote this week, sending it to the House, according to a spokeswoman for the Senate Republican leader.

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NWS Issues NH Winter Weather Advisory for Upcoming Multifaceted Storm

An additional 6-10 inches of new snow is expected in the passes today. The agency issued a winter-storm warming, which will remain in effect through 4 p.m. In "Pure Michigan" fashion, it shouldn't surprise you that we'll be 9 times higher than that Tuesday afternoon before the bottom falls once again. Get free real-time news alerts from the Concord Patch.

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Hundreds gather to protest Betsy DeVos

Robert Bentley filling Sessions' seat, which could leave DeVos in the lurch. The upper chamber is set to vote on DeVos' candidacy Tuesday, but Democrats hope their debate will persuade one or two Republicans to join them in opposition. Stabenow spoke to DeVos' record in MI, especially regarding her involvement in recent legislation for Detroit Public Schools funding and her support for charter schools, and said she had fundamental disagreements with DeVos on how to improve education in the ...

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Michigan GOP Official: 'Another Kent State' Is Solution To Violent Campus Protests

According to the Detroit Free Press, Adamini , the secretary for the Marquette County Republican Party, posted a tweet February 2 that said, "Violent protesters who shut down free speech?" Adamini, who is radio host of a show ironically titled, "In the Right Mind", said that if the federal government could take their cues from the tragedy at Kent State, things might be in hand.

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'Real-Life Boogeyman:' Suspected Serial Child Rapist Charged In Bucks County

Williams Thomas, 58, was charged with child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated incident assault and other charges, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office. On that plywood, a hand written description of an assault of two girls ages 3 and 6-and-a-half or 7. Some of these writings documented Thomas "molesting" children as young as three years old, when Thomas was in his twenties, which would be during the nineteen seventies, as Thomas also wrote that he ...

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Protesters urge Sen. Moran to change DeVos vote

DeVos is a major Republican donor and longtime advocate of school choice who is married to an heir to the Amway marketing fortune. All 48 members of the Democratic caucus and two Republicans - Sens. The vote to confirm Ms. DeVos is expected as soon as Monday, and the Republican senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME now say they'll vote against her, citing hundreds of calls they've received from furious voters.


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