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Why Ring magazine named Ali 1966 Fighter of Year – 50 years after the fact

Fifty years after denying Muhammad Ali the magazine's 'Fighter of the Year' award, The Ring says he earned it – another sign of how much attitudes and expectations have shifted.

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Trump's weekly intelligence briefings: How unusual for a president-elect?

The president-elect's decision breaks from the tradition set by recent predecessors, but is not out of step with his broader, unorthodox run-up to the presidency.

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Ten days after OSU attack, Ohio legislature approves campus carry

The new law awaits Gov. John Kasich's signature, coming in a year of nationwide debate over allowing guns on college campuses.

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For middle-income college students, a rising dilemma

Many are too poor to write a check for college, but too rich to qualify for aid. With a federal solution looking unlikely, states like California are starting to offer some help.

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As US braces for polar vortex, cities prepare to help most vulnerable

As cold air moves in next week, temperatures are expected to drop. Local government and nonprofit groups are working to set up temporary shelters and get homeless residents inside.

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John Glenn and the 'throttle up' life

John Glenn offered an indelible portrait of American courage as a wartime aviator, test pilot, and astronaut. He was the embodiment of the nation's 'spirit of discovery.'

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Governance by spectacle? Trump taps WWE's Linda McMahon to head SBA.

The president-elect has tapped a co-founder of the WWE for his latest cabinet pick. His campaigning-by-spectacle may become governing-by-spectacle.

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As yet another general joins Trump's team, what does the pick reveal?

Retired Gen. John F. Kelly, who spent more than four decades in uniform, has reportedly been selected as secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.

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Megyn Kelly: Trump ushered in 'dangerous phase' for the media

Conservative commentator Megyn Kelly isn't backing down from her critique of President-elect Donald Trump's assault on the media.

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Portland to tax CEOs who earn 'too much,' a first for income inequality fight

Publicly traded companies in Portland, Ore., that pay their chief executives at least 100-times as much as their median employee salary will pay a 10-percent surcharge on the city's current business tax.

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How should the news media talk about the 'alt-right' movement?

Seth Meyers and others have urged the media to ditch the term 'alt-right' in favor of 'white nationalism' or 'neo-Nazism.' Others say those phrases don't convey the movement's complexity. 

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How much can Scott Pruitt really change the EPA?

While many critics are displeased by Trump's pick for EPA head, Pruitt's more traditional establishment background may help to mitigate some environmentalists' fears about the ability of the agency to weather Trump's administration.

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Weeks after election, what's the status on that recount?

A federal judge ruled there was no reason to move forward with a recount in Michigan. Other states are winding down their recount efforts, too, with no surprising results.

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Harry Reid: A sculptor of partisanship, who was also molded by it

When he was first elected in 1982, compromise was not a dirty word. That's changed dramatically – and so has Senator Reid.

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Shattered glass: How much do you know about these barrier-busting women?

Women have been cracking and shattering "glass ceilings" since long before two women at Hewlett-Packard coined the term. Convention-busting women continue to break through barriers to lead international corporations, coach male sports teams, and even secure a major party nomination for president. How much do you know about these female pioneers?

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Chuck Jones vs. Donald Trump: A window on future union relations?

Union boss Chuck Jones says that Donald Trump deliberately inflated the number of Carrier jobs that he had saved. Now, the president-elect is attacking Jones on Twitter.

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Surgeon General: E-cigarettes risk 'moving backward' on teen smoking

In a new report, Vivek Murthy expressed concern about e-cigarettes, which have become the most commonly used tobacco product among young people.

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Could the juvenile suspects in the Tennessee wildfires be tried as adults?

Juveniles make up a high proportion of arson arrests. In Tennessee, prosecutors could throw the book at two suspects accused of starting a fire that ended up killing 14 people.

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Why US life expectancy went down in 2015

The average life expectancy dropped unexpectedly by 0.1 of a year compared to 2014.

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Is Trump softening his stance on illegal immigration?

President-elect Donald Trump might not keep President Obama's executive order protecting young, undocumented immigrants in place, but he seems to be softening his stance on America's 700,000 'Dreamers.'

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California positions itself to lead a blue state rebellion

The country's most populous and economically independent state looks willing to push back against the Trump administration in a way not seen in decades.

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Trump nominates staunch EPA foe Scott Pruitt as agency head

As top prosecutor for a major oil-producing state, Mr. Pruitt has filed multiple lawsuits challenging EPA regulations.

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Trump taps Kelly for Homeland Security, third general for top post

The former Marine general shares similarly tough anti-immigrant views to Trump, and critics worry Trump's cabinet is starting to look "like a military junta."

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Crowd honors 'gift of freedom' from Pearl Harbor servicemen

Ceremonies honoring the 75th anniversary of the attack were held across the country, honoring those who survived, and the thousands who perished.

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At dawn of Trump era, political center sees an opening

Donald Trump himself defies labels. His rise to power may signal opportunities for problem-solving, Republicans and Democrats say at a convening of the group No Labels. 

