• GOP senator to vote 'no' on Betsy DeVos
GOP senator to vote 'no' on Betsy DeVos

West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin also said Wednesday that he would vote against DeVos, citing her focus on charter schools as a school-choice activist and her lack of exposure to the public education system. DeVos is not expected to get any votes from Democrats, and if no other Republicans defect, she'll get 50 votes. She also faced increased s...

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  • Could GOP Defections Cause Stalemate in DeVos Confirmation?
Could GOP Defections Cause Stalemate in DeVos Confirmation?

Both Collins and Murkowski said they appreciate DeVos' commitment to children and learning, but that her lack of experience in the nation's public schools is a deep concern. On Tuesday, DeVos narrowly won the approval of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, of which Sen. Collins laid out her reasons for opposing the appoin...

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  • Madeleine Albright Will Register As Muslim if Trump Implements Registry
Madeleine Albright Will Register As Muslim if Trump Implements Registry

Her comments come as rumours continue to circulate about an executive order which would announce extreme vetting, a refugee ban and a ban on arrivals from seven countries, said to include Syria, Yemen and Iraq. "We can not, and should not, admit into our country those who do not support the U.S. Constitution, or those who would place violent re...

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"'Was that Godzilla?" Video of massive alligator goes viral

Kudos to the people who managed to take a video of the beast. "He was the biggest gator I have seen out there", she told News 6 in Orlando . This may look like a scene straight out of Jurassic Park , but nope: This viral video of an insanely huge alligator is 100% real.

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  • UC Davis Republicans cancel Milo Yiannopoulos event amid protests
UC Davis Republicans cancel Milo Yiannopoulos event amid protests

At an impromptu rally he accused UC Davis officials of coddling left-wing student groups. Like many things that come out of Yiannapolous's mouth, that was a lie. During the last leg of his tour at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Yiannopoulos mocked a transgender student by name for filing a Title IX complaint about bathroom access and sugg...

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  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will oppose Jeff Sessions for attorney general
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer will oppose Jeff Sessions for attorney general

Hate Crimes Prevention Act - which he would be responsible for enforcing as the head of the Justice Department. Several aspects of Senator Sessions' record unfortunately have been mischaracterized and distorted to portray him as somehow being indifferent, if not hostile, to civil rights.

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  • US Senate Intel Committee Passes Bill against Russian 'Covert Broadcasting'
US Senate Intel Committee Passes Bill against Russian 'Covert Broadcasting'

The committee's investigation now appears to contradict Chairman Richard Burr's (R-NC) earlier assertion that he would not investigate advisers to Trump's campaign. Pompeo told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he attended last week's meeting at which top US officials briefed Trump on the matter. Instead, Pompeo said Russian Federation "has ...

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  • Paralyzed NYPD officer who spoke of forgiveness dies at 59
Paralyzed NYPD officer who spoke of forgiveness dies at 59

This morning Fifth Avenue was closed as police officers and the NYPD Emerald Society prepared to process into the funeral Mass of Detective McDonald, which was celebrated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. "We learned the right way to live from him", de Blasio said, adding that McDonald is a "reminder that we all can go farther". Queens County District...

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  • Chance of an ice storm in the Quad Cities: Increasing
Chance of an ice storm in the Quad Cities: Increasing

David McKeown | Republican-Herald (AP) John Verchick, a custodian at the Pottsville Area School district in Pennsylvania, chips ice away on stairs in front of the high school Wednesday as that area deals with an ice storm. Police said stranded motorists are encouraged to remain inside their vehicles with their seat belt on and wait for first respon...

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  • Art Briles, Kendal Briles not candidates for Auburn OC job
Art Briles, Kendal Briles not candidates for Auburn OC job

It shouldn't even consider hiring the man Baylor fired last May amid domestic violence issues involving players he failed to address according to the Pepper Hamilton investigation as its new offensive coordinator to replace Rhett Lashlee , who left to take the same position at CT for significantly less money .

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  • Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Delayed
Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Delayed

Billionaire Ms Pritzker donated $20,000 to Democratic senators who then voted on her confirmation as President Barack Obama's commerce secretary. Warren said the next education secretary much continue to help those struggling with student debt and protect them from for-profit colleges offering worthless degrees.

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  • McLean County Red Cross is in Need of Blood Donors
McLean County Red Cross is in Need of Blood Donors

Blood products already donated are going out faster than donations are coming in, officials said. Those who wish to donate can find other blood donation opportunities and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App , visiting redcrossblood.org or calling (1-800-733-2767).

