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Pipeline Foes Ride Out Storm In Shelters, Casino

(AP) — Some opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline who have been protesting for months in a rural camp in southern North Dakota rode out an overnight blizzard at shelters in two local towns and at a tribal casino.  The storm brought several inches of snow, winds gusting to 50 mph and temperatures that […]

No Change In Death Toll

(AP) — The death toll stands at 36 on Tuesday with no change overnight in the number of bodies recovered in what remains of an Oakland warehouse.  Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Tya Modeste says 36 bodies have been recovered and 26 of their families have been notified. Modeste   says another nine bodies have been “tentatively […]

Trending Story That Clinton Won Just 57 Counties Is Untrue

(AP) — A trending story that claims Hillary Clinton won a total of 57 counties in the presidential election is untrue.  The Associated Press finds that Clinton won 487 counties nationwide, compared with 2,626 for President-elect Donald Trump.  The story appeared on several viral content sites that cater to some of Trump’s supporters.  It also […]

Germany’s Merkel Re-Elected As Conservative Party Leader

(AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has won a new two-year term as leader of Germany’s main conservative party after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year’s huge migrant influx.  Merkel ran unopposed Tuesday for the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union — the springboard for her run for a fourth term as […]

NYC Mayor Says Trump Rhetoric Is A Factor In Hate Crimes

(AP) — Reports of hate crimes have spiked in New York City and the city’s mayor says he believes heated rhetoric by President-elect Donald Trump is a factor.  At a news conference Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about allegations that an off-duty Muslim police officer was threatened by a man who told her to […]

Trump Says Contract For New Air Force One Should Be Canceled

(AP) — Donald Trump wants the government’s contract for a new Air Force One canceled.  The president-elect tweeted that the contract with Boeing for a new presidential plane is costing $4 billion.  He later told reporters at Trump Tower that the manufacturer is “doing a little bit of a number” and the cost is “ridiculous.”  […]

Ryan Defends Trump Conversation With Taiwanese Leader

(AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is defending President-elect Donald Trump’s phone conversation with the Taiwanese president, calling it “much ado about nothing.”  The Taiwanese president called Trump last Friday.  Ryan told reporters Tuesday that it is “prudent” for Trump to accept congratulatory phone calls. Ryan says he himself spoke to President Tsai Ing-wen two […]

Michigan Bill Would Make Stein Pay Recount Costs

(AP) — Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein could be forced to pay the entire cost of Michigan’s statewide recount under a bill advancing in the state Legislature.  The Republican-controlled House Elections Committee approved the legislation Tuesday. It would require any candidate who loses by more than 5 percentage points to pay 100 percent of […]

UPDATE: Detroit County Joins Recount

(AP) — The county that includes Detroit is among six in Michigan that have started recounts of the state’s presidential election results.  Wayne County’s recount got underway Tuesday at a Detroit convention hall. Seven of the state’s other 83 counties have also started recounts since Monday.  Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for Republican Secretary of State […]

Dallas Lawyer Who Died Was Found Unresponsive In His Car

(AP) – Dallas police say a prominent personal injury attorney was found unresponsive in his vehicle before being taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Police said Monday that 56-year-old Brian Loncar was found unresponsive Sunday morning in the front seat of his vehicle, which was parked in front of his downtown law […]