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Roof's attorney David Bruck pushed for a life sentence, as opposed to the death penalty, in his arguments Thursday morning and claimed that the Columbia native had been motivated by fear rather than hate. "Consider the mad energy, the rationale, the senselessness", Bruck said as the prosecution mounted objection after objection. "What I did is still miniscule to what they're doing to white people every day", he told the Federal Bureau of Investigation officers.
  • Chris Christie: The most unpopular governor these pollsters have ever seen

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    Past surveys from FDU have found a majority of registered voters incredulous at the claim that he knew nothing until incriminating text messages and emails were made public". Only 19 percent approve. Chris Christie joined a team of celebrities at Yankee Stadium and 17,000 fans Wednesday, June 3, 2015 for a charity softball game to honor slain police officers.
  • Why military officers can't easily become Pentagon heads

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    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, a Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday she would not back a waiver for Mattis . Federal law requires military personnel to be in retirement for at least seven years before taking the civilian job of Defense secretary.
  • Order could have little effect on pipeline protest camp

    Order could have little effect on pipeline protest camp

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    The letter says anyone on the property north of the Cannonball River after that date will be trespassing and subject to prosecution. Archambault said Saturday that he doesn't believe the Corps will forcibly evict people from the camp, adding that the tribe is working to provide protesters protection from the elements on its reservation, which is south of the Cannonball River, but offered few details.
  • Orders could have little effect on pipeline protest camp

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    John Henderson of the Corps said in a letter to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leader. Those who stay could face prosecution for trespassing, the Corps said in a letter to tribal leaders on Friday. "Dakota Access has now completed construction of the pipeline on each side of Lake Oahe and is currently mobilizing horizontal drilling equipment to the drill box site in preparation for the tunneling under Lake Oahe".
  • Women for Trump Cabinet: Haley picked for UN, DeVos for Ed

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    After working at her family's business, Governor Haley turned her focus to economic development and has traveled overseas to negotiate with worldwide companies on behalf of SC. President-elect Trump considered demoting the position of United Nations ambassador so it can no longer be viewed as a cabinet-level position. Trump, true to form, responded with one of his trademark Twitter insults, declaring: "The people of SC are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!" Haley, an Indian-American woman, would ...
  • Trump Aide Notes Opposition To Romney In Cabinet

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    Romney served as Trump's chief critic within the Republican party during the primary process, labeling the eventual nominee a "fraud" and a "phony" and campaigning for his opponents in critical battleground states. "It's not about that I don't care for Mitt personally, but I'm still very unhappy that Mitt did everything he could to derail Donald Trump", Mr Huckabee told Fox News .
  • 54 killed in Uganda fighting between rebels, army

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    Government spokesman Col. Shaban Bantariza said Sunday that after rebels had killed four Ugandan police officers and wounded a soldier, Ugandan forces launched an operation in which at least 15 rebel fighters have been killed. Local kingdoms have also fought for control of the region. The government recognized the kingdom in 2009, but sporadic clashes have continued. However, some of them have taken up arms again demanding creation of the Yira Republic, the territory that would cover part of ...
  • Manila Police Safely Defuse Suspected Bomb Near US Embassy

    Manila Police Safely Defuse Suspected Bomb Near US Embassy

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    Dela Rosa said the bomb had the same design as the device the Maute group used in the Davao attack. "This is an attempted act of terrorism", Dela Rosa told a news briefing. "We are trying to identify who left the package at the trash bin", said Coronel, as reported. "We assure the public that this incident should not be a cause for alarm".
  • California mosques receive letters threatening Muslims

    California mosques receive letters threatening Muslims

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    CAIR-LA says the letter was addressed to "the children of Satan", and went on to described Muslims as "vile and filthy people". The hate-filled letters were discovered at the Islamic centres of Long Beach and Claremont as well as a mosque in San Jose.
  • State of emergency declared as 7.2 quake shakes El Salvador, Nicaragua