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  • More snow is possible, and temperatures will be cold
More snow is possible, and temperatures will be cold

According to a local Fox News affiliate, the state's National Guard is on standby and Cooper expects temperatures to stay around freezing until Tuesday , making roads slick and requiring Highway Patrol to check abandoned vehicles for drivers and passengers who might be trapped.

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  • Patrick holding press conference to announce filing of bathroom bill
Patrick holding press conference to announce filing of bathroom bill

Lois Kolkhorst filed the " Privacy Protection Act ", which would stop cities from enacting a law that prevents businesses from making their own policy to handle transgender restroom use. However, there never has been a reported case in Texas of someone using a nondiscrimination ordinance to go into a women's restroom and commit an assault.

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  • Alshon Jeffery guarantees Chicago Bears will win Super Bowl next year
Alshon Jeffery guarantees Chicago Bears will win Super Bowl next year

The Bears need to address their ongoing issues at quarterback, possibly finding a long-term answer with the No. 3 pick. Should Chicago still have questions over Jeffery's value, the team could use the franchise tag again, which The MMQB's Albert Breer estimated to be worth $15.7 million.

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  • Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo expected to play some
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo expected to play some

In the first quarter, the Eagles had first and goal but didn't make the touchdown. After Dez Bryant drew a pass interference penalty on a deep pass at the Eagles 3 , Romo connected with Williams for his first TD pass since November 22, 2015 against Miami.

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  • New Year's Eve 2017 forecast: chilly, but dry
New Year's Eve 2017 forecast: chilly, but dry

The cool down starts Saturday, with a high of 39 degrees at the recording station at Denver International Airport. New Year's Day will be partly sunny with a high of 45, before clouds move in around 7 p.m. The chance of precipitation is 90 percent, with new snow accumulation of around 2 inches. We're in for a rapid warm-up well into the 60s on Mo...

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  • Cam Newton visits sick boy before surgery
Cam Newton visits sick boy before surgery

Thanks to a caring teacher and a post on Facebook , Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made a sick Phenix City, Ala. boy's dream come true. No, Newton did something that's he becoming known for - making a kid feel special. Newton plans to keep tabs on Austin as he closes out his season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also told Aus...

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  • Personal Information Breached, Posted to Social Media
Personal Information Breached, Posted to Social Media

Meyers announced December 27. Information pertained to clients of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services who received state services before November 2015, including welfare, Medicaid and child protective services. DHHS spokesman Jake Leon said the breached files did not include confidential patient records from New Hampshire Hosp...

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  • Roof to offer no case before sentencing in church shootings
Roof to offer no case before sentencing in church shootings

Roof later told police he wanted to start a race war with his attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, and he was photographed holding the Civil War battle flag, which to many is a symbol of hate. The agent, Joseph Hamski, proved key in tying together the various elements of the government's case, walking the jurors...

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  • Nodetitle: Snow to make Thursday travel tricky
Nodetitle: Snow to make Thursday travel tricky

Tuesday in Sacramento, and the low is expected to drop to 33 degrees overnight Wednesday and 34 degrees overnight Thursday . Winter Storm Fortis is then expected to intensify Thursday night , with areas such as New England and the Great Lakes region expecting heavy snow throughout the night and into Friday .

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  • Pep Guardiola Cannot Promise Route Back for Star Manchester City Defender
Pep Guardiola Cannot Promise Route Back for Star Manchester City Defender

Man City boss Pep Guardiola told the BBC: "I enjoyed it because we won but like always had to work hard for it". "What we have to do - the players, with the quality they have - they have to be able to convince themselves to put out all their qualities".

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  • Happy Holidays -vs- Merry Christmas: What does Trump think?
Happy Holidays -vs- Merry Christmas: What does Trump think?

US presidents helped start the " Happy holidays " trend by sending out annual holiday cards with nonreligious messages, Bowler said. One simple reason Trump champions "Merry Christmas " is because it appeals to key parts of his base. Being Jewish, I'm pretty much ready for Christmas in June, July, November, Dec. 23. Peace, love, joy, happiness...

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  • DC-area forecast: A comfortable Christmas Day, some showers possible Tuesday
DC-area forecast: A comfortable Christmas Day, some showers possible Tuesday

Today: Mostly sunny. High: 44. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Highs will slip into the low 50s for Christmas Day with partly cloudy skies. Windy, with a south southeast wind 16 to 21 miles per hour increasing to 25 to 30 miles per hour in the afternoon. Thursday night is expected to bring a chance of snow showers, mainly before 2 ...

