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A San Antonio police officer was shot and killed on Sunday while sitting in a squad car during a routine traffic stop outside the Texas city’s police headquarters, authorities said.

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It’s a watershed year fraught with turmoil for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Across the American South, queer, trans and gender-nonconforming people are facing wave after wave of legislation that threatens our safety, well-being and very existence

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SAN DIEGO ― Super agers, the group of elderly people whose memory performance seems to defy aging , just produced another surprise for scientists: They can have numerous amyloid plaques in their brains, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, yet their memory is unaffected. It’s as if they are somehow protected from the toxic effects of the plaques

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Back in March 2016, when the GOP primary was still a going concern and the candidates were jockeying for endorsements and assistants, we made note of the fact that Texas Sen.

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WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump is reportedly considering appointing Clare Lopez, an anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist, to serve as his deputy national security adviser. Lopez is the vice president of the Center for Security Policy, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that focuses on the threat of Islamic jihad.

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WILMINGTON, N.C./MIAMI – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton traded barbs as they entered the last three days of campaigning in the U.S. presidential election with competing events on Saturday in Florida, a swing state that could prove decisive in Tuesday’s vote. Clinton and Trump are making their closing arguments to American voters, crisscrossing the United States in hopes of convincing last-minute undecided voters and rallying their bases to turn out enthusiastically on Election Day

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Patience is a virtue, especially if you want to use this Texas restaurant’s Wi-Fi. YaYa’s Thai in San Antonio is giving diners access to its internet, but only if they can solve an elaborate equation , reports Mashable

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Republican presidential nominee  Donald Trump , trailing Democrat  Hillary Clinton in every poll , unveiled a new campaign strategy on Thursday ― simply calling the whole thing off and declaring himself president.  Speaking at an afternoon rally in Toledo, Ohio, Trump argued Clinton’s policies are so terrible that there’s no point in having an election at all.  “Hillary Clinton wants to raise taxes on small businesses, up to 45 percent,” Trump said ― a claim previously rated “mostly false” by PolitiFact .

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ExxonMobil and its auditor  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP  must comply with a subpoena issued as part of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ’s climate fraud probe, The New York Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

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Sleepless nights do not discriminate. And if you’ve ever lain awake thinking about commitments to work, school, family and friends, you’re familiar with what a challenge it can be to turn all those thoughts off at the end of the day and relax, let alone fall asleep. Enter meditation.

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The Center for Gun Policy and Research at Johns Hopkins University has just issued an important report on guns and college campuses which is summarized in a Washington Post op-ed, or you can download the entire report here . Basically, the report argues that, Gun-nut Nation’s claims to the contrary, allowing guns on college campuses does not enhance security or safety, but will result in more, not less gun violence in academic environments.

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Just when it felt like Taylor Swift was never, ever, ever going to perform again, the singer shut it down as the headliner for the Formula 1 Grand Prix concert at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.  The show marked the 26-year-old’s first and (so far) only concert of 2016, and about 80,000 fans were lucky enough to witness it. Aside from dealing with a cold, Swift seemed right at home on the stage, singing her top hits like “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off.”  Wildest dreams..

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GOP voters aren’t sure who should lead their party moving forward. Polls and forecasts show Hillary Clinton’s huge Electoral College advantage

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LAS VEGAS ― Unlike the first two presidential debates, the third one, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is all about Hillary Clinton . And she has more than the usual simple burden of trying to win an election

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A Mexican federal judge who presided over appeals from high-profile drug kingpins in recent years was fatally shot in the head outside his home on Monday, authorities said. Judge Vicente Bermudez handled several legal challenges lodged by lawyers for Joaquin “El Chapo ” Guzman, the jailed leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, as well Miguel Trevino, ex-leader of the Zetas cartel. President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a televised speech on Monday that he ordered his attorney general to investigate the murder, but he did not provide additional information about the case.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide whether to revive a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican teenager against a U.S.

