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Andrew Puzder withdraws as Trump's labor secretary nominee


Mr Puzder is the first of Mr Trump's cabinet picks to fail to secure a nomination. Fierstein later claimed she made the remarks in an attempt to gain leverage in a prolonged custody battle between the couple. A spokesman for CKE Restaurants said the company does not comment on pending litigation. Puzder also opposed wages in minimum wage, which was a rallying point for many who protested his nomination. Read More »

Aetna CEO says Obamacare is in a 'death spiral'

Susan Gretkowski, a lobbyist for MVP Health Care, a major insurer in Vermont and NY, said the company hired a lobbying firm in Washington to keep up to date on what is going on with the Affordable Care Act. The mandate has been criticized since the Affordable Care Act passed , but it was upheld in a U.S. Supreme Court case in 2012. I asked you what alternative you proposed to ensure that young Americans had health insurance. Read More »

Protesters block Betsy DeVos entering school


DeVos, an aggressive proponent of charter schools, was visiting the school for a meeting with the D.C. schools chancellor, In a video clip circulated by ABC 7 News WJLA-TV, protesters blocked DeVos' way as she attempted to use the back entrance. Read More »

Iranian boy, 5, reunited with his mother at Dulles airport

The mother was reunited with her young son after he was detained for hours following Trump's travel ban to seven Muslim-majority countries. McAuliffe denounced Trump's order to bar refugees from seven countries - Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Syria. Read More »

NY governor calls for amending state constitution for abortion rights


Cuomo announced the proposal at a rally hosted by Family Planning Advocates, which lobbies for Planned Parenthood. The state amendment Cuomo is proposing would ensure the rights afforded by Roe v. "We're going to protect Roe v. Wade in the State of NY". Brooklyn federal court Judge Ann Donnelly and several other jurists issued temporary injunctions blocking the Trump administration from deporting or detaining individuals with paperwork approved under President Barack Obama. Read More »

McDavis suggests global students remain in the country after Trump's executive order

Kaler didn't offer an opinion on the impact of Trump's actions on national security, but he said the university long has welcomed students from around the world. We stand with you. I understand these concerns, and I want to assure you we are coordinating with our global programs staff, immigration experts, legal counsel and peer universities to fully understand the implications of the new federal policies. Read More »

Democrats: This SCOTUS Seat is 'Stolen' and We'll Filibuster Anyone Trump Picks

Within hours of Scalia's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said the vacancy "should not be filled until we have a new president". Anthony Scalia, who had been on the Supreme Court since the 1980s when he was appointed by Ronald Reagan, died past year. Even if all Senate Democrats chose to join Merkley, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has enough Republican votes to do away with the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations - and then invoke cloture to cut off debate. Read More »

In Last Hours, Obama Approved Funds for Palestinian Authority


United States officials conveyed to PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday that the funds were not expected to be handed over in the immediate future, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. In the last hours of his presidency, President Obama defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority. She added: "I worked to make sure that no American taxpayer dollars would fund the Palestinian Authority unless very strict conditions ... Read More »

Mom, 2 kids missing since house fire are found safe


No one was home at the time, but two pets were killed in the blaze, WVEC reported . At this point, they say there is no evidence of foul play. Fire department spokesman Art Kohn said firefighters believe a space heater may be linked to the fire. Read More »

Virginia holds Notre Dame to season-low 54 points

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Virginia is a slight favorite on the road, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of -1 point against the Irish. And it's vulnerable to some of the same counters the Irish successfully employed against Syracuse - outside shooting, running in transition before the defense gets set up and being patient in half-court situations. Read More »

Supreme Court rejects Texas voter ID appeal - for now


Chief Justice John Roberts explained that the reason the justices declined to hear the case was because portions of it are still being litigated in lower courts - meaning Texas Republicans are likely bound to continue appealing the Fifth Circuit ruling to their heart's desire. Read More »

Syria Peace Talks Between Rebels and Assad Regime Begin in Kazakhstan


Russia's delegation is headed by Special Presidential Envoy for the Syrian Settlement Alexander Lavrentyev. Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations , Bashar Jaafari , leads the Syrian government's team. His remarks were created to underscore Iran's commitment to keeping Assad in power. In 2015 in Astana there were held two rounds of negotiations between Syrian opposition groups. Read More »

