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Governors could be powerless to deny Trump troop request

SALEM, Ore. –  President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy National Guard troops to the border with Mexico has drawn resistance from some governors, most of them Democrats, but they could be powerless to deny the commander in chief’s request for soldiers. Governors have some leeway to say no presidents, but if Trump uses a federal law to order the deployment, ...

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NYPD releases video, 911 calls to defend shooting of pipe-wielding black suspect

Surveillance video from April 5, 2018, shows Saheed Vassell brandishing a metal object before being fatally shot by police.  (Associated Press via NYPD) In an effort to calm growing anger and heated street protests, New York City police on Thursday released several security videos and 911 transcripts from the harrowing minutes leading up to officers’ decision to fatally shoot a ...

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Fines paid by US agency over nuke waste surpass $3.5M

BOISE, Idaho –  Fines paid by the U.S. Department of Energy to Idaho for missing a deadline to get radioactive liquid waste out of underground storage tanks have surpassed $3.5 million and the money could be used for enhanced monitoring of a huge aquifer beneath the site, officials say. The federal agency started paying the fines in 2015 for violating ...

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How to relax before a flight in a minute or less

Chill out before a flight with these quick tips.  (iStock) If you’re a nervous flier, the most anxiety-inducing moment of a trip can be the minutes before your plane takes off. Whether you’re worried about turbulence or landing safely, once stress puts your body into fight-or-flight mode – complete with tense muscles and tunnel vision – you may find it ...

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Texas voter registration policy violates federal law, judge says

Texas’ online driver’s license registration system violates federal voting rights laws, a judge ruled in an order released Tuesday.  (AP) Voter registration policies in Texas violate federal law, a U.S. District Court judge ruled in an order unveiled Tuesday, marking another voting-rights legal setback for the state’s government. Under the so-called “Motor Voter” provisions of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, ...

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Active shooter confirmed at YouTube headquarters in California

File photo showing the outside of Youtube Headquarters in San Bruno, California.  (iStock) Gunshots were reported at YouTube headquarters in California on Tuesday as police rushed to the scene. Hospital officials told KTVU that they received multiple patients. Users on social media indicated that ambulances were arriving and nearby offices were on lockdown. Many claimed there was an “active shooter.” ...

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Cal Thomas: We’re heading for a breaking point in Washington

The U.S. Capitol building is seen in Washington on October 1, 2013. At dinner with friends, I was asked what is wrong with Washington. The question presumes a standard by which “wrong” can be defined. I am frequently asked this question by people who do not live in “the swamp.” They don’t behave like Washington politicians. If a disagreement arises ...

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