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Trump is right to withdraw US troops from Syria. We've done our job by defeating ISIS. Trump is right to withdraw US troops from Syria. We've done our job by defeating ISIS.
American policy on Syria took U-turn Wednesday with the news that President Donald Trump was preparing for a “full” and “rapid” withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Syrian civil war. After the news broke, Trump took to Twitter to declare, “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there.” Trump is right to accept victory in Syria. By September, ISIS had lost 99 percent of the terri...
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US bans 'bump stock' gun device used in mass shootings US bans 'bump stock' gun device used in mass shootings
The Trump administration has banned the use of bump stocks, devices that let rifles fire like machine guns, after promising to do so earlier this year. The final date to destroy or turn in the devices is 21 March, said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. The push to ban bump stocks followed the deadly mass shootings in Las Vegas in October 2017 and Parkland, Florida in February. Pr...
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2 Chicago police officers killed in 'grim reminder of the dangers' of law enforcement 2 Chicago police officers killed in 'grim reminder of the dangers' of law enforcement
Two Chicago police officers were killed in the line of duty Monday when they were struck by a passenger train while investigating a report of gunfire near tracks on the city’s South Side, authorities said. They become the third and fourth police officers killed in the line of duty in Chicago in 2018. They were identified as Eduardo Marmolejo, 36, and Conrad Gary, 31. "There they were ... doi...
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Mick Mulvaney, new chief of staff, once called Trump 'terrible human being' Mick Mulvaney, new chief of staff, once called Trump 'terrible human being'
WASHINGTON - Mick Mulvaney, who was tapped this week to replace Gen. John Kelly as the president's acting chief of staff, once called Donald Trump a "terrible human being." While campaigning to retain his South Carolina House seat during the 2016 election, Mulvaney denounced Trump, who is now his direct boss. Still, Mulvaney said he was forced to support the then-Republican nominee because the ...
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American student's stabbing death in the Netherlands prompts outpouring of condolences American student's stabbing death in the Netherlands prompts outpouring of condolences
REDDING, Calif. – The slaying of a 21-year-old American student in the Netherlands has captured national and international headlines and saddened the hearts of her friends – and complete strangers – around the world. Sarah Papenheim, who graduated from a Redding-area high school in 2015, was fatally stabbedon Wednesday at her Rotterdam apartment near the college she was attending. Her death pro...
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El Niños to strengthen because of global warming, will cause 'more extreme weather', study says El Niños to strengthen because of global warming, will cause 'more extreme weather', study says
El Niños will be stronger and more frequent in the decades ahead because of global warming, causing "more extreme events" in the United States and around the world, a study said Wednesday. A natural phenomenon marked by warmer-than-average seawater in the tropical Pacific Ocean, El Niño is Earth's most influential climate pattern. A weak one is forecast to form at some point this winter, feder...
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Kentucky governor bashes 'biased' Louisville Courier Journal, ProPublica in social media outburst Kentucky governor bashes 'biased' Louisville Courier Journal, ProPublica in social media outburst
Kentucky's governor wasn't pleased to hear the state's largest newspaper, the Louisville Courier Journal, was partnering with ProPublica to investigate a state-run government agency. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin posted a series of tweets attacking both news organizations and recorded a three-minute video on social media detailing his disdain for both outlets, which he characterized as biased. ...
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Some Americans are being denied 'life-saving' health care. It's because they are transgender Some Americans are being denied 'life-saving' health care. It's because they are transgender
LOS ANGELES – Grayson Russo desperately needs a surgery similar to a double mastectomy. Although someone with a breast tumor is able to promptly schedule such a surgery, Russo fought more than three years simply for approval. That's because Russo experiences gender dysphoria, a discomfort or distress caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and sex assigned at birth. Their ...
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Supreme Court won't consider state efforts to defund Planned Parenthood Supreme Court won't consider state efforts to defund Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider efforts by Republican-led states to defund Planned Parenthood. Despite its new, more conservative tilt, the court let stand federal appeals court rulings that allowed the reproductive health organization's patients to contest laws in Louisiana and Kansas that stripped its Medicaid funds. The court’s refusal to hear the case represent...
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'It's serious': Winter storm brings havoc to Southeast 'It's serious': Winter storm brings havoc to Southeast
A winter storm bringing havoc to airline and highway traffic across much of the nation crawled east Sunday, pummeling the Southeast with snow and sleet. More than 400,000 homes and businesses were without power in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama on Sunday. Thousands of flights were canceled or delayed from Texas to the Carolinas. In North Carolina, more than 1,...
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