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A hurricane’s wrath , the devastation of a wildfire , the unyielding torment of a drought , the terror of a flood : Extreme weather events have been dominating headlines in the United States this year. These events can be catastrophic for life and property — Hurricane Matthew killed at least 17 people in the U.S. and almost 900 in Haiti last week — and, as a new report shows, can also pose a staggering economic burden not just to communities impacted by a disaster but to an entire nation of taxpayers.

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GOP candidate  Mike Pence started something when he dismissively blew off rival  Tim Kaine for bringing up “ that Mexican thing ” during Tuesday night’s vice presidential debate. Kaine was referring to Donald Trump ’s offensive comments about Mexicans, including calling them “ rapists ,” but Pence tried to shut him down

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Toni Braxton has reportedly been hospitalized in Atlanta  due to complications related to her battle with lupus, TMZ reports. The singer is said to be in serious condition.  The website reports that Braxton has been in the hospital for four days , noting it’s unclear whether she checked herself in or was transported by an ambulance.

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A recent study by the Bookings Institution raised questions about the extent to which students who graduate from college are actually facing the kind of crushing debt that is typically presented with anecdotal evidence by the media and politicians. The report indicates that only 7 percent of young-adult households with education debt have $50,000 or more, while 58 percent have less than $10,000 in debt, and an additional 18 percent have debts between $10,000 and $20,000

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By Al Norman In Atlanta, Georgia , a 53 year old black man is beaten and handcuffed by an off-duty cop working for Wal-Mart, for allegedly stealing a 38 cent tomato. When the shopper produced a receipt, the charges against him were dropped

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It was a throwaway remark that sparked a beautiful act of kindness. Kyle Simpler told his students at Burleson High School in Burleson, Texas, earlier this week he couldn’t remember the last time he’d had a birthday cake

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 3-month-old baby was shot in the face and died on Tuesday when gunfire erupted on a Los Angeles street, law enforcement officials said.

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Donald Trump is a racist, sexist, fear-mongering serial liar. But when he’s right, he’s right

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) announced this week  that he wouldn’t seek another term in Congress partly because he wants to spend more time with his family.  Ribble vowed to serve no more than four terms after taking office in 2010, but a sad airport farewell contributed to his decision to quit after just three terms, Ribble told “So, That Happened,” the HuffPost Politics podcast.      Ribble said he took his three grandsons home to Sherwood, Wisconsin, for a few days after Christmas.  “We played out in the snow and did all the things that granddads and grandsons love to do,” he said.

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FENTON, Iowa — Three days before the crucial Iowa caucuses, Sen.

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Republican presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump speaks at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Jan. 19, 2016.

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Glenn Beck Endorses Ted Cruz For President

24Ene

Conservative pundit Glenn Beck endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president Saturday, warning Republicans of what will happen if real estate magnate Donald Trump wins instead.  “If Donald Trump wins, it’s going to be a snowball to hell ,” Beck said at a rally in Akeny, Iowa, a little more than a week before voters in the state head to the caucuses. Beck said he has never officially endorsed anyone for president before

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The Clintons have no shame, that much you can count on. That stupefying arrogance was on full display in the most recent presidential campaign debate when Hillary Clinton countered Bernie Sanders’ charge that she was compromised by her close ties to Goldman Sachs and other rapacious Wall Street interests with the retort: “Sen.

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Mexico’s war on drugs continues. Authorities in the border city of Tijuana, Baja California, incinerated more than 20 tons of illegal narcotics on Friday.

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A Texas man was wearing an anti-drugs campaign T-shirt when he was arrested last weekend for alleged possession of methamphetamine. In his booking photograph, Adrian Harold Pounders wore a top that read “DontMethWithMe.org.”  The web address he proudly promoted on his chest ironically links to an anti-meth drive that warns Texans about the dangers of the highly addictive drug.   Pounders, 47, was detained when cops raided his home in Crockett on Sunday

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When viewers tune in for coverage of the Latin Grammys on Thursday, they’ll also see ads from the pro-immigration reform groups SEIU and iAmerica Action targeting Republicans over their opposition to deportation relief for undocumented immigrants. “We will not accept hate,” a voiceover says in the ad, in Spanish. “We will not allow anti-immigrant attacks