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  • Miles Teller Curses Out Uber Driver For Causing Hectic Truck-Flipping Crash
Miles Teller Curses Out Uber Driver For Causing Hectic Truck-Flipping Crash

Unfortunately, two passengers in the Uber were reportedly taken by ambulance for "minor injuries", and eyewitnesses claim that Miles was concerned for them. And when the actor was 20 he was in a near-fatal crash himself. "My buddy lost control of my vehicle going 80 miles per hour. I got ejected out the window", Teller told ABC News in Augus...

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  • Weather advisory in effect through Saturday
Weather advisory in effect through Saturday

That will be followed on Christmas Day by more windy conditions, a high of 23 degrees, and another one to three inches of snow. Travel on snow covered roads will be challenging. According to meteorologist Edan Weishan with the National Weather Service, the snow will intensify in the next 36 hours, especially in the Sierra passes.

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  • Arrest made in death of child in Ark. road rage incident
Arrest made in death of child in Ark. road rage incident

In the December 17 incident, Holmes allegedly opened fire on the auto of King's grandmother, Kim King-Macon, because she "wasn't moving fast enough at a stop sign", Little Rock police Lt. He opened fire and Ms King-Macon drove away before pulling in at a shopping centre vehicle park to discover that her grandson had been shot. It wasn't some 10...

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  • Indiana Mom Accused of Beating Kids Because They Opened Christmas Presents Early
Indiana Mom Accused of Beating Kids Because They Opened Christmas Presents Early

Police said the boy's teenage sister came home and found them injured. She told police she loves her children, but they are "disrespectful" and "out of control", according to the affidavit. She then drank heavily and snorted hydrocodone before falling asleep, according to the affidavit. Collins also admitted to police she "lost it" and there "i...

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  • Officer Helps UW Student Tie a Necktie During a Traffic Stop
Officer Helps UW Student Tie a Necktie During a Traffic Stop

Folczyk tied the tie around his own neck while the student grabbed his license and registration. 'I have a presentation and I thought my buddy was home.and I'm running behind'. The officer actually takes the tie off the student and re-tied it again because it was too short for him. "Thank you so much", he added. Officer Martin Folczyk spott...

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  • Ezekiel Elliott: Cowboys RB won't be fined
Ezekiel Elliott: Cowboys RB won't be fined

Either way, we'll never know whether Beckham is right. Per NFL rules.it's illegal for a player to use a prop during celebration, but despite the penalty, the league passed on hitting Elliott with a fine someone like, say, Beckham Jr., might have gotten.

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  • Nevada Again Near The Top Of The Fastest Growing States List
Nevada Again Near The Top Of The Fastest Growing States List

Research from the Idaho Department of Labor shows that Idaho's population is moving from the rural areas to the more urban areas, a pattern seen in most US states. And it's the largest drop for NY since 2007. "In 2016, 37.9% of the nation's population lived in the South and 23.7% lived in the West." according to the Census Bureau.

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  • Five Great Star Wars Video Games You Might Have Missed
Five Great Star Wars Video Games You Might Have Missed

Before " Rogue One ", the biggest preview this year had been Warner Bros.' "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", with $27.7 million. The opening domestic weekends for top earners a year ago were $247.9 million ( The Force Awakens ), $208.8 million ( Jurassic World ), and $191.2 million ( Avengers: Age of Ultron ).

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  • Bell ringers spread holiday cheer, help those in need
Bell ringers spread holiday cheer, help those in need

Jung adds that every dollar that is donated goes to help a variety of programs at the Salvation Army, and specifically in Sharon, goes to fund three programs that benefit close to 300 people. Broughton said the Salvation Army's singers were a bit upset not to be performing at the mall this year, but the organization is honouring its contract.

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  • Sex store employees scare off robber by throwing dildos at him
Sex store employees scare off robber by throwing dildos at him

But then I saw the gun and I was like, really? "It blew me away", said store owner Janel Hargreaves. An armed man who entered an adult-themed store Wednesday and demanded cash was chased off by two employees who lobbed sex toys at him in a weird confrontation that was caught on camera.

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  • East Texans lay wreaths at the graves of veterans during Saturday ceremony
East Texans lay wreaths at the graves of veterans during Saturday ceremony

Drivers donate their time to transport the wreaths from Maine- the same ones placed at Arlington National Cemetery. Veterans like Singleton, who served in Korea, were remembered and revered Saturday during wreath-laying ceremonies at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pike.

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