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Why did Broward destroy 2016 ballots? Sanders ally seeks US probe.

Tim Canova, an ally of Bernie Sanders, lost in a 2016 primary to Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Hillary Clinton ally, in Florida's Broward County. The paper records have been destroyed.

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Columbus Circle without Columbus? New York's statue debate hits Italian-Americans hard

The famous memorial, donated to the city by immigrants in 1892, the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s first voyage, has been caught up in the nationwide controversy over the meaning of history and the purpose of public monuments.

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Iranian missiles found in Saudi Arabia are evidence of nuclear deal violation, says US

US intelligence has determined the missiles fired at the international airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Houthi rebels were supplied by Iran, proof the Trump administration is using to reassert its claim that Iran has violated the 2015 nuclear deal. 

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Black women say it's time for Democrats to repay their loyalty in state elections

After Alabama and Virginia elections, Democrats have received almost unanimous support from black women voters. With turnout rates consistently above 90 percent, many are calling for representation at the negotiating table, and legislation that speaks to their unique issues. 

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FCC repeals net neutrality after a decade

In a straight party-line vote of 3-2, the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission junked the longtime principle that said all web traffic must be treated equally.

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Trump’s tax plan: Why many middle-class Republicans support it

While some Trump voters see the bill as a betrayal of his populist campaign promises, more than two-thirds of GOP voters say they support it – even if it may not help them personally.

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Jerusalem, etc.: How US global leadership has changed under Trump

Trump, who vowed to restore 'strong American leadership,' has projected military power as president. But in his go-it-alone actions and withdrawal from commitments, some see a diminished US role.

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This woman’s approach to mentoring in San Jose won a prize

Knowing that mentors can make all the difference for youths, Gisela Bushey designed the program Critical Bridge. In October, it was named a recipient of the $50,000 Encore Prize.

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GOP tax bill includes cuts for businesses and wealthy

Republicans in the House and the Senate have approved a tax bill that will include permanent tax cuts for businesses, cuts for the top brackets, and temporary cuts for middle-class workers. A repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate is also included in the bill. 

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Does US need special counsel to probe special counsel Mueller?

On Wednesday GOP lawmakers hammered Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying the Mueller probe is tainted. Democrats and other critics say this charge is a distraction and that attorneys shouldn't be reduced to red or blue.

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In the race to help Latino students, one California county pulls ahead

Since 2014, Riverside County has expanded services for students including access to counselors and help with financial aid forms. One result: the county’s graduation rate shot up to 89 percent in 2016, putting it in range of Orange County.

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What Doug Jones's win means for Democrats

The incoming Democratic senator from Alabama leaves Republicans with just a one-seat edge in the Senate. But Jones may look to work across party lines as well.

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Senator Gillibrand takes on leadership role in fight against sexual assault

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) of New York, who called for President Trump to resign because of sexual assault allegations, is on the forefront of the fight against sexual assault in government and the armed forces.

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Firefighters see progress in battling California fires

While still largely uncontrolled, fire crews have carved fire lines around one-quarter of the Thomas fire, a good sign of progress in combatting one of California's largest fires, which has grown to cover nearly 370 square miles. 

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NYC bomber faces first court hearing days after attempted bombing

Would-be suicide bomber Akayed Ullah will make his first court appearance following an attempt to bomb Times Square subway station. President Trump has called for tighter immigration standards as Mr. Ullah first came to the United States on a visa.

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Democrat Jones scores stunning Senate victory in red-state

Alabama elects its first Democratic Senate seat in a quarter-century. Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in a narrow victory.

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TPS: What it is and how it's changing

TPS provides short-term protection from deportation for people who can't return home because of national disasters, civil unrest, or health crises. Nicaraguans and Haitians lost protection this fall; Hondurans' and Salvadorans' status is under consideration.

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What foiled New York subway attack says about lone-wolf bombers

As many New Yorkers express relief at the relatively minor impact of the latest terror attack on their city, experts point out that, in the US, both suicide attacks and attempts to hide homemade bombs in public places are rarely successful. 

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Final probe into the sinking of El Faro may bring safety reform for ships

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) begins the final meeting of the probe into the El Faro maritime disaster. The NTSB has drafted new safety recommendations in response to the tragedy.

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In Alabama election, a state wrestles with its identity

To many, the race is not just about a seat in the US Senate, but the image Alabamians hold of their state – and want to project to the rest of the nation.

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These 'Star Wars' fans combine dressing up with doing good

Don’t be fooled by the 501st Legion’s sinister appearance. The 'bad guys doing good' donated 182,000 volunteer hours in 2016 and raised $889,000 for charity.

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Judge rules to allow transgender people to enlist in the military

Three federal courts have ruled against President Trump's demand to bar transgender people from the military. Enlistment starts on Jan. 1, 2018.  

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#MeToo campaign turns focus back to Trump

The women who accused President Trump of sexual misconduct during the election have spoken up again following the #MeToo campaign. The women have asked Congress to launch an ethics investigation against the president and Democrats have called for his resignation. 

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Why GOP faces challenge selling tax cuts to younger voters

When it comes to Republican tax policy, Millennials are the least-supportive age group. Partly, it's proposal details like those on college debt. Partly, it's the values of a generation raised during the Great Recession

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ISIS-inspired suspect behind New York explosion that injured four

A man detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his chest near Times Square, setting off temporary chaos in Manhattan during the Monday morning rush hour. Governor Cuomo has encouraged New Yorkers to stay alert but go about their lives.

