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Supreme Court Appears Ready To Make It Harder For States To Confiscate Property

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:39

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about one of the few remaining provisions in the Bill of Rights not yet applied to the states: the ban on excessive fines.

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'That's How I Found Out I Was Dead': Soccer Club Fakes Player's Demise (Poorly)

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:04

Fernando LaFuente's former team, Ballybrack FC in Dublin, says it made an "unacceptable mistake" by falsely reporting his death in an accident. He didn't find out about it until coworkers told him.

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Mexico Awards Jared Kushner Top Foreigner Honor, Angering Mexicans

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:59

The country's government said the Order of the Aztec Eagle goes to the White House senior adviser for his role in trade talks, which some Mexicans are calling a "humiliation."

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Margaret Atwood Is Writing A Sequel To 'The Handmaid's Tale'

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 12:50

Atwood said that she was inspired by readers' questions about the dystopian world of Gilead — and, she says, by "the world we've been living in." It's set to be released next September.

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Trump Steps Up Mueller Attacks Following Report About Briefing From Manafort Lawyer

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:45

A lawyer for Trump's ex-campaign chairman has been keeping the president's legal team in the loop about what he has been telling investigators, The New York Times reports; Trump lashed out on Twitter.

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Trump Is Expected To Extend U.S. Troops' Deployment To Mexico Border Into January

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 10:02

The move would extend the rare deployment of active-duty troops at the U.S.-Mexico border, rather than National Guard soldiers and personnel.

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Russia Plans To Deploy More S-400 Missiles To Disputed Crimea Peninsula

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 08:59

Russia's military already has three of the S-400 "Triumf" divisions on the Black Sea peninsula; it plans to have another in place and operational by the year's end.

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Lion Air Jet Was 'Not Airworthy' In Lead Up To Fatal Crash, Investigators Say

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:05

Indonesia's transport safety committee's report focused on maintenance practices, pilot training and an anti-stall system on the Boeing 737. However, it did not identify a firm cause for the crash.

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No Motive Yet Found For Mass Shooting At Borderline Bar And Grill

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:22

The FBI says they've found no evidence of "radicalization" of the shooter, Ian David Long, at the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., earlier this month.

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Tijuana Residents Grow Irritated By Influx Of Central American Migrants

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:06

In Tijuana, thousands of migrants are waiting for their turn for an interview with U.S. immigration officials. Most are camped out in a squalid sports complex that's been turned into a shelter.

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Why The Abortion Rate In Pakistan Is One Of The World's Highest

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:02

Family planning researchers point to a number of reasons. The procedure itself is legal in Pakistan — but only in limited circumstances.

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If Pelosi Returns As Speaker, So Would The GOP Playbook Against Her

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:00

Tying Democrats to Nancy Pelosi did not stop a blue wave in 2018, but many Republicans say she's still a "toxic" figure whom they could use against her party in 2020 if Speaker Pelosi returns.

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Obamacare Sign-Ups Lag As Trump Slashes Funds For Enrollment Help

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 05:00

The Trump administration is spending $10 million this year on health care navigators — down from $63 million in 2016. Nationwide, workers are scrambling to apprise people of insurance options.

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For Defense Against Active Shooters, Mich. School Hands Out Hockey Pucks

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 03:09

The faculty union at Oakland University purchased 2,500 hockey pucks to be used as a potential weapon of last resort against a shooter on campus. They also double as a fundraising tool.

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Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith Wins Miss. Senate Runoff After Racially Charged Campaign

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 22:24

Revelations about Hyde-Smith in recent weeks revived memories of the state's dark history of racism and violence. She prevailed over Democrat Mike Espy and has to run again in 2020 for a full term.

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Google Tweaks Email Program That Assumed An Investor Was Male

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 21:53

When Google saw that one of its predictive text technologies assumed someone's gender based on occupation, it blocked the technology from using all gender-based pronouns.

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French President Holds Firm On Clean-Energy Goals, Despite Protests

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 21:31

A grassroots movement in France, the mostly working-class "yellow vests," objects to new gasoline taxes. French President Emmanuel Macron says he sympathizes, but the tax will stand.

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Honduran President's Brother Arrested In Miami On Drug Trafficking Charges

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 19:43

The federal indictment alleges Juan Antonio Hernández — a former lawyer and congressman in Honduras — smuggled tons of cocaine into the U.S., aided by prominent politicians and law enforcement.

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U.S. Seeing Lowest Level Of Unauthorized Immigrants In A Decade, Says Pew Study

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 18:13

A large decline in illegal immigration from Mexico means fewer unauthorized immigrants living in the U.S., and those already here are likely to be long-term residents, according to a new study.

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Stephen Hillenburg, Creator Of 'SpongeBob SquarePants,' Has Died At 57

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 18:04

The underwater world of Bikini Bottom, where the action takes place, reflects Hillenburg's deep interest in marine life. The show has been highly successful over nearly 20 years.

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