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Today’s topics include: We Recap Chez on Stephanie Miller’s Happy Hour; Bob’s Shirtless Offer; Listener Reaction to Our Mizzou Rant; The Latest on the Paris Attacks; Breaking News from Germany; GOP Governors Demonizing Refugees; Bible Verses That Mandate Allowing Refugees to Come to America; Texas Lawmaker Spills the Beans About Texas Gun Laws; Hannity and Bo Dietl on Surveilling Mosques; and much more. Download the mp3 (56 minutes, 23mb) Listen and subscribe on iTunes (it’s FREE!) Support the show at Patreon The Bob & Chez Show is a funny, fast-paced political podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The twice-weekly podcast is hosted by Bob Cesca (Salon.com, The Huffington Post, The Daily Banter, The Stephanie Miller Show), and CNN/MSNBC producer turned writer Chez Pazienza.

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Theater: "Hir" Here; Troubled "Thérèse"

09Nov

HIR ** out of **** THÉRÈSE RAQUIN * out of **** HIR ** out of **** PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZON A polemic instead of a play, Hir is blessed with talented and committed actors who mine the text of playwright Taylor Mac for the humorous and complicated and real emotions that are buried underneath speeches and spectacle like I.E.D.s of life, little explosions of genuine drama illuminating what is all too often just a disconnected series of ideas.

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ImageContent(562cf0c6e4b0ec0a3894bda1,562cea6d1400001b013c9111,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562cea6d1400001b013c9111.jpeg,Some(),Some(jpeg)),Scott Olson via Getty Images,) WASHINGTON — A new CBS/YouGov poll shows real estate mogul Donald Trump and famed neurosurgeon Ben Carson maintaining their lead among GOP contenders in the 2016 presidential race just days away from the third Republican primary debate in Boulder, Colorado. Among likely Republican caucus-goers in the early state of Iowa, Carson has found continued momentum and is tied with Trump at 27 percent.

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EmbedContent(5629a5f5e4b0ec0a3893fc25,,Embed,html,Some({})) TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Stepping into the furor over eye-popping price spikes for old generic medicines, a maker of compounded drugs will begin selling $1 doses of Daraprim, whose price recently was jacked up to $750 per pill by Turing Pharmaceuticals. San Diego-based Imprimis Pharmaceuticals Inc., which mixes approved drug ingredients to fill individual patient prescriptions, said Thursday it will supply capsules containing Daraprim’s active ingredients, pyrimethamine and leucovorin, for $99 for a 100-capsule bottle, via its site: www.imprimiscares.com

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The 10 Most Vegetarian Cities In The U.S.

20Oct

These days, you can find a meat-free dish on almost any restaurant menu.

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If you operate a drone, Uncle Sam wants to know your name.

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Under federal law , a Supreme Court justice must recuse from a case when he or his spouse have a “financial interest” in it.  Justice Stephen Breyer didn’t know his wife held stock in a company with a stake in a big energy case the court heard on Wednesday, and apparently neither did she. When he learned about it following a reporter’s inquiry, she immediately got rid of it. Late on Thursday, Bloomberg reported Breyer’s wife, Joanna,  sold about $33,000 worth of stock in Johnson Controls Inc., a company with a stake in  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v

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To win the Democratic Presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders must take a reasonable portion of the African American and Hispanic vote away from Hillary Clinton.

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FOOL FOR LOVE ** 1/2 out of **** BARBECUE ** 1/2 out of **** OLD TIMES ** out of **** FOOL FOR LOVE ** 1/2 out of **** MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB AT SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE I’ve spent my entire adult life watching the stock of playwright Sam Shepard fall.

