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Sen. Hatch to retire, opening door for possible Romney run

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Hatch's decision not to pursue re-election is bound to shake up Utah state politics, and it is also likely to generate intrigue over the rumors that Mitt Romney is thinking about running to take his place. Hatch, 83, is the longest-serving GOP Senator in USA history, having first been elected in 1977. After the election, Romney submitted himself as a candidate to be secretary of state in an excruciatingly public interview process. Read More »

Fire rips through Bronx building, injuring at least 16, including children

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The fire started inside of 1547 Commonwealth Ave. near E. Tremont Avenue just after 5:30 a.m., fire officials say. Video from the scene showed flames and smoke pouring from the building. The displaced residents were placed on an nearby bus so they could keep warm while firefighters continued battling the inferno. "Praying for a swift recovery for all those injured", Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted. Read More »

Congress confused on triple talaq: Naqvi

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Triple talaq bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha. CPI leader D Raja on Tuesday said that the Left was in favour of the Triple Talaq Bill being referred to the Select Committee and accused the government of "bypassing the committees" on crucial bills. Read More »

Texas girls reported missing; Amber Alert issued

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Miles is also a person of interest in the suspicious death of a Round Rock woman. He is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was also last seen in Round Rock, Texas. They might be traveling with 44-year-old Terry Miles in a gray 2017 Hyundai Accent with Texas plates. Law enforcement officials believe these children to be in grave or immediate danger. Read More »

Doctors' countrywide strike against NMC bill begins

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Certain provisions of the NMC like allowing practitioners of Indian medicine like Ayurveda and Homeopathy to practice Allopathy after completing a bridge course. Shah said the provisions of the bill will make medical education in the country expensive. The National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill has already been tabled in the Parliament on Friday and it seeks to replace the MCI. Read More »

Wind Chills Drop Below Zero Again

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Lows tonight will fall into the upper single digits and teens. A high temperature of -6° was the coldest daytime high since January of 1997. Otherwise, the main story line tonight will be the cold temperatures and low wind chills. Mostly sunny skies won't help the temperatures much, with afternoon highs topping out in the low 20s. Cold wind chills can cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Read More »

Eric Garner death: Activist daughter Erica dies aged 27

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Erica went into cardiac arrest earlier this week and suffered major brain damage due to a lack of oxygen, rendering her brain dead at the time . Erica Garner , who became a well-known activist after her father, Eric Garner , died in police custody, has died at the age of 27. Read More »

Noon Year's Eve at the Discovery Center Today

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Their parents were sitting nearby, relaxing for a moment amid a busy New Year's Eve day. This is the fifth year Provo Beach has hosted the Noon Year's Eve event, but for several years prior to that it was organized by The Shops at Riverwoods, Jenkins said. Read More »

Plane with 12 believed aboard crashes in Costa Rica

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Shocking pictures showing the burning wreckage of the plane at the crash site have been released by Costa Rican authorities. "We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy", the spokesperson said. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash. Early Monday "the investigations into the causes of the accident will begin", Solis said.The Costa Rican newspaper La Nacion gave the names of the 10 passengers as: Thibault Astruc, Amanda Geissler, Charles Palmer, Bruce ... Read More »

Terrorists storm CRPF camp in J&K's Pulwama, jawan killed

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However, unconfirmed reports said one more militant was killed but bodies of only two have so far been recovered. Meanwhile, the internet services have been slowed down. Terming the attack as "dastardly", the chief minister said violence had taken a heavy toll in the state in terms of death and destruction, tearing apart of the social fabric, inflicting massive economic, academic and social losses besides the irreparable loss of human lives. Read More »

Father: Army Soldier Died Trying To Save People From Bronx Fire

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Emmanuel Mensah was stationed in Virginia. Fernando Batiz says he's "just numb" after the deadly fire that claimed the lives of 12 people in a Bronx apartment building. on Saturday and Sunday. When the flames erupted, the boy's mother escaped the apartment with her two children, but forgot to close the door behind her. Read More »

Numbers drawn for the $306 million Mega Millions jackpot

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The Mega Millions jackpot climbed to $343 million after Friday's drawing yielded no jackpot winners. The winning numbers on Wednesday were 3, 9, 16, 56 and 60 with a Powerball of 3 and a Power Play of 3. Though at 1-in-88 quadrillion, the odds of winning both jackpots are not in anyone's favor. The jackpot has been rolling since it was last won at $42 million on October 13. Read More »

Pence's Aspen neighbors hang 'Make America Gay Again' sign

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They've been really nice to us'. Pence, a staunch conservative, has regularly been targeted for his deeply Christian beliefs and past history of advocating for legislation that could adversely affect the LGBTQ community. Prior to becoming vice president, then-Indiana Governor Pence signed a religious freedom bill into law in 2015, only to issue a clarification after the state was threatened with widespread boycotts over concerns the law discriminated against the LBGT community. Read More »

Oyintiloye Urges Youths to Learn Persistence — George Weah's Victory

A statement signed by Uche Anichukwu, Special Adviser (Media) to Deputy President of the Senate, Ekweremadu also commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for guiding the West African nation through a peaceful presidential election. Weah played with AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain, among others. The lawmaker representing Obokun State Constituency in the Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye made the submission on Friday in Osogbo, Osun State capital following ... Read More »

Himachal Congress MLA slaps lady constable, gets a tighter one in return

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Kumari has been booked for her action and an FIR against Asha Kumari has been lodged under section 332/ 353 of IPC (criminal assault on public servant). Kumari claimed that constable was abusive and even pushed her. "In a rage, I raised my hand in retaliation and she also did the same", Kumari told reporters outside the Congress office. Read More »