Shootout at Texas mall leaves one dead, seven wounded


As they were fleeing the building, the assailants encountered two civilians who tried to intervene outside. McManus called the fatal shooting "absolutely senseless". A second citizen who was licensed to carry a concealed weapon shot the suspect, who was injured and taken into custody. The page states that Murphy and his wife were at the mall in the jewelry store getting their wedding rings cleaned when tragedy struck. Read More »

Tornado Damage Tears Through Houses, Flips Cars


Sheet metal was strewn everywhere. When the citizens of the city woke up Saturday morning, they found trees, limbs, and poles sprawled amid power lines in the streets outside homes that had sustained severe damage or were completely decimated. Read More »

Volunteers in DC Gave Out 8000 Free Joints on Inauguration Day


The inauguration is going to be lit-or at least that's what one organization believes. While early estimates suggest fewer supporters turned out for President Donald Trump's inaugural address in Washington, DC, than for President Obama's prior two addresses, a marijuana giveaway drew massive crowds nearby. Read More »

Kyle Shanahan: 49ers 'honing in on' Kyle Shanahan for HC job

Cable is reportedly interviewing with the 49ers this week. The 49ers have sat on their hands and dragged this search process out with the other five vacancies already filled. "At this time", McDaniels told reporters today on a conference call, "it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England". It's a full rebuild for sure, and with no quarterback in place. Read More »

Another GOP Congressman Removes Anti-Cop Painting Hours After Clay Rehangs It

He also reportedly filed a police report against Hunter for removing the item, but Capitol Police, who found the painting concerning, did not take the complaint, according to Politico . Those rules prohibit displaying artwork that depicts "subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature". The painting showed a police officer taking aim with signs saying "history" and "stop kill". Read More »

Macy's to close its Northgate Mall store


Steve Cramer, president of the Minneapolis Downtown Council, said the development was not a surprise "in light of changes affecting downtown retailing across the nation". Macy's closed a store at the West Manchester Mall in York County in 2014. The signature building on Nicollet Mall dated to the early 1900s. Like other department store chains with deep brick-and-mortar roots, Macy's has felt the sting of the so-called Amazon Effect and struggled to evolve as an e-commerce player. Read More »

No. 8 Wisconsin hands Western Michigan 1st loss


Here's all the information you'll need to find the Cotton Bowl on TV or streaming online. Fumagalli finished with six catches for 83 yards on seven targets, a number of his grabs likely making highlight reels. Edwards intercepted Terrell the next time Western Michigan got the ball - just Terrell's fourth interception of the season - setting up Wisconsin's offense at the 12-yard line. Read More »

Trump exchanges barbs with Obama, but maintains they have a good relationship


He said: "I think very, very smoothly". Trump responded on Twitter. Trump had not only criticized his predecessor in public but had insinuated that the Obama administration had actively tried to make the presidential transition hard. He also condemned Palestinian incitement to violence and glorification of terrorists, singling out Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement, and slammed attempts to isolate and legitimize Israel in the United Nations and elsewhere. Read More »

Nor'easter pummels New England with feet of snow

The back edge of the winter storm blanketing Northwestern Massachusetts with several inches of snow will pass through the Connecticut River Valley around 5 p.m. Thundersnow was reported just west of Boston as a heavy band of snow moved over the area. People traveling ahead of the New Year should be aware of "extensive travel disruptions", AccuWeather said, as the storm continues throughout Thursday and Friday. Read More »

Legislature delays marijuana shops, deadlines by 6 months

Passage in the House was even faster, and with Democrat Paul Donato presiding, just five members passed the bill "in seconds", the report says. The measure would likely mean a delay in the opening of retail pot shops in the state until mid-2018, instead of January 1 of that year as originally planned. Read More »

Our excellent electoral vote system


Once a certain number of voters cast their ballot for a candidate (whether democrat or republican) that candidate gets to claim all the "electoral votes" for that state . More than 100 were at the capitol in Jefferson City. So, part of the reason the media blew the 2016 presidential race so badly was that we mistakenly relied on polls of the national vote, instead of looking at the state-by-state races, where far less polling was being done. Read More »

