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No Civilians Were Shot By Law Enforcement During Pulse Shooting, Investigation Finds

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:25

The question of friendly fire had plagued law enforcement since the June 2016 shooting left 49 dead during Latin Night at the predominantly gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

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Ex-Air Force Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Giving Secrets To Iran

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:06

Monica Witt has been indicted for allegedly providing classified Pentagon information to Tehran. She defected years six ago, the Justice Department says.

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Parkland Student Survivors Brace For 1st Anniversary Of School Shooting

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 11:00

Since the shooting, young Parkland survivors have emerged as the driving force in calling for stricter gun laws in the U.S., through a series of marches, school walkouts and voter registration drives.

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U.S. National Debt Hits $22 Trillion — A New Record That's Predicted To Fall

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:47

Federal deficits are now expected to average $1.2 trillion, or 4.4 percent of gross domestic product — far higher than the average over the past 50 years.

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Inside The Largest And Most Controversial Shelter For Migrant Children In The U.S.

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:13

A temporary shelter has been contracted south of Miami to house more than 2,000 migrant children. It is the nation's only corporate, for-profit migrant youth shelter.

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Blackface Didn't End In The 1980s

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 08:02

Two top Virginia lawmakers have admitted to wearing blackface in the 1980s. But blackface didn't stop then.

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Butterflies V. Border Wall: National Butterfly Center Seeks Restraining Order

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 07:18

The Center says government officials have already cut down trees on its private property in anticipation of a border wall. The planned wall would split its property in two.

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Americans Lost $143 Million In Online Relationship Scams Last Year

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:59

The Federal Trade Commission says Americans who fell for online romance scams reported losing a median $2,600 each — far more than other types of scams.

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It's Good To Be King: Wire Fox Terrier Wins Westminster Dog Show

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 05:20

It's the 15th time a wire fox terrier has won the top prize. "As good as it gets," the best in show judge said.

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As Democrats Emphasize Diversity, South Carolina Is A Key Early Campaign Stop

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 05:00

The state's large share of African-American Democratic voters and a well-timed spot on the 2020 primary calendar make it a critical state for presidential candidates.

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'No More Xenophobia': Calif. Governor Criticizes Trump On Immigration

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 21:33

In his first State of the State speech Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom wasted no time in criticizing what he called President Trump's "fear-mongering" over the "so-called 'border emergency.'"

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Apple, Google Criticized For Carrying App That Lets Saudi Men Track Their Wives

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 18:33

An app that allows men to track the whereabouts of their wives or daughters is available in both the Apple and Google stores in Saudi Arabia. The firms are getting blowback for carrying the app.

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Woman Breaks Into Houston Home To Smoke Pot And Is Greeted By A Tiger

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 18:12

By Tuesday, the tiger was headed to a sanctuary outside the city, while officials have launched a criminal probe in search of its owner.

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McConnell Plans To Bring Green New Deal To Senate Vote

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 17:43

The Senate majority leader wants to put the massive progressive climate change framework to a vote. Its Democratic sponsor is not pleased by the move from the top Senate Republican.

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President Trump And Allies Push To Save A Very Specific Coal Plant

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:59

President Trump and other Republicans are pressuring the Tennessee Valley Authority not to close a coal plant in Kentucky. A major Trump backer supplies the plant with most of its coal.

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NASA Says Ultima Thule Actually Looks Like A Pancake And A Walnut

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:58

They had initially thought the object four billion miles from Earth looked like a snowman. The New Horizons spacecraft flew by it on New Year's Day and new images give scientists a clearer picture.

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Fairfax Continues To Preside Over Va. Senate As Staffers Resign, Investigation Begins

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:48

Virginia's Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Democrat, is on leave at his full-time employer, an international law firm, as it pursues an investigation into the sexual assault allegations against him.

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Mars One Fizzles Into Bankruptcy After Promising A New Life In Space

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:28

The company had recently whittled down its list of would-be Martians to 100 names, after more than 202,000 people applied to leave the Earth for a one-way journey.

Historic Black Church Donates $100,000 To Pay Off Debts Of Howard U. Students

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:17

The idea that bridging small financial shortfalls for students can make a big impact is starting to gain attention. For 34 students, a Virginia church's donation has eased the burden.

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High-Stakes Trial Against Catalan Separatist Leaders Gets Underway In Madrid

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:12

The divisive trial could end with prison sentences of up to 25 years for some of the defendants charged for their roles in Catalonia's 2017 failed independence bid.

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