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Battle for Mosul: Sharp uptick in civilian deaths

Jawdat added that security personnel found documents, explosive devices, weapons and communication sets inside the facility. Attacks would soon resume, and "new techniques" more suitable to fighting in the Old City would be used, he said , without elaborating.

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Melissa McCarthy talks Sean Spicer impression

Melissa McCarthy, 46, just hilarious revealed that she may dress up as White House press secretary Sean Spicer for her family's Christmas card this year. The prosthetic ears helped change her face shape. She said that she wasn't offended, especially after she saw herself in prosthetics. "Can I have eye bags?" she asked the make-up department? McCarthy, who appeared on Friday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, said she responded with a shocked, "What?!", asking how she was going to do that.

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Penn State jury kept focus on kids

Graham Spanier was found guilty of one charge of child endangerment and not guilty of the second charge of child endangerment or conspiracy. Spanier, 68, offered no reaction when the verdict was announced. "The only downside for us is if the message isn't "heard" and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it", Spanier told Curley and Schultz in 2001 in the email exchange.

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A Restaurant Owner Whose Wife Voted for Trump Reportedly Faces Deportation

Trump". Another Trump supporter in the community said in this The Huffington Post piece, "I voted for President Trump because I believed he was promising to develop a process to remove the illegal immigrants that have done acts against the United States".

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'All hands on deck' for GOP, Trump as health care vote approaches

If the bill is defeated, what would that say about the Trump's negotiating skills? "So that you can find out what is in it - away from the fog of the controversy". So even the Republican representatives are facing angry constituents who have a lot to lose with ACA repeal. Further complicating matters, Republican chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Rodney Frelinghuysen said he could not support the bill, a major blow to Republican efforts to pass the legislation.

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Trump loses ground on health care

I understand it's a matter of principle for the Freedom Caucus. It has repeatedly pushed back against more establishment Republicans, using its leverage to push former Speaker John Boehner to resign in 2015 and halt Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's run to replace him.

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Viral video shows Wisconsin cop sparring with IRS scammer over phone

Kyle Roder received a call from the "IRS" that threatened that he'd be arrested if he didn't call back ASAP, The Huffington Post reported . "It said to call this number, you said I had committed a fraud or something?" Officer Eric Roder said he received a voicemail on his phone on Tuesday morning from a man purporting to be a representative of the Internal Revenue Service.

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Supreme Court weighs heavily in favor of special ed rights

Roberts Jr. said. The US Supreme Court unanimously vacated and remanded [opinion, PDF] a lower decision [opinion, PDF] regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA ) [text, PDF] on Wednesday. He noted that several other appellate courts had relied on the same standard. Gorsuch said in his dissenting opinion that Maddin didn't refuse to operate his vehicle, because he continued to drive the truck after ditching the trailer.

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Concealed weapons permits owners can carry their guns in daycares

Ohioans can now carry concealed guns into more places. The law specifies that businesses may not have a policy prohibiting someone with a concealed handgun license from transporting or storing a firearm in their vehicle. "They may be at work, and they have their firearm, and they would have to go home first and dispose of the gun at their house before going back and picking up the kids".

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Democrats Launch Plan to Filibuster Gorsuch Nomination

Bush's appointees, satisfied. Republican leaders need to secure at least eight Democratic votes to pass the Gorsuch nomination, or they will need to trigger the so-called "nuclear option" to change the rules and allow the vote to pass with just a simple majority.

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Planned Parenthood head to Ivanka Trump: 'Stand for women'

But one of those who said she will vote yes is Congresswoman Martha McSally of Tucson. The tweet was directed at the Freedom Caucus, the group of ultra-conservative Republicans whose members oppose the bill for being too similar to Obamacare, and that Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have sought to win over.

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Only 17% of Americans support 'Trumpcare' in new poll

Republican Andy Barr says he's a "firm and enthusiastic yes". "If the House bill moves forward without essential health benefits , we are likely to see even skimpier plans than before the ACA", says Cynthia Cox , associate director of the Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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NC man who opened fire in DC pizzeria pleads guilty

The remaining charges carry maximum sentences of 10 years in prison, though according to the plea deal, Welch faces 18 to 24 months in jail on the first charge and 18 to 60 months on the second. He agreed to pay $5744 to the owner of Comet Ping Pong, for the damage to a computer system, locks, and a ping pong table. Investigators say when he arrived at the restaurant, he went inside carrying an AR-15 rifle and a revolver, sending employees and customers running for their lives.

