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Alabama's governor defends near-total abortion ban bill, but doesn't commit to signing Alabama's governor defends near-total abortion ban bill, but doesn't commit to signing
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey told reporters Wednesday that her office hadn’t gotten a bill that would criminalize abortion in nearly all cases, and that she’d have to review it before making a decision. She then defended some of the bill’s most contentious points. The Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make it a Class A felony, punishable by life or 10 to 99 years in...
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71% of young people are ineligible for the military — and most careers, too 71% of young people are ineligible for the military — and most careers, too
YORK, Pa. — The numbers are staggering: Seventy-one percent of young people are ineligible to join the military, according to 2017 Pentagon data. The reasons: obesity, no high school diploma, or a criminal record. The problem isn't just a military one, though: It's an issue for businesses as well because the vast majority of that age group isn't eligible for many jobs either, said retired Rear ...
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A toxic gasoline product leaked into Texas waterway after multiple vessels collide A toxic gasoline product leaked into Texas waterway after multiple vessels collide
BAYPORT, Texas — A busy commercial waterway near Houston remains partially closed following a collision involving four vessels that caused a toxic gasoline product to leak into the water. Authorities said at a news conference Saturday that the hull of a 755-foot tanker punctured storage tanks on a tug boat that was pushing two barges along the Houston Ship Channel. One barge capsized Friday....
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Principal of Parkland, Florida school where 17 were slain announces he will resign Principal of Parkland, Florida school where 17 were slain announces he will resign
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The principal of a Florida school where 17 people were fatally shot last year is resigning. The Sun Sentinel reports that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School principal Ty Thompson announced Friday that he will step down at the end of the school year. He cited his health and family as reasons for leaving. Thompson was principal in February 2018 when authorities say a ...
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Judge: California couple must pay nearly $600k for uprooting, killing an ancient oak tree Judge: California couple must pay nearly $600k for uprooting, killing an ancient oak tree
A northern California couple was ordered to pay nearly $600,000 after uprooting a 180-year-old tree for their new home – ultimately killing the heritage oak – a judge ruled. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Patrick Broderick issued the ruling in April, which was finalized last week, and sided with a nonprofit that sued the couple for the damage they caused to the tree and other vegetation on ...
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Colorado teen who plans to become Marine tackled suspected shooter Colorado teen who plans to become Marine tackled suspected shooter
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. – A Colorado teen set to join the U.S. Marines this summer is credited with helping subdue a gunman during a shooting at his Denver-area school on Tuesday. The Marines said Brendan Bialy helped saved lives during the attack at the STEM School Highlands Ranch. One student died, and two suspects are in custody. "Brendan’s courage and commitment to swiftly ending this tra...
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Intensive search underway for girl, 4, whose stepfather says she was abducted on a Texas highway Intensive search underway for girl, 4, whose stepfather says she was abducted on a Texas highway
An intensive search was underway Monday in Texas for a missing 4-year-old child who her stepfather says was kidnapped in a bizarre confrontation on a Houston highway. Maleah Davis has had multiple brain surgeries, including one less than two months ago, and "needs a lot of care," Houston police Sgt. Mark Holbrook said. A search party organized by family and friends was handing out missing pe...
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Boeing 737 skids off runway into Florida river Boeing 737 skids off runway into Florida river
A passenger plane slid off a runway in the US state of Florida on Friday night, ending up in a river after landing during a thunderstorm. Twenty-one people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, officials said. The chartered Boeing 737, operated by Miami Air International, had flown from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba to a military base in the city of Jacksonville. Passengers say it landed h...
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Trump administration has separated hundreds of children from their migrant families since 2018 Trump administration has separated hundreds of children from their migrant families since 2018
From the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to the Southern California coast, the Trump administration continues separating migrant families at rates that alarm immigration attorneys and advocates, even though a federal judge barred family separations as a systemic policy. Separations have slowed significantly since a federal judge in San Diego ordered the administration to halt the practice in June 2...
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Davenport, Iowa's 3rd-largest city, floods after temporary barrier fails to hold back Mississippi River Davenport, Iowa's 3rd-largest city, floods after temporary barrier fails to hold back Mississippi River
DES MOINES, Iowa – The third-largest city in Iowa abruptly joined the ranks of the state's regions ravaged by muddy floodwaters this spring when the Mississippi River rushed into downtown Davenport on Tuesday afternoon. The HESCO barriers holding back floodwaters from the river failed, local media reported, spilling fast-moving waters into the eastern Iowa city with a population of 100,000. The...
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