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9 Tips for Exploring Portugal

07Oct

By College Tourist ; Author: Angela Serednicki , Ryerson University Green Energy and Blue sharks are just a small taste of what Portugal has to offer Stop by Sintra You can’t miss going to Sintra. It’s about a half hour train ride from Lisbon and the perfect destination for a day trip. Literally step into a fairytale land as you explore castles and gardens fit for kings and queens

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Supreme Court justices will meet behind closed doors Monday to start the process of deciding which cases to take up this term, with all eyes on a challenge to a Texas abortion law that could roil the presidential race just months before voters go to the polls. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website

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On February 21, 2012, five weeks after Johnson & Johnson paid $158 million to Texas and made Allen Jones a multimillionaire, the company announced that the board had appointed Alex Gorsky to succeed William Weldon as the new chief executive officer. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms.

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An assistant coach for the two Texas high school football players who violently  tackled a referee in a Sept. 4 game  has admitted he ordered his players to make the hits

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WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Days before a Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Library, an immigration advocacy group invoked the former president to attack the tough immigration rhetoric of certain candidates, including front-runner Donald Trump. A television ad launched on Sunday by the National Immigration Forum Action Fund contrasts Reagan’s call for the United States to welcome all people with the stances of Trump, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who have proposed an end to birthright citizenship and urged other crackdowns.

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WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Gov.

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The California state assembly passed a bill Wednesday that would create a model ethnic studies curriculum for optional use statewide, handing a major victory to educators and activists who say the courses will help boost achievement among students of color.

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KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police in Nepal said Tuesday that they are searching a river where the body of a teacher from Austin, Texas, was thrown after she was hammered to death. Authorities are searching the Seti River for the body of Dahlia Yehia , who disappeared from the resort town of Pokhara in western Nepal last month, said police official Hari Bahadur Pal

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A pair of San Antonio high school football players have been suspended from their team and their school  after they appeared to tackle a field official during a Friday night game.

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Photo courtesy of Matt Salacuse Featured in Nylon , Spin , and Stereogum , Mainland is receiving some well-deserved recognition for their hard work and infectious music. The band’s blended east coast/west coast vibe combined with their often dark, always upbeat musical style and magnetic stage presence make them a designated standout among other bands of similar genres. I recently had the opportunity to chat with the wonderfully charismatic singer and guitarist of Mainland, Jordan Topf

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Legislators returning to the nation’s capital after the August recess have one basic task: to fund the federal government for another year.

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Aug 28 (Reuters) – A sheriff’s deputy pumping gas into his patrol car was shot and killed on Friday in an ambush at a Houston gas station, authorities said. Scene from #officer involved #shooting in northwest Harris County. http://t.co/At5rTowRIo #breaking #hounews #abc13 pic.twitter.com/NpTJtx0joh — Houston News (@abc13houston) August 29, 2015  A search was under way for the officer’s killer, who was described as a male dressed in a white t-shirt, driving a red truck, the Harris County Sheriff’s office said.

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EPA Knew Of Risk For Toxic Spill

22Ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials knew of the potential for a catastrophic “blowout” of toxic wastewater from an inactive gold mine, yet appeared to have only a cursory plan to deal with such an event when government contractors triggered a 3-million-gallon spill, according to internal documents released by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA released the documents late Friday following weeks of prodding from The Associated Press and other media organizations

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50 Years Of Pope Visits To The United States

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Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States  in September, with stops in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. His trip will add to the 50-year history of pope visits to the U.S. Pope Paul VI made the first papal visit  to the U.S.

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Ten years ago, the Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina – a natural disaster unprecedented in its size and scope. Yet what would happen if a storm of this magnitude were to occur again? Would the images of volunteers rushing to help be different?

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We’re going to begin today with a wrapup of the week that was in the presidential campaigns, and as befitting his status as the Republican frontrunner, we’re going to start with Donald Trump (if you’re sick of hearing about Trump, just skip down eight or ten paragraphs and continue reading). Trump is helicoptering in to the Iowa State Fair today, so perhaps he’ll have said something even more outrageous by the time you read this. Hey, it’s a pretty safe bet, at this point.

