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Planned Parenthood failed to take sex trafficking seriously after infamous sting, ex-employee says

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:05:53 -0500

The pro-life group that caught on camera several Planned Parenthood employees attempting to help a man posing as a pimp obtain abortions for underage sex workers is accusing Planned Parenthood of deceiving the public and failing to take the issue of sex trafficking seriously.

Live Action released a new video ...




Ads in two dozen cities offer protesters up to $2,500 to agitate at Trump inaugural

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:41:06 -0500

Donald Trump may have a point about paid protesters: Job ads running in more than 20 cities offer $2,500 per month for agitators to demonstrate at this week's presidential inauguration events.

Demand Protest, a San Francisco company that bills itself as the "largest private grassroots support organization in the United ...




Rick Perry, Energy Department nominee, champions renewable energy

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:42:06 -0500

He has come under fire for a cozy relationship with the oil and gas industry, but Rick Perry's record clearly shows that renewable energy thrives when he is in charge.

Mr. Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the U.S. Energy Department, oversaw a massive expansion of clean power in ...




President Obama leaves legacy of wider racial rift

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:15:08 -0500

An undeniable part of President Obama's legacy is that Americans believe race relations have worsened during an eight-year period, with the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, assassinations of police officers and several high-profile attempts by the nation's first black president to bridge the racial divide.

Although Mr. Obama's ...




John McCain plans massive boost in spending to build military

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:14:08 -0500

Sen. John McCain called Monday for a massive boost in defense spending totaling more than $85 billion per year over the next half-decade, saying that is just the beginning of what it will take to restore the U.S. military to a dominant role.

The Senate Armed Services Committee chairman's plans, ...




Mississippi blues club Ground Zero owner hopes to change state's image

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:54:18 -0500

Bill Luckett is keenly aware that his home state is a punch line. The mayor of Clarksdale, Mississippi, and longtime attorney shakes his head over the stereotype of a state filled with backwards people who "stay in the kitchen and run around barefoot."

Such preconceptions, he said, plague "the South ...




Trump inauguration faces lack of watching parties by law, lobbying firms along parade route

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:40:27 -0500

No more chilled shrimp and Kusshi oysters on the half shell in melting carved ice swans. No more bloody mary bars, mimosas, yellowtail sushi and tuna carpaccio.

The law ...




Video shows anti-Trump activists plotting to set off stink bombs, sprinklers at inaugural fetes

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:47:00 -0500

Anti-Trump protesters are plotting to derail an inaugural ball by setting off stink bombs and the sprinkler system to force the evacuation of celebrants, according to an undercover video released Monday.

The D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition, part of the anti-inauguration umbrella group #DisruptJ20, plans to "ruin" the DeploraBall, a sold-out black-tie ...




Noor Salman, wife of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen, arrested

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:04:00 -0500

The widow of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen was arrested Monday and will face federal charges related to her husband's deadly terrorist attack last summer, U.S. law enforcement authorities confirmed.

Noor Salman was taken into custody in California in connection with the June 12 rampage, and will face charges including ...




Michael Flynn, James Mattis dim Donald Trump's hopes for strong Russia ties

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 20:10:07 -0500

National Security Adviser-designate Michael T. Flynn has offered notably different views on Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, as the retired three-star Army general prepares to become Donald Trump's closest White House adviser on Friday.

In his book on defeating Islamic terrorism, "The Field of Fight," Mr. Flynn wrote that ...




President Obama foreign policy widely seen as failure

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:39:09 -0500

From the Middle East to Russia to Asia, President Obama's foreign policy has left the U.S. in a weaker position than when he took office, analysts say.

As Mr. Obama prepares to depart the White House, U.S. relations with traditional allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia have frayed badly, ...




Jimmy Snuka, pro wrestling legend, dead at 73

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:19:16 -0500

Pro wrestling legend Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka has died of stomach cancer, according to family and friends. He was 73.

Celebrity-news site TMZ, which first reported the death, said it came less than two weeks after Mr. Snuka had murder charges dismissed against him on the grounds that was suffering ...




Central U.S. Ice storm falls short of dire forecasts

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 02:03:58 -0500

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Sleet and drizzle glazed swaths of the central U.S. on Sunday, extending icy weather that some meteorologists acknowledged fell short of dire forecasts.

Much of the region remained under an ice storm warning on the eve of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday as stretches ...




Boston police pause plans for $1.4-million social media surveillance program

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:15:40 -0500

The Boston Police Department on Friday announced it was putting a hold on its plans to purchase $1.4 million worth of social media surveillance software, signaling a win for civil liberties activists who said the program was poised to chill free speech and hindered other constitutionally-protected activity.

Local law enforcement ...




Biloxi mayor looks to restore MLK Day after social media fallout over 'Great Americans Day' posts

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:28:18 -0500

The mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi urged local lawmakers this week to pass an ordinance officially recognizing the third Monday in January as Martin Luther King Jr. Day amid a backlash brought on after the city's social media accounts made reference instead to the occasion as "Great Americans Day."

While President ...




White House shuts down call-in line

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:29:14 -0500

President Obama is done listening — at least by phone.

The White House comments line, 202-456-1111, is no longer working and apparently hasn't been operational for weeks. The line is normally staffed by volunteers.

Callers to the line hear a recorded message: "The comment line is currently closed, but your ...




Mike Pence to be sworn-in as vice president by Justice Clarence Thomas

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:14:34 -0500

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be sworn in by Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas at Friday's inauguration ceremony.

Mr. Thomas is a conservative stalwart on the bench and the second African-American man ever to serve on the nation's highest court.

While the chief justice of the United States usually ...




Milo Yiannopoulos and Martin Shkreli speaking engagement sidelined by protesters at UC Davis

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:51:51 -0500

A speaking engagement featuring conservative Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos and pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli was abruptly canceled over safety concerns Friday evening moments before the two were expected to take the stage at the University of California, Davis.

UC Davis College Republicans decided to drop the event around 30 minutes ...




Tale of 2 parties: Florida GOP high, Dems low ahead of 2018

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:33:50 -0500

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The state Republican and Democratic parties met two miles from each other Saturday for the first time since Donald Trump carried Florida in November's election, but the atmosphere and enthusiasm were worlds apart.

As both parties chose their leaders, it was easy to see which has ...




President Obama says his family happy to leave the 'bubble' of the White House

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:48:54 -0500

In what is likely the final on-camera interview during his eight year stay at Washington's most famous address, President Obama tells CBS that his family will be happy to be out of the White House come next weekend.

Security constraints and other factors appear to have worn thin after eight ...