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Both sides dig in for final push in Alabama's Senate race

For Republicans, winning means they can continue to further their agenda. For Democrats, a victory could jumpstart their bid to retake the majority at midterms. 

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Strong winds keep southern California wildfires burning for a second week

California fires in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas continue, fueled by dry conditions and strong Santa Ana winds. Firefighters work to contain the flames as new evacuation orders are implemented.

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After many days in court, travel ban nearing final resolution

Friday, a full panel of judges on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Virginia about the third version of the White House travel ban, just days after the US Supreme Court allowed the ban to take effect while it was making its way through the lower courts.

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How Congress's inaction has left children's health program on life support

Last week, Colorado became the first state to send letters to CHIP families warning them that support might end in January. Texas has asked the federal government for $90 million to keep its program running through February.

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Moore campaign strategy follows in the footsteps of President Trump

With his ability to dodge accusations of sexual misconduct and appeal to evangelical voters, political analysts are drawing parallels between US Senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign's playbook to that of President Trump.

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New California wildfires threaten San Diego area

Wildfires endanger homes, businesses, and racing stables in the San Diego area as residents are evacuated and firefighters battle to control the flames.

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Skirball fire underscores calls for collaborative wildfire management

The wildfires ripping through Southern California mark a destructive end to a year already considered the state’s worst fire season on record.

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Franken resignation shows Democrats' line in the sand

The Minnesota senator's decision to step down reflects the uncompromising stand his party is taking on sexual misconduct – a position Democrats hope will create a strong moral contrast with Republicans, but that also could come with risks.

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Massachusetts justice system wrestles with how to define 'adult'

Reform in the Bay State includes a proposal to raise the juvenile age to 18 – and adult to 19. With the delay of 'adult' milestones, such as full-time employment and getting married, youth are slower to mature, supporters say.

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Some states aim to get more foster youth graduating from college

Foster children don't always have the support system they need to navigate adult decisions for a successful college experience. Some states are hoping to change that by providing counseling and funds for individuals transitioning from foster care to college life.

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House bill expands concealed-carry rights and background checks

The House has passed a bill that would allow a concealed-carry gun permit issued in one state to be valid across state lines. Provisions in the bill also address the controversial bump stocks and expands background checks, which Democrats say is an unjust tethering.

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Southern California wildfires continue as Santa Ana winds expected to pick up

First responders continue to several wildfires across southern California. The largest blaze, the Thomas Fire, burned more than 90,000 acres and destroyed more than 150 homes as thousands of people have evacuated in Ventura, about 50 miles from Los Angeles.

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In Boston, fight to end homelessness moves from street corner to classroom

The number of homeless students in the city has risen sharply since 2009. Partnerships are increasing the opportunities to identify and support struggling families. 

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What recognizing Jerusalem means for US role as Mideast mediator

Israelis hailed, and Palestinians and other Arabs denounced, President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Delivering on one campaign promise may have come at the expense of another.

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Time magazine names 'The Silence Breakers' as Person of the Year

Time magazine has honored the women who have experienced sexual misconduct and brought their experiences to light with its Person of the Year Award. The cover will feature prominent women who gave their voices to the #MeToo movement.

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Female TV journalists search for solutions to change a toxic workplace culture

With surfacing sexual allegations against high-profile men in the industry, the women who made those claims are looking for a way forward. A new initiative in TV newsrooms aims to enforce a zero-tolerance policy and better accountability practices for executives.

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Soaring West Coast homeless population drives national numbers up

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development reports an increase in the number of homeless people. A booming economy and skyrocketing real estate on the West Coast has contributed to the spike of people living on the street.

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Trump to announce US embassy move to Jerusalem

Despite warnings from global leaders, President Trump intends to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, recognizing the Holy City as the capital. Analysts warn the move could be viewed as the US siding with Israel, and potentially trigger volatile protests across the Muslim world.

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How a Tulsa 'failure factory' turned around its graduation rate in three years

School partnerships at a high school in Oklahoma combine relationship-building with data analysis to boost the graduation rate from 53 percent to 75 percent in three years. Part 3 of 3.

 

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In Alabama, Republican women split sharply over Roy Moore

With the election just one week away, interviews conducted by the Monitor find younger female voters are more disturbed by the accusations of sexual misconduct against Senate candidate Roy Moore than their older counterparts.

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Deportations soar while border arrests plunge

In President Trump's first year, boarder arrests drop to a 45-year low, but deportation arrests surged 40 percent from the same period a year earlier.

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Rep. Conyers steps down amid sexual harassment claims

After a storm of sexual misconduct allegations and pressure from Democratic colleagues, Rep. John Conyers (D) of Michigan resigns from his position in Congress.

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Trump's travel ban allowed to stand, for now

Cases against the executive order are still being heard in lower courts, but the Supreme Court's move may set the tone for those cases.

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Religious liberty or right to discriminate? High court to hear arguments in wedding cake case.

As evidenced by the people who began camping outside the high court for a seat at Tuesday’s oral arguments, the Masterpiece Cakeshop case seems destined to be a historic ruling – with both sides warning that defeat could bring potentially seismic consequences.

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Republicans say tax plan will boost growth. How much, and for how long?

The official unemployment rate may be low, but the GOP says tax cuts will help reverse tepid growth of the economy and wages.

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