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{FD} GOP’s SALT cap may speed exodus from high-tax states, report says

Over the past decade, about 3.5 million Americans have relocated from high-tax blue states like California and those in the Northeast, to low-tax red states like Texas and Arizona — and the change is likely to accelerate. Continue reading

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{FD} GOP keeps control of NY Senate despite Democrat victories

The New York state Senate will remain in control of the Republican Party despite two Democrats winning special elections Tuesday. That’s because a key Democrat who has caucused with the GOP announced he’ll stay put, keeping Republicans in charge at lea… Continue reading

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{FD} Wrestler Bruno Sammartino’s viewing draws hundreds of fans

Hundreds of wrestling fans paid their final respects to WWE Hall of Famer Bruno Sammartino in a Pittsburgh funeral home Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Kaepernick blasts ‘lawful lynchings,’ defends anthem protests while accepting Amnesty award

Free agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick accepted the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday, as the human rights organization acknowledged his kneeling protests of racial injustice that launched a sports movement. Continue reading

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{FD} Theft of $1.2M in fajitas results in 50-year prison sentence

A former juvenile justice department employee from Texas was sentenced Friday to 50 years in prison after being convicted of stealing $1.2 million in fajitas with county funds. Continue reading

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{FD} U2’s Bono receives first George W. Bush Medal, pays tribute to late Barbara Bush

Rock star Bono, lead singer of the band U2, paid tribute to Barbara Bush on Thursday while accepting the first George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis offers condolences to Bush family after death of former first lady Barbara Bush

Pope Francis has joined others in sending words of comfort to the grieving Bush family following the death this week of former first lady Barbara Bush, a report said Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Losing Streak Lois’ Riess arrested in Texas after weeks-long search, authorities say

Fugitive Minnesota grandmother Lois Riess, aka “Losing Streak Lois,” was arrested Thursday night in Texas, ending a nearly monthlong search for a woman suspected of killing her husband and at least one other person, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Tortoise with cracked shell recovers after $4G operation

A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering this week from a three-hour operation that cost $4,000. Continue reading

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{FD} Tips pour in after Stormy Daniels shows sketch of suspect: report

Stormy Daniels’ legal team has received “well over 1,500 tips” on potential leads for identifying her alleged perpetrator, her lawyer Michael Avenatti said Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Cocaine smuggler gets 8 years in $21M case, chastised by judge for social media lifestyle

A convicted cocaine importer known for her Instagram photos at breathtaking travel destinations has been sentenced to eight years in prison for helping smuggle $21 million worth of the drug. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump re-election campaign reportedly rebuked Indiana Senate candidate sign

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign demanded that Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., take down yard signs for his Senate bid, saying that they give the false impression of endorsement from the president, The Associated Press reported Tuesday, citing from two pe… Continue reading

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{FD} McCarthy emerges as front-runner to succeed Ryan as House speaker

In the days since House Speaker Paul Ryan announced his plans to retire from Congress, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has emerged as a clear front-runner to succeed Ryan in the demanding job. Continue reading

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{FD} Bon Jovi, Nina Simone, Moody Blues, others inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Bon Jovi reunited with former members onstage Saturday night to celebrate their admission into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, as the late icon Nina Simone and other nominees made up this year’s induction class. Continue reading

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{FD} Justice Dept. wants ‘sanctuary’ areas to prove they comply with laws

The U.S. Justice Department last week sent another round of letters to the so-called sanctuary cities of Seattle and Oakland, Calif., as well as the state of Vermont, demanding further proof that they are cooperating with federal immigration authorities. Continue reading

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{FD} In Peru, Pence to brief Latin American leaders on Syria strike

In Peru on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence plans to address Latin American leaders on Friday’s U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, which were a response to last week’s suspected chemical attack by the Assad regime. Continue reading

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{FD} Largest Syrian-American group hails Trump after military action

The nation’s oldest and largest advocacy group for Syrian Americans said Friday that it applauded President Donald Trump’s decision to take military action in Syria and enforce international law prohibiting the use of chemical weapons. Continue reading

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{FD} Deported Army veteran, pardoned by Jerry Brown, will become US citizen

A deported U.S. Army veteran from Los Angeles who was pardoned for a crime by California Gov. Jerry Brown will be sworn in as an American citizen on Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Tennessee’s Corker says backing GOP tax bill could be among his worst votes

Backing the Republican Party’s tax law could have been one of the worst votes of his career, retiring U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., reportedly said after a Congressional Budget Office estimate released Tuesday showed the bill will add $1.9 trillion to… Continue reading

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{FD} Postal worker disposed of, hid thousands of pieces of mail, authorities say

A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier is accused of paying a man to throw away 11,000 pieces of mail and hiding another 6,000 pieces at his home, reports said Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Oregon school district cancels classes after shooting threat found in bathroom

Graffiti at an Oregon middle school’s restroom warned of a school shooting, authorities said Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Suspect killed in police-involved shooting at California mall, authorities say

Police shot and killed a suspect at a Los Angeles mall on Tuesday evening, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Outrage at Kimmel comments on Melania surges as protest petition exceeds 50K signatures

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s recent jokes about first lady Melania Trump are apparently offending a lot of viewers. Continue reading

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{FD} Jimmy Kimmel’s jokes about first lady Melania Trump striking a nerve with viewers?