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Trump's tweets: Transparency or manipulation?

Donald Trump's Twitter habits, if continued into his presidency, have the potential to fundamentally change the way the president interacts with the public. Whether that's a good or bad thing is a matter of perspective. 

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White nationalist event at Texas A&M reignites campus discourse debate

A prominent member of the so-called alt-right movement delivered a speech steeped in white supremacist rhetoric on a campus that largely opposed his presence – the latest of several speakers to challenge various schools' positions on free speech.

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Why the US military is trying to streamline its misconduct cases

Misconduct investigations can drag on for a long time, but there's no common set of guidelines on what should happen to officers in the meantime – or how they should be punished if found guilty.

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In rare bipartisan success, Congress passes major mental health bill

The $6.3 billion 21st Century Cures Act, which the Senate passed by a vote of 94 to 5 today, includes the most significant mental healthcare legislation in 20 years.

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McKnight shooting raises questions on 'stand your ground' law

Ronald Gasser, who is white, shot the black football star in a deadly act of road rage. While the sheriff's office has dismissed race is a factor in the case, others have said not so fast. 

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Trump's national security adviser pick promotes 'fake news,' too

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn's son persisted in promoting a conspiracy theory that inspired a gunman in Washington, D.C. But the elder Flynn is no stranger to conspiracy theories himself. 

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SFO recruits adorable therapy pig to soothe tense travelers

LiLou, the first known airport therapy pig in the US, joins the ranks of animals dedicated to making travel less stressful. But taking a pig home isn't for everyone.

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Supreme Court effectively broadens definition of insider trading

Prosecutors can prove someone committed insider trading without proving they received anything in return for leaking nonpublic information to an investor, the justices ruled.

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Ohio lawmakers await Kasich's decision on 'heartbeat' abortion bill

Ohio lawmakers on Tuesday passed a controversial bill that would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. 

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Trump introduces Mattis as Defense pick, lays out foreign policy doctrine

At a 'thank you' tour stop in North Carolina on Tuesday, the president-elect promised to get Congress to waive restrictions that would keep the recently retired general from serving as Defense secretary.

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December surprise: Time picks Donald Trump as its 'Person of the Year'

The title is given annually to a person who has had huge influence on world events 'for better or for worse,' according to the magazine's editors.

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Has Trump already sold his stock shares?

A Donald Trump spokesman said Tuesday that the president-elect had moved to sell his stock shares in June, which could help to disentangle the real estate mogul from some potential conflicts of interest while in office.

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Pearl Harbor: an uneasy peace 75 years after the 'Day of Infamy'

Seventy-five years after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the work of Honolulu and Japanese mayors edges the two nations toward a tentative reconciliation.

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What might school choice look like under Trump?

Supporters of charter schools, vouchers, and other forms of school choice anticipate a friendlier climate with President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos to serve as secretary of Education.

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Partisan or racial gerrymandering? Supreme Court asked to parse

The Supreme Court heard two cases on Monday regarding accusations that North Carolina and Virginia engaged in racially-motivated gerrymandering.

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After a delayed win, North Carolina Gov. Cooper looks to the future

Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper finally Tuesday got to bask in his victory in the close race for North Carolina governor, telling supporters his narrow triumph is a victory for the middle class and for the state's diverse population.

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Trump criticizes and congratulates US business deals in one day

Trump plainly telegraphed that when he takes office in six weeks he'll take an interventionist role in the nation's economy — as well as play showman when he sees a chance.

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GOP spending bill has mixed reviews – even among fellow Republicans

The legislation would prevent the government from shutting down this weekend and buy several months for the new Congress and incoming Trump administration to wrap up more than $1 trillion worth of unfinished agency budget bills.

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Do as I say? Parents get as much daily screen time as their teens

American parents and teens both spend about nine hours a day gazing at screens, a study finds.

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Ohio Supreme Court rules that police dashcam videos are public records

Could the decision preview how the justices might rule on a separate case regarding body cameras, as police departments and lawmakers nationwide grapple with changing technology?

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Walter Scott mistrial: early test for Trump on civil rights

The mistrial in the case of a police officer who shot a fleeing black man has turned attention to an upcoming federal civil rights case. How Trump handles it could be revealing. 

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Florida voters sue for recount: A call to address election issues? (+video)

Three Florida voters have sued for a recount of all paper ballots in Florida, adding to growing pressure for change before the 2018 election.

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Why Trump says he wants to ditch plans for new Air Force One (+video)

Donald Trump tweeted that Boeing’s contract to build the next Air Force One should be canceled due to its high price tag.

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Republican elector refuses to vote for Trump

Christopher Suprun has appealed to his fellow elector's constitutional duty 'vote their conscience.'

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Why a top Democrat is open to Trump's pick for Pentagon

Congress would need to issue a waiver to allow Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of Defense, a civilian position.

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