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Watch Jimmy Fallon belatedly address controversial Donald Trump interview

After complimenting Meyers on his interview with Kellyanne Conway, Fallon mentioned Trump's most recent Tonight Show visit, which received backlash from people like Samantha Bee for his softball questioning and the tussling of his hair, which critics argued help normalize the polarizing politician.

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Today in School, Betsy DeVos and Her Antagonists Learned About Metaphors

But there were protesters there to greet her, including some retired teachers. Several dozen activists gathered outside Jefferson Middle School in Washington, D.C., a predominantly African-American school, chanted "stand up, fight back".

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Alabama governor names new state attorney general

It came a day after Bentley named former AG Luther Strange to the U.S. Senate seat that Jeff Sessions left to become U.S. attorney general. Marshall has been the district attorney for Marshall County since 2001, and Bentley said Marshall has impeccable credentials and strong conservative values.

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Coward: DeVos Runs From Protesters at DC School

Ahead of her visit, a crowd of protesters which included parents and teachers, gathered around the school, chanting and holding signs. According to the Metropolitan Police Department, one adult male was arrested for assaulting a police officer during the incident and a claim that Sec.

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Semi toppled by strong winds crushes patrol vehicle

A large truck travelling in the right hand lane could be seen slowly approaching the patrol vehicle before one of its trailers started swaying toward it. Wyoming Highway Patrol says this is a good reminder to follow high wind advisories and closures when you are traveling in our great state. A brief video posted to Facebook by the Wyoming Highway Patrol has racked up more than 1.9 million views in just a few days.

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World Cup victor Lara Gut tears ACL in training crash

One of Switzerland's strongest medal prospects, Gut was in third position after the downhill section when she injured her left knee warming up for the slalom. Vonn skied out of Monday's super-G after losing the grip on her right pole because the strength in her right hand is compromised by nerve damage suffered in a November training crash.

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Arizona woman deported to Mexico despite complying with immigration officials

Garcia de Rayos, who came to the United States at age 14 and was living in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, had been allowed to remain under the Obama administration's policy despite a 2013 arrest by immigration officials, her attorney said .

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Boys become kings, girls queens at Tim Tebow prom experience

In the main room nearby were plenty of light blue and white balloons and crepe paper and tiny white lights. Mary explained that Night to Shine would be an "amazing" experience for her daughter. I know I thoroughly enjoyed my time with him. "I started getting ready about 4:15", said Bridget Kadusky. Courtney Ritchie, a junior at Proctor High School, was attending Night to Shine with her mother, both wearing gowns and having their hair done.

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Tom Price is health secretary

He was approved on a party-line vote of 52-47. "As a practicing physician and proven congressional policy expert in the area of electronic health records and other health IT, we expect Dr. "This is a nominee with an extreme agenda", said Oregon Sen. As debate was ending, Wyden gave a stinging denunciation, focusing on what he called "a coverup" by Price about his purchase previous year of discounted stock in a small Australian biotechnology company in which a fellow GOP congressman is ...

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Killeen judge gives man $4 billion bond, highest in USA history

The $4 billion bond a Killeen man was facing for murder has been set aside and replaced with a $150,000 bond by District 27 judge John Gauntt. A joint motion was filed by Antonio Willis' defense attorney Billy Ray Hall and Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza.

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Bill to cut Planned Parenthood funding advances in Virginia

Less access to these services would have dire consequences to women whose care depends on Planned Parenthood. In a video that Politico writer Dan Diamond posted to Twitter, the woman can be seen confronting Chaffetz. The Obama administration rule was finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services in December , prohibiting states from withholding federal grants to the women's health organization.

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Texas 'bathroom bill' could put future Super Bowls at risk

The Super Bowl was just held in Houston, Texas, last Sunday, but if lawmakers in Austin don't act in accordance with the NFL's wishes in regards to transgender bathroom use, it may be the Lone Star State's last. In addition to the National Basketball Association pulling its All-Star Game from North Carolina after a similar bill became law, the NCAA announced that it would move conference events, including championship games, from the state (more on that here).