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s recent jokes about first lady Melania Trump are apparently offending a lot of viewers. Continue reading

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{FD} Outrage at Kimmel comments on Melania surges as protest petition nears 50K signatures

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s recent jokes about first lady Melania Trump are apparently offending a lot of viewers. Continue reading

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{FD} NHL players, fans pay tribute to Humboldt bus crash victims

Saturday was the final night of the regular season for most of the National Hockey League’s teams. But as NHL players and fans looked forward to next week’s start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, many also focused on Friday’s tragic bus crash in Canada tha… Continue reading

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{FD} EPA chief Scott Pruitt has spent millions on security, travel: report

The security detail and travel expenses for Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, have cost taxpayers millions of dollars, a report said Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Pineapple Express’ storm brings record rainfall, flood concerns, flight delays to Northern California

An “atmospheric river” of subtropical streaming from Hawaii pounded Northern California with record rainfall Friday, and flood warnings remained in effect Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Quintuplets leave Utah parents feeling ‘blessed’

A mother who delivered quintuplets in March spoke with the media on Friday about her feelings of both excitement and fatigue. Continue reading

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{FD} FBI seeks mechanic linked to ValuJet crash that killed 110 in 1996

The FBI’s Miami Field Office is trying to locate an airline mechanic who may be linked to a 1996 airline crash that killed 110 people. Continue reading

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{FD} Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic tests spaceship over California’s Mojave Desert

Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo flew at supersonic speed over California’s Mojave Desert on Thursday, marking the first powered flight since the fatal 2014 crash of its original rocketship. Continue reading

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{FD} With Kyrie Irving injured, Boston Celtics plan adjustments for NBA playoffs

Boston Celtics’ star point guard Kyrie Irving will miss the playoffs this season due to surgery on his left knee, leaving the rest of the team to fill in his shoes. Continue reading

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{FD} Wisconsin’s GOP governor warns of ‘Blue Wave’ as liberal wins court seat

With a liberal judge from Milwaukee winning Wisconsin’s Supreme Court election Tuesday, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, warned in a series of tweets that a “Blue Wave” fueled by “outside special interest money” could hit the state in November. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Nightmare bacteria’ cases seen in 27 states, CDC reports

More than 220 cases of a breed of “nightmare bacteria” with new or rare antibiotic-resistant genes, have been found in 27 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Tesla car on Autopilot when fatal crash occurred, company says

The Tesla vehicle involved in a fatal crash last month in Northern California was operating on Autopilot, the automaker has confirmed. But Tesla contends that the victim and a damaged freeway barrier share in the blame. Continue reading

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{FD} UConn women stunned by Notre Dame, ousted from Final Four

UConn’s undefeated women’s basketball team is no longer undefeated. Notre Dame hit a last-second shot in overtime Friday to oust the Huskies from the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading

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{FD} Malala returns to Pakistan hometown for first time since being shot in 2012, says it’s ‘happiest day of my life’

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai returned to her hometown in Pakistan on Saturday for the first time since 2012, when she was shot by a Taliban militant. Continue reading

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{FD} Kentucky lawmakers pass pension overhaul despite teacher protests

Kentucky lawmakers passed a pension reform bill Thursday, sending it to Gov. Matt Bevin’s desk — but also prompting backlash about the speed of its passage, reports said. Continue reading

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{FD} Stephen Reinhardt, circuit court judge, ‘progressive icon,’ dies at 87

Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has died Thursday in Southern California, a court spokesperson confirmed. Continue reading

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{FD} Atlanta-based lawyer to play bigger role on Trump’s legal team, report says

An Atlanta-based prosecutor with a doctorate in medieval history will now reportedly play a key role in President Donald Trump’s legal team. Continue reading

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{FD} Facing backlash, California county rescinds homeless shelter plan

Facing a public backlash, officials in Southern California’s Orange County rescinded their plan Tuesday for emergency homeless shelters in three cities. Continue reading

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{FD} Chemical spill at Chicago-area medical clinic sends at least 15 to hospital

A chemical spill Tuesday at a suburban Chicago medical clinic sent at least 15 people to hospitals, including employees and patrons, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Chicago police boss takes heat for opposing firing of officer linked to fatal shootings

As Chicago debates new measures to combat gun violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s police superintendent finds himself at odds with a police oversight agency — and even with some of his supporters among the city’s African-American leaders. Continue reading

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{FD} Canadian 18-year-old wins $1G a week for life after buying first lotto ticket

A Canadian teenager, who bought her first ever lottery ticket celebrating her 18th birthday, has won 1,000 Canadian dollars a week for life. Continue reading

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{FD} US charges 9 Iranians in hacking scheme against hundreds of universities, gov’t agencies

Federal agencies issued criminal charges and sanctions Friday against nine Iranians accused of hacking sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and U.S. government entities. Continue reading

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{FD} Wife who aided illegal immigrant husband in slayings of 2 sheriff’s deputies gets 50 years

A Utah woman was sentenced to nearly 50 years in prison Friday for helping her husband as he killed two Northern California sheriff’s deputies in 2014. Continue reading

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{FD} Death sentence reinstated for only woman on Mississippi’s death row

A divided federal appeals court has reinstated the death sentence of Mississippi’s only woman on death row, after her capital murder conviction was previously overturned by federal judges. Continue reading

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{FD} Homeland Security officials to testify in Senate hearing on election security

The Senate Intelligence Committee is launching an effort to safeguard against foreign meddling in this year’s election, as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifies Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Democrat quits state Senate for new gov’t job paying $100G more

A North Carolina Democrat resigned from the state Senate this week, on the same day she announced she was joining the state parole board — at a pay raise of more than $100,000. Continue reading

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{FD} Dead goats, chickens part of suspected ‘animal sacrifice’ ritual leading to arrests, police say

Dead and dismembered goats and chickens were found in a San Antonio-area home Friday night after police responded to calls of an animal sacrifice ritual, authorities said. Continue reading

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