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Pat Roberts apologizes for mammogram joke amid health care debate

The joke inspired criticism from other members of Congress, who chastised Roberts on social media for his apparent disregard for the importance of the procedure, which is used to detect breast cancer in women and in men. The remark drew a backlash from lawmakers including Democratic California Rep. Stein continued, "And it might be breaking news to some, but we're all products of women, and women's health matters not just to women, but to men, and so there is a logical rationale for requiring ...

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Graham Accuses Democrats of Imitating Trump in Gorsuch Attacks

He is "an outstanding judge", Judge Gorsuch said . Gorsuch meant to describe how John Hancock signed the document "big and boldly", but stumbled at first and said "bigly". And that gives President Trump a lot of power to remake the federal judicial system to his liking. But it wasn't just Gorsuch, Udall also voiced concern about President Donald Trump and his scandals both since and before taking office.

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GOP senator open to 'nuclear option' if Dems filibuster Gorsuch

And with that, Democrats have officially made a decision to give their base the fight it wants, a filibuster of Judge Gorsuch. "And maybe that's a virtue, I don't know". high court's balance toward conservatives, at a time when progressives are anxious over hot-button issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and the right to bear arms.

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KU Professor Lauds Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Special Education

According to NPR , Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District centers on a child with autism and attention deficit disorder whose parents removed him from public school because the individualized education plan the school provided was inadequate.

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Obstruction of breakfast: Lakeland man faces charges after eating pancakes on roadway

He wore patterned green pajama trousers and fuzzy-trimmed slippers and was set to enjoy breakfast. A man was charged Tuesday in Lakeland after sitting in a chair and eating pancakes in the middle of a street. Police say Thomas's actions prevented vehicles from moving and created an obstruction. The man was gone when police arrived, but video and pictures of the incident surfaced on Facebook .

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Special Education Rights

Klobuchar told Gorsuch that in her view, the 10th Circuit's use of the phrase in the 1996 Urban case was "just dicta"-opinion language not essential to the legal holding of the decision ". Endrew's parents believed that he was not making any progress, as reflected by his "individualized education program" - the plan prepared for each child with a disability - which essentially used the exact same goals and objectives each year.

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Trump's Firing of US Attorneys Raises Eyebrows, Prompts Conflict

Why did the White House fire Preet Bharara, the acclaimed federal prosecutor ? "Being the U.S. Attorney in SDNY will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life no matter what else I do or how long I live", Bharara tweeted mid-morning March 11.

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Five questions for USMNT ahead of World Cup qualifiers

These are frenzied times for the United States men's national team. You should be extremely concerned about the impending apocalypse unless it doesn't happen, in which case everything was fine all along. Galaxy midfielder Jermaine Jones also is unavailable because he is suspended one game for yellow-card accumulation. Bobby Wood , the team's most complete and in-form striker, will miss the game after injuring his back.

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Bomber blows himself up near Bangladesh's principal airport in Dhaka

The suicide bomber died and two cops were injured in last Friday's blast, as the bomb the suspected militant was carrying exploded at the proposed headquarters of Bangladesh's elite force RAB near Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka .

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Schumer Announces Opposition To Gorsuch Nomination To Supreme Court

The move will force Republicans to find a supermajority of 60 votes to advance Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to a confirmation vote. Schumer said he will use the filibuster, which in modern usage means requiring 60 votes to end debate on the nominee and proceed to a vote on confirmation, The Washington Post reports .

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Alabama mom, young daughter killed in separate auto crashes within hour

Tuesday. Two occupants in the other vehicle were injured and transported to Erlanger Hospital . Dekalb County police said both crashes happened Tuesday afternoon near the family's home along Alabama Highway 117 in Valley Head . She went by "Libby" and had just celebrated her birthday last weekend. Family members say the girl, Elizabeth Patterson, was 8 years old. Libby had reportedly just gotten off the school bus when she was hit.