Dozens Killed in Bombing at Shiite Center and News Agency in Kabul

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The Taliban issued its own statement, saying it had nothing to do with the attack. Afghan Voice has Shia links but there was no immediate claim of responsibility. That Iran-backed news outlet, the Afghan Voice Agency , says its offices are housed in the Tabyan Cultural Center that was targeted. In October, ISIS claimed responsibility for twin attacks on Shiite mosques in Afghanistan that killed almost 60 people. Read More »

Special Weather Statement, Wind Chill Advisory issued for Ohio Co

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There will be brief limited periods, primarily late Sunday afternoon, when portions of the area may see some nominal improvement in wind chills and then wind chills will again quickly drop into the evening. Temperatures tomorrow will remain at or below 0 all day with a NW wind 5-10 miles per hour creating wind chills of -15 to -25 throughout the day. The combination of cold temperatures down into the single digits, below zero in some spots, combined with steady winds will create risky wind ... Read More »

George Weah set to become Liberian president

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Liberia , a nation founded by freed American slaves, is seeing its first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years as Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize victor, steps down. Vice-President Joseph Boakai conceded on Friday, congratulating Weah. While the 2017 election will give way to a historic democratic transition not seen in several decades, it is also the first time in many years in the country for a loser in a presidential election to consciously accept results and concede defeat to ... Read More »

Penn State jumps out to big lead, hangs on to beat Washington

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The Nittany Lions jumped out to an early 21-7 lead and held on for a 35-28 win after Washington closed to within a touchdown in the fourth quarter. After a touchdown pass to put Penn State up 7-0 in the first quarter, quarterback Trace McSorley gave Franklin a nudge to the midsection. Read More »

Arctic air will be here for the ball drop!

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Far western areas did see some clearing skies Thursday afternoon and more of the Big Country can expect that into Friday . Temperatures at sundown New Year's Eve will be around 10°. There is a chance for snow showers throughout the first part of Saturday . But don't let the sunny image fool you; it will still be cold outside! Wind: S 10-20; gusty at times. Read More »

Wade Davis agrees to deal with Rockies

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The Davis deal includes a fourth-year option that could push the deal upwards of $60 million. Davis was an All-Star each of the past three seasons, with the Chicago Cubs this year and the Kansas City Royals the two years before that. Read More »

Gunman Kills 9 in Attack on Egypt Church

Coptic Christians in Egypt have been faced several attacks by extremist organisations. "People were terrified and wanted to check on their families in other buildings of the church", she told The Associated Press by phone. No group immediately claims responsibility for the attack, the fourth to target Christians since December of the previous year, but it bears the hallmarks of the Islamic State group's local affiliate. Read More »

Kabul blast kills 25 at Afghan Voice news agency, cultural center

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Wahid Mujro, spokesman for the public health ministry, says the toll is at 41 killed and 84 wounded. A suicide bomber is believed to have detonated his explosives. A report issued by the AJSC in July reported different figures from that of Reporters Without Borders and said in the first six months of 2017, 10 journalists were killed and 73 cases of violence had been reported including "killing, beating, inflicting injury and humiliation, intimidation, and detention". Read More »

Trump lashes out at Vanity Fair for backtracking on Hillary Clinton video

The moral? If you have anything nice to say about Hillary Clinton - even an apology for saying something mean about her - Trump doesn't like you. Trump said the publication "looks like its on its last leg" and insulted an executive of Vanity Fair , Anna Wintour , who he claimed was "beside herself in grief and begging for forgiveness!" The video shows editors of Vanity Fair's Hive website offering toasts and New Year's resolutions for Mrs Clinton , including that she vow to take up ... Read More »

Powerball and Mega Millions Over $300 Million

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As for Powerball, no one matched all the numbers in Wednesday's drawing, so the jackpot is expected to go over $384 million for Saturday's drawing. Tickets for both games also may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com. In Michigan, one ticket sold matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. To win the jackpot, a player must match all six winning numbers in a drawing. Read More »

Eric Garner's Daughter Declared Brain Dead, According to Mother

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Her mother had earlier confirmed the heart attack was triggered by an asthma attack. Eric, Erica's father, suffered from the same condition. He had been accused of illegally selling cigarettes on a sidewalk when an officer put him in the chokehold from behind and brought him down with the help of other officers. Read More »

Colder weather on the way

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Wednesday. Today's forecast calls for a high near 23 with wind chills as low as zero and a low around 12. For Salisbury, expect a low of 13 degrees Wednesday night, and sunny skies Thursday but a high of only 27. Thursday and a slight chance of snow and sleet before 10 p.m. with a low of around 23 degrees. I would be shocked to see those (temperatures) rise unless we get some snowfall. Read More »

Israeli Minister Wants To Name Western Wall Station After Trump

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Trump's announcement acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel's capital - and his pledge to move America's embassy there - enraged Palestinians and much of the Muslim world. Rabbi Yakov Avitan, an Ashkelon council member, said he believes Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is equally as important. Read More »

Ukraine: Rebels and govt swap first prisoners under new deal

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They spoke after a meeting in Moscow mediated by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. It is not immediately clear if this covers all prisoners of war . On same day, 23 December, warring parties in east of that country agreed anor ceasefire for end of year, but two days later re were new recriminations mutual attacks. Read More »

Homeowners in High-Tax States Scramble to Pre-Pay Property Taxes

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More: Prepaying your property taxes? Middle and higher income-earning taxpayers likely would benefit most from making early tax payments, said Joseph Schaeffer, a certified public accountant in Bethlehem. Scott Sizemore, director of the revenue collection division of the Fairfax County's tax department. However, the law almost doubles the standard deduction, which may mean that fewer taxpayers will itemize. Read More »