Lawrence County lost 500 jobs last month compared to November 2015

Freeport Village had the highest unemployment rate among the Island's incorporated areas at 4.7 percent. Over the year, the number of jobs in the county has stayed about the same. Unemployment rates dropped in Cabell County between October and November along with 47 of West Virginia's 55 counties. "Not only is the unemployment rate declining, but we have continued job growth in key sectors that drive the MA economy". Read More »

Stout student stopped for speeding gets lesson tying necktie

The Wisconsin student explained to the officer that he didn't know how to tie the tie that he needed for an important presentation. Officer Martin Folczyk followed the University of Wisconsin-Stout student down a street and into a parking lot November 30. Read More »

Washington state electors go rogue

Three voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American elder from South Dakota. Even before the election, Satiacum said he wouldn't vote for Clinton because he didn't trust her on tribal or environmental issues. Read More »

And the Merriam-Webster 2016 Word of the Year is... "surreal"


In early December, with lookups on the rise, Merriam-Webster staff said on Twitter that there was still time to search for something less ominous. It spiked in March, when the word was used during the Brussels terror attacks. The famous dictionary maker chooses each year's word by looking at two criteria: First, the word must regularly have a high volume of lookups, and second, lookups of the word should spike in response to events happening in the news and pop culture. Read More »

Electoral College expected to officially name Trump as next president

They are not required to do so under the Constitution, but there are laws in some states that would levy fines against so-called "faithless" electors who vote against the will of the people of their state. The final vote result may not be known on Monday, as states are given several days to report their numbers. "I think the electoral college should be eliminated", Hess said. Read More »

48 die after drinking bath essence in Russian Federation

The death toll has grown quickly since Sunday, and at least 15 remain hospitalized in a grave condition, officials said. The victims were very poor people, aged mostly between 35 and 50 years. A number of people have been arrested as part of a police investigation, in which thousands of bottles of the bath oil have been confiscated. Cheap perfumes and facial toners containing alcohol are sold without the trading restrictions on alcoholic drinks, while those who buy them to drink are the most ... Read More »

In Leaked Remarks, Hillary Clinton Explains Putin's 'Beef' With Her


The Post said that was made clear in a message CIA Director John Brennan had sent to the USA spy agency's staff. The CIA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment on Brennan's message or on the classified intelligence assessment that CIA officials shared with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month, setting off a political firestorm. Read More »

More snow, bitter cold leads to warnings in Wisconsin

The National Weather Service says central Minnesota could get half a foot of snow from the system. Madison officially received 3.4 inches of snow at the Dane County Regional Airport on Friday and most of the area reported about 4 inches by Saturday daybreak, with the highest state total reported at 6.1 inches in Scottville measured at 4 a.m. Read More »

'Shameless' Emmy Rossum Closes Deal To Return, Confirms Season 8 Renewal


Macy, so she's doing something about it. Over the show's seven seasons, Rossum has been nominated for a People's Choice Award and two Critics' Choice Television Awards for her work on the series. Shameless , along with Homeland , ranks as Showtime's longest-running scripted original series and most watched. While the network could either offer her a raise or choose to cancel the series, according to Variety , they do not plan to continue the series without her and are confident they will ... Read More »

F-rated IN schools increase with new grading system


Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz released the following statement. IN officials are considering whether schools could be spared a second year from penalties based on poor student scores on the state's ISTEP standardized test. Read More »

Young hikers rescued on NY mountain

A couple from Niskayuna missing in the Adirondack Mountain's High Peak's region since Sunday has been found alive, state Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Sean Mahar said. Winchell said the pair were planning for a day hike. Search crews faced cold temperatures and deep snow, and because of the dangers, they did not seek assistance from the public. Read More »

ACLU: Sight of cross on public tree inflicts 'irreparable harm'


Kenneth Falk, Legal Director for the ACLU of IN, told Independent Journal Review that the cross is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution because it's "not a symbol of Christmas, it's a symbol of Christianity". According to the lawsuit, the cross has been placed on the top of the tree for a number of years. There are no other holiday decorations on the square. Read More »