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Democrat Ralph Northam Wins Virginia Governor Race. Democrat Ralph Northam Wins Virginia Governor Race.
Democrat Ralph Northam handily defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor race on Tuesday in a contest that was being closely watched for signs of the national electorate's mood. With 99 percent of the vote counted, Northam had 54 percent and Gillespie had 45 percent. Gillespie conceded in a speech last night to supporters several hours after the polls closed and wished the incom...
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Why AR-15 style rifles are common among mass shootings. Why AR-15 style rifles are common among mass shootings.
AR-15 style rifles have become the weapon of choice in recent mass shootings, including the Texas church shooting Sunday, the Orlando nightclub last year and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The manufacture of rifles more than doubled in the past decade, to nearly 3.7 million rifles manufactured in 2015, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Much of the g...
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Texas gun laws are among most lax in the nation Texas gun laws are among most lax in the nation
As the nation looks with horror at Sunday's church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, some called for a change to gun laws that are among most lax in the nation. Texas lawmakers approved a law this year that reduced the application fees from $140 to $40 for handgun licenses, effective Sept. 1. Texas law also allows handgun license applicants to take handgun safety classes online, rather ...
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Tax plan caps property deduction at $10,000, puts new limit on mortgage deduction. Tax plan caps property deduction at $10,000, puts new limit on mortgage deduction.
A sweeping overhaul of the tax code unveiled by House Republicans on Thursday would cap the deduction for property taxes at $10,000 and preserve the mortgage interest deduction only for existing mortgages and new purchases with loans of $500,000 or less. Those changes will amount to a tax increase on high-income taxpayers with pricey homes, even if they get lower income tax rates. House Way...
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Suspected terrorist careens into NYC bike path, kills 8 near World Trade Center. Suspected terrorist careens into NYC bike path, kills 8 near World Trade Center.
NEW YORK — A suspected terrorist in a rented pickup plowed through a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center memorial in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday and fatally struck eight people, then emerged screaming in Arabic and pointing imitation guns before he was shot by police. The stunning Halloween attack, just hours before the city's parade and festivities were to kick off, was confirmed as a...
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Pentagon restates zero-tolerance pledge for sexual misbehavior Pentagon restates zero-tolerance pledge for sexual misbehavior
WASHINGTON — Despite more than 500 cases of serious misconduct — many involving sexual harassment — among its most senior officers and officials over the last four years, the Pentagon maintained Thursday that it has “zero tolerance” for such behavior. Pentagon officials for decades have used the term zero tolerance after eruptions of scandals involving sexual assault and harassment. Yet in each...
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Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage. Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage.
WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced. By law, only 25 retired officers can be brought back to serve in any one branch. Trump's order removes those caps by expanding a state of national emergency declared by Presid...
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Trump's handling of cases involving troops killed in action part of growing controversy. Trump's handling of cases involving troops killed in action part of growing controversy.
WASHINGTON — President Trump found himself embroiled in yet another emotional argument Wednesday over a commander-in-chief's most sensitive duty: Calling families of the fallen. All day, Trump engaged in a battle of words with Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., about whether he was disrespectful to the widow of a soldier killed in the west African nation of Niger. By the afternoon, he was embroiled...
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Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump's third travel ban. Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump's third travel ban.
WASHINGTON — President Trump's third attempt to ban travel from several predominantly Muslim nations met the same fate Tuesday as the first two: It was blocked nationwide by a federal judge in Hawaii. The ban, which was to go into effect Wednesday, "suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor," Judge Derrick Watson wrote. "It lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than...
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Trump's health insurance order pushes association plans to drive down costs — for some. Trump's health insurance order pushes association plans to drive down costs — for some.
WASHINGTON — President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that he says will lower health insurance premiums by allowing more consumers to buy health insurance across state lines. The order also proposes expanding the use of health reimbursement arrangements, or HSAs, to expand the availability of short-term health plans, and a study of barriers to competition in the health insurance marke...
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