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Dakota Access protesters set 20 fires during evacuation, two children burned

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:02:27 -0500

Two children were burned, one of them severely, at the Dakota Access camp evacuation Wednesday after remaining activists set fire to about 20 shelters and a vehicle in what was described as a departure ceremony.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said a 17-year-old girl was airlifted to a hospital in ...




Plane delated at Florida airport following fumes in cockpit

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:03:16 -0500

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Officials at Palm Beach International Airport say a Delta flight to Atlanta was delayed after fumes filled the plane's cockpit.

The Palm Beach Post (https://goo.gl/dMBd6F ) reports that Flight 2448 was about to depart Wednesday evening crews when crews stopped the plane. Palm Beach ...




Anti-Obamacare ads aim to boost Republicans

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:25:06 -0500

Republican-aligned groups poured millions of dollars into ad campaigns Wednesday urging Congress to gut and replace Obamacare, hoping to remind voters why they disliked the health care law and to stiffen spines among wavering Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Polls show the zeal for repeal is waning, just as Republicans are ...




Trump's hiring freeze botched by 2 Army bases; child-care cuts announced despite Defense exemption

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:07:41 -0500

Two U.S. Army bases erroneously notified parents that child-care cuts were coming as a result of President Donald Trump's federal hiring freeze.

Mr. Trump signed an executive order Jan. 23 that halted all federal government hiring except for the Defense Department.

Regardless, officials at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Army Garrison ...




Frank Ancona family members plead not guilty in killing of KKK leader

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:27:06 -0500

The widow and stepson of recently slain Ku Klux Klan leader Frank Ancona pleaded not guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder and other charges related to his death.

Malissa Ancona, 44, and Paul Edward Jinkerson Jr., 24, both entered not-guilty pleas during a formal arraignment hearing this week held in connection ...




Anonymous 'Real Men Provide' billboard in N.C. sparks interest, protest: Reports

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:04:52 -0500

An anonymous seven-word slogan on a billboard in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has piqued the curiosity and ire of passersby with its simple but cryptic message: "Real men provide, Real women appreciate it," reads the black text on a plain white background.

The Greensboro News & Record reported Wednesday ...




Mexico vows to resist Donald Trump's immigration plans

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:05:00 -0500

Mexico's government vowed Wednesday to resist President Trump's efforts to force better cooperation in stopping illegal immigration, drawing lines in the sand just before high-profile meetings with the U.S. secretary of state and homeland security secretary.

Back in the U.S., meanwhile, one prominent congressman reported a surge in legal immigrants ...




Philadelphia soda tax fizzles in first month, layoffs likely: Reports

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:04:37 -0500

A newly imposed tax on sugary drinks sold within Philadelphia likely earned a fraction of the revenue its advocates had expected, city officials said Tuesday.

Philly had hoped that the 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sodas and other sweetened drinks would reap about $7.6 million each month for City Hall upon ...




7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star, could hold life

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:45:42 -0500

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life.

This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team ...




Train carrying grain derails in northeastern South Dakota

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:36:44 -0500

REDFIELD, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a train derailed in northeastern South Dakota, causing road closures in the area.

The train was carrying grain through Redfield when it derailed early Wednesday morning. Officials say they don't know how many railcars derailed.

Spink County Sheriff Kevin Schurch says a broken track ...




Hunters who claimed to have been shot by illegal immigrants actually wounded themselves: Report

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:47:55 -0500

A grand jury has determined that two men who claimed to have suffered gunshot wounds at the hands of illegal immigrants during a hunting trip on a south Texas ranch in January actually injured each other accidentally and fabricated their story after the fact.

Walker Daughtery and Michael Bryant could ...




Emails show 'close and friendly' relationship between Scott Pruitt, energy industry: Watchdog group

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:53:00 -0500

Newly installed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt cultivated a "close and friendly" relationship with oil and gas companies during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general, a watchdog group charged Wednesday, pointing to documents showing Mr. Pruitt's office worked hand in hand with fossil fuel companies to fight Obama-era energy regulations.

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Dakota Access: North Dakota offers protesters free rides home, food as evacuation deadline looms

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:29:48 -0500

Short of packing the protesters' bags, North Dakota is doing everything it can to convince the remaining Dakota Access oil pipeline activists to meet Wednesday's evacuation deadline with free bus tickets, food, hotel rooms and taxi rides.

The state, which has already spent $33 million on law enforcement and other ...




Two-thirds of Americans worried Donald Trump will lead nation into major war: Poll

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:29:20 -0500

A majority of Americans are worried President Trump with lead the United States into a major war within the next four years, according to the results of an NBC News/Survey Monkey poll published Wednesday.

Conducted during Mr. Trump's third week in the White House, the results of recent polling indicate ...




Richmond, Calif., leaders unanimously vote in favor of Donald Trump's impeachment

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:43:58 -0500

The City Council in Richmond, California, unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling for Congress to consider impeaching President Trump.

Though largely symbolic, passage of the resolution means the Bay Area city will formally recommend that federal lawmakers in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee investigate Mr. Trump with respect to ...




Duane Buck case: Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:20:28 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a new court hearing for a black Texas prison inmate who claims improper testimony about his race tainted his death sentence.

The justices voted 6-2 in favor of inmate Duane Buck. Buck had tried for years to get federal courts to ...




Computer issue delays American flights leaving Philadelphia

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:07:35 -0500

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Computer problems are delaying passengers who are trying to leave Philadelphia International Airport on American Airlines flights.

The airline says it conducted a planned internet shutdown for computer maintenance overnight, but that the computers didn't come back online as expected about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

That's led to ...




Delays possible during cleanup of commuter trains crash

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:05:33 -0500

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) - Officials say some delays are possible while the cleanup continues in suburban Philadelphia at the scene an accident involving three out-of-service commuter trains that injured four people.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority workers on Wednesday are trying to get the rail cars back on track while ...




Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee, noted for religious rights cases

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:01:42 -0500

An American Indian who is serving life in prison without parole for killing his toddler believes it was "monumental" for 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to pay attention to his religious liberty case.

Judge Gorsuch ruled that a prison had to provide a sweat lodge to ...




Scott Pruitt promises major changes from Obama years

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:00:13 -0500

Scott Pruitt told EPA employees Tuesday that he's committed to protecting the environment and upholding the agency's core mission, but he also signaled that major changes are ahead as he begins to dismantle much of former President Obama's climate change agenda.

In his first address to the agency workforce, Mr. ...