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Senate candidate Roy Moore's accuser: I was a 14-year-old child Senate candidate Roy Moore's accuser: I was a 14-year-old child
A woman who says Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore abused her when she was a 14-year-old girl has described the alleged encounter. Leigh Corfman told NBC News that Mr Moore, then a 32-year-old prosecutor, "seduced" her at his house in 1979. Several Alabama newspapers have endorsed Mr Moore's Democratic opponent, a remarkable step in such a staunchly Republican state. Mr Moore, who denies...
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White House requests $44 billion in disaster relief for victims of hurricanes, wildfires. White House requests $44 billion in disaster relief for victims of hurricanes, wildfires.
WASHINGTON — The White House requested Congress approve $44 billion in disaster relief Friday in what would be the largest single round of disaster aid to address the widespread damage inflicted by hurricanes and wildfires over the last three months. The bulk of the money — $25.2 billion — would be in the form of traditional disaster relief through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and th...
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Two accidentally shot in church while discussing church shootings. Two accidentally shot in church while discussing church shootings.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A man accidentally shot himself and his wife at an east Tennessee church on Thursday while he was showing off his gun during a discussion on recent church shootings, police said. Elder members of First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains were cleaning up about 1 p.m. after enjoying a luncheon held to celebrate Thanksgiving. They began talking about guns in churches, acc...
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Vet set himself on fire after long VA waits, appointment cancellation, investigation finds. Vet set himself on fire after long VA waits, appointment cancellation, investigation finds.
WASHINGTON — A veteran committed suicide by setting himself on fire in front of a New Jersey VA clinic after staff at the clinic repeatedly failed to ensure he received adequate mental health care, an investigation of the death found. Department of Veterans Affairs staff canceled an appointment Charles Ingram had in fall 2015 because a provider was unavailable, didn’t follow up to reschedule, a...
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In the Capitol’s shadow, massive Museum of the Bible readies for opening. In the Capitol’s shadow, massive Museum of the Bible readies for opening.
WASHINGTON (RNS) — In the new Museum of the Bible is a room full of Bibles, color-coded to show the more than 2,000 languages into which the holy book has been at least partially translated — and the similar number for which translation has “not yet begun.” That exhibit is just one example of how the 430,000-square-foot building with a view of the U.S. Capitol is meant to fascinate, educate and...
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Supreme Court to weigh anti-abortion speech restrictions. Supreme Court to weigh anti-abortion speech restrictions.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is wading back into the competing issues of reproductive rights and religious liberty. The court agreed Monday to decide whether a California law requiring pregnancy centers to post notices about publicly funded abortion and contraception services violates the free-speech rights of religious objectors. The justices have straddled the issues of abortion and cont...
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US rocket launch aborted after small plane enters airspace US rocket launch aborted after small plane enters airspace
A rocket launch in Virginia was aborted at the last moment when a small aircraft flew into restricted airspace. The unmanned cargo ship was about to be launched en route to the International Space Station (ISS) when mission control called "abort, abort, abort!". They had spotted a small aircraft flying in restricted airspace at 500ft (150m) near Wallops Island. The launch will be attempte...
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Former president Barack Obama heads to jury duty. Former president Barack Obama heads to jury duty.
Sometimes, former president Barack Obama is just like the rest of us. He reported for jury duty in Chicago on Wednesday morning, but was ultimately dismissed from the civic duty. Before leaving, Obama shook hands with potential jurors and even signed copies of his book some jurors brought along. He was a hit. One court clerk exclaimed, "He's gorgeous!" when she caught a glimpse of the forme...
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Homeland insecurities: Lost guns, backlogged asylum-seekers among DHS vulnerabilities. Homeland insecurities: Lost guns, backlogged asylum-seekers among DHS vulnerabilities.
WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security has key vulnerabilities in administration and oversight that could leave the agency open to fraud and pose threats to national security and public safety, according to a series of reports issued in recent weeks by the department’s inspector general. The problems range from miscommunications on immigration to oversight failures at the Federal Emer...
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Texas church shooting leaves at least 26 dead. Texas church shooting leaves at least 26 dead.
At least 26 people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at a church during Sunday services, officials say. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town in Wilson County, Texas. The gunman, who is reported to have been killed in the aftermath, entered the church and opened fire at around 11:30 local time (17:30 GMT). Governor Greg Abbott confir...
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