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2 more US swimmers leave Rio after robbery scandal, 3rd pays fine
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2 more US swimmers leave Rio after robbery scandal, 3rd pays fine

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Two American Olympic swimmers were on their way home Friday after being pulled off a plane a day earlier to testify about an alleged robbery at the Rio Olympics that Brazilian police said was made up. The lawyer for a third U.S. swimmer ...
Vanderbilt pays Daughters of the Confederacy $1.2M to remove 'Confederate' from univ. building
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Vanderbilt pays Daughters of the Confederacy $1.2M to remove 'Confederate' from univ. building

In recent years, Vanderbilt University has officially referred to Confederate Memorial hall as just "Memorial Hall." Now the university will go all the way, returning an 83-year-old donation and removing the "Confederate" inscription from the building. Univ...
Obama's goal of 30K Syrian refugees within reach
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Obama's goal of 30K Syrian refugees within reach

An immigration enforcement advocacy organization is appalled that the U.S. is now on track to resettle 30,000 Syrians annually. Earlier this year, the Obama administration slashed the vetting time of Syrian refugees from 18-24 months to just three months - ...
Making voter fraud easier?
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Making voter fraud easier?

DENVER (UPI) -- Coloradans can now begin the process of registering to vote by sending a text message that will return them a link to the state's online voter registration page. In 2010, Colorado became the first state to allow fully online voter registrati...
Northwest restaurant chain adds 'Living Wage' surcharge
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Northwest restaurant chain adds 'Living Wage' surcharge

One Pacific Northwest restaurant chain has found a new way to tackle the region's rising minimum wages. Restaurants Unlimited, Inc., a Seattle-based restaurant group with locations in nearly a dozen states, has added a one percent "living wage" surcharge to...
Poll: Texas Republicans prefer Donald Trump and Rick Perry to Ted Cruz
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Poll: Texas Republicans prefer Donald Trump and Rick Perry to Ted Cruz

Texas Republicans supported U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the March primary, but they now prefer Donald Trump to Cruz as their party's presidential nominee, and they would prefer former Gov. Rick Perry over Cruz in a potential Senate matchup in 2018, according to a Pu...
Boycott works: Target to spend $20M to add family restrooms to stores
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Boycott works: Target to spend $20M to add family restrooms to stores

Target Corp. will spend $20 million this year to add family restrooms to the rest of its stores to appease critics who were upset in recent months by its pronouncement that transgender people are welcome to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identi...
When the Suspect Is an Armed Black Man — and the Cop Is Black
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When the Suspect Is an Armed Black Man — and the Cop Is Black

After the death of a young black man by a Milwaukee police officer, riots, looting and fires followed. In one instance, as a gas station burned, people watching chanted, "Black power!" Local news reported that the 23-year-old suspect was not only armed but tha...
Merkel refuses to admit that refugees have endangered Germans
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Merkel refuses to admit that refugees have endangered Germans

NEUSTRELITZ , Germany, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel reinforced her belief that refugees to Germany were not a terrorism threat during a campaign speech Wednesday. She told an audience in Neustrelitz, in her home state, that Islamist mili...
Thousands affected in Texas as Aetna rolls back Obamacare plans
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Thousands affected in Texas as Aetna rolls back Obamacare plans

Thousands of Aetna policyholders in Texas will have to find new health care coverage next year after Aetna, the country's third-largest insurer, said it is leaving the federal insurance marketplace created by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Ae...