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Lawmakers address concerns over future of health insurance

He disputed U.S. District Judge John Bates, who said in his January 23 decision that Aetna's decision to not offer on-exchange plans in several counties "was a strategy to improve its litigation position". With the likelihood of the untimely death of Obamacare, Republicans will be forced to draft a new plan for all those who will lose coverage. Overall, countries with universal health insurance fare better in both expense and population health outcomes, though there are many complicated ... Read More »

White House tours to resume March 7th

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Now, a new report in US Weekly gives additional insight into what may be going on behind the scenes: Melania is apparently "miserable" in her role as First Lady. On Friday, some media outlets noted that Abe toured Washington , D.C., alone, without the first lady, while their husbands met. "I am hopeful that future first families will cherish this garden like we have", she said. Read More »

Cuomo Launches Hotline For Relatives of Travelers Coming From Trump's Banned Countries

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New Yorkers are a little less negative about the new president. The governor announced the proposal during a "I stand with Planned Parenthood" rally Monday in Albany . It will also have to be approved by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman , who supports the amendment. Richards was most likely referring to a January poll from Pew Research Center which found that almost seven in 10 Americans oppose overturning Roe v. Read More »

Senate Democrats Announce They Will Filibuster Any Trump Supreme Court Nominee

Trump's. Republican presidents of the 80s, 90s, and 2000s hoped to turn the court into a conservative bulwark. But despite the centrist score, Hardiman's record does reveal conservative bona fides, as SCOTUSblog laid out : He has taken an expansive view of the right to bear arms, voted against inmates in death penalty cases and proven unsympathetic to many free speech claims. Read More »

Dean of Faculty advises against global travel

Ohio University President Roderick McDavis released a statement Sunday recommending OU students from seven predominantly Muslim countries do not leave the United States following President Donald Trump's enactment of an executive order on immigration . Read More »

Betsy DeVos's ethics review raises further questions for Democrats and watchdogs

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Betsy DeVos has devoted decades of her life and literally millions of her personal assets toward the goal of public-school reforms that promised a superior education for every American child. Mrs. DeVos was, at the time, the chair of the Republican Party of MI and, as fellow Midwesterners, we got to know her, her politics and, most importantly, her heart while serving side-by-side as volunteer party leaders. Read More »

Mother Vanishes With Her Two Children After Blind Date and House Fire

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Adding to the mystery, however, was that a fire broke out at Lamping's home around 3:30 a.m. Sunday - hours before she and her kids were reported missing. The disappearance of Monica Lamping, 29, and her two children, 7-year-old Kai and 9-month-old Oria, was updated Tuesday to a missing/endangered persons case under suspicious circumstances, Virginia Beach Police Department master officer Linda Kuehn tells PEOPLE. Read More »

Obama's $221M gift to Palestinians put on hold

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FOX News points out that such holds are generally respected by the executive branch but aren't legally binding after the funds have been allocated. Congress had approved the allocation of the funds in budget years 2015 and 2016, but a handful of members from the House of Representatives placed holds on them to protest Palestinian moves to join global organizations, the AP reported. Read More »

GOP Leaders Pressure Texas' Highest Court To Hear Gay Marriage Case

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District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled the Texas law unconstitutional, but the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it to remain in effect for the 2014 election. A hearing on the case was scheduled for tomorrow, but the feds asked to reschedule the hearing to give the Trump Administration time to figure out whether the White House wants to continue fighting Texas. Read More »

At least one dead as gunman opens fire in shopping centre

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The second suspect, identified by police as 34-year-old Jason Matthew Prieto , who police said fled after the shootings, was later caught and taken into custody. Another man, who was carrying a licensed and concealed weapon then shot and injured that robber. The bystander who shot the robber remained unhurt. Read More »

Officer rescues woman from burning vehicle

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She had a late night hankering for some ice cream and was nearly home when she was suddenly forced to fight for her life. "I kicked and kicked and I didn't even make a crack". "I thought I was going to die there and so panic was definitely setting in". "I realized it's happening that fast, that it was going to get me fast too". Read More »

Josh McDaniels not leaving Patriots to be 49ers head coach

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The 49ers have fired their head coach after each of the past three seasons, and have dismissed their head coach in each of their past four non-winning seasons. The San Francisco 49ers are the only team still looking for a head coach. The Patriots (15-2) will play the Pittsburgh Steelers (13-5) in the AFC championship game at 6:40 p.m. Read More »

Lawmakers Battle Over Student Painting of Cops as Animals

The dispute grew heated on Tuesday when GOP lawmakers removed the painting from a display of the Congressional Arts Competition in Capitol Hall for the second time in less than a week, according to Politico , leading the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus to say the painting's supporters "may just have to kick somebody's a-". Read More »

Seattle's new Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal shut down by Joe Biden

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Perlmutter said he wants to register his objection to Russian Federation after USA intelligence community findings that Moscow engaged in computer hacking to sway the election in favor of Trump. "It is over", Biden told Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who was one of the objecting lawmakers. Waters said to boos from Republicans. At one point, during Biden informed the Democrats that "It's over", causing House Republicans to erupt in laughter. Read More »

NAACP Stages Sit-In to Protest Jeff Sessions' Attorney General Nomination

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Given that these are issues our nation the attorney general is sworn to protect and enforce his nomination represents an ongoing and unsafe threat to our civic birthrights -particularly, and the right to vote. senator since 1997, is scheduled to appear for confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 10 and 11. But Sessions's colleagues in the Senate have indicated that they may give him a pass this time around, pushing civil rights organizations like the NAACP ... Read More »