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New York City graduation rate climbs to record level

State officials said black and Hispanic students and students in the bigger cities were among those making gains. College readiness rates for New York City also climbed in 2016 but trailed far behind graduation rates, with just 37.2% of students meeting City University of New York standards for incoming college freshmen.

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All major mountain passes back open, but delays persist

UPDATE 8:55 a.m.: The Department of Transportation says workers expect to have westbound Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass back open by noon today. Eastbound lanes were reopened about 1 a.m. Friday. There are no restrictions at Snoqualmie Pass now, though traction tires are recommended. The Yakima Herald-Republic said Ryan L.

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Introducing Betsy DeVos, the New Secretary of Education

DeVos' visit to the school was not announced by the Education Department. So effective was that demonstration that an advance team for DeVos was also briefly blocked from entering the school. DeVos was slated to attend Jefferson Middle School Academy, a public school in the District. Is this a sign that she's finally gotten over her aversion to public schools ? Now former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan , who served under President Obama, is coming to her defense.

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Quiet weather today with a major warm-up this weekend

Monday will be a brighter day with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid 40s. We have a brief period of Winter temperatures and we're right back feeling like Spring for the weekend. The extended forecast looks calm and cool. Highs will soar to the mid 60s under partly cloudy skies. A weak cold front will slide through the region mid-week dropping our temperatures down into the lower 40s by Thursday .

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Snowstorm in Northeast causing cancellations, delays at Tampa International Airport

Another 13 flights set to arrive Thursday were canceled. In advance of Niko, many airlines have posted travel alerts warning passengers their flights could be cancelled. Some major carriers, including JetBlue, have canceled almost all flights to and from Boston. Wind gusts in some metro NY areas are expected to be as high as 45 miles per hour.

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Body found in park identified as missing Ohio State student

He and another man who had just arrived got out of their cars and took several steps toward the body before deciding to call 911. Counselors will be available at the university from 5 p.m.to 10 p.m.in the Ohio Union's Alonso Family Room located in the Student Life Multicultural Center.

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Price nears Senate confirmation as Trump health secretary

Price - a physician who was director of the orthopedic clinic at Atlanta's bustling Grady Memorial Hospital before he entered politics - is expected to usher through any changes in health care policy. Some conservatives are growing impatient, warning their constituents will revolt if Republicans don't kill off the health care law soon. "Doing nothing would unfurl chaos across the healthcare delivery system".

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Protesters Try to Block Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos should be jeered and heckled in public, especially when she's just showing up to public schools for propaganda photo ops. "DC has the fastest growing urban school district in America". Payne says he understands Hymans and Campbell concerns, but, wants everyone to stay hopeful Devos will do the right thing. If DeVos has her way, we'll leave this behind for a system in which education is for profit and doesn't serve everyone equally.

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Daylin Leach: Pa Senator Calls Trump A 'Fascist, Loofa-Faced, S**t-Gibbon'

At issue: Current laws allow law enforcement to take possession of property - including money, cars and homes - of people suspected of crimes, and it is most commonly used during drug arrests. During the meeting, Trump told a Texas sheriff they could "destroy" the career of a state lawmaker trying to reform asset forfeiture laws. Do you want to give his name? We'll destroy his career? The colorful posts were "not a surprise", Hoenstine said.

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Protesters hit streets after claims of stepped-up immigration raids

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said claims that ICE personnel arrested a 100 people in one day are " grossly exaggerated ". "I will not sit quietly by while they seek to harm the people of my district". "Our families, other people's families, our neighbors are scared", protester Nancy Zuniga said. They managed to remove him from the bus in which he was detained headed to Tijuana.

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Trump lashes media ahead of key travel ban hearing

Speaking to USA top brass in Florida earlier this week, Trump said that everyone has seen "what happened in Paris and Nice" and that "all over Europe it's happening". There is no way any media outlet would skip a news story that big. Spicer said the administration compiled the list because "we wanted to be very clear that there are a lot of examples between 2014 and 2016 that have occurred, and many of them haven't gotten the attention that they have deserved".