    State of emergency declared as 7.2 quake shakes El Salvador, Nicaragua

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    That quake has triggered a tsunami warning for the area, forcing thousands of Nicaraguans and Costa Ricans to flee their homes to stay out of the storm's devastating path. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported waves up to six feet were possible if a tsunami hit. There are no reports of damage yet. Over 15,000 people have already been evacuated from the affected areas, but many are remaining with plans to "ride out the storm".
  • Strong Central America quake triggers evacuations

    Strong Central America quake triggers evacuations

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    The epicentre of the quake was about 150 kilometres south-west of the Salvadoran town Puerto El Triunfo in the Pacific Ocean, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. Just one hour earlier, a powerful hurricane, Otto, packing winds of 175kmh made landfall on Nicaragua's other coast. A powerful hurricane churned toward Nicaragua and Costa Rica with freight-train winds and heavy rains expected to trigger risky floods and mudslides.
  • Powerball jackpot soars to $403 million after no winners Wednesday night

    Powerball jackpot soars to $403 million after no winners Wednesday night

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    Although there was no grand-prize winners, three players matched all five white balls drawn to win $1 million. Saturday's numbers were: 16 - 24 - 28 - 43 - 61, Powerball 21, PowerPlay x2. If you're heading to the USA for Black Friday, you might as well grab a Powerball ticket as well. The Multi-State Lottery Association, which operates the Powerball game, says about 75 percent of winning tickets are selected when the numbers are chosen by a computer.
  • Estimated Powerball jackpot grows to $403M on Thanksgiving

    Estimated Powerball jackpot grows to $403M on Thanksgiving

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    The couple chose to receive the cash option - $165.6 million before taxes. Wednesday's draw was for the 11th largest-ever Powerball jackpot and the 18th largest jackpot in USA history, lottery officials said. Powerball is offered in 44 States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The largest ever lottery prize of $1.6 billion was split between three winning tickets in January.
  • Education secretary urges schools to end corporal punishment

    Education secretary urges schools to end corporal punishment

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    Education Secretary John King wrote a letter to governors and school leaders in states that allow student corporal punishment encouraging them to end the practice. The Civil Rights Data Collection also shows that corporal punishment is used overwhelmingly on male students and is much more commonly administered to African-American students of either sex.
  • Obama overtime rule blocked by judge

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    Earlier this year, NLBMDA met with the White House's Office of Management Budget (OMB) Office of Information of Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to point out that changes in the number of employees eligible for overtime pay failed to consider regional differences.
  • 79 sentences commuted by President Obama, 4 from Georgia

    79 sentences commuted by President Obama, 4 from Georgia

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    Well, that depends on the definition of "nonviolent". The commutation of these prison sentences represents what the White House hopes will be just one prong of a broader push to overhaul the criminal justice system, making it fairer while saving the government money.
  • Twitter accidentally suspends CEO Jack Dorsey's account

    Twitter accidentally suspends CEO Jack Dorsey's account

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    He posted a reprise of his first tweet soon after his account was reactivated following the account suspension glitch. Eastern Time on Tuesday, although his account was restored shortly. Users can appeal their suspensions. Twitter representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. There's no indication what that internal mistake was, though no doubt Dorsey was eager to reassure his followers he hadn't been hacked.
  • School bus driver charged in deadly Chattanooga crash

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    Driver Johnthony Walker, 24, was arrested and charged by police What caused the school bus to crash? Fletcher said he could not say if any fatalities occurred at Erlanger hospital, and added that the driver may face additional charges in coming days.
  • Wisconsin legislative districts illegally drawn by GOP, federal judges say

    Wisconsin legislative districts illegally drawn by GOP, federal judges say

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    District Court in Milwaukee, was appointed in 2002 by President George W. Bush. It indicates how many votes in the state may, in fact, not suddenly not matter because of the new make-up of the legislative districts. The Supreme Court must either affirm the judgment or schedule it for full briefing and decision . The Assembly's top Democrat, Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha), praised the decision , calling it a "victory for democracy and the people of Wisconsin ".
  • Philando Castile's family, girlfriend support manslaughter charge

