Obama is rushing to Trump-proof the White House

WASHINGTON — Since Election Day, President Barack Obama has appointed 56 people to boards, commissions and offices in the hopes that they remain in those posts for years to come. He has reduced the prison sentences of 79 federal inmates. He has handed out the nation’s highest civilian honor to 21 people who he said […]

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Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits off Northern California coast

LOS ANGELES — A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked the Northern California coast Thursday morning. The quake occurred about 100 miles off the coast of Eureka, near the Oregon border, around 6:50 a.m. local time. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The depth of the quake was about 6.2 miles, according to […]

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Carrier union president says Donald Trump “lied his ass off” about saving jobs — and Trump fires back

Who acted more presidential? With friends and fellow union members slated to lose their jobs, Chuck Jones, president of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1999 at the Carrier plant, wasn’t happy that Donald Trump took credit for saving more than 1,100 positions at the plant while delivering a $7 million tax break to Carrier and their […]

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Santa ‘fat shames’ boy and makes him cry, then resigns amid backlash

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Forest City man portraying St. Nicholas in the town’s Santa House who apparently told a child to “lay off” the burgers and fries has resigned amid backlash from the community. Nine-year-old Anthony Mayse visited the Santa on Saturday and asked for an iPod Touch and a drone for Christmas, but left […]

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Trump’s pick to lead the EPA is a climate change denier (who’s suing the EPA)

The nominee has extensive ties to fossil fuel companies Gage Skidmore Scott Pruitt The current nominee to head the EPA. Also, someone who is currently suing the EPA. Scott Pruitt, currently the Oklahoma Attorney General, has been nominated by President-elect Trump to be the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Environmental groups have […]

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Trump called ‘risk factor’ in company filings

CHICAGO — In the list of potential risk factors that companies include in their regulatory filings, a new one has surfaced: Donald Trump. Methode Electronics, a Chicago-based designer and maker of parts for automotive, appliance and other industries, on Thursday added the president-elect to its list of potential “risk factors.” Disclosures of a wide range […]

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John Glenn, first American to orbit the Earth, dies at 95

John Glenn, who became an American hero as the first U.S. citizen to orbit the Earth and then relived that glory 36 years later as the oldest man to go into space, has died. He was 95. Glenn, who also served for 24 years as a U.S. senator from Ohio, died after being hospitalized in […]

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Trump chooses former WWE executive Linda McMahon to head Small Business Administration

Linda McMahon, who co-founded the World Wrestling Entertainment franchise and spent a fortune on two unsuccessful runs for the U.S. Senate, was named Wednesday as President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the Small Business Administration. “Linda is going to be a phenomenal leader and champion for small businesses and unleash America’s entrepreneurial spirit all across […]

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Protesters outnumber supporters of alt-right advocate

Hundreds of protesters face off with supporters of Richard Spencer, self-styled leader of the so-called ‘alt-right,’ during talk at A&M University By Ricky Ben-David Richard Spencer, the self-styled leader of the so-called alt-right movement, speaks at Texas A&M University on December 6, 2016. (Screenshot) Protesters at Texas A&M University demonstrate against a speech on December […]

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A rags to riches, real-life Hollywood legend: Kirk Douglas turns 100

He’s ruggedly handsome with his trademark cleft in his square chin, a Hollywood film legend: Issur Danielovitch Demsky. Who? The world knows him as Kirk Douglas. And on Friday he turns 100 years old. A look at Kirk Douglas and his only-in-America career Los Angeles (dpa) – At Thanksgiving, Kirk Douglas’s daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones posted […]

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Ohio legislators approve what would be the country’s toughest restriction on abortion

With little notice and stunning quickness, anti-abortion legislators in Ohio stand one signature away from enacting the nation’s most stringent abortion law in the hopes of sparking a nationwide reversal of the legal right of women to terminate their pregnancies. With a day left in their annual session, lawmakers Wednesday delivered to Gov. John Kasich […]

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Women rabbis who waded into a sea of opposition still fighting the waves

At New York’s Central Synagogue, five female ‘firsts’ discuss their experiences pioneering the clergy in ‘Breaking Bounds’ panel By Cathryn J. Prince NEW YORK — They’d never be able to lift and carry the Torah. They’d look strange standing there on the bima (pulpit) wearing a yarmulke and prayer shawl. They don’t know how, or […]

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Movie review: Natalie Portman embodies arresting portrait of a first lady in ‘Jackie’

The shock, grief and spotlight glare endured by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, in the days following her husband’s 1963 assassination, was there for all to see. Yet who knows what she was truly thinking, feeling, screaming inside while wiping her husband’s dried blood off her famous pink dress, or watching Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath […]

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This former Clinton official looked straight into the camera and gave the president-elect a piece of his mind

Robert Reich, who served as secretary of labor during the administration of President Bill Clinton, appeared on CNN Wednesday night to deliver a message to Republican presidential-elect Donald Trump. Robert Reich: “Lemme just say, because Donald Trump is probably watching right now…” https://t.co/bD5Iskq7br — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 8, 2016 Reich, who also served in […]

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