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In Austin, Texas, I had the privilege of attending an Undoing Racism workshop, given by organizers with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond , an anti-racism social justice group. When I went to the workshop, as a white progressive liberal woman born and raised in Seattle, I thought I had it covered

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GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump says that billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn accepted his offer to be treasury secretary in a Trump administration. In addition, Trump also said he would pick former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for a top cabinet position if he was elected president.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) accidentally threw some compliments toward his rivals Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina during the GOP debate on Thursday.  For his closing 30-second pitch for his campaign, Rick Perry said the next president needs to have a certain kind of experience that, well, Rick Perry doesn’t have. “Our best days are in front of us,” Perry said

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Democratic presidential candidate and a self-professed non-religious person , is to speak at the evangelical school Liberty University next month , a surprising appearance for the college founded by Rev. Jerry Falwell

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Houston is on the verge of legalizing discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.

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WASHINGTON — The four super PACs supporting Texas Sen.

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It was 50 years ago Thursday that President Lyndon Johnson  signed  the legislation that created Medicare, dramatically altering life for America’s seniors.  But as debate over the program rages on, its conservative critics have learned to be more crafty about what alternatives they propose — and how to justify them.   When Johnson signed the bill, he did so alongside an aging Harry Truman  — who, two decades before that, had become the first sitting president to pursue universal health care seriously. Medicare, Johnson promised, would help realize Truman’s dream for the nation’s elderly: “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine,” Johnson said.

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Some people just shouldn’t be police officers. It’s a sad fact

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Do You Know the Secret Sauce for Growth?

15Jul

Do You Know the Secret Sauce for Growth? (5 things You Need to Define) Do you want to know the secret sauce that guarantees growth? Well me too, but frankly, I am not sure if one truly exists.

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Alligator Kills Swimmer In Texas

05Jul

A man swimming late at night in a Texas bayou died after an alligator attacked him in what was reportedly the state’s first fatal gator attack in roughly two centuries . Tommie Woodward, 28, jumped into a marina early Friday morning along the bayou in the city of Orange, near the Louisiana border, despite a sign that said “No Swimming Alligator,” CNN reported .

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education. The justices said Monday they will hear for a second time the case of a white woman who was denied admission to the university’s flagship Austin campus. More..

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They waited over half a century to say “I do.” On Friday, Jack Evans, 85, and George Harris, 82, became the first same-sex couple to wed in Dallas County, Texas . More…

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County clerks in Texas will be able to turn away gay couples seeking marriage licenses, the state’s attorney general Ken Paxton (R) announced on Sunday. Clerks can refuse based on religious objections, Paxton told the Austin American-Statesman , and because the clerks will probably be sued, “numerous lawyers stand ready to assist clerks defending their religious beliefs,” he said.

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Inquiring minds are wondering whether Rick Scarborough, a conservative Christian political advocate who was said to have threatened to set himself on fire if the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, is now merely a pile of smoldering ashes. Several

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After calling the last day “some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is now calling for Supreme Court justices to face elections . In a National Review op-ed published Friday, Cruz chastised the high court for its decisions to reject a major challenge to Obamacare and to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

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WASHINGTON — Interviewing a source can be an eye-opening and harrowing experience, especially when speaking to someone who has been victimized — or someone who feels her people have been wronged.

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There has been some discussion around the slurs used on “Empire.” At a panel at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, Saturday, the TV drama’s co-creator Danny Strong talked about forbidden language on network TV, explaining why writers avoided a racial epithet for black people but used one for gay men. Terrence Howard, the show’s star, had come out saying using the former is needed to make the show more authentic.

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At the center of Evenwel v. Abbott is a math problem: How do we calculate the size of legislative districts? The answer to that question depends on how we define the principle of “one person, one vote.” I’m talking about the case from, yes, Texas, that last week the Supreme Court agreed to consider

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LOS ANGELES, May 27 (Reuters) – The federal government on Wednesday ordered a company at the center of a Southern California oil spill to continue its efforts to clean up the pipeline breach that dumped crude onto a pristine stretch of shoreline and into the Pacific Ocean. The order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Coast Guard also requires Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline to submit a written plan by June 6 that will outline measures for analyzing the spill’s effects on the environment

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