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CT man who lost 3 daughters in 2011 Christmas fire dies

He said without the girls he had lost goal and value in life, and needed to find a way to honor them, so he started the fund to give supplies to underserved public elementary schools across the country. Badger said in a 2012 interview that the loss of his little girls had devastated him. "It does make me feel proud of the girls". It's believed that embers from a fireplace were improperly stored causing the fire.

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Barack Obama's photographer posts picture to make a point about equality

In reporting on the Souza photo, Time's Motto publication quoted Gretchen Carlson, who wrote : "Women not being selected for more than a few high-level posts should be a bipartisan concern". My proudest moment, if you take a look around this room, you'll see people from all races, all places, and all we did tonight was come inside this building, show love, celebrate life, more life and more music.

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Local educators react to confirmation of new Secretary of Education

In fact, she's built her political "career" - if you can qualify her family's donations of around $200 million to the Republican Party a career - by advocating for charter schools and school choice in MI. That's why it baffles me that Sen. DeVos has previously worked to promote charter schools and school voucher programs, which her critics say would hurt public schools.

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Girl Scout Cookies Arrive in the Northland

It's been a big week for Girl Scout cookie-related crime: Saturday, a man in Philadelphia robbed an 8-year-old Girl Scout selling cookies outside her home, and an Oklahoma man was arrested after attempting to barter vodka for Girl Scout cookies.

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SA's woes in four charts as Zuma opens parliament

Members of Parliament (MPs) representing the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have made it clear that they will intentionally disrupt Zuma's address as they do not "recognise him as a fit leader" and believe he has failed to uphold his oath of office.

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European Stocks Set To Open Positive On Trump's Tax Reform Plans

Visit MarketWatch .com for more information on this news. During a meeting with airline executives on Thurday, Trump promised a "phenomenal" tax plan, comments that sent stock prices and the dollar higher overnight, Reuters reports. Brent crude, the benchmark for worldwide oil prices, gained $1.02 to $56.65 a barrel in London. Wall Street was headed for a solid opening, with both Dow and S&P futures up 0.2 percent.

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Inquiry launched after CMU students receive anti-Semitic Valentine's Day card

Members of the College Republicans at Central Michigan University - a registered university group - apparently decorated cards and put them into bags to be given away to students. Here, too, we vow to uphold the values of a diverse society that treasures the multiplicity of voices, experiences, and identities. The letter and signatures it had garnered by Thursday night can be read here.

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Baltimore police ID man shot to death by officer this week

Police on Thursday released body cam footage in the the officer-involved shooting death of Deal, 18, of the 1100 block of Naticoke Street. Baltimore City Police spokesman, TJ Smith, stated the suspected, 18, was released from prison on February 6 on felony drug and gun charges.

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GOP lawmaker introduces bill 'to abolish Dept of Education'

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., is co-sponsoring a bill that would eliminate the department. The document is only one page in length and calls for the DoED to be dismantled on December 31, 2018, The Hill reports. During his unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign, Former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry also said he'd eliminate the Education Department .

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Pipeline fire in Paradis prompts evacuations; USA 90 closed in both directions

According to St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, the fire in Paradis closed Highway 90 and Highway 631 in both directions. 631 are shut down in both directions from Bayou Gauche Road to JB Green. "Number one, it's too hot to get near", Champagne said. "The kids were making a lot of noise", said Louise, who was at the shelter with family. "It sounded like a boom".

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6 inches of snow forecast for Delaware

Hundreds of flights at Logan International Airport were canceled, speed limits were reduced on the Massachusetts Turnpike, and schools across the state were shuttered, as the first picturesque snowflakes fell. The storm is expected to pack a punch, but it's not a nor'easter. She said her daughter had the day off from school, and Jones had been looking forward to playing in the snow.

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Letter to the editor: Why the ACA is important

Although [House Speaker] Paul Ryan [R-District 1, Wisconsin] and [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Kentucky] like to say that Obamacare is collapsing, the reality is very different. If you have had cancer or a child born with serious health issues, your health care impacts could include bankruptcy, your retirement or the death of a family member.


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