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Federal judge who blocked Trump's travel ban receives threat messages

The 32-page ruling concludes that President Donald Trump is likely within his rights to temporarily ban immigration from six Muslim-majority countries and suspend the US refugee program. His ruling also began a campaign of people saying they would boycott Hawaii. Watson's ruling thrust Hawaii into the center of a polarizing debate over immigration reform, which have spurred protests for and against the ban.

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Toddler in stroller fatally struck by vehicle in Queens

He was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian. "She yelled at the driver because the driver didn't see her, and the driver rolled right over the front of the stroller", witness Philip Walker, 39, said. Her mother was not hit. "As I turn the corner, I was walking maybe 10, 15 seconds, I hear a loud crunch, I hear brakes from the truck", he said .

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Marriott to Add Up to 300K Rooms by 2019

JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price objective on Marriott International to $102.00 in a report on Wednesday. Vetr raised Marriott International from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and set a $87.41 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, January 3rd.

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Schumer Says He'll Oppose Gorsuch Nomination, Sets Up Filibuster Showdown With GOP

Aside from that case, all Supreme Court nominees of the last 47 years have received at least 60 votes. "I just can't tell you exactly how that will happen yet". Where does Sen. Michael Bennet come down on this issue? "Schumer had a message for his 'Republican friends" who may contemplate changing Senate rules so Gorsuch can be confirmed with 51 votes instead of 60.

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White Creek Fire 50% Contained, 2750 Acres

Fire managers took advantage of Thursday's weather conditions to finish burnout operations to secure fire lines with a focus on securing private property on the south end of the fire, said spokeswoman Lisa Jennings with the U.S. There were 155 firefighters on scene Thursday. A day after a massive smoke plume rose above the White Creek fire in the Linville Gorge area of Burke County, US Forest officials said the fire was 80% contained with significant improvement.

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Schumer calls on Democrats to filibuster Gorsuch confirmation

Schumer argued on Thursday, as he did last month, that Senate Republicans are offering a false choice on Gorsuch. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can not lose three Republicans without gaining three Democrats if he wants to change the rules of the filibuster.

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Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Enter Third Day

Since the GOP and President Trump will nearly certainly nuke the filibuster if they can't get the 60 votes needed to confirm Gorsuch, the thinking of some Democrat senators is to run away and fight another day. Roe v. Wade is the ruling that affirmed women should be able to get an abortion nationwide. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which Grassley chairs, is planning to approve Gorsuch on April 3.

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Gorsuch says Trump never asked him to overturn Roe v. Wade

The judge is "not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology", he said . If Mr Gorsuch did not get 60 votes, "the answer isn't to change the rules, it's to change the nominee", Mr Schumer said. During Wednesday's session, Gorsuch described a landmark 1973 pro-abortion rights decision as "the law of the land". "Senator, the bottom line that I'd like to convey to you, from the bottom of my heart, is that I'm a fair judge", Gorsuch concluded.

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Snyder: GOP health bill would 'adversely impact' residents

If we do not act, this disastrous health care law will continue in its death spiral, hurting American families and businesses, and threatening the next generation. If the House approves the bill on Thursday, the thrill of victory will be short-lived. Most of the debate has been about what would happen to premiums-but for consumers, it's total out-of-pocket costs that matter.

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Last-minute talks could end United States women's hockey boycott of world championships

Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey , said in a statement to USA Today that, "It's important for everyone to understand clearly that our objective is to have the players we named as the U.S. USA Hockey also called the latest talks productive and confirmed that further discussions will continue this week. According to an article Tuesday in USA Today , almost 20 players were on hand for a marathon bargaining session that included USA Hockey president Jim Smith, executive director ...

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Overcharging older Americans will not fix healthcare system

Katko announced that he would vote against the health care bill when it's considered by the House Thursday. She said repealing the Affordable Care Act will have a negative impact for Syracuse, particularly children living in poverty - almost half of Syracuse's children live in poverty - and for black and Hispanic residents.


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