Temperatures to drop later this week

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Kenosha topped 70 degrees three times that month, including record-highs of 70 degrees on November 6 and 72 degrees on November 17, according to Weather.com. Wednesday, Jan. 4 - Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Gusty northwest winds that develop today may cause areas of blowing and drifting snow, and kick up lake-effect snow showers along the South Shore of Lake Superior. Read More »

Trump marks deadly year in Chicago, hints at federal help

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He wrote, "If Mayor can't do it he must ask for federal help!" The Chicago police data show the city ended 2016 with its largest number of murders in 20 years while also experiencing an uptick in shootings. Collins said the federal government could help by passing stricter gun laws, improving cooperation between federal and local law enforcement and funding programs for at-risk youth. Read More »

Mother collapses, dies during Facebook Live stream

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Along with the 1-year-old featured in the Facebook live video, Herndon leaves behind another young son. Suddenly, she falls and the phone drops from her hands, according to reports. "The thyroid messes with everything and it triggered her heart", Morgan told KATV . An autopsy will be performed to confirm the cause of death. "A precursor to hypothyroidism called subclinical hypothyroidism may cause some changes in the blood fats and blood vessel function that may lead to an increased ... Read More »

Weather: Snow possible after 10 pm

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Saturday: Partly sunny , high 35. Tonight's forecast low is around 31 with a south wind 13 to 16 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 21 miles per hour. The National Weather Service says strongest winds Tuesday are across the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where gusts from 45 miles per hour to 55 miles per hour will be common. Read More »

Lawmakers Vote To Delay Massachusetts Marijuana Stores

Lawmakers said the bill will give them time to improve provisions on the ballot question. The bill also directs the Baker administration to contract for a study of marijuana use, including patterns of use and methods of consumption, incidents of impaired driving and marijuana-related hospitalizations and the economic impacts on the state. Read More »

Transition adviser's tweets add intrigue to Trump aide Jason Miller's sudden resignation

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Late last week, Spicer insisted, at a bar-in-the-back event in Washington, that Trump will not continue his campaign practice of banning individual news outlets once he's in the White House. Delgado, an attorney, was a columnist for Mediaite and defended Trump when he was hit with charges of being insensitive to women. In early October, as some Republicans abandoned Trump after a videotape revealed lewd talk years earlier by the GOP nominee, Delgado tweeted: "Trump's talk has zero impact on ... Read More »

Christmas services around the Valley

St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 1818 N. 13th St., will hold a "lessons and carols" service at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve before holding its traditional candlelight worship service at 10:30 p.m. December 25, with Sunday school cancelled. Emanuel Lutheran's Christmas Eve worship schedule includes four service times, with Holy Communion at each service. Read More »

Wyoming unemployment rate improves as labor force shrinks

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The national average last month was 4.6 percent. Those figures were not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations. Year-over-year there was a gain of 6,800 jobs . It was followed by Oldham County, 2.7 percent; Fayette and Shelby counties, 2.8 percent each; Scott and Warren counties, 3 percent; and Anderson, Boone, Jessamine, Spencer and Washington counties, 3.1 percent each. Read More »

Body of Former 'Bridalplasty' Reality Show Contestant Found in Shallow Grave

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Naegle competed with other brides for a dream wedding and a plastic surgery procedure in the 2010 reality show. The news site reported that Rogers, one of her nursing students, confessed to striking Naegle seven times on the head with a hammer when she told him she was breaking up with him to recommit to her husband of five years. Read More »

Pennsylvania's population declined between 2015 and '16

Utah was the nation's fastest-growing state, increasing by 2%. Jones said he'd need to wait for the bureau to release county-level population estimates next year to get a better sense of the reasons behind the changes. California's population is already the largest in the United States and it has increased. "You saw a slowdown in the oil industry in the past year as well as the agricultural industry", said Iverson, who estimated the state's out-migration at 4,684 people. Read More »

Canada calls for unconditional release of kidnapped couple in Afghanistan

In the video, Coleman calls their situation a "Kafkaesque nightmare" and urges "governments on both sides" to reach a deal for their freedom. In the video, which the 31-year-old Coleman says was taken December 3, 2016, Coleman refers to the USA and Canada as she reads from a script: "We understand both sides hate us and are content to leave us and our two surviving children in these problems". Read More »

Toddler fatally shot in Arkansas road rage incident; manhunt underway

According to Arkansas Online, the boy's grandmother - 47-year-old Kim King-Macon - was waiting to turn left at an intersection when a black Chevrolet Impala pulled up behind the Charger and honked its horn. "That is very, very frustrating to our police agency as it should be to our community", Buckner said. A 2-year-old girl was killed by gunfire while riding in the backseat a vehicle November 22. Read More »

Dylann Roof convicted on all counts in slayings

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Sentencing for Roof--where the death penalty will be on the table-will begin on January 3. Roof has said he will represent himself during that phase, and Bruck was apparently trying to help his client in advance of that by giving the jury some justification to spare his life. Read More »

This Holiday Season, Nebraska Law Enforcement Is Looking For Drunk Drivers

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Above / Help keep roads safe every day and during the holiday party season. Police noted that drunken or drug-impaired driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver's licenses, are charged higher insurance rates and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, auto towing and repairs, and lost wages. Read More »

Did Jim Harbaugh accuse Michigan State football of negative recruiting?

The speculation began after the Los Angeles Rams fired Jeff Fisher on Monday. Whereas it doesn't seem like this is a great job opening outside of the potential money (Harbaugh already makes $9 million per year), there are only 32 National Football League jobs and when a team comes calling most coaches will at the very least listen. Read More »