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    Officer Yanez radioed in that Mr. Castile's "wide-set nose" seemed to match the surveillance video from that case, and that his vehicle also had a broken taillight. Prosecutors say that when Philando Castile was pulled over in July, he calmly told the officer he had a gun and was licensed to carry it. The police union issued a statement that "it's important to remember that Officer Yanez is innocent of these charges until proven guilty" and that "nobody is served by a rush to judgment".
  • The Oregon Ducks win the NCAA women's cross country championship

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    Kelsey Horowitz '18 finished in 23:17 to place 45th while Tessa Cassidy '20 crossed the line in 23:26 and Sarah House '20 had a time of 24:04. "The team is beyond excited and we're all so proud of how we competed. The Oklahoma State cross-country teams want to get back to national prominence. "Being a relatively lower mileage guy compared to most people who make nationals, I probably won't recover super well from the [10-kilometer] regional race", Randon said.
  • Barrier to gorilla exhibit entered by boy ineffective

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    Inspectors said the inadequate barrier played a role in Harambe's death on May 28, when zookeepers were forced to shoot the animal after a 3-year-old boy fell into his enclosure. The zoo's Dangerous Animal Response Team fatally shot Harambe, and the boy was returned to his mother unharmed. Some witnesses opined that it didn't appear Harambe was going to hurt the boy - but experts said the gorilla displayed certain characteristics indicating he may have felt threatened, at which point he became ...
  • OH zoo gorilla exhibit barrier too short when Harambe was shot

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    That's the takeaway of a new federal report that concluded the zoo's barrier was not in compliance with standards for housing primates when a 3-year-old boy made global news by scaling a fence and falling 15 feet into a moat. At the time the child fell in, the enclosure was blocked by a handrail 32 inches off the ground with two wire cables between the rail and the ground, said the report, which added that the drop-off into the moat was 15 feet down.
  • New charges boost case against New Jersey man in bombings

    New charges boost case against New Jersey man in bombings

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    District Court hearing that Ahmad Khan Rahimi made statements over multiple days after his September 19 capture in Linden, New Jersey. Wearing a dark blue jumpsuit, Rahimi, 28, shuffled slowly into federal court in Manhattan and had several coughing fits during the brief hearing.
  • Video Captures Police Officer Punching Woman in the Face

    Video Captures Police Officer Punching Woman in the Face

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    Treadway says his department is conducting an internal affairs investigation and asking the Northern Arizona University Police Department to conduct a criminal investigation. "We owe Marissa (Morris), her family, Flagstaff community, the officer and the department a full and complete investigation", he said. Sedillo said Bonar recognized the victim for having a warrant out for her arrest .
  • GOP-led House looks to bring back earmarks

    GOP-led House looks to bring back earmarks

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    Several weeks ago, when mainstream opinion in Washington was that Donald Trump would lose the election badly and take a lot of congressional Republicans down with him, Speaker Paul Ryan's future as the top Republican in the House of Representatives was looking more precarious.
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    Baylor QB Russell suffers severe ankle injury vs

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    Baylor and OU first met in 1901 and did not meet on the gridiron for another 72 years. The Bears finished the day with a not-ideal nine penalties, most of those for sloppy O-line play. Baker Mayfield and Joe Mixon are going to put together a sensational night. The rest of the Bears will attempt to regroup in time to face Kansas State next Saturday.
  • Students across Seattle walk out of class to protest Trump

    Students across Seattle walk out of class to protest Trump

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    Amherst Police kept watch over Monday's student protest. Our schools are utilizing assemblies, classroom dialogues, speaking activities and our restorative justice programs to provide a secure forum for our students. Get free real-time news alerts from the Silver Spring Patch. Perhaps it seems a bit complicated, but given the investment in time and human resources, we feel that it's essential to make the biggest impact possible for student success with these two days.
  • Trump will have GOP Senate to work with

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    Democratic candidates Shenna Bellows, Michael Carpenter, Troy Jackson and Eloise Vitelli won Senate seats in Republican districts without incumbents. John Patrick and Chris Johnson, in races that together saw half a million dollars in outside spending.
  • Deputy responding to call about suspicious person killed

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    Wallace, 53, lived and worked in Hughson, where he was involved in youth soccer, refereeing football and serving as a liaison between schools and law enforcement. while investigating a suspicious person and vehicle near a fishing access in Hughson, a city roughly 10 miles outside of Modesto. The sheriff said Wallace "was calling in the stolen auto to dispatch and then everything went silent".
  • Trump projected victor in Indiana

    Trump projected victor in Indiana

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    We are doing well but there is much time left. He added: "I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans". MONTANARO: Well, right now, the Associated Press has called at the poll close time for IN and Kentucky, both for Donald Trump, and Vermont for Hillary Clinton.
  • Bears get confidence booster for bye with win vs Vikings

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    And don't be surprised if we wind up giving a eulogy for the 2016 Vikings much earlier than many had expected. "It's frustrating, but this is still the same team that won the first five and we've hit a hill, not a bump really but a hill and we need to fix it".
  • Supreme Court refuses to issue order on voter intimidation

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    If Clinton can do that and pick up just one of North Carolina, Florida or OH, she's all but guaranteed to win. On Tuesday, the control over the US Congress would also be decided as the Republicans and the Democrats fight for the majority seats in both houses for the incoming session and assist the new president's policy decision for the next two years.
  • Iraqi forces say defenses, civilians hamper Mosul advance

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    CTS forces made their first real push into the streets of Mosul on Friday but were met by a deluge of bombs and gunfire, and eventually forced into a partial pullback after a few hours. There are no certain figures, but according to William Lacy Swing, head of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), after a week of fighting in Mosul , 31,000 persons left their homes.
  • Clinton, Trump in North Carolina as days to campaign dwindle

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    Her lead is within the poll's margin of sampling error in both the two-way and four-way races. "These numbers are an absolute disaster", Trump said, reviving his argument that the unemployment numbers released every month by the Labor Department are skewed because they don't accurately account for those who've dropped out of the workforce.
  • Many of us women supporting Trump

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    Her campaign is underscoring that political reality with a stop in Arizona Wednesday, a state that has voted for Republican presidential candidates all but once since 1952. Mr. Obama made no mention of the e-mail investigation beyond the general "mistakes" remark. She was reportedly greeted by a group of Trump's supporters who shouted "lock her up", while she was addressing the rally.
  • Wisconsin Sen. Johnson defends investment in Irish company

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    Feingold's PAC, which was created after he lost reelection to the Republican Johnson in 2010, has been a frequent target during the race as Johnson's campaign seeks to illustrate how Feingold has changed since starting his Senate tenure in 1993.
  • 'Uncontained engine failure' led to the aborted takeoff at O'Hare

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    It's too early to conclude how the engine failed, senior investigator Lorenda Ward said Saturday at a news conference in Chicago. No serious injuries were reported in the incident, which crippled a Boeing 767 with 161 passengers and nine crew members aboard as it was departing for Miami and briefly closed all O'Hare's runways.
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    The "New" Megyn Kelly Tangles With Newt Gingrich on Live TV

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    Megyn Kelly and Newt Gingrich . Megyn Kelly will be guesting as Kelly Ripa's co-host during the November 9 episode of "Live!", the show that will air the morning after the 2016 presidential election. My point to you is, as a media story we don't get to say the ten women are lying. Kelly, still with the been there, done that, but also a reminder about who's running: "We on the Kelly file have covered the Clinton matter as well...but he's not on the ticket".