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Wife of Orlando nightclub shooter arrested by FBI
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Wife of Orlando nightclub shooter arrested by FBI

The wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen has been arrested and charged with obstructing federal agents and helping her husband commit the nation's bloodiest mass shooting. Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday and will make her first appearance T...
USDA report shows 10 percent of food stamps go to buying soda
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USDA report shows 10 percent of food stamps go to buying soda

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Aside from meat, Americans on food stamps spend the largest portion of their grocery budget buying sugary soft drinks, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The study, which was completed using data from an unnam...
Texas GOP leaders submit $2.8 billion tab to feds for border security
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Texas GOP leaders submit $2.8 billion tab to feds for border security

State Rep. Dennis Bonnen last week led a group of Texas Republican lawmakers in unveiling a $2.8 billion "invoice" they are submitting to the federal government to reimburse the state for costs related to illegal immigration. "I would like nothing more than t...
Democrats to show contempt for voters on Inauguration Day
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Democrats to show contempt for voters on Inauguration Day

WASHINGTON -- More than two dozen Democratic members of Congress -- including at least one member of the Bay State delegation -- say they will skip Friday's presidential inauguration, a number that grew over the weekend in response to the public war of words b...
Obama frees 10 more Guantanamo terrorists
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Obama frees 10 more Guantanamo terrorists

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman said Monday it accepted 10 detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he promised to close. The U.S. Defense Department di...
Rand Paul: Obamacare replacement will ‘legalize sale of inexpensive insurance’
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Rand Paul: Obamacare replacement will ‘legalize sale of inexpensive insurance’

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday said the GOP replacement for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is aimed to "give access to the most amount of people, at the least amount of cost." Paul made the comment during an ...
Prisons giving inmates pointers about seeking disability benefits
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Prisons giving inmates pointers about seeking disability benefits

Bay State prison officials are alerting inmates just before they are sprung on how to apply for welfare in a new pilot program that includes making the cons "aware of how to self-identify as disabled," according to a department memo obtained by the Herald. Th...
Black Caucus Painting Depicting Cops as Pigs to Come Down Permanently
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Black Caucus Painting Depicting Cops as Pigs to Come Down Permanently

WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP congressman reported Friday that a painting stirring controversy on Capitol Hill will be taken down Tuesday after the agency responsible for maintaining the Capitol complex determined it violated rules for a student arts competition. T...
Precious little snowflakes will wear pussyhats to inaugural protest
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Precious little snowflakes will wear pussyhats to inaugural protest

At Woven Art, a yarn shop in East Lansing, there's a run on hot pink yarn. The same is true at Spun in Ann Arbor. Bright pink yarn is flying off the shelves at Ewe-nique Knits in Royal Oak, too. The sudden popularity in this particular shade, yarn shop owne...
Pew Survey: Ferguson Effect is real
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Pew Survey: Ferguson Effect is real

ATLANTA (AP) -- The so-called "Ferguson effect" - officers backing off of policing out of fear that their actions will be questioned after the fact - has been talked about but never really quantified. A new study suggests the effect